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The Webfooted Astronomer - December 2000
SAS Loaner Scopes Available to Members
By Fred Quarnstrom
THE Seattle Astronomical Society has a number of loaner telescopes available for check out to members. These scopes can be borrowed for a month. To borrow the scopes you need to be a member of SAS and have picture identification. There is a short form to fill out giving your name and address and the equipment you wish to borrow.
We have three 6-inch reflectors that are f/8. Two have equatorial mounts with motors. I have been unable to make the motors run. The mounts work fine; you just nudge the scopes as the earth turns. Two of the mounts are very sturdy. The third leaves a bit to be desired. Two of the scopes have finder scopes the third does not.
We have five 4-inch reflectors. Three are about f/4. One is about f/10. The f/4s are about 18 inches long and have quite a wide field of view. No finder scopes, but they are small, light and easy to aim. These really are fun scopes.
We have an 80mm refractor that is about f/15. There is a 60mm that is about f/13. In addition, there is a smaller Tasco and a similar table model.
We have about 15 eyepieces in .925 and 1.25 inches diameters. These scopes are kept in a storage room in my dental office. The office is on Beacon Hill about 3½ blocks north of the Jefferson Park Golf Course. Here are directions:
From the I- 5 freeway take the Spokane / Columbia Way exit. This is the off
ramp where the Rainier Brewery was that is now Tullys coffee.
Call ahead to be sure I will be in the office. The number is (206) 329-0500. For more information, see http://www.seattleastro.org/scopes.html. .
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