Several Arkansas Amateur Astronomy Groups brought the Library Telescope concept to a limited number off libraries in central and North West Arkansas. The talents offered by these groups are indispensable to library telescope programs as scopes have to be modified for lending to the general public and library staffs training in the use and maintenance of the instruments.
The Arkansas Natural Sky Association (ANSA) is working with the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, along with various astronomy groups and individuals to expand the LTP concept to areas not currently served. With this website, ANSA hopes to increase awareness of LTP programs, as well as provide information and inspiration to users and potential users of library telescopes. By selecting from the menu above, you can find the program nearest you, learn about the scopes, how to use them.
If you are familiar with the use and maintenance of backyard telescopes or are willing to learn and have an interest in supporting a library in your area that is currently not served, please register as a Support Volunteer. If you are a librarian interested in implementing a telescope lending program, or already have scopes and want to be listed on our map, please register your library.
By the way, some libraries have a simple to use sky meters that can be checked out and to gauge light pollution at your location. Learn How you can help promote natural skies by participating in the Globe at Night citizen science sky monitory project, by monitoring your local skies, with or without a sky meter.
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