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Orion StarBlast 4.5 Reflector TelescopeThe Astronomy Club of Asheville has donated a high-quality table-top telescope to the Macon County Public Library to use for programs and to check out to patrons for their own use. The Club’s goal with this donation (and a similar gift to the Buncombe County Library) is to inspire interest in astronomy among the general public, particularly young people.

This fun and compact telescope is sure to inspire the whole family's natural inclination to explore. The Orion StarBlast 4.5 Reflector Telescope is no toy - it's a real reflecting telescope that is wonderfully simple to set up and use!

The StarBlast 4.5 Reflector is manufactured with the kind of quality you'd expect only to find in much more expensive models. Everyone will enjoy using this telescope thanks to its uncomplicated, simple design and high level of performance.

With its 4.5" aperture parabolic primary mirror and the included Celestron zoom eyepiece the StarBlast 4.5 Reflector Telescope will wow viewers with gorgeous wide-field views of the night sky.

“This telescope will appeal to beginning amateur astronomers of all ages, nurturing their interest in the night sky,” says Knox Worde of the Asheville Astronomy Club. On clear evenings, the scope can provide excellent and detailed views of the moon and its craters (using a special moon filter), giant Jupiter and its orbiting moons, and Saturn with its stunning rings.

If you are interested in checking out the Orion StarBlast 4.5 Telescope, call 828-524-3600 or see the circulation staff at Macon County Public Library for details.