NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, pick up and drop-off of loaner scopes shall be designated by the MAS Loaner Scope Coordinator.

The Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) owns equipment it loans out to members in good standing.  MAS members may borrow a telescope for 30 days.  If there is no waiting list for the telescope, the loan may be extended an additional 30 days, with the approval of a member of the MAS Board.

Contact the current MAS Loaner Telescope Coordinator for more information.

To request and reserve a telescope, submit the form below.

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All loaner telescopes come complete with protective cases, eyepieces, observing guides, red flashlight, and other items specific for each telescope.

Equipment currently available includes:


 

Loaner Scope #1: Celestron NexStar 102SLT Refractor

102mm achromatic refractor telescope with Go-To ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #2: Orion SkyQuest XT-8

Loaner Scope #3: Orion SkyQuest XT-8

Loaner Scope #8: Orion SkyQuest XT-8

8″ Dobsonian reflector telescope with manual ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #4: Orion SkyQuest XT-10

10″ Dobsonian reflector telescope with manual ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #5: Celestron C6 SCT on Voyager Mount

6″ Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric telescope with a  manual ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #6: Celestron NexStar 8SE SCT

8″ Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric telescope with Go-To ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #7: Sky-Watcher 4″ Refractor

4″ achromatic refractor telescope with a  manual ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #9: Celestron NexStar 5 SE SCT

5″ Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric telescope with Go-To ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #10: Coronado Solar Scope

40mm f/10 H-alpha solar telescope – 400mm focal length – on a manual ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #11: Meade LightSwitch 8 SCT GO-TO

8″ Schmidt Cassegrain catadioptric telescope with Go-To ALT/AZ mount.

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Loaner Scope #12: Hardin 10 inch Dob

10″ Dobsonian reflector telescope with manual ALT/AZ mount.

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Astronomy Courses on DVD – several titles available for check-out

The Life and Death or Stars, Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders, Our Night Sky, The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy, Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe

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MAS Loaner Equipment Request

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