telescopeThe Milford Public Library has partnered with the Astronomical Society of New Haven to offer an Orion StarBlast 4.5″ Astro Reflector Telescope for patrons to borrow and use at home.

The telescope circulates for two weeks, and comes with a padded carrying case, plus instruction booklet and map of the night sky. You will receive a brief orientation to the telescope at checkout. Telescope must be picked up from and returned to the Adult Reference Desk at the Milford Public Library. Call the Library at 203-783-3292 and ask about borrowing it today!

To place a hold: click here.

Telescope Kit includes:


  • Orion StarBlast 4.5″ Astro Reflector Telescope
  • Carrying case & two protective pillows
  • Instruction booklet
  • Guide to the Night Sky & Starmap for current month

Loan Period, Fines and Fees:


  • Telescope must be picked up from and returned to the Adult Reference Desk at the Milford Public Library
  • The telescope may be placed on hold
  • The telescope may be renewed an additional week if no one else has placed a hold on it.
  • The telescope will circulate for two weeks
  • A fee of $5.00 per day will be levied for every day telescope is overdue
  • Fees will be assessed for damaged, lost, or stolen items, up to $220.00

Patron Responsibility:


  • Patrons must have a Connecticut library card with their account in good standing (i.e. not blocked by fines of $20.00 or more).
  • The telescope will circulate on adult cards only
  • Patron accepts full financial liability for the telescope and agrees to pay all costs associated with the damage to, loss of, or theft of the telescope.
  • Patron agrees to inform library staff regarding any issues with items (broken pieces, dead batteries, cosmetic damage, lost items, etc).
  • Patron will not attempt to alter the structure or any of the equipment of the telescope or any of the contents within the container.
  • Patron will not attempt to clean any part of the telescope. If any part seems dusty or dirty, please return the telescope to the library and we will handle cleaning.
  • Patron will take responsibility for reading instruction manual and guide for how to properly use telescope
  • Patron will be sure to power down any battery power source on the telescope when returning the telescope.


To get started with viewing the night sky, you can access Monthly Star Charts by clicking here.

Watch this short video for an overview of the Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope

Astronomical Society of New Haven observing sessions are on a Saturday night each month during the Spring and Fall. Anyone is welcome to attend, no telescope needed. The Society’s general meetings are on the last Tuesday of the month from October through May at the Yale Leitner Family Observatory, New Haven. All interested in learning more about astronomy are welcome. For more information and a schedule of club events, visit the Society’s Website at