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Library Telescope

Marion Carnegie Library is proud to offer the community access to a Zhumell Z114 Portable Altazimuth Reflector Telescope. Thanks to the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois Library Telescope program, Marion Carnegie Library cardholders aged 18 and older can borrow the scope and take it home for up to 7 days at no cost!*

The telescope can zoom from 19x to 56x magnification power, is lightweight, and includes an easy-to-understand instruction manual.

On a clear evening, you could use the telescope to see things like craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, and so much more.

*Contact the library for details.

Astronomy Resources

Please note: these resources are not maintained by or endorsed by Marion Carnegie Library.


Stellarium Web is an online planetarium running in your web browser based on the open source stellarium web project. It's free to use, and a fun way to see which objects will be visible in the sky.It's available in a browser, and as a mobile app.

Star Walk 2

Star Walk 2 is a stargazing guide that can be used by both adults and children, amateur astronomers and newcomers, for educational and entertainment purposes. It's available as a mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Library Telescope Project

View Frequently Asked Questions about how the library telescope program works, how to use the telescope, and more!

Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois

The Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois (AASI) provides astronomy enthusiasts in southern Illinois an opportunity to share their passion for all things astronomy.