Loaner equipment is available to dues-paying club members only, for a period of 1 month. Normally, borrowed equipment should be returned at the next club meeting. However, borrowed equipment may be retained on a month-by-month basis if and only if no one else wishes to use the item. If another member has requested use of the item, it must be returned at the next meeting for pickup by the next borrower. Contact our equipment coordinator to discuss this. Borrowers are responsible for any damage to or loss of borrowed equipment. The club’s equipment loan policy is available as a PDF file here, along with a list of membership benefits and club community activities. To join RAC, visit our Join  page and download a membership application. To borrow RAC equipment, email your request to our RAC equipment coordinator

Equipment Library

Equipment Description
8″ Orion SkyViewPro Newtonian Reflector Scope, SVP Equatorial Mount with True Track motorized drive and Push To Intelliscope handset. 150mm Stellarview f/4 Finder with Diagonal, 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, Collimation system with laser collimator. 6″ Orion Equatorial Newtonian Reflector Scope, eyepiece, tripod, German equatorial mount with counterweights and slow motion controls. 5.5″ Celestron Comet Catcher Reflector Schmidt-Newtonian scope, 25mm & 18mm eyepieces, photographic tripod, Rigel QuikFinder. 5″ Celestron NexStar 5 on GOTO Mount GOTO SCT, tripod, telrad, diagonal, TeleVue 8-24mm zoom and Pentax 14mm eyepieces. 6″ Orion SkyQuest XT6 Dob Reflector Scope, 25mm & 10mm Plossl eyepieces, EZ Finder II reflex sight, moon filter and carry case. 40mm Coronado Personal Solar Telescope PST, one eyepiece; 1/4″x20 socket for standard photo tripod, user must provide tripod. 94mm Brandon Vernonscope Apochromatic Refractor Scope, Wooden Tripod with Equatorial Mount, standard eyepieces, 2.4x barlow, right angle correcting prism. Meade DSI Digital Astrocamera Fits 1.25″ focuser and connects to laptop via USB cable. Camera control software required. (To download Meade camera control software, click here or directly on the Envisage 7.05 link. Orion Star Shoot Webcam Fits 1.25″ focuser and connects to laptop via USB cable. Instruction manual here. Celestron SkyScout Handheld Planetarium that identifies stars, planets and constellations easily with GPS.

Lending Library

To check out books, magazines or DVDs, email our Librarian.

Books and DVDs are available only to members, for a period of 1 month, and must be returned to the club at the next monthly meeting for use by other club members. If no one else wishes to use the material, it may be retained for an additional month per each request. Past issues of magazines are available to visitors as well as members on a monthly basis.

The loan procedure requires written sign out and is limited to members only, for a period of 1 month. See our Librarian during the meet-and-greet segment prior to the meeting, during the break at the end of the program, before the business session starts, or after the meeting breaks up.

DVDs

400 Years of the Telescope DVD (PBS)

The Universe, Collector’s Edition Megaset DVD

  • The Universe Season 1
  • The Universe Season 2
  • The Planets
  • How the Earth Was Made
  • Beyond the Big Bang
  • Backyard Astronomer
  • Inside the Volcano

Books

Recent additions:
The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide by Terence Dickenson and Alan Dyer, 2002 (6 copies)
Atlas of the Universe by Patrick Moore, 2007 (2 copies)
The ALPO Solar System Ephemeris 1992
Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System by Ride, O’Shaughnessy, 1992
Skyguide: A Field Guide to the Heavens by Mark R. Chartrand, 1990
Amazing Space Facts by Dinah L. Moche?,1988
The Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy by Brian Jones, 1987
Album of Spaceflight by Tom McGowen, 1987
The Planets various,1985
Stars: A Golden Guide by Zim, Baker, Chartrand (revised), 1985
Spacefarers of the 80s and 90s: The next thousand people in space by Alcestis R. Oberg, 1985
Armchair Astronomy by Patrick Moore, 1984
The First Three Minutes by Steven Weinberg, 1983
The New Astronomy:Probing the Secrets of Space by Fred D’Ignazio, 1982
Comets by Scientific American,1981
Burnham’s Celestial Handbook: V.1 (Andromeda Through Cetus) by Robert Burnham Jr., 1978
Burnham’s Celestial Handbook: V.2 (Chamaeleon Through Orion) by Robert Burnham Jr., 1978
The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy by Simon Mitten,1978
Comets, Meteorites & Men by Peter Lancaster Brown, 1973
Astronomy: Second Edition by E. G. Ebbighausen, 1971
First on The Moon by Armstrong, Collins, Aldrin, 1970
Amateur Astronomy by Patrick Moore, 1968
The Telescope Makers by Barbara Land, 1968
How to Make A Telescope by Jean Texereau, 1963
Discover the Stars: A beginner’s Guide to Astronomy by Johnson, Adler, 1962
This is Outer Space by Lloyd Motz, 1962
Astronomy by Fred Hoyle,1962
Introduction to Astronomy by Dean B. McLaughlin,1961
Frontiers of Astronomy by Fred Hoyle, 1955
Astronomy Russell-Dugan-Stewart, 1927

Periodicals

Sky & Telescope Magazine

1976 1
1977 1, 3, 6, 11
1978 3, 4, 7
1979 3, 4, 7
1986 4
1987 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12
1988 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1989 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1990 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1991 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
1992 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12
1995 2, 3, 4, 5, 11
1996 1, 5
1997 10, 12
1999 4
2004 4
2005 10, 11, 12
2006 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
2007 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Astronomy Magazine

1985 12
1986 8, 10
1987 11, 12
1988 4
1989 8, 10, 12
1990 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1991 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1992 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1994 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1995 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1996 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1997 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
1998 1, 3, 10
2007 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2009 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Sky Watch Magazine

2005, 2006, 2007