The Fargo Public Library has been generously gifted three solar telescopes from the MSUM Dept. of Physics and Astronomy through a grant from the American Astronomical Society. The Sunspotter is a Keplerian telescope that projects an image of the sun through a series of mirrors onto a white surface, providing observers with a safe way to view sunspots, solar eclipses and other solar activity. It’s easy to set up and allows for group viewing. A copy of Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses, and More by Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi is included with each telescope kit, providing a great starting point for instruction on the sun.
Solar telescopes check out for three weeks and are available at all three library locations. Checkout is limited to one per card. These kits may be renewed if there are no holds or requests for the item. A valid Fargo Public Library card in good standing is required to check out the Sunspotter telescopes.