Our telescope loaner program makes available telescopes for members and future members who would like an introduction to telescopes or want to see what kind of telescope would fit their needs. The program also provides an outreach for members who don’t actively observe but still would like a telescope for travel or for special events like eclipses and comets. For any questions or details not listed here, contact the Telescope Loaners Coordinator.
Telescope Lending Policies
The normal lending period is one month.
Non-members: FREE + $40 refundable deposit. Please bring exact change. The deposit is refunded if the telescope is returned on time and in the same condition as when it was borrowed.
Care of Telescopes
Telescopes are finely tuned precision instruments. Care should be taken when using, storing, and transporting a telescope. Please allow optics to dry thoroughly before capping and storing, store in a dry and secure location. Provide cushioning when transporting and make sure that optical components are sealed.
We attempt to keep our loaner telescopes in good shape and will not knowingly lend a telescope which has mechanical or optical defects. However, please do not attempt any maintenance on the loaner telescopes or their components. This includes optical cleaning, optical alignment, or disassembly of the telescope or its components telescopes in any way. If there is a performance issue, please inform the Telescope Rentals coordinator.
Telescopes can provide hours of enjoyment and enrichment when used properly to explore our universe. HOWEVER, never point a telescope at the Sun unless it is properly filtered. The same rule applies to the finder. For safety reasons, the RASC Edmonton Centre does not provide solar filters with their loaner telescopes as incorrect usage or damaged filters can lead to irreparable eye damage. The Edmonton RASC Centre will not be held liable for any damages caused by pointing a loaner telescope at the Sun or careless use of a loaner telescope.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Telescopes are lent from our storage locker at Affordable Storage located at 10301 104 St NW, downtown Edmonton. There is free parking at this facility. Send an email to the Telescope Rentals coordinator to make pick-up and drop-off arrangements. Time arrangements are limited to the hours of operation of Affordable Storage. Please bring exact change for the deposit, if required.