One of the benefits of being a member of the Fort Bend Astronomy Club is the ability to try out different types of telescopes for their own personal use. Our loaner scope program makes it possible to check out the most common types and sizes of telescopes to see if they fit the needs of the observer.
The FBAC Loaner Scope Coordinator, Stephen Walker, can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in donating a telescope to the Fort Bend Astronomy Club, please send an e-mail to our Donations and Grant Coordinator, Tony Wiese email@example.com
Members that wish to borrow a loaner scope will be asked to sign a form agreeing to the following:
- Term of borrowing is three month increments, and continuing as long as no one else is in line for the scope. Borrower will keep the Loaner Scope Coordinator informed on any issues with the scope. After the expiration of the initial term of borrowing, the scope must be passed on promptly to the next borrower, as directed by the Coordinator. Each borrower remains responsible for the scope until directed by the Coordinator to pass it on.
- To use a loaner scope, the borrower must be up to date on club dues and the borrower needs to have been a club member for at least 6 months. Current FBAC membership is required during the borrowing period, or the loaner scope must be returned.
- Loaner scope borrower must commit to no less than two volunteer star party requests using the borrowed scope every three months. These can be AOW events and/or observing on Saturday nights at the George Observatory. It is best to volunteer for the AOW events since there is usually a need for telescopes at those events.
- Borrowing a telescope is a general agreement that the borrower will care for the scope and be responsible for any damages, even including replacement of the telescope. If you damage the telescope, or if the telescope is lost or stolen, you are responsible for the loss and must reimburse the Fort Bend Astronomy Club for repairs if damaged, or the Fair Market Value of the telescope if lost or stolen.
- Telescopes are delicate precision instruments and must be handled with care. Borrowers should not disassemble any part of the scope or attempt any adjustments, repairs or cleaning of the optics. If you believe that the scope needs maintenance, adjustment or cleaning please contact the Coordinator for instructions.
- If you do not plan on using the scope for the entire period please advise the Coordinator ASAP. It is your responsibility to arrange for pick up and return.
- You agree to allow the Coordinator to make a copy of your Texas Driver’s License to keep on file while the loaner scope is in your possession. This information will only be used, if necessary, to help us locate you and recover FBAC property.
General tips on caring for a telescope can be found HERE
General tips for setting up and using various telescopes can be found HERE
If you would like to use one of these scopes, please contact Stephen Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on scope links for more info.