SJAC Library

SJAC Library of Books, DVDs and Equipment

~Astronomy Related Equipment to Borrow~

Saint John Astronomy Club

Equipment Loan Program

Please request equipment 1 week prior to SJAC meeting or e-mail request to arrange for other arranged pick-up.




SJAC Library – Saint John Astronomy Club (,
Scroll down toward bottom of the page to see equipment for loan. Questions,
or to borrow equipment, e-mail Len at (


Club equipment WILL ONLY be available for borrowing and return on club meeting nights.
Please e-mail request 1 week prior to club meeting for delivery at club meeting.


  1. 30 day loan period with possible extension, not to exceed 60 days at discretion of the Equipment Manager. It is borrowers responsibility to contact the equipment manager and return of equipment could be at next club function as agreed.


  2. Persons borrowing equipment must have attended 3 club meetings or be sponsored by an active club member.


  3. A sign out form will be completed with residence address, e-mail and telephone number(s). ID may be required. Equipment return will be acknowledged with signature upon return to the club. Please ensure equipment, accessories and manual are all returned.


  4. Reasonable care must be taken with borrowed club equipment.


  5. The SJAC WILL NOT be responsible for injury to individuals or others from improper use of the borrowed equipment or failure to follow safety precautions.


  6. It is highly recommended that if you are new to the equipment, you read the instruction manual and any notes provided. Failure to do so may result in equipment damage or a less than enjoyable experience for user.


  7. Please contact equipment manager if you have difficulties with the equipment.


Revised; Dec 2023

Equipment Manager

Questions? Send email to Len at (


Orion 4 1/2 inch table top DOB. ( The Club has 2 available )

Supplied with 10mm & 20 mm eyepieces, easy finder scope and instruction manual

Coronado Solar Scope with Mount~

Photo showing the Coronado Solar Telescope that may be borrowed from the Saint John Astronomy Club.

Above~ The Coronado Solar Scope in its case with Instruction Manual.
Below~ The Scope on the A-Z mount (included).

Photo showing the Coronado Solar Telescope that may be borrowed from the Saint John Astronomy Club.

The Coronado Personal Solar Telescope can be used to observe the following features of the Sun: Prominences, Filaments, Active Regions, Plague, moderate to large Sunspots and Flares. An instruction manual will assist with using the scope, tuning and focus adjustments. Please read the included instruction manual prior to using the scope if you are not familiar with it.

10×50 Binoculars with small tripod.

The tripod is included with these binoculars. These binoculars are fairly heavy, so a tripod helps for steady viewing. If you have a sturdier tripod, the bino to tripod adapter is included with the bino’s, which come in a case.


To borrow books simply email Yolanda at library. Books will be brought to the next meeting.

Astronomy buffs often wish they could photograph what they see through their telescopes. Camera buffs often wish they knew the techniques for capturing majestic yet elusive heavenly bodies. Astrophotography brings these two hobbies together in one complete resource.

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, 3rd edition
An astronomer’s “bible” written by 2 RASC members – Terrance Dickinson & Allen Dyer – it is a wonderful reference for everything astronomy – how to start out, equipment, tips for observing,, exploring the sky, photography, etc.. Terrance Dickinson & Allen Dyer; Firefly; 2012; ISBN: 13-978- 1-55407-344-3

Photo showing book cover of Binocular Astronomy by Steven Tonkin.

Binocular Astronomy, 2nd edition
Part of the “Practical Astronomy” series compiled by Patrick Moore, this book has it all for binocular observing. It covers the optics & mechanics of binoculars, why observe with binos, how, when, buying, care, maintenance & use of small to giant (300 mm) binoculars. It also includes observing tips & a long list of deep sky objects for binoculars. Steven Tonkin, Springer Pub.; 2014; ISBN: 978-1-4614-7466-1

Photo showing book cover of Building a Small Observatory by Charles Ennis.

Building a Small Observatory – Lessons from Builders
How to build an observatory with advice from numerous RASC members with experience in building their own. Charles Ennis; Webcom Inc.; 2016; ISBN: 978-1-927879-08-5

Photo showing book cover of The Messier Album by John Mallas & Evered Kreimer.

The Messier Album
Messier & his own personal catalogue as well as the Messier catalogue we know today, with hints for Messier observing. John Mallas & Evered Kreimer; Sky Pub.; 1987; ISBN: 0-933346-04-02

Photo showing book cover of Moon Observer's Guide by Peter Grego.

Moon Observer’s Guide
All things lunar – observing the Moon, choosing the right equipment, imaging the Moon & includes lunar maps. Peter Grego; Firefly; 2004; ISBN: 1-55297-888-5


Photo showing book cover of Pocket Sky Atlas by Roger W. Sinnott.

Pocket Sky Atlas
Detailed atlas/maps of stars & deep sky objects. Roger W. Sinnott; Sky Pub.; 2006; ISBN: 1-931559-31-7

Principles of Astronomy
An older book, but much information is still relevant, this provides detailed explanation on planets, stars, Sun, asteroids, etc.. It is a textbook on astronomy. Stanley Wyatt; Allyn & Bacon Inc.; 1975; ISBN: 0-205-03116-1

Photo showing book cover of The Sky: A Users Guide by David H. Levy.

The Sky ~ A Users Guide
A book full of lots of information on a variety of astronomical topics, with practical, easy to understand advice & explanations. David Levy; Cambridge University Press; 1999; ISBN: 0-521-45958-3

Photo showing book cover of Touring the Universe Through Binoculars by Philip S. Harrington.

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars
Includes guidance on how to buy, care for and maintain astronomical binoculars, tips and hints on using them, and detailed information on several home-made binocular mounts. The book starts with Earth’s nearest neighbor, the moon, and then goes on to explore each planet in the solar system, asteroids, meteors, comets and the sun . Philip S. Harrington; Pub: 1990; ISBN 0-471-51337-7

Photo showing book cover of You Are Here by Chris Hadfield.

You Are Here ~ Around the World in 92 Minutes
Photos from the ISS; Photos taken by Chris Hadfield from space. Using his expertise in geology, geography & meteorology, Hadfield takes you on a planetary tour, explaining the images & why certain sites look as they do. It incorporates history, consequences of human settlement & the power of natural forces that impact our planet. Chris Hadfield; Random House; 2014; ISBN: 978-0-345-81494-4


Note: A list of DVDs is still being complied.