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Telescope Rentals

Interested in renting a telescope for a camping trip, to test one out before you buy one, just for fun, or for a special celestial event/party? Reserve your scope today, call 595-1900 x256. 

Your rental will include:

  • a 2-6 inch telescope (either reflecting or refracting)
  • at least one medium range eyepiece
  • an appropriate mount
  • a finder scope
  • a solar filter is available with some kits
  • set-up instruction sheet and parts list

Important Information:

  • The cost is $10 per night.
    • No refund in case of inclement weather
  • Reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Telescopes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Payment is due in advance. If you wish to keep the telescope longer than planned, please contact the Museum to check for availability and to update payment. 
  • A brief primer on the use of the telescope will be given/required at pick up.
  • All individuals renting a telescope must be over the age of 18 and sign a statement releasing the Virginia Living Museum from responsibility for damages to persons or property incurred through the use or misuse of the telescope and its accessories.
  • Renters must have a valid credit card on file. 
    • In the event that the telescope is not returned or returned with missing/ broken pieces, replacement items/parts will be charged to the renter’s credit card.