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Telescope Amnesty Program

Millions of small telescopes are sold every year, but anecdotal evidence suggests that most are rarely used for astronomy, if at all.

Our “telescope amnesty” program will invite people to bring their little-used telescopes to IYA 2009 events, where astronomers will teach them how to use them and offer advice on repairs, improvements, and/or replacements, turning bad astro-nomical experiences into good ones and encouraging more people to stay involved in the hobby.