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    Touch the Sky Telescope Training Materials

    This page contains the same training materials that will be distributed at our Touch the Sky telescope training sessions. They are available for download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

    Telescope Training Manual
    All the basic information you'll need to use your telescope is contained in this document, including a welcome letter, a primer on the Orion XT6 telescope, an introduction to the many celestial objects that can be observed with this telescope, the do's and don'ts of its operation, online resources to keep abreast of the current sky, a teacher resource page, and a lab activity worksheet.

    Quick Reference Page
    Provides a quick, two-page reminder of how to set up and take down the Orion XT6 telescope. Also included in this document is the survey that we ask participating groups to complete after their telescope loan has ended.

    Telescope Loan Agreement
    The loan agreement form (which must be signed by all participants) and a check list of all components in the telescope loan package. NOTE: These pages are formatted for 8 1/2" x 14" paper.

    Orion Telescope Owner's Manual
    The owner's manual from Orion, the manufacturer of the XT6 telescope. An optional document to most participants, this manual can be used for additional (and slightly more advanced) reading on telescope assembly, maintenance, optimization, and usage.

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    Training Materials
     Orion Manual  Orion Manual
     Orion Quick Reference  Orion Quick Reference
     Telescope Loan Agreement  Telescope Loan Agreement
     Telescope Training Manual  Telescope Training Manual