By Cynthia Germain
The Door County Libraries have telescopes that you can check out just like a book to view the unique winter night skies. There are four scopes available in the library system with two in Sturgeon Bay and two in Sister Bay, donated by the Door County Astronomical Society, purchased in 2015 with grant support. These are tabletop telescopes on a mount that turns by hand, making them easy to use. Gary Henkelmann, President of the Door County Astronomical Society, says that along with planets, there are a number of sights to see throughout the winter as well as good times to best view the various aspects of the moon.
Hinkelmann says that the telescopes come with instructions and many good supplementary books are readily available to check out. The Door County Astronomical Society hosts a number of educational events throughout the year in the community and also meet monthly for special presentations and sky viewing nights at the Ray and Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center in Sturgeon Bay.