In partnership with the Tri-State Astronomers Club, The Institute is hosting a telescope clinic on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social room at the Church of the Apostles, 336 Barnett Avenue in Waynesboro, Pa. 

The clinic is designed to help sky watchers maximize their use of a telescope. Participation is free, but registration is required to reserve a consultation time. 

“We can learn so much using telescopes, but they are not much fun if you don’t know how to use them,” said astronomy club member Andy Smetzer. “If you have a telescope and you’re not sure what to do next, bring it to the clinic for some guidance.”

Club members will teach telescope owners how to view the stars with their own telescopes, including hands-on help with alignment, various eyepieces, focus and mechanical adjustments. 

“If anyone has an old—or new—telescope, they should bring it in,” Smetzer said, “and also bring user manuals and any accessories like lenses, spare parts, etc., that came with the telescope.”

The telescope clinic is free, but registration is required for an appointment. Register on The Institute’s website:

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and SEK CPAs & Advisors, with additional support from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin.