The Rye Lions Club recently donated a SeeCoast Mark I Telescope to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. The viewer will be installed on the seaside lawn of the Center in Odiorne Point State Park this spring.
The telescope has an optical power of 20X, which will allow objects and views to appear 20 times closer. It is ideal for long distance viewing for points of interest in the Gulf of Maine, wildlife viewing, and coastal birding.
The viewer will be free and available to the public. It will bring four lighthouses (Portsmouth Harbor, Whaleback, Star Island, and Boon Island) into clear view, as well as the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Wood Island, the Isle of Shoals, and the Kittery, ME shoreline.
SSC President Jim Chase shares, “We are thrilled to accept this generous gift from the Rye Lions Club. The viewer will connect visitors to our coastal environment in a new, exciting way and be a catalyst for countless teachable moments.”