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Preserve the telescope that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto for generations to come!
577 backers pledged $32,172 to help bring this project to life.
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    Your Name in the Pluto Telescope Dome

    Add your name to a donor display in the Pluto Telescope Dome! The display will be kept in the Pluto Discovery Telescope Dome for at least five years. You will also receive a thank you card signed by a Lowell Observatory staff member.

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    Virtual Pluto Pack

    Show the love for the 9th planet. Receive high quality scans of historic documents relating to the discovery of Pluto including: the design drawings of the Pluto Discovery Telescope, the announcement of the discovery of Pluto, the photographs on which Pluto was first discovered, the envelope that held the one of the discovery photographs, and the telegram from Venetia Burney first suggesting "Pluto" as the name for the new object. You'll also receive the gifts of the $5 level: your name in the Pluto dome for at least five years, and a thank you card from Lowell Observatory.

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    Virtual Telescope Tour

    Clyde Tombaugh was 24 years old when he discovered Pluto! At this level receive an online post-renovation tour of the Pluto Discovery Telescope, including an overview of the history of the discovery of Pluto, a history of the telescope, and of the renovation, limited to donors at this level and above. You'll also receive the rewards of the $9 and $5 levels: the Virtual Pluto Pack, the thank you card from Lowell Observatory staff, and your name in the Pluto Telescope Dome for at least five years.

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    Pluto Pack Part One

    Claim high quality replicas of the Pluto Discovery Telescope design drawings, the announcement of the discovery of Pluto, and the telegram from Venetia Burney first suggesting the name Pluto. You'll also get the rewards from the $24, $9, and $5 levels: the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome for at least five years.

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    Pluto Pack Part Two

    Receive high quality paper replicas of the photographic plates on which Pluto was discovered, and the envelope that one of the photographic plates was stored in, which includes Clyde Tombaugh's observation notes from that night. You'll also receive the rewards from the $40, $24, $9, and $5 levels: The Pluto Pack part one, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    Friends of Lowell Observatory Membership

    Receive a Family membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, good for free admission and other benefits at Lowell Observatory and hundreds of other ASTC member museums around the world. At this level you'll also receive the rewards from all the lower levels: The Pluto Pack parts one and two, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    Clark Telescope Fine Art Print

    Snag one of these limited photographs of the Historic Clark Telescope. Photographer Spencer Brown donated 5 matted, signed and numbered photographs taken with his vintage Rolleicord twin-lens reflex camera on black and white film. Brown’s incredible, hand-printed photographs perfectly capture the beauty of the post-restoration 24-inch Clark Refractor. This donation level also includes the following rewards: A Family Membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, Pluto Pack parts one and two, virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, virtual Pluto Pack, thank you card and your name in the Pluto Dome for at least five years. The market value of this reward is $92.00 and the remainder is tax-deductible.

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    Webinar with Ted Dunham

    In honor of Pluto's 248-Earth-year long journey around the Sun, enjoy a live webinar with Lowell Observatory engineer Dr. Ted Dunham, with a question and answer period. Ted Dunham will be the lead engineer in the restoration of the Pluto Discovery Telescope. He has been involved with the restoration of other Lowell Observatory telescopes, including the historic 24-inch Clark telescope; he also designs and builds cutting edge scientific instruments for Lowell Observatory's research. This donation level also includes the rewards from all the lower levels: A family membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, the Pluto Pack parts one and two, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    Viewing through the Clark Telescope

    View through the 24-inch, 120-year-old Clark Telescope! You and your guests will have a 2-hour private viewing. Lowell Observatory's Clark Telescope is considered one of the finest large refracting telescopes in the world. This telescope was used by Vesto Slipher to detect the Doppler shifts of other galaxies for the first time, which was the first evidence that the Universe is expanding. The Clark Telescope was also used by the Apollo Program to make the maps of the Moon in preparation for the first Moon landings, and was viewed through as part of training by the Astronauts that landed on the Moon. Viewing can be scheduled after the Kickstarter campaign is complete. Please note that the Clark Telescope cannot be opened in cloudy conditions, or in extremely windy or humid conditions. In the event that the telescope cannot be opened, you may reschedule your private viewing, or opt for a different program such as a private tour of Lowell Observatory. This level also includes all the rewards of the lower levels: the live webinar with Ted Dunham, a family membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, the Pluto Pack parts one and two, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    Meeting with the Restoration Team

    You can meet the Pluto telescope restoration team! A member of the restoration team will show you around the Lowell Observatory workshops, the Pluto Discovery Telescope, and introduce you to other members of the telescope restoration team. You can schedule this reward after the completion of the Kickstarter campaign. This level also includes the rewards of the $5 to $248 donation levels: the live webinar with Ted Dunham, a family membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, the Pluto Pack parts one and two, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    Replica of Discovery Photograph

    Claim an authentic replica of one of the Pluto discovery photographic plates! This reward includes a replica of the plate envelope with Tombaugh's notes about that night. Also includes the rewards from the $5 to $248 levels: the live webinar with Ted Dunham, a family membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, the Pluto Pack parts one and two, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    A Night in the Clyde Tombaugh Apartment

    Spend a night in the apartment where Clyde Tombaugh lived when he discovered Pluto! You'll also receive a private extended tour of the Lowell Observatory grounds with Lowell Observatory historian Kevin Schindler, and a private viewing through the Clark Telescope (please see the Clark Telescope reward for information on weather restrictions). This reward can be scheduled after the completion of the Kickstarter campaign. This level also includes the rewards from the $5 to $248 levels: the live webinar with Ted Dunham, a family membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, the Pluto Pack parts one and two, the virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, the Virtual Pluto Pack, a thank you card, and your name in the Pluto Dome.

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    Deep Space Image

    Get one of the awe-inspiring images taken with Lowell’s Discovery Channel Telescope to display on your wall. Our 4.3-meter primary mirror research telescope takes incredible images of galaxies millions of light-years away. This donation level also includes the reward from the lower levels: A Family Membership to Friends of Lowell Observatory, Pluto Pack parts one and two, virtual tour of the Pluto Dome, virtual Pluto Pack, thank you card and your name in the Pluto Dome for at least five years. The market value of this reward is $15.00 and the remainder is tax-deductible.

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