Black Rock Observatory has accomplished a lot in the last year, and we are aiming to do even more in the coming years. While getting people to look through telescopes is and always shall be our main mission, with your help, we grew! Our new Black Rock Observatory Theme Camp at Burning Man was a rip-roaring success. We had world-class presentations, a new coelostat solar telescope to add to our daytime observing, and a space for people to hang out and get their science on all day long and then go to the dome to observe the heavens through the telescopes.
Already this season we’ve inspired awe at the SOAK event in Oregon, Element 11 in Utah, the Museum of Natural History in LA, Oregon Country Fair, the SHIFT Festival in Oregon, soon the La Brea Tar Pits and we’re just getting started!
In addition to deploying telescopes, we have a brand new travelling meteorite museum, the Anthony C. Lanni Memorial Meteorite Museum in honor of our friend, member and inspiration to all, Anthony Lanni, who passed away this year. While most people have seen a shooting star, very few have held one, or seen how different they can be. Stony, metallic, and even bits of the moon and Mars. Yes, the sky is falling. It's raining rocks, and we want to show you what it all means. Well, with a little help from you, that is.
Each year we spend thousands to get to and from locations throughout the West. Most of that money is transportation and then we end up spending more just to safely store our fine optical equipment and domes over the winter. This season’s campaign is to raise enough money to buy a box truck for transportation and year-round storage of the observatory and telescopes. The beautiful thing about this idea is that it actually saves money over renting transportation and storage elsewhere and lets us spend more on the important things like getting more meteorites into the collections of kids. How many more lifetimes of excitement can we kick off if we don’t have to spend so much on just getting there? With this Kickstarter, we aim to find out!
One More Thing! Black Rock Observatory is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization. Which means that your contribution is tax deductible. You’ll get an email with a receipt before tax time so you can remember to take the deduction. As always, consult with a tax professional...
Risks and challenges
We know that a lot of you have supported us in the past, which is how we got to where we are, so thank you!! We really want to make this project sustainable, and hope that this year we can start finding other funding sources and reduce our transportation costs substantially.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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