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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... 

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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.

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    Down For the Cause.

    GIVE ANY AMOUNT YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH, but give what you can. You don't need material things, you're a space monkey ready to be shot into space for the greater good. Where else can you give to a good cause and be a patron of both art and science for $1?

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    Black Rock Observatory Bandana

    Black Rock Observatory Logo Bandana (great for a dust mask or space piracy). You can even use it to find your way back to camp. Seriously though, just get a 3M n9211 for your dust mask.

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    Black Rock Observatory Patch

    Sew it on to your fanny pack and get your butt kicked on the way to school or be the cool hero-geek hanging with the cool kids at Burning Man.

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    Black Rock Observatory T-Shirt

    A quality T-shirt with the Black Rock Observatory Logo. What better way is there to show your support? Oh, and you'll look cool too.

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    Catch a Falling Star

    Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Save it for a rainy day.

    Yes, your very own meteorite to have and to hold. Black Rock Observatory's own Major Tom will verify and state that every sample we send is a bonafide shooting star that made it all the way to earth. Sample sizes will vary, but all will be pocket-sized and easily held in the hand, passed around and shown to friends and family. Make a wish, catch a shooting star now. Reward includes card with information about the meteorite suitable to include with any collection and a small case to protect the meteorite.

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    2018 Black Rock Observatory Talks

    A video compilation of the presentations we had at the Observatory in 2018. These are some mind-blowing presentations from some of the world's best science educators. You won't be disappointed. No shipping! You'll be sent a link to the videos.

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    T-Shirt and Talks Special!

    A two for one deal! You'll get a Black Rock Observatory T-shirt and also our video compilation of the presentations we had at the Observatory in 2018. You can lounge in style as you get your dose of mild blowing science!

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    Hoodie!

    We found the BEST quality Hoodies! They are warm and soft and cuddly and will sport the 2019 BRO Logo on the front and our BRC placement on the back with the symbols of the planets we saw this year. Our most popular reward! All the cool kids are wearing them.

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    Hoodie plus Mystery Gift Special

    Get an official Black Rock Observatory Hoodie plus a mystery gift which will be put into the hoodie pocket. What could the mystery gift be? Perry Como might just know!

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    Package Deal

    Black Rock Observatory logo Hoodie + T-shirt + Bandana + Patch. As if you don't already look geeky enough. Fly your nerd flag high. Real high.

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    Show Me the Stars (USA)

    We will deploy a Black Rock Observatory astronomer and telescope to you. Subject to the availability of astronomers on the dates you desire and subject to travel costs.

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    Show Me the Stars (International)

    A Black Rock Observatory astronomer will travel internationally with a telescope to show you the stars. Date to be arranged. Subject to cost of travel and availability of Black Rock Observatory astronomers,

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