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We're building a real astronomical observatory for Burning Man 2014 and beyond, complete with giant telescope and science exhibits.
A mobile astronomical observatory for outreach.
A mobile astronomical observatory for outreach.
644 backers pledged $28,118 to help bring this project to life.

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    Digital Download of a Major Tom Burning Man photograph of Gregg Fleishman's Temple of Whollyness, Laura's Kimpton's "BELIEVE," or the Mars Rover Art Car + our thanks and dusty hugs on the playa.

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    At this level, donors will receive one Black Rock Observatory sticker, a high resolution digital photograph of Black Rock City by Major Tom and our sincere thanks.

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    YOUR NAME LASER ENGRAVED onto our prototype observatory dome destined for Burning Man 2014 + Digital Download of Major Tom Burning Man photograph

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    Spacey songstress, Kim Boekbinder, will give you a download code for her new astro-themed album at this level. The Sky is Calling journeys deep into the universe with dancey supernova beats and haunting orbital harmonics. See link to the music video of the single in the text and check out Kim's website for more samples.

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    Your choice of Black Rock Observatory Patch for showing your support, Black Rock Observatory Logo Bandana (great for a dust mask or space piracy) or Gregg Fleishman Geometry Poster Download.

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    A quality T-shirt with the Black Rock Observatory Logo, see photo. Because DPW looks cool in those black shirts and why should they have all the fun? Blacker than the blackest void of deep dark space.

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    Customized Astrolabe Star Map for the dates of Burning Man or your birthday custom crafted by a Black Rock Observatory Crew Member and astrophysicist. See your special day artistically displayed with elements of the cosmos. See photo.

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    Black Rock Observatory Pewter Pendant based on an orthogonal view of our dome, Gregg Fleishman's interpretation of a Small Rhombicuboctahedron. A perfect way to keep this project close to the heart.

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    A high quality zipper hoodie with the Black Rock Observatory logo made from the fabric of space-time by aliens. For those cold nights dancing under the stars on the playa.

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    PACKAGE DEAL
    Black Rock Observatory logo Hoodie + Tshirt + Bandana + Patch + Wristband. As if you don't already look geeky enough. Fly your nerd flag high. Real high.

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    Real Nickel-Iron Meteorite - 4.5 Billion Years Old! Ancient Metal Space Crystals fallen to Earth, people! Get one. At least 50 grams of octahedrite with characteristic Widmanstatten patterns produced by cooling metal in zero gravity over millions of years. Awesome. Holy Geologic time, Batman.

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    Dome Cut List - Own your own full size copy of the Black Rock Observatory dome. Explore and modify Gregg Fleishman's groundbreaking design in your own backyard! Plans only; wood, labor and batteries not included.

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    Black Rock Observatory Frickin' Laser! A laser engraved laser with the Black Rock Observatory logo laser-engraved right on the laser. Laser. 100+ mW of handheld laser beam reaching many miles away. Use to point out constellations or be the jerk at the Man burn. Explain to people laser is really an acronym. Alienate people at parties!

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    Meteorite from Mars. Are you kidding me? Do they mean a real...YES, a real piece of the planet Mars! Mars has been hit pretty damn hard by big meteors, hard enough to knock chunks off and those chunks flew all the way to Earth. Boom! Martian meteorites. The real deal. Own a piece of another planet. Invest in Interplanetary Real Estate now!

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    Midnight tour of American Museum of Natural History in New York (2 hours) by mysteriously handsome man of science and Black Rock Observatory crew member. Tiptoe past dinosaurs, artifacts, spacey stuff and science exhibits in the dead of night, ninja your way through science and shadows. You can pretend the laser security system is on and acrobat yourself all the way through if you want. See AMNH while its closed to the public. You want this. Shhhhh. Guards.

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    Sky Tour. Project Lead Artist will setup a telescope in your camp at Burning Man 2014 and give you a personal 1 hour tour of the night sky after sunset.

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    Mars Rover Art Car Grilled Cheese Party. The Desert Wizards of Mars will conduct grilled cheeze experiments aboard the art car Dustiny in your camp at Burning Man 2014. Ray Cirino has created a super-efficient permaculture stove that can zap chz into melty submission in 30 seconds. Martian mutant vehicle galactic noms for your taste buds and best buds. Mmmmm. Space.

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    A private evening At Mt. Wilson Observatory near Los Angeles, Ca with you and up to 24 of your closest friends . Spend the night at the observatory that discovered the Big Bang. Use the historic 60" telescope, the largest in the world from 1908-1917! Stand in the footsteps of Einstein, Hawking and Hubble. See distant nebula, planets and galaxies. 5 hours of telescope viewing you will not forget. Ever.

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    Black Rock Observatory at your event! We will build the observatory and telescope at your event and give you and your guests a guided tour of the universe. Must be within the state of California or within 100 miles of Los Angeles, CA or travel expenses will apply. Must redeem before May 2015.

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