Observatory Project

Help fund the first public observatory in West Michigan. The Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing is the perfect setting to study the night sky and explore our universe.

 


The Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association is a group of individuals with a common interest in astronomy. Our charter is to promote science and astronomy in West Michigan through public outreach initiatives in partnership with Ottawa County Parks, the Holland State Park, Hope College, the Holland Museum, local libraries, parks, public schools and other astronomical societies.
In collaboration with Ottawa County Parks, we propose building a public observatory at Hemlock Crossing.  The roughly 14 by 14 foot facility will have a rotating dome and house a 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Solar panels will store energy during the day to power the building and telescope at night.
The proposal has been approved by Ottawa County Parks, including concept, design, and location of the observatory. We are now seeking funds to enable the project to move forward.
The total project will cost an estimated $65,000 and we have already secured over $38,000.  This leaves a balance of $27,000 that is still needed.  Our goal is to secure funding by December 31, 2018.
We are reaching out to the community and requesting financial support.   There are two ways you can contribute to the fund.

The first way is through a donation.  We accept cash, checks, or you can make a credit card payment through the PayPal donate button below. We will send a confirmation email to let you know we received your donation.

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The second way is through a pledge. With a pledge, you simply indicate an amount you are willing to give.  When we reach our financial goal we will contact you to honor payment of the pledge.  There is no obligation and you can back out at any time.

To make a pledge, simply fill out the form below and submit it.  We will send a confirmation email to let you know we received your pledge.

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