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Restore the Pluto Discovery Telescope

A project in Flagstaff, AZ by Lowell Observatory

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Preserve the telescope that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto for generations to come!
Backers: 577
Average Pledge Per Backer: $56

Funded: $32,173 of $22,765
Dates: Jul 13th -> Aug 22nd (40 days)
Project By: Lowell Observatory
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Latest News

More Clark Telescope Fine Art Prints!

August 18th - via:
Due to their popularity, we've made available five more prints of the Clark Telescope photograph by Spencer Brown! These photographs were taken specifically to help raise money for the Pluto Discovery Telescope. There's only three days left of our... (Read More)

More Pluto Stories: How Clyde Tombaugh's parents found out, plus one of the last people to make photographs with the Pluto Telescope

August 13th - via:
As another thank you to our backers for your support, we thought we'd share a few more stories about the telescope with you all.  Kevin Schindler is Lowell Observatory's historian. He has lots of stories to tell about Tombaugh; here's one of them:... (Read More)

Stretch Goal and More...

August 9th - via:
Have you seen our new goal? We just updated our Campaign page to include a Stretch Goal of $32,765 to renovate the Pluto Dome Exhibit! These funds are needed for Lowell to provide the most current Pluto information to our visitors. Check out our page... (Read More)

Over our goal!

August 6th - via:
We just reached our main Kickstarter goal! We're enormously grateful to everyone who's contributed. Thanks to you, we'll be able to do a lot of preservation and restoration work on the telescope. For anyone still thinking of contributing: it's not... (Read More)

A Girl and Pluto

August 5th - via:
We wanted to share a bit more about Pluto and the telescope that discovered it with you. Pluto and it's story have inspired a lot of people over the years. A few of those people end up working here. With your help, this telescope and its story will... (Read More)

Ask Us Anything on Reddit!

August 3rd - via:
A few of our Lowell Observatory staff will be holding a Reddit AMA tomorrow, August 4th, at 1:00 PM Arizona time! (That's 3:00 PM EST.) If you have any questions about Pluto or the Observatory where it was discovered, it will be a great time to ask!... (Read More)

We're getting there!

August 1st - via:
We just want to say THANK YOU for all of the donations and messages in support of this project! It's wonderful to see our campaign so far along. Now let's blow past this goal! You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with... (Read More)

300 backers!

July 27th - via:
We just reached the 300 backer milestone! It's great to see so much love for Pluto and for the telescope that was used to discover it. Thanks, everyone, for your support!  (Read More)

A new Kickstarter aims to preserve the telescope that found Pluto

July 26th - via:
In 1930, it found the first known Kuiper Belt Object. Now, this historic artifact is in need of a little repair. (Read More)

Over 40%! Also: pictures of the telescope's lens!

July 23rd - via:
 After just over a week, we're at nearly 50% of our goal! As a thank you to everyone who's backed us so far, we've decided to share a side of the telescope that's not usually seen: the inside. The heart of the telescope is its lens. The 13 inch... (Read More)

Day 5: over 25%!

July 19th - via:
After just five days, we're at over a quarter of our goal! We're extremely grateful to all of our backers. Don't forget to spread the word, and let your friends know that they can take part in preserving this piece of history!  (Read More)

Day one: 10%!

July 15th - via:
Just over a day into our campaign, we already have over a tenth of our goal! Thanks very much to each and every one of our backers. With your help and the help of people like you, we'll preserve this part of our heritage and let it inspire people for... (Read More)

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