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The Astronomy Legacy Project

A project in Rosman, NC by Michael Castelaz

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Unexplored astronomical research areas will emerge as century-old analog data is made accessible in digital format online.
Backers: 327
Average Pledge Per Backer: $52

Funded: $16,985 of $67,000
Dates: Oct 15th -> Nov 19th (36 days)
Project By: Michael Castelaz
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Latest News

On Future Updates

November 19th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Gratitude to All Backers of the Astronomy Legacy Project

November 18th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Astronomy Legacy Project and Science Education

November 15th - via: kickstarter.com
We have 4 days left – We hope new backers will join the nearly 300 others and become members of the Astronomy Legacy Project!   We can only imagine the impact the digitized images from the Astronomy Legacy Project will have on our Science,... (Read More)

The Future

November 15th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

Henize Astronomical Photographic Plate Collection

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
We thought you might like to see one of the first plates we will digitize from the Henize collection which was taken over a 3 year period. APDA acquired this collection in the summer of 2010.  Dr. Henize wrote his Ph.D. Dissertation from the images... (Read More)

Naming the ALP Astronomical Digital Image Archive

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Wow! All of you are really making a difference! Let’s hope this continues as we approach 300 backers!  If you are thinking about backing this project, please remember that every pledge helps! We understand that every pledge is significant.  Your... (Read More)

Check out Popular Science!

November 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Our project is featured on the Popular Science Website!  It was just published today, November 11.    If you want to go directly to the article, click here. We have only 8 days to go - and we will continue our efforts to let people know about the... (Read More)

Zooming in on M55

November 7th - via: kickstarter.com
With twelve days to go to the deadline of November 19th, 201 people have signed on to help the project. But we are still a long way from the financial goal. Please consider helping us with this exciting project. No donation is too small.   We... (Read More)

Approaching 200 Backers!

November 6th - via: kickstarter.com
We have less than 2 weeks to go and are approaching 200 Backers! We are encouraged by the support, but continue to be diligent in promoting this project. Doing a web search for The Astronomy Legacy Project brings up a dozen hits on the first 2 pages... (Read More)

On YouTube

November 5th - via: kickstarter.com
You can view the video submitted just a little while ago for Update #10 on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtr3POvVEZE Please share this with everyone!  (Read More)

The APDA Plate Collections

November 5th - via: kickstarter.com
We thought you might like to see a sampler of astronomical photographic plates found in the more than 40 collections in the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive.  These include the two collections we will digitize with the Astronomy Legacy Project... (Read More)

Just a Little More Than 2 Weeks to Go

November 4th - via: kickstarter.com
We have a little more than 2 weeks to go. We thank our Backers for continuing to let people know about the project as we continue our efforts as well!  The Astronomy Legacy Project has been on Reddit.com – the Front Page of the Internet. Take a... (Read More)

Meet Another Astronomy Legacy Project Digitizing Team Member

November 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
We thank all of our Backers and your help in getting the word out and look forward to meeting future Backers! Those who have pledged should know that, if they approve, their names will be on the Astronomy Legacy Project virtual wall of fame that we... (Read More)

Meet Another Digitizing Team Member

November 1st - via: kickstarter.com
We have a ways to go for funding, but still have more than 2 weeks. Let others know about this project, or if you have ideas of contacts we should make, please let us know. If you haven’t pledged, please remember that every dollar counts. We want... (Read More)

Meet the Digitizing Team

October 30th - via: kickstarter.com
The Astronomy Legacy Project campaign continues to grow! Thanks to all who share our vision to bring the 20th century of unexplored and important astronomical photographic data into the 21st century! We hope others will see the value and help out as... (Read More)

Great support so far! See new Astronomy Magazine Blog!

October 29th - via: kickstarter.com
We have had a large number of new backers since the last update, and the project continues to grow! Thanks to everyone!   The Astronomy Magazine website Blog now has an article about the Astronomy Legacy Project! This is very exciting!  Take a look... (Read More)

Approaching 100 Backers!

October 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Our Astronomy Legacy Team is growing!  We are near 100 Backers and are very excited by the enthusiasm for the project!  Thanks to everyone so far! We would like to point out just a few astronomy projects done with the plate collections in APDA.... (Read More)

Almost at 60 Backers!

October 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Thanks to everyone who has pledged! Every contribution is important! Take a look at the Sky and Telescope website.  A wonderful story about the Astronomy Legacy Project is in the Sky and Telescope news!  We are very happy to see this - thanks to... (Read More)

Image of NGC 2207 made with the Optek 713 VSM scanning machine

October 20th - via: kickstarter.com
We've passed the $2,000 mark with the help of 52 backers! Thanks to all of you!  We are making progress. To give a hint of where we are headed once digitizing begins, here is  an image of a set of colliding galaxies known as NGC 2207 from a part... (Read More)

Reaching 50 Backers!

October 18th - via: kickstarter.com
We are close to 50 Backers who we welcome as new members of the Astronomy Legacy Team!  The way this project is growing reminds me of sitting patiently at the eyepiece of the Keeler 30-inch Reflector telescope at Allegheny Observatory in 1985,... (Read More)

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