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#TeamMopra - Save a Telescope & Map the Milky Way

A project in Coonabarabran, AU by Catherine Braiding

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Come and join us on a voyage of interstellar exploration as we chart the least known part of the Milky Way – its Delta Quadrant.
Backers: 1251
Average Pledge Per Backer: $75 AUD

Funded: $93,374 AUD of $65,000 AUD
Dates: Sep 4th -> Oct 10th (37 days)
Project By: Catherine Braiding
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Latest News

20 Hours to Go! T-Shirts!

October 10th - via:
Hi Team Mopra,  This is just a very quick update as I rush around answering questions and enjoying the end-of-campaign panic. Here's our not-quite-finalised t-shirt design, by the very talented Gennifer Bone:  I love the way Mopra has turned out,... (Read More)

$85,000!!!!!!!! You guys continue to amaze!

October 6th - via:
Hello Team Mopra!  Time to crack open the bubbly and have a group hug!  Thank you to everyone who has joined up to make this campaign such a huge success. We wouldn't be here without you! As you can see in the photo, we finally made it to the... (Read More)

1,000 Backers! Stickers for All! Patches and Public Appearances!

October 1st - via:
Hello Team Mopra! I'm writing to you from a train to congratulate us all on reaching 1,000 backers, which I'd forgotten about when coming up with stretch goals for the campaign! So I've made an executive decision to declare that we've reached our new... (Read More)

Everything is Awesome!

September 25th - via:
Hello, Team Mopra! Have you had an amazing week? Ours has been pretty special. We passed two important milestones: $75,000, and 900 backers, we've added (Chilean) Spanish subtitles to the project video, and we got an extra few hours on our observing... (Read More)

Stretch Goals!

September 18th - via:
Ahoy, Team Mopra! (Don't forget that tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day!) I'm still in a state of shock about reaching our goal so quickly. You should all be very proud of yourselves for being awesome.  As we said earlier, all of the money that... (Read More)

Funded! But there's still more to do!

September 16th - via:
You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00  Hello Team Mopra!  We did it! We did it! We did it! Thank you to all of you who helped us get this far! We appreciate every one of you... (Read More)

Australian scientists turn to crowd-funding to keep interstellar project going

September 14th - via:
Professor Micheal Burton and his team of about 20 Australian scientists are on the brink of abandoning their project to map our galaxy’s fourth quadrant because they can’t get $60,000. (Read More)

End of the weekend excitement!

September 13th - via:
Good evening Team Mopra! (Does it still count as evening if it's after midnight?) It's only been two days since our last update, but the milestones are coming thick and fast at the moment. Not only have we passed 400 backers, but we're very close to... (Read More)

Crowdfunding soll Teleskop-Betrieb sichern

September 13th - via:
Das Mopra-Teleskop kartografiert die Milchstraße. Doch Budgetkürzungen bedrohen das Projekt und Astronomen wollen den Abschluss nun über Crowdfunding finanzieren. (Read More)

The end of our first week…

September 11th - via:
Hello Team Mopra, Wow. What a day it's been. In case you missed it, there was an article on ABC Science about Mopra and our efforts to save it, which has lead to an amazing influx of backers. To the point where even as we were posting our celebratory... (Read More)

More than 13% funded and 120+ backers, woohoo!

September 8th - via:
Hello Team Mopra! It's been amazing to meet so many people with a passion for science, especially those of you we got to meet in person at the UNSW open day on Saturday. We have one more big public event lined up for the campaign, when the Team... (Read More)

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