Clear Sky Chart

  • Sponsors
  • Why be a sponsor?
  • What does sponsorship pay for?
  • How to be a sponsor?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Sponsors

    Sponsors are remarkably wise and kind people who have contributed money to help defray the costs of generating clear sky charts from CMC data. They have my deepest thanks:

    Hans Flaatrud
    Jnani Cevvel
    Bob Taylor
    Winer ObservatoryDr. John SohlRASC Ottawa Centre
    Kevin Abeln

    Putman Mountain Observatory
    Dave EricksonDarkRangerTelescopeTours.comSouthern Maryland Astronomical Society
    Dick PostDan Gray
    Eric RachutDr. Barbara G. HarrisAndy Schlei
    Gregg H SchultzTim Povlick
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    The Astronomical Society of New Haven
    Tim KearsleyOscar HelmDigital Science Inc.
    Roger AppeldornJoel E. GuthalsAmateur Telescope Makers of Boston
    Michael RudyBert StevensRalph S. Miller
    Ward Lake ObservatoryCharles R. WrightJoseph & Amy Galloway
    Liz MartinDavid McDavidCarl Van Bogaert
    Denny MorseDavid OesperSkiPi Online Observatory
    Matrix Engineering, Inc
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    Chris SEugene Astronomical Society
    Telescopes in EducationEric BuehrensDirect Insurance Services
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    In memory of Charlie Brown - Patrick J. Madden
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    Jerry SpevakPaul Dawson
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    George Palermo
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    Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club
    Bob PittMichael RosolinaFrank Willburn
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    A member of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society.
    Gary Spiers
    Clyde Miller
    Steven D. Schlagel
    New Mexico Skies, Inc.John & Cathy MooreJamie Kern
    Jane Houston Jones and Morris jonesRalph E. TaggartCharles S Morris
    Tragaperras-online.orgActon Sky PortalDelaware Valley Amateur Astronomers

    Astronomical Society of Northern New England
    Carl RolandRobert Hall
    Birmingham Astronomical SocietyRobert & Elaine WhitePeter Birren
    Jim McClure
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    C. E. Steuart DewarDudley Observatoryhome roofing Brisbane
    Jim MazurHonoring the ongoing contributions of Dr. Alvin Ureles

    Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society
    Patrick ManleyThe Dilly Hill ObservatoryTri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy Club
    Jacques LesageGeorge Varga - MTRP VolunteerGloucester Area Astronomy Club
    Arrowhead Astronomical Society (Duluth,MN)Sue and Alan Frenchfinger food catering Brisbane
    Jim GerlachCory MartinRusty, NHAC
    Chippewa Valley Astronomical SocietyDave KazalaDavid M. Douglass
    Audie HickeyJeffrey Lowe
    Lee & Gail Davidson
    in memory of
    L. Nevil Davy
    Roland PrevostValley of the Moon Observatory AssociationTodd Kunioka
    Cincinnati Astronomical SocietyRiverside Astronomical SocietyKlaus Peltsch
    and the
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    East Valley Astronomy Club and The Saguaro Astronomy Club
    Fremont Peak Observatory AssociationDeerfield Observatory
    State College PA
    Humane Animal HospitalNorthern Cross Science FoundationGene and Charlotte Dupree
    Patrick Dickey
    North Shore Erie Amateur Astronomers
    Mark Hanning-LeeRhonda WeeksToney Burkhart
    RichardSchulzCharlie MillerIn memory of Maurice L. Battin, Jr.
    Daniel WinnSonoma County Astronomical SocietyOregon Star Party Commitee
    Mike DoddRay BertucciJim Davis
    John Goar of olympictelescope.comBert BeadleThe BD Software web site
    Mike LewisWayne FreyPhilip Massey
    Bonebrake Center of Nature and HistoryJimmy BookOnline Slots Australia
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    Dave & RobertRandy Boddam
    Kim PaulyMichael ToomeyRick Krynick
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    Naperville Astronomical Association
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    In Focus AstronomyFriends of Ritter Observatory"Sky Ranger"
    Esther DavenportThomas WalkerHorace Smith
    deepskyobjects.comRASC Halifax Centre
    Stuart LevyFred CollisonBrad Walter
    Stephen Craig
    Austin Kirk
    SkyShack ObservatoryBob Hillier
    Tom NevilleKaren Miller SLCSky Hound Observatory
    Dave ReeseDavid YoungWalt Lickteig
    Bruce WaddingtonBob
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    Martin FlynnAbolfath HidajiWilliamson Backyard Observatory
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    Phillip V. VirdenDan FennessySave Mount Diablo
    Super Sweep Street Clean and Power SweepingHowie & DebbieOscar Echeverri
    Ian ZedalisMark CroomAlbany Area Amateur Astronomers
    John Downie
    Dmitri Semenov
    Adam BryantHarvard Optical SETIJohn Garlisch
    Graham Blake

    Salt Lake Astronomical Society
    Buffalo Astronomical AssociationSouder PropertiesNight Skies Network
    J PerezJoseph Mulledy
    Andre VaillancourtMichael Vander Vorst for the San Diego Astronomy AssociationIsland County Astronomical Society

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    Benzene the CatIn memory of my beloved Marty. I know you created a galaxy from the light within your heart. I'll see you on the other side of the stars. All my love, DianneFAR Laboratories
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    Why be a sponsor?

    Aside from knowing that you're helping north-american astronomers observe more often and the sheer joy of altruism, it gives me an opportunity to thank you in some small ways.

    It seems appropriate to me to give more computing resources to sponsored charts -- after all, sponsors are helping to pay precisely for that.

    It currently takes about two hours for me to update all chart pages after a CMC forecast update. I update the sponsored charts first. In the event of a system or hardware failure, I may only be able to update sponsored charts until I can make repair. Some cpu-intentensive features, like the climate/history pages, I only do for sponsored charts.

    What does sponsorship pay for?

    More importantly, sponsorship does not pay for the basic data from which I generate the charts. That data is offered to everyone for free by the Canadian Meteorological Centre though their public web page.

    Sponsorship does reduce some of the costs of internet access, web hosting, computers, software development and caffeine that I use to generate clear sky charts.

    How to be a sponsor.

    No amount is too small. I list sponsors for about a week per us dollar of sponsorship. (I ask more from commercial sponsors and do more for commercial sponsors. Email me for details.)

    There are two ways to sponsor:

    • Mail me a check. Please do not use the address printed in the February 2004 issue of Sky & Telescope page 69; it is wrong even with Stuart's correction. Instead, please Email me for the correct snail mail address. US dollar and personal checks are fine. Note that postage to me from the USA is us$1.15 and from Canada is can$0.85. A check gets the greatest amount of your sponsorship to me but is slow.

    • Or click on a button below to send money from your Paypal account or credit card.

      Non-Canadians please use: US Dollars

      Canadians Please use: Canadian Dollars

    In either case, let me know:
    1. what name you'd like credited on this page. I can also link your web page, if you like.
    2. The names of any clear sky chart pages you'd like your sponsorship to be acknowledged on.
    I always acknowledge receipt with an email.

    How much does it cost?

    There is no minimum sponsorship amount. I am greatful for any support. I also do not send past sponsors follow-up emails asking for more money.

    But to be fair to all sponsors, I acknowledge sponsors on this page, and on chart pages they've chosen to support, for a time proprotional to their sponsorship.

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