"Major Tom" Varden is creating astronomy and science experiences.
6
patrons
$39
per month
I want to show people how beautiful the universe is. The more people look through telescopes, the better the world gets. Strange and beautiful things happen to those who peer at the sky. 

Black Rock Observatory is a mobile astronomical observatory. I've dedicated the past 4 years of my life to this project and it's been quite a ride. People absolutely love it and we MUST keep going. We've shared astronomy with over 50,000 people and that's just not enough. We're going to get to EVERYONE. Inspiration is hard to come by sometimes, but we haul it by the ton. Sharing the natural world with our participants can be crazy expensive, so I'm reaching out for help once again.

The Burning Man community gave birth to this project, but we didn't stop there. Rather than burn our lovely observatory, we just to decided to rebuild it over and over again. We've been all over California. We've been to Nevada and Colorado. We've even been to Mexico for Day of te Dead and travelled around the globe to Shehzhen, China. We've been to festivals, museums,gem shows, national parks, state parks and schools. Once, we even sat down with a Hollywood production company about making a television show. 

THIS MUST CONTINUE. With your help, it can. The faces of our visitors when they're confronted with the beauty of the universe tells me that we're doing good. We deal in "wows," gasps and inspiration. Help us share the sky and meteorites with the world.  

We have the brightest, hardest working and most dedicated science art crew there is. I'm lucky enough to have some of the greatest scientists in the world on my team (mega-busy folks) who sacrifice their free time to bring the excitement of science to the people. Black Rock Observatory IS volunteer labor and donations. And sweat. We all know how hard these folks work, so let's help them. Donations we receive allow us to NOT spend all of our money on this project. 

My wife and I spent over $10,000 on this project last year alone. My crew gives tirelessly and I'd like their costs to go away. Wouldn't it be great if, after they spent time and effort preparing, travelling and working, we could cover their gas money?! Let's do it folks. 

Have giant telescopes, will travel. See you outside under starry skies. Thanks for the support you've already given us. If we've earned your support, please donate. 

Tiers
Become A Patron Now!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • My eternal gratitude and hugs
Private Livestream
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Join us for a monthly livestream.
  • Monthly patron-only livestream where we'll talk about all things space. The crew and I will answer space questions and keep you in the loop on what's coming next. 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes videos
  • Plus all previous rewards
Name In The Credits
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.
  • Credits on an upcoming video
  • Plus all previous rewards
Join The Research Team
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's work together on an upcoming video. What would you like to see us do next?
  • Collaborate on an upcoming video
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$39 of $100 per month
This would cover auto insurance. To take science where it isn't, we must hit the road. Legally. We've spent over $20,000 in truck rental just to get to Burning Man 3 times. Help us get independently mobile so that we can keep our costs down and we can continue to give views of the sky away for free. We've just acquired a vehicle which frees us from truck rental, but the insurance is kinda steep. 
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I want to show people how beautiful the universe is. The more people look through telescopes, the better the world gets. Strange and beautiful things happen to those who peer at the sky. 

Black Rock Observatory is a mobile astronomical observatory. I've dedicated the past 4 years of my life to this project and it's been quite a ride. People absolutely love it and we MUST keep going. We've shared astronomy with over 50,000 people and that's just not enough. We're going to get to EVERYONE. Inspiration is hard to come by sometimes, but we haul it by the ton. Sharing the natural world with our participants can be crazy expensive, so I'm reaching out for help once again.

The Burning Man community gave birth to this project, but we didn't stop there. Rather than burn our lovely observatory, we just to decided to rebuild it over and over again. We've been all over California. We've been to Nevada and Colorado. We've even been to Mexico for Day of te Dead and travelled around the globe to Shehzhen, China. We've been to festivals, museums,gem shows, national parks, state parks and schools. Once, we even sat down with a Hollywood production company about making a television show. 

THIS MUST CONTINUE. With your help, it can. The faces of our visitors when they're confronted with the beauty of the universe tells me that we're doing good. We deal in "wows," gasps and inspiration. Help us share the sky and meteorites with the world.  

We have the brightest, hardest working and most dedicated science art crew there is. I'm lucky enough to have some of the greatest scientists in the world on my team (mega-busy folks) who sacrifice their free time to bring the excitement of science to the people. Black Rock Observatory IS volunteer labor and donations. And sweat. We all know how hard these folks work, so let's help them. Donations we receive allow us to NOT spend all of our money on this project. 

My wife and I spent over $10,000 on this project last year alone. My crew gives tirelessly and I'd like their costs to go away. Wouldn't it be great if, after they spent time and effort preparing, travelling and working, we could cover their gas money?! Let's do it folks. 

Have giant telescopes, will travel. See you outside under starry skies. Thanks for the support you've already given us. If we've earned your support, please donate. 

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Tiers
Become A Patron Now!
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
Unlock exclusive content and join my community of patrons. Thank you!
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Connect with other patrons
  • My eternal gratitude and hugs
Private Livestream
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
Join us for a monthly livestream.
  • Monthly patron-only livestream where we'll talk about all things space. The crew and I will answer space questions and keep you in the loop on what's coming next. 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes videos
  • Plus all previous rewards
Name In The Credits
$20 or more per month 2 patrons
As a patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible.
  • Credits on an upcoming video
  • Plus all previous rewards
Join The Research Team
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Let's work together on an upcoming video. What would you like to see us do next?
  • Collaborate on an upcoming video
  • Plus all previous rewards