Sebastian Garciais creating Telescopius
Contribute what you want, starting at $1 :)
By becoming a patron you will be personally contributing to the development and maintenance of Telescopius. We'll be able to devote more time to the site, develop new features, improve existing ones, generate educational content, pay for the hosting and weather service, etc.
On top of that, and as a recognition for your support, you'll get the following rewards:
- Remove ads on the site while logged in, so you get a cleaner and faster experience.
- Priority support when contacting us.
- Patron badge/ribbon next to your user avatar, so others know you are contributing to the development of the site.
Thank you for your commitment to this project!
As a reward, you get the benefits from the previous tier plus:
- Once we reach our Goal #2 we'll start working on Weather Notifications. Patrons on this tier will be able to receive notifications when the sky is expected to be nice and steady during the upcoming days - that means less manual checking for you :)
Your contribution to this project is remarkable, and we want the world to know about it.
As a reward, you get the benefits of the previous tier plus:
- If you send us a link to your site, we'll display it on a special Patron / Thank you page listing the distinguished sponsors like you.
About Sebastian Garcia
Carl Sagan once said, “It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience”. Astronomy really changed how I experience the world and I really want to help people enjoy and spread astronomy as much as possible. That's why I intend to keep this service for free as long as I run it.
Initially, I was able to pay directly from my pockets to maintain the site because it had very little traffic and no costly features. Today, it wouldn't be possible to offer this service without the monthly user contributions and advertisements.
If you use the site regularly, or value its content for fellow astronomers, please consider supporting this project with a small monthly contribution to help cover the costs. Your contribution can start as low as you want, even $1! Think what $1, $5 or $10 means to you and contribute to this project knowing that you are helping spread this beautiful and soul-enriching hobby. But that's not where it ends, you'll also get rewards as a recognition for your support:
Remove ads from the siteSince you will be contributing directly to the development and maintenance of the site, we won't bother you with ads. All Patrons, whichever the tier, will stop seeing ads on the site while logged in. This means less distractions and a faster site for you.
Priority support when contacting usSome times it takes a while to catch up with all messages. Your monthly contribution to this project means you care about the site and we'll make an effort to be very responsive to your messages.
Recognition with a Patron badge/ribbonOther users interacting with you on astrophotography pages, private messages, etc., will immediately see you are committed to making the site better by being a Patron.
More RewardsUpper tiers have more rewards. Check the different tier details for more information. You can change your pledge (up or down) at any time in the future.
One-time donationsIf you'd rather make a one time donation, you can go to the one-time donation page: https://telescopius.com/donations. One-time donations don't have these rewards, so if you are thinking about donating e.g. $5 or $10 one time, consider becoming a Patron on the $1 tier for 5-10 months and you'll enjoy an ad-free experience during that time.
GoalsSimply put, the more patrons we have, the sooner different goals are reached:
Goal #1When the first goal is reached, we'll start working on making most of the planning section of the site work even when you are offline. That includes DSOs search, observing lists, calculators and more. You'll be able to do last minute checks on the field, right next to your telescope, even if you don't have an Internet connection.
Goal #2After reaching this goal we'll work Weather Notifications for patrons on tier 2 and beyond. This means you'll be able to get notifications when the weather forecast predicts good nights ahead - clear sky and decent seeing.
Goal #3Reaching this goal will mean the project is entirely supported by its patrons and we won't need to display ads anymore - for anyone!
There will be no need to log in to get rid of the ads, the site will run faster and will be cleaner for any visitor, even those who cannot contribute to the site. Patrons will effectively be doing not only themselves but every astronomer a favor by helping maintain this valuable resource.