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 CevvelWiner ObservatoryThomas Wroblewski
    Wolf Creek ObservatoryDr. John SohlEric Rachut
    Bob TaylorRASC Ottawa Centre
    Dr. Barbara G. Harris
    Kevin Abeln
    Joseph TrerotolaSouthern Maryland Astronomical Society

    Putman Mountain Observatory

    and Gary Spiers
    Dave EricksonDavid Oesper
    Michael RudyDick PostDan Gray
    Steve Altstadt
    Naperville Astronomical Association
    William C. BrysonBert StevensAmateur Telescope Makers of Boston
    BigMailer.ioRalph E. TaggartDavid McDavid
    Audie Hickey
    Aaron Berner
    Jane Houston Jones and Morris jonesExcel offers Middle School Online
    Jerry Spevak
    Ward Lake ObservatoryRob & Theresa BritschgiGregg H Schultz
    Liz Martin
    Immigration Law of Montana, P.CSteven D. SchlagelRusty, NHAC
    James LindelienFirestarter SEOLake County Astronomical Society
    Tim KearsleyPatrick ManleyJohn Mart
    Jim MazurValley of the Moon Observatory AssociationMatrix Engineering, Inc
    Industrial, Institutional and Commercial Electrical Engineering
    John HarrisMark C.Andy Schlei
    John Goar of olympictelescope.comMark BiersackOregon Star Party Commitee
    Roger Appeldorn
    Walnut Canyon Cabins
    Joel E. GuthalsDave & RobertIn memory of Maurice L. Battin, Jr.
    Mark Hanning-LeeActon Sky PortalIn 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, Dianne
    Sola Virtus Observatory
    Ronald DiIulio
    Oscar HelmStuart LevyEugene Astronomical Society
    Michael Rosolina
    Karen Miller SLCA member of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society.

    Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club
    Greg Halac (NCAS)Shneor Sherman
    Save Mount DiabloDr. Michael W. RidenhourBuffalo Astronomical Association
    Carl RolandCharles TsoiIn Focus Astronomy
    Bob MacArthurNoah AlbersWalt Lickteig
    Jeffrey PatrickRoss ArriensAbolfath Hidaji
    Clyde MillerMichael Vander Vorst for the San Diego Astronomy Association
    Casino Slam EspaƱ
    Personal Injury Attorney Los Angeles
    Charles S MorrisJohn & Cathy Moore
    Mark & Anne MannerRobert & Teresa WhiteCharles R. Wright
    Chippewa Valley Astronomical SocietyBirmingham Astronomical SocietyKim and John Pauly
    George Varga - MTRP VolunteerJoseph & Amy GallowayC. E. Steuart Dewar
    Robert Hall

    Astronomical Society of Northern New England
    Eric Garen
    Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
    Carl Van Bogaert

    AquilaMission.Space Book Series. Doug Cook
    Tri-Valley Stargazers Astronomy ClubPaul DawsonErik Stensland
    Texas Astronomical SocietyArrowhead Astronomical Society (Duluth,MN)Steven Hencken
    Jim GerlachDenny MorseSue and Alan French
    Tim Povlick
    Santaluz Observatory
    Gloucester Area Astronomy ClubSkiPi Online Observatory
    Chris SRhonda Weeks
    Riverside Astronomical SocietyTodd KuniokaTelescopes in Education
    The BD Software web siteGeorge PalermoEric Buehrens
    David M. DouglassJeffrey Lowe
    Fremont Peak Observatory AssociationMarc GravelIn memory of Charlie Brown - Patrick J. Madden
    David T. and Jean M. LongJane GnassJoseph Geiger
    Deerfield Observatory
    State College PA
    Michael FreebergGlenn Littledale
    Klaus Peltsch
    and the
    Algoma Area Astronomers
    Thomas Blog
    Becky CorettiDan RicheyJohn Dawson
    The Wilkersons of PittsburghBuy Youtube Promotion Packages With BRSM.IOBonebrake Center of Nature and History
    Oscar EcheverriNorth Shore Erie Amateur AstronomersRajilina
    Michael ToomeyTom LynchTiffiny Mansouri
    Tony Levatino
    Ryan David
    Matt WoodwardCamOp GregRichard and Tamara Read
    Frog Hollow Obs
    Cary MacWilliamsMatthias SchmittRalph S. Miller
    Jim DavisHorace SmithTom Neville
    Kevin DixonBrian M. CarrollDale Moser
    Garry BeckstromDave HasenauerDiego Gomez
    Frank M. Klicar

    MedoMak Family Camp & Retreat Center
    John W. BannenAndrew DuttonMike Lewis
    Bob Stoffregen
    Keith Gosse
    Sponsored by the free Minecraft modpack: GT New Horizons
    Old Fields Observatory
    Stephen CraigPhilip MasseyMartin Wilson
    Brian L. ThrelkeldNicole ShyongBrad Walter
    Souder PropertiesThomas WalkerRusty Guinn
    Martin FlynnJ PerezPeter Kennett
    Katherine SantosRASC Halifax CentreSteve Cariddi
    Northern Cross Science FoundationJim WoodsGene and Charlotte Dupree
    Alan SmallboneRobert Martin Ayers
    Science Fund
    Herman Zwirn
    Sara and Kelly FitzhughDerek Croft
    Indiana Astronomical SocietyJerome Hollon

    Michael A. Covington, writer
    Mike DoddRalph RichardAlbany Area Amateur Astronomers
    Sylvester StysRobin Grainer
    A University for Life Skills
    John R. CrillyUberclock
    Justin BailoDavid D.Bob Hillier
    John DownieMark PedleyTAAS
    Dan FennessySteve SiedentopDirect Insurance Services
    Utah Car Insurance
    Joseph Comeaudeepskyobjects.comNational Auto Sales 1
    Used Cars Hickory NC
    Merlin MillerJonDBenzene the Cat
    MSRO Science, Inc.Jay Buster

    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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