Astrocampus

Bringing the mysteries of space closer to home

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This project received pledges on Mon 31 Mar 2014

This exciting project will open the University's observatories and telescopes to the public for inspiring evenings touring the night sky and fun-filled activity days for school groups.  Help us to furnish our space-themed outreach room, equip the site with engaging information boards, and make this site into an amazing resource for everyone.  Then come and join us to explore the wonders of our Universe...

What is the Astrocampus?

At the University of York, we have a great site known only as ‘The Astrocampus’.  It includes two observatories with three excellent telescopes (one 14" and two 10"), three solar telescopes, two radio telescopes and a large portakabin.  Our dream is to upgrade the facilities to not only benefit the undergraduates here, but to enable us to open the site to the general public and school groups.   

Our plan is to open the site once a week in the winter months and once a month in the summer months for public observing sessions.  These will be led by volunteers from the Department of Physics.  We will also open the site to school groups, who will be able to book in for exciting space-themed workshops, as well as using all of the telescopes on the site.  We’ll also be open to youth groups such as Brownies, Guides, Cubs, and Scouts for evening observing.  

Where will your money go?

The total cost of opening the Astrocampus as a facility for school groups and the general public is £25,000.  We have already raised £16,000 so you can help us to raise the remaining £9,000.  There’s a full breakdown of costs below, so you can see exactly where your money will go, but how about… 

Help us to go from this…                                            …to this…

 Portakabin InteriorAsrtoCapsul Interior



 

 

  

 

We were generously donated a Portakabin that we are now developing into a space-themed outreach room.  It will contain computers to control the radio telescopes and will have flexible furnishings to allow it to be used for schools workshops, public talks, and as somewhere to warm up when out using the telescopes!  

Or help us to go from this…                                                              …to this…

Radio Telescope Display Boards 

 

 

 

 

 

Two radio telescopes will be available for use on the site.  By each radio telescope and by each observatory, a display board will provide information about how the equipment works.  

or from this…                                                  …to this…

 Astrocampus at NightRolling Roof Observatory

 

 

 

 

 

Low-level red LED lighting will line the paths to make the site safe to access at night, without compromising the observing conditions.  

The detail...

Stage 1: Make the site accessible and functional

Expenditure

Description

Cost

Signage

Signs to point the way to the Astrocampus from the car park

£324

Lighting

60 red LED lights to line the paths

£1,800

Ramps

Ramp access to the AstroCapsule (Portakabin) to allow for disabled access

£800

Path levelling and widening

Level, wide paths to allow for disabled access and safe access at night

£500

Furniture for the AstroCapsule (Portakabin)

Four fitted desks with operator chairs from which to control the radio telescopes; 30 upholstered stacking chairs; 10 tables on castors (for flexible layouts); 2 storage cupboards.

£4,116

Storage in the Main Observatory

2 storage cupboards

£300

 

Total

£7,840

 

Stage 2: Make the site visually appealing and informative

Expenditure

Description

Cost

Design work

Design of our logo, the inside of the AstroCapsule, and the display boards

£2,100

Display boards

Manufacture and printing of the display boards

£1,524

Portakabin (AstroCapsule) displays

Stunning vinyl images that will make the Portakabin an exciting location to learn about space science

£1,080

Installation of displays

 To ensure that they look great...

£624

 

Total

£5,328

 

Stage 3: Publicity

Expenditure

Description

Cost

Website

Design and coding with a content management system to keep the site updated

£2,040

Map

A customised map to show the location of the Astrocampus with car parking

£312

Flyers

Design and print of 10,000 flyers

£516

 

Total

£2,868

 

Stage 4: Events

Expenditure

Description

Cost

Projector and computer screens

A projector, pull down screen and four computer screens will allow for talks, demonstrations of the radio telescopes to larger groups, and link ups to both our telescopes (via webcam) and larger telescopes around the world. 

£1,085

Hoodies for volunteers

Volunteers will be needed to staff the telescopes and run activities.  They should be easily identifiable.  There will be a team of 30 volunteers from the Department of Physics assisting at the site on a rotating basis. 

£600

Training for Volunteers

A 2-day training course for all volunteers that will cover the telescopes and different workshops on offer

£1,000

i-pads

A set of 10 i-pads to be used by school groups for activities and as guides to the sky by the general public

£5,031

Opening event

A whole-day extravaganza for school groups during the day and the general public in the evening.  This will cover venue hire, food for the volunteers, refreshments for the public/schools and expenses for a key-note speaker

£1,000

 

Total

£8,716

 

Total: £24,752

Extra cash?  We'd still like to add toilets to the site.  Our nearest toilets are in the Physics and Electronics building, which is a 5-10 minute walk away.  The cost of this will be £12,000 for both the building and plumbing.  

Can’t donate?  We’d still like your help…

  • Click the 'I want to help' button above to help spread the word about this project

  • Have useful skills or contacts?  Drop us an email at astrocampus@york.ac.uk

  • Keep up to date with developments at the Astrocampus by registering your interest on our website www.york.ac.uk/astrocampus 

  • Come along for a visit!  Booking will open on our website soon. 

Find out more…

www.york.ac.uk/astrocampus

 

Choose reward

Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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Pledge £10 or more

Donate £10 to buy a bit of Astrocampus! Receive a beautiful certificate and get you name listed on the website as a funder.

9 claimed

Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014

Pledge £15 or more

Look forward to the summer - now you'll be able to view the Sun in safety with these fab solar observing glasses. And that's on top of your certificate and name on the website.

6 claimed

Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014

Pledge £25 or more

Everything a £15 donor receives PLUS your chance to walk in Galileo's footsteps with this 'Build Your Own Telescope' kit.

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014

Pledge £50 or more

Not only will you be able to view the Sun in comfort with your solar observation glasses and gaze at the night skies with your home-made telescope, now enjoy navigating the skies with a Pocket Star Atlas. Why not bring it along with you when you visit the Astrocampus...

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014

Pledge £150 or more

In addition to all of the other goodies, donate £150 and receive the stunning 'Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Collection 2'. This beautiful hardback book is perfect for anyone who gazes in awe at the heavens. Plus, receive an exclusive place on a photography evening at the Astrocampus. We'll supply the telescopes, cameras and expertise, and you'll take away a memory stick of images that you have taken.

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014

Pledge £500 or more

For £500, not only receive the exciting rewards listed so far, but enjoy an exclusive evening at the Astrocampus for just you and your friends and family. Our volunteers will treat you to the gold star service: Enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst exploring the heavens at your leisure, with full access to all of our telescopes and resources.

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014

Pledge £1000 or more

As one of our top donors, enjoy your own exclusive night at the Astrocampus and all of the other rewards. In addition, your name or organisation logo will be recorded for posterity on a sponsors plaque at the entrance to the Astrocampus and on all of our display boards.

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2014