Friends of McDonald

As a Member, you can help fulfill our mission of bolstering K–12 education, by supporting the programs and resources we provide to teachers and students nationwide.

Member benefits vary by level, but all Members receive:

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International Memberships: Memberships outside of the U.S. must pay an additional fee due to international postage costs for shipping the bi-monthly StarDate Magazine.

  • Canada and Mexico, add $29 to standard Friends membership rate
  • Europe and Asia, add $40 to standard Friends membership rate

Member Benefits

Stargazer, $50

Launch Team Dual, $75

Stargazer benefits for two persons

Launch Team Family, $100

Launch Team Dual benefits for up to five persons

Membership in the North American Reciprocal Museums Program

Explorer, $175

Launch Team Family benefits, plus:

  • Two individual Star Party passes to share with family and friends
  • Two complimentary passes to a 107-inch Special Viewing Night (excludes the cost of dinner)
  • Two complimentary Twilight Program passes

Orion Circle, $500

Explorer benefits, plus:

  • Two individual daytime program passes to share with family and friends
  • Two additional individual Star Party passes to share with family and friends
  • Two additional Twilight Program passes
  • Two additional passes to a 107-inch Special Viewing Night (excludes the cost of dinner)
  • Four passes to a 36-inch Special Viewing Night
  • Subscription to the Orion Circle newsletter
  • Advance notice of 82-inch Special Viewing Nights (with 25% discount)
  • Invitation to the annual Orion Festival hosted by the Observatory director
  • Annual donor report

Orion Supernova, $1,000

Orion Circle, benefits plus:

  • Three additional individual Star Party passes to share with family and friends
  • Three additional individual daytime program passes to share with family and friends
  • Invitations to special events as they become available
  • StarDate Radio same-day access to podcasts

*Benefits subject to change; reservations required for Special Viewing Night programs and Astronomers Lodge accommodations; reservations strongly encouraged for all other public programs. Please call 512.475.8843 or e-mail friends@mcdonaldobservatory.org for information.

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