Join Friends of TSP Today!
As America’s first and foremost serious observing event, the TSP remains an unparalleled opportunity to observe and photograph the magnificent dark skies of the Southwest. Keeping this special tradition alive for many years to come is the highest priority of the volunteers who host the TSP.
Clearly, the TSP’s future success relies heavily on our access to the kind of remote, dark-sky environment that we have enjoyed these past twenty years. That is why we are establishing Friends of the TSP whose sole purpose is to preserve the Texas Star Party for years and years to come!
Why is this necessary?
Traditional star parties have no guaranteed lease on life. The SCAS temporarily cancelled the Winter Star Party because of damage to their site from Hurricane Georges. The Springfield Telescope Makers raised money for years to save Breezy Hill, the site of Stellafane, and saved their event by purchasing their own mountain! The RTMC was forced to relocate to Camp Oakes when owners of their former site declined to continue hosting Riverside. Even TSP itself relocated for one year in 1997 after negotiations with the landowners of its site broke down.
How do we help TSP be less vulnerable to external factors as property owners, natural disasters, and corporate sponsors?
Friends of the TSP will help to ensure the great tradition of the Texas Star Party, for present and future generations. Donations from our Friends Fund will build over the years, and will help to assure the best possible location, facility, and operation under the dark skies we know and love.
Help the Friends of the TSP sustain the Texas Star Party as a valuable resource for amateur astronomy, today and for years to come.
1. Conveniently make your TAX-DEDUCTIBLE $20, $30, $100 donation when you register for TSP (available only during Pre-registration dates (Nov-May). We’ll email you a receipt for tax purposes, after TSP.
2. Make a donation on Paypal.com though PayPal Giving Fund.
3. Recognize a deceased amateur astronomer friend, by adding their name to our Stars End memorial webpage.
4. Make your Amazon purchases through AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to your favorite charity when you shop. Exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping. Find out more on how to sign up and select Texas Star Party as your favorite charity.
5. Learn more about Adding TSP to Your Will or Trust.
Donations to Texas Star Party are tax-deductible, as an IRS 501(c)(3) organization for educational and scientific purposes.