Friends of the Observatory

The Observatory is possible because of a gift from J. Donald Cline, a grant from the National Science Foundation, and the support of the Guilford Technical Community College Board of Trustees. Its presence on campus enriches classes in astronomy, which can be taken as part of an Associate in Arts or Associate in Sciences degree, and are transferable to baccalaureate programs. The Observatory also provides GTCC the opportunity to demonstrate the excitement of a scientific career to students of all levels.

Friends of Cline Observatory provide the ongoing support that makes the Observatory accessible and ensures that it will be updated as new technologies become available. Friends receive regular newsletters and information about public events at the Observatory, and are invited to Friends-only opportunities to meet our visiting speakers. The suggested contribution for Friend of the Observatory designation is $50, but contributions in any amount are welcome. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.  We offer a variety of opportunities for Observatory Friend involvement and support of astronomy activities and events.

Become a Friend of Cline Observatory:  Suggested minimal contribution of $50 to help fund our free Public Friday Night Observing Sessions.

Sponsor an Observing Month:  $300 to have a month of public viewings publicized with your name acknowledged as sponsor. (Other variations of this are available – contact observatory for details.)

Sponsor a Solar System Walk object:  $500 to have your name inscribed on one of the Solar System Walk displays on GTCC’s Jamestown campus.  As of May 2015, only the Sun and the planet Uranus are still unsponsored.

Sponsor a lecture by a visiting astronomer.  Several opportunities each year.

Contributions or inquiries should be sent to: GTCC Foundation, P.O. Box 309, Jamestown, NC 27282.

For more information about ho you can support Cline Observatory, contact the GTCC Foundation at 336-334-4822 (Greensboro) or 336-454-1126 (High Point) extension 50264 or Tom English.