Help us “Restore The Clark”!

The Clark Telescope (Tom Alexander/LOA)

The Clark Telescope (Tom Alexander/LOA)

After 117 years of service, the massive Clark Telescope needs an overhaul so it can continue to be the centerpiece of our public program for the next century. However, such an effort isn’t easy or cheap so we need your help!

On March 13th — Percival Lowell’s birthday — we will launch an official crowdsourcing campaign on to raise the $256,718.50 needed for the Clark restoration. Donors will receive Clark-related merchandise/experiences commensurate to their gift to the campaign.

Right now, we need your images, anecdotes, and stories about the Clark so we can create a video to accompany the campaign’s launch, and for regular multimedia updates on Indiegogo and during the campaign. Send any Clark-related content you are willing for us to use to

Help us restore the behemoth used by Percival to study Mars, by V.M. Slipher to detect the first evidence of the expanding nature of the Universe, and peered through by more than a million visitors. If you’re one of those visitors, you know about the Clark’s legendary optics and clarity, especially when it spies on the giants of our Solar System, Jupiter and Saturn. Help our Director of Technical Services and telescope guru extraordinaire Ralph Nye set the Clark up for another century of good seeing for visitors to Mars Hill!

For more information about the campaign, contact Samantha Christensen, (928) 233-3263. For more information about giving to Lowell, contact Mica Doucette, (928) 233-3278.

(Note: sending any media content [images, text, video, etc...] to implies consent for Lowell to use said content in conjunction with the Clark restoration campaign.)

More information about “Restore The Clark” and our upcoming exhibits, “Pluto and The Planets” and “Suited for Space,” will be posted on our blog very soon!

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