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Join today!

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:

  • One-year StarDate magazine subscription.*
  • Shopping discounts at the Astronomy Gift Shop.
  • Subscription to the free, monthly SkyTips email newsletter.
  • Free admission to the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center and hundreds of science museums nationwide.

Member Benefits**

Please select the membership level below to make your gift.

Stargazer, $50

  • Personalized membership card
  • Shopping discount of 10 percent at the McDonald Observatory Gift Shop
  • Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter, SkyTips
  • Annual admission for one to the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center solar viewing and telescope tour
  • Complimentary admission to nighttime Star Party
  • Access to lodging at the McDonald Observatory Astronomers’ Lodge
  • Annual subscription to StarDate Magazine ($26 cost not tax-deductible) (Members outside the U.S. will receive a digital subscription to StarDate magazine, delivered bimonthly by email.)
  • Membership card for the Association of Science-Technology Centers Passport Program

Launch Team Dual, $75

Benefits from above, plus:

Stargazer benefits for two persons

Launch Team Family, $100

Benefits from above, plus:

Launch Team Dual benefits for up to five persons

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
  • Four 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 passes to a 107-inch Special Viewing Night
  • Four passes to a 36-inch Special Viewing Night
  • Subscription to the Orion Circle newsletter
  • Invitation to the annual Orion Festival hosted by the Observatory director
  • Annual donor report

Orion Supernova, $1,000

Orion Circle benefits, plus:

  • Four additional individual Star Party passes to share with family and friends
  • Four 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

* 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, or you may request digital subscription at no extra cost.

  • Canada and Mexico: Add $29 to standard Friends membership rate
  • Europe and Asia: Add $40 to standard Friends membership rate

** 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 on memberships and redeeming complimentary passes.

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