Bishop's University Observatory

Adopt-A-Star_______ _______________________________English | Français

 

HomeWhat's NewImage Galleries Equipment For The PublicAdopt-A-Star Links Fun Tools Contact Us

The Bishop's University Astronomical Observatory is run as a "not for profit" operation. However, we do depend on donations from the public and our Capital Campaigns to fund new equipment for the facility.

If you would like to help, we also have started the Adopt a Star program, where you can adopt a star for five years and are able to unofficially name it after a friend, loved one, or even yourself (or an event). Only the International Astronomical Union can name stars officially. Thus you cannot buy a star or name it.

Stars selected are visible from areas located in the Northeast regions of North America most of the year and an official star catalogue name is cross-referenced on the presentation certificate that you will receive. The star selected and recorded on your certificate is unique to you. We allocate one certificate only to each star. The amount of the donation depends on the brightness of the star.

Price chart:

Adoption Category
"Adoption Fee"
Canadian Dollars
"Adoption Fee"
US Dollars
Magnitude greater than 3
$50
$45
Magnitude between 2 and 3
$100
$90
Magnitude less than 2
$250
$225

Each adoption category represents the magnitude or brightness of the star, 0 being the brightest and 6 being the faintest visible object. On a clear night in a rural area, it is possible to see up to a magnitude of 6, but in the city, one can only see stars with a magnitude of 3 or lower.

Timeline to complete an order:

Please note that these packs can take up to 5 business days to be made up, so we cannot do same day deliveries. You can check expected delivery times with us when you place your order. Be sure to consider shipping time as well. For more information, contact the Development Office by email or call (819) 822-9600 ext 2660. Alternatively, you can use the Donation Page of the Development Office. Please note that the "Additional Information" section should contain the name of the person or event you wish to name your star after.

Your Adopt-a-Star pack contains:

- A presentation certificate suitable for framing (see below), dedicating the selected
star to a nominated person or event (for all categories).
- A star chart showing where to find the star in the night sky (only available to adopters who choose a magnitude 3 star or brighter).
- A planisphere or star-finder (for those who have adopted from the highest category). We may also throw in an Observer's Calendar depending on availability.

Sample planisphere:
planisphere

Please note that these packs can take a few days to be made up, so we cannot do same day deliveries. You can check expected delivery times with us when you place your order. For more information, contact the Development Office by email or call (819) 822-9600 ext 2660. Alternatively, you can use the Donation Page of the Development Office. Please note that the "Additional Information" section should contain the name of the person or event you wish to name your star after.

Canadian residents who adopt a star will automatically be issued an official receipt for income tax purposes. If you do not reside in Canada, you may request either a regular receipt or an official receipt, however, you might not be able to use the official receipt for income tax purposes. Please consult your local tax office for further information.

Sample certificate:
certificate

All Content Copyright Bishop's University 2006