Four ways to support the

Branched Oak Observatory  

• Volunteer at Our Public Star Parties

Arrive up to 2 hours before the advertised observing session to set up your own equipment. Alternatively, you could join us sans equipment to act as an on-site astronomy expert for the event. In either case, there is no need to contact us beforehand, just let us know when you arrive, and we will give you an official "Night Sky Docent" lanyard. If you have any questions, please email here.

• Become an Observatory Associate

We are looking for a few good men and women who would like to not only help at star parties, but to also help behind the scenes with program development and facility construction. Whenever we are getting together to work on a project at the observatory, we will contact you to see if you are available. There is no obligation whatsoever. All Observatory Associates will be listed on the About Us page. If you would like to be an Observatory Associate, send us an email here

• Donate Equipment

If you have any astronomical equipment; telescopes, CCD imagers, eyepieces, binoculars, etc., new or used, that you would like to donate to the Branched Oak Observatory, we would very much be interested in putting it to good use. All donations are 100% tax-deductible as provided by law of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and IRC Sections 170, 2055, 2106, and 2522. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires donors to value their items. If you have (an) item(s) you would like to donate, please contact us here.


• Donate Funds

Creating and maintaining a facility like Branched Oak Observatory is a major endeavor. Without contributions from science enthusiasts like you, we may never be able to fully realize our potential to serve the students and citizens of Nebraska. Anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.


100% of your donation will go towards equipment, programming materials, and maintenance of the Branched Oak Observatory. All donations are tax-deductible as provided by law of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and IRC Section 170.


Click the DONATE NOW button at the right to make a contribution. If you have any questions at all, please contact us here.


Branched Oak Observatory

14300 NW 98th St.

Raymond, NE 68428


Contributors to Branched Oak Observatory


We would like to thank the following individuals and companies who have made significant financial or equipment donations to the Branched Oak Observatory

Constructive Enterprises Inc.

Union Bank

Mohrhoff Power Equipment

Prism Signs of Omaha

Raymono's Pizza Plus

Sam's Club

International Propeller Service

Celestron Telescopes


John Johnson

Eric Balcom

Clete Baker

Al Dorn

Brett Boller

Brian Sivill

Chris and Dorie Dickey

Meghan Guettler 

Super Saver, Fallbrook

Ernie's in Ceresco

Lippy's BBQ

Gana Excavating

Big Red Communications

Sleepy Lion Foundation

The Prairie Astronomy Club

LaRue Coffee & Roasterie

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell

Beverly Sibbernsen

Michael Sibbernsen

Matthew Anderson

Doug Buhrmann

John & Bev Stahl

Matt & Luke Sibbernsen