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November 2017

Projects

VELVET Projectors for Vienna


The ZEISS planetarium in Vienna will receive a new video system for 360-degree projection to offer new learning opportunities at the planetarium. In addition to the existing technology, ZEISS will deliver VELVET video projectors that boast the world’s highest contrast. The projectors, which were designed and produced specially for planetariums and simulators by ZEISS, achieve an absolute black background. This is a particular requirement in planetariums that put on a host of astronomical presentations. 

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September 2017

Upgrade

UNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII in Rio de Janeiro


The large size planetarium of Rio de Janeiro was installed in 1998. The 23-m dome is tilted by 27 degrees. Its heart consists of aUNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII planetarium projector. After nearly twenty years of reliable service, the Mark VIII got a comprehensive upgrade. Electronic parts have been replaced with such of modern design. A completely new control system including software gives the user better functionalities and more flexibility. The ZEISS technicians opened the Starball and planet projectors to inspect all parts and refurbished the illumination systems. Now, the Mark VIII is ready for another 20 years of service.

Upgrade of UNIVERSARIUM Mark VIII

August 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

ZEISS hosts Special Eclipse Website


Americans get prepared to watch the "Great American Eclipse" on August 21, 2017. Europeans still remember the 1999 total solar eclipse as their most significant astronomical event. ZEISS set up a special Eclipse web site with hints how to watch and photograph the eclipse. Animations created by means of WorldWide Telescope for powerdome provide a better understanding of the phenomenon. If you take part in the photo contest you might win a pair of ZEISS Terra ED Pocket 10x25 binoculars.

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August 2017

Fulldome Film

German Soundtrack for Seeing!


The 360-degree movie »SEEING! – A Photon’s Journey Across Space and Mind« is now available with German narration. »Seeing! – Warum wir das Licht der Sterne sehen« is free of charge by registering and downloading the program from the producers website. Funded through a generous grant by ZEISS this program brings the story of sight and vision to planetariums. Download the German sound files and the replacement dome masters (credits) here.

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June 2017

Products

New Set of Deep-sky Objects with powerdome


The new powerdome release comes with an updated set of deep-sky objects including all Messier objects. We are grateful to the Laupheim (Germany) Planetarium staff led by Werner Kiesle for their tremendous help in incorporating the images, which are consistent  with the best appearance of the objects to the eyes of planetarium experts and visitors.

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October 2017

Workshop

Successful powerdome Workshop in Laupheim


Directors and projectionists of German, Austrian and Swiss planetariums equipped with ZEISS technology met for a workshop at the Zeiss Planetarium in Laupheim (Germany) end of October. They discussed new features of the ZEISS control and operation software. The ongoing digitization of planetariums poses new challenges to planetarium makers and users. The workshop offered an opportunity to participants to express their expectations and wishes regarding digital contents as well as the manner of operation, while ZEISS was able to receive an open, direct feedback on development lines.
The Laupheim Planetarium proved to be an excellent host to the meeting. In advance of launching, many new features were tested on the 10m dome with the ZEISS VELVET 360-degree video system in combination with the SKYMASTER ZKP 4 star projector. The attendants saw realistic simulations of atmospheric phenomena such as clouds, rain and snow, and learned how polar lights can be projected onto the dome in correct position, color and structure. A new method of encoding data for digital projection enables a distinct improvement of color rendition and sharpness. All participants appeared to be very satisfied. Not least, the exchange of experience among them was a welcome piece of the workshop’s schedule.


August 2017

Projects

Experimenta Heilbronn orders UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX


ZEISS has received an order to furnish a UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX planetarium with LED illumination for the new Science Dome of Heilbronn‘s experimenta, the biggest Science Center of its kind in southern Germany. By 2019, the Science Center will open a spectacular new five-story building with an annexed Science Dome for special experiences. The dome will feature quite a number of extras, such as a rotating auditorium, water screen, concert stage and movie screen, which promise unique experiences to future viewers. 

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January 2017

Reopening

Bangalore’s Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Reopens


On 17 January 2017 Siddaramaiah, the Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka, inaugurated the Jawaharlal Nehru planetarium in Bangalore after extensive renovation work. ZEISS was in charge of the technological overhaul and provided assistance as an experienced advisor during reconstruction work on the dome. The hybrid planetarium system comprises an optical-mechanical planetarium projector, the ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 with LED illumination, and a digital video system, the ZEISS powerdome VELVET. “Today, we are fulfilling our long-cherished wish of allowing visitors to see the universe with all its brilliant and contrast-rich images thanks to the ZEISS projectors,” said Pramod Galgali, Director of the Planetarium, at the inauguration.

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November 2016

Opening

ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 for Japan


Inhabitants and visitors of the Japanese city of Takamatsu can enjoy a new attraction: The Kodomo Miraikan Children’s Center, an adventure facility for kids, opened its doors to the public on November 23rd. The newly erected museum complex features a planetarium with a 13-m dome, a library and a Peace Memorial Museum, among other facilities. ZEISS equipped the planetarium with a ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 LED star projector. 

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November 2016

Fulldome Upgrade

Rodewisch Planetarium in Germany Modernized


The school observatory with a planetarium in Rodewisch opened its doors on 15 November 2016 after extensive modernization. For the first time, 360 degree or 'full-dome' videos can be shown using projection technology installed by ZEISS. The ZEISS powerdome dual channel system also allows digital astronomical visualizations such as constellations to be coupled with the starlit sky of the revamped ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 2 planetarium projector. 

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September 2017

New Planetarium

University in Juiz de Fora opened new Planetarium


Earlier this month a new planetarium opened in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, featuring a 12-meter dome with a ZEISS fulldome system. It belongs to the "Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora", an important university with more than 20,000 students. The planetarium is open to the public as well and is considered the "City Planetarium". The opening was a huge success. The fact that the university is open to the public and the nice architecture arouses great interest, all shows are fully booked. The building also comprises a science center with exhibitions and a great little observatory. Congratulations to the planetarium team and good luck for the future!

New Planetarium for Juiz de Fora

September 2017

Upgrades

Crisper Stars for the Saint Louis Science Center


A new sky of stars of unsurpassed crispness awaits guests and participants of the Pleiades Conference to be held at the Saint Louis Science Center in Missouri, U.S.A., at the beginning of October.  Greatly assisted by the planetarium staff, ZEISS installed an LED upgrade to the UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX planetarium projector lighting systems this September. From now on, the artificial stars shine twice as brightly and in a more realistic white hue than ever. 

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July 2017

Reopening

Birla Planetarium in Kolkata Reopened


The Birla Planetarium in Kolkata reopened on July 18, 2017. The centerpiece of the refurbished planetarium comprises a ZEISS Hybrid Planetarium. The new STARMASTER VELVET system provides up-to-date astronomical insights for the planetarium visitors. Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, and the Mayor of Kolkata, Sovan Chatterjee, inaugurated the completely modernized institution. Recollecting her school days, the Chief Minister said: "I once came to the Birla Planetarium when I was in school. Scince that day I was fascinated by space sciences and astronomy." She expressed her hope that students from every school will visit the planetarium.

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September 2016

Products

WorldWide Telescope for powerdome


WorldWide Telescope was a research project to visualize astronomical data developed by Microsoft. Users can navigate through the starry sky, travel across the solar system, and tour the universe in three dimensions. The application is integrated with powerdome. Start a tour with just a click in the powerdome WebInterface. ZEISS has spared no effort to revise the software for use with multichannel projection systems. 

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December 2016

Fulldome Film

Seeing! Free Fulldome Show


SEEING! is now available for digital fulldome facilities free of charge by registering and downloading the program. Produced by Mirage3D and Koenig Films and funded through a generous grant by ZEISS this program will bring the story of sight and vision to planetariums around the globe. “Seeing!” was directed by Robin Sip and written by Emmy Award winning writer Kris Koenig. Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science communicator and Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, narrates the show.

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