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April 2019

Information

ZEISS acquires Uniview software from SCISS for integration into fulldome systems


The company SCISS AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden, developed Uniview, a visualization software for planetariums. The software makes it possible to move spatially in the known universe and to demonstrate astronomical effects. ZEISS has sold licenses for the use of Uniview as a distribution partner of SCISS since 2005. Recently a coupling was developed to bring the digital and optical-mechanical projectors together to create the first smart hybrid control with Uniview and ZEISS star projection.
SCISS filed for insolvency in January 2019. In the course of the insolvency proceedings, the assets of the former company were auctioned off in March 2019. ZEISS won the contract, exclusively acquiring the rights to all components of the Uniview software in the latest version.

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November 2018

Planetarium Upgrade

Vitenfabrikken in Sandnes modernises planetarium with ZEISS


The "Science Factory" in Sandnes is a modern museum and science centre in Norway that opened ten years ago. The numerous interactive exhibitions include a planetarium with a dome diameter of 8 metres featuring ZEISS technique for the natural simulation of the starry sky. For early summer 2019 the modernization of the technology is planned. ZEISS will install a new fulldome system consisting of two ZEISS VELVET projectors and upgrade the SKYMASTER ZKP 4 planetarium projector with new long-lasting LED illuminations as well as a with a new improved control system. Thanks to the pure white light of the LED light sources, the starry sky visibly gains brilliance. At the same time, maintenance costs are reduced for the customer.

The visit to the planetarium is particularly inspiring for children and young people to explore the natural sciences and the environment. The new VELVET projectors with their starry sky like contrast create the conditions for even more enthusiasm. In combination with the ZKP 4 star projector and the new powerdome IV software, the world of stars and galaxies will become even more impressive and vivid for visitors.

The modernisation also extends to the dome lighting and sound system of the planetarium. From summer 2019, the Vitenfabrikken's planetarium will be as good as new, as the participants of the Nordic Planetarium Association will be able to see at their conference in 2019.


September 2018

Fulldome Film

New Show in Distribution


The extensive range of shows distributed by ZEISS also includes the production of the Donezk Planetarium "To Worlds Beyond", a visually stunning journey through the solar system. ZEISS has now translated Dr. William Gutsch's manuscript into German and produced the German soundtrack. The journey leads to the planets of the solar system, their most interesting moons and into the outer area with dwarf planets like Pluto. Informative and powerful. A planetarium show for everyone. 

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March 2018

Reopening

State-of-the-Art Shows at the Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna


On 15 March 2018, the Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna, Austria reopened after a short break of operation to install new digital projectors. Thanks to the new technology, audiences can enjoy state-of-the-art imagery and sound. In February, ZEISS installed new ZEISS VELVET video projectors which enable fulldome projection across the 630 m2 dome. The projectors, designed and produced by ZEISS, stand out from the rest by offering the best contrast anywhere in the world and achieving an absolute black background. This gives the shows an enhanced visual depth that takes visitors on an immersive journey through the cosmos. “We now have the best projectors out there, with an unsurpassed contrast ratio of 1:2.5 million,“ explained Planetarium Director, Werner Gruber, at the evening event celebrating the planetarium's re-opening. 

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Vienna Planetarium reopened with new digital Projectors from ZEISS

March 2019

Planetarium Opening

Experimenta Heilbronn opened


Germany's largest science center, the experimenta in Heilbronn, opened on 28 March. The Science Dome promises to be one of the main attractions of the new science centre – a unique combination of a planetarium and a theatre. The high-quality multimedia and theatrical equipment of the Science Dome creates an atmosphere that is unparalleled even in today's media-influenced world - with wind and fog machines, water curtains, state-of-the-art laser technology and the specially equipped star projector UNIVERSARIUM Mark IX from ZEISS.

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February 2018

Projects

ZEISS Overhauls Science Theater in Kolkata


ZEISS has been commissioned with modernizing the Space Theater at Science City in Kolkata. Science City is a science park and the largest of its kind in India. The park is part of the National Council of Science Museums and comprises the Science Centre and the Convention Centre. The planetarium is currently undergoing extensive renovation. The tilted dome with 23 m in diameter will feature a very high-resolution ZEISS powerdome stereo full-dome system. Digital projectors create a very bright image on the dome. The new projection dome is currently being installed under the direction of ZEISS. For the reconstruction, including LED dome illumination, the new sound system and the seating, ZEISS has partnered with the local representative Orbit Animate. 

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ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre opened with ZEISS technology

April 2018

Opening

ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre opened with ZEISS technology


The ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre is a newly built astronomical centre directly next to the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory in Garching near Munich. It opened its doors to the public on 28 April 2018.

The heart of the ESO Supernova is the planetarium with VELVET projection technology and various three-dimensional astronomical databases for simulation of the night sky and cosmic space. The 14 m projection dome is inclined by 25 degrees and thus offers a good view of the projections from all seats.

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May 2018

New Planetarium

New Planetarium in Korea Equipped with ZEISS Digital Fulldome Technology


In mid-May, the Sunhark ByeolBit city library in Incheon, Korea, was equipped with a ZEISS powerdome fulldome system. ZEISS has developed the powerdome software capable of combining six partial images from six digital JVC projectors to create a dazzling display on the dome. The video projections make it possible to visualize astronomical objects in real time and show fulldome films on the 12 m dome. The system was delivered with the program WorldWide Telescope optimized for fulldome projection. It enables visitors to embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring interstellar and galactic realms.

“The technology from ZEISS will help students in particular to understand the cosmos and showcase the beauty of the universe,” says Head of Planetariums Martin Kraus. The city library in the district of Yeonsu-gu, whose name means “starlight,” is a new building constructed on previously unused land. 

January 2019

Fulldome Film

50% Discount on »Dawn of the Space Age« for the 50th Apollo anniversary


Dawn of the Space Age is pretty much produced around this single event in history – the first moon landing – and all the events that led to it. It’s a story of perseverance and exploration that is worth to be told this year to the young generation. So this 50% off for the 50th anniversary until July 20th is a huge gesture from the producer Mirage3D to make the film available for those who always wanted it but could not afford it before. Contact us for details.

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December 2018

Wishes for the New Year

What the constellations may bring you


The year 2019 is just around the corner. It is a beautiful tradition to send good wishes at the turn of the year. We therefore send you a small selection of constellations and wish you for 2019 the persistence of Eridanus, the fighting spirit of Orion, two faithful companions in the form of the Lesser and the Greater Dog, from the bull a healthy portion of perseverance, a good sense of proportion in all matters, for which the triangle might be helpful and a clear orientation with the help of the compass. May the hare play a friendly and gentle mascot in your life and may the unicorn in general bring happiness and good fortune to your home and working world.


July 2018

VELVET Upgrade

New Fulldome Video System for Granada


In mid-July, ZEISS installed a new fulldome video system in the planetarium in Granada, Spain. The two ZEISS VELVET projectors replace an older fulldome system. The computer technology and software have also been completely renewed. "The new technology ensures that the planetarium, which was built over 20 years ago, once again meets modern presentation standards and keeps pace with technological and scientific advances in astronomy,” says Martin Kraus, head of the ZEISS planetarium division. 

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April 2018

Software Release

ZEISS presents new powerdome version IV


With the enhanced "powerdome IV" software version, ZEISS offers its customers far-reaching presentations from the brilliant night sky on Earth to journeys through the solar system and the Milky Way to the limits of the observable universe. ZEISS presented the software for the first time at this year's meeting of the German Speaking Planetarium Association in Laupheim.

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Enhanced powerdome Software for ZEISS planetariums

January 2018

Customer Experiences

Visitor Record in Bangalore


Congratulations to the Bangalore Planetarium. A year ago the refurbished Bangalore Planetarium in India opened with a new powerdome Hybrid Planetarium featuring a ZEISS SKYMASTER ZKP 4 and a 6-channel VELVET fulldome system. The planetarium director, Pramod Galgali, informed ZEISS about a new visitor record in the history of the Bangalore planetarium: “I am happy to inform you that a little over 300,000 people have visited our planetarium. This is the highest number since our inception in 1989. I would like to thank you for all your support.” The dome measures 15 m in diameter.

Bangalore Planetarium with its SKYMASTER ZKP 4 projector