Vienna Planetarium receives VELVET projectors

On 15 March 2018, the Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna, Austria reopened after a short break of operation to install new ZEISS digital projectors.

March 2018

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

New 360-degree video system from ZEISS delivers outstanding image quality

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.

Over 100,000 people visit the planetarium in Vienna each year. The current shows are gradually being modified to take full advantage of the new projection system. The new digital video projection solution supplements the existing planetarium projector, a ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM, Model IX. Now it is also possible to combine the existing star projector and its unparalleled brilliant night sky with digital projections. This combination of analog and digital projection, known as a hybrid planetarium, makes it easier for visitors to understand and comprehend what is happening in the sky. At the same time, the technology makes it possible to present fulldome films from around the world on a wide range of different subjects. After record attendance last year, the planetarium is now optimally equipped to welcome more visitors in 2018.

The first planetarium in Vienna was opened in 1927 and was initially intended to be open for a year. This was also the first planetarium outside Germany. A permanent planetarium was built in 1930, but was destroyed in 1945. Today's planetarium opened back in 1964 and stands in Vienna’s Prater park, near the famous giant Ferris wheel. It was completely renovated in the early 2000s.