The Universal Star Theater of its Own

UNIVERSARIUM is the most powerful planetarium instrument from ZEISS, designed for large domes and multimedia star theaters, and for horizontal, as well as for tilted domes. Thanks to the high brightness of all projections, even projection domes with a very low degree of reflection can be used. The new LED light sources provide very bright stars, as well as extremely bright images of Sun, Moon, and planets. They also reduce power consumption and maintenance costs.

  • Modular System
  • Brilliant Night Sky
  • Comfortable Operation

Natural Depiction of the Night Sky

The ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM stars surpass any digital starfield by far. The starry sky is projected with fiber-optic projection systems designed and manufactured by ZEISS. In the latest UNIVERSARIUM version powerful LED light sources illuminate the star masks. The stars are point-shaped and totally white. The brightest stars also displaying conspicuous tints in nature are projected in a reddish or bluish or yellowish color. ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM provides a realistic simulation of the scintillation of all stars.

ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM Model 8 in Planetarium Dome

A Modular System in Starball Design

The Starball comprises all features for the starry sky. Select the didactical projections you want to present with the Starball and choose between the projectors for Sun and Moon and planets. ZEISS UNIVERSARIUM is designed for special custom configurations and specifications. In any case, the configuration is subject to specification by contract.


Flexible Control System and User-friendly Operation

Although a highly complex instrument, it can be manually controlled without any restriction – like all ZEISS planetarium projectors. This means real-time operation and interactive control as well as automatic reproduction goes without saying. UNIVERSARIUM can be combined with any fulldome system from ZEISS. The combination allows absolutely synchronous control of optical-mechanical and digital planetarium projection.

Product Details

  • Starry Sky

    Brilliant, white and very bright stars thanks to fibre optics and LED lighting

    Bright stars with individual colouring

    Milky Way, star clusters, gas nebulae and galaxies

    Planets, Sun and Moon 

    Topocentric representations with high accuracy: exact moon positions, planetary conjunctions, etc.


    Variable stars

    Scintillation for all stars

    Direct control of sky positions and observation times within a few seconds (jumps in time and location)

    Automatic display of the analemma and other motion combinations with a simple command

    Daily rotation, annual movement, polar altitude change, precession and azimuth rotation

    Integrated azimuth rotation

    Great circles and scales fully scaled

    Maintanence and Service

    Remote diagnostics and remote maintenance make servicing easier and save costs

    Additional Features 

    Available for domes with horizontal and inclined arrangement

    Elegant colour scheme in anthracite

  • General Functions

    Sun with eclipses, red colouring and 1:15 zoom

    Moon with surface details, phase change, node rotation, eclipses and 2:1 zoom

    Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Arrow of Light and other objects including image rotation and 1:15 zoom

    Equator with partial degree grid



    Constellation figures of the zodiac

    Constellation figures of the northern and southern sky

    Precession scale and ecliptic pole markings

    Celestial poles

    Galactic coordinates

    Projector for precession

    Wind rose, digital displays

    Zenith marker

    Additional didactic functions

    Comets and shooting stars

    Computer-controlled fixed star apertures

  • Projection Dome

    Dome Diameter

    18 m - 35 m, larger diameters on request

    Dome Inclination

    0° - 30°

    Seating Capacity

    200 - 450

    Horizon Height horizontal Dome

    preferably 2,200 mm - 3,000 mm, others on request

    Horizon height inclined Dome

    depending on dome inclination

    Projection Device

    Starball Installation Area

    East-West: approx. 2,500 mm
    North-South: approx. 2,400 mm

    Installation area projectors for sun,
    moon and planets

    East-West: approx. 1,000 mm
    North-South: approx. 2,320 mm


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