ZEISS powerdome IV

The User Interface for the ZEISS product family of Fulldome and Hybrid Systems.

The user interface

Operation remains very easy, indeed: Click or tap on the buttons (tiles) of the control interface to start individual functions or call a sequence of commands – no matter whether for planetarium functions or external (e.g., illumination) systems.

  • A common interface for all system components
  • Web-browser-based for all kinds of terminals
  • Mobile, cordless placement
  • Handling with the ease of child’s play
  • Flexible adaptation to individual requirements and likings
  • Clearly structured default settings of all important functions
  • Live operation of all planetarium and device functions
  • Active feedback and status informa­tion


UNIVIEW™ – The 3D planetarium

Demonstrate fundamentals of astronomy, astrophysical facts, geosciences and a host of other scientific relationships in lucid 3D presentation.

  • Interactive three-dimensional visualization and simulation of astronomical databases in real time
  • Presentation facilities ranging from a detailed model of the International Space Station (ISS) to our native planet, to the solar system and the Milky Way to the cosmic background radiation
  • Labels, grids, axes of rotation and many more didactic functions
  • Graphic user interface for dead easy interactive simulations
  • Simulation of time and place, allowing for object motions with time
  • Control in synchronicity with the star projector

Learn more about the Uniview acquisition by ZEISS here.


SKYCONTROL – The 2D planetarium

Analog stars and digitally overlayed constellation figures move synchronously on the dome. (Video: R. Helmchen)

Viewing the sky as seen from the Earth is, and will remain, the most significant presentation in any planetarium, whether with or without a star projector. The 2D planetarium of powerdome IV comprises all the classical functions in a synchronous combination of analog and digital projection:

  • Starry sky with Milky Way
  • All coordinate systems and lines, overlays of all 88 constellations – as pictures, line patterns or IAU outlines 
  • Sun, Moon, planets — classical and digital projections with zoom, phases and trails
  • Didactic aids: Martian loops, the Sun’s analemma, circumpolar circle, the daily arcs of the Sun, etc. 
  • Telescope-style magnification of all Messier and deep-sky objects
  • Atmospheric real-time effects: Clouds, rain, mist, snow, rainbow, polar lights, shooting stars


Watch the introductory fulldome video

Introducing ZEISS powerdome IV

Fulldome video

With powerdome IV we offer you the best video performance.
  • Resolution: 1k to 8k 
  • Frame rate: 24 to 60 fps (120 fps Stereo)
  • Color rendition: 8 bit per RGB color channel (standard), 10 bit per RGB color channel (HEVC codec) for optimized color gradients
  • Encoder: Generation of powerdome video data
  • Codecs: MPEG 2, H.264, H.265 (HEVC)
  • Slicing: In real time, no pre-slicing required


The Show Manager (editor)

The powerdome Show Manager offers the most comprehensive functions for editing shows and animating show elements.

  • Editing tools: Timeline with layers and tracks, chapters, preview, animation editor, gamma correction, parameter setting, positio­ning aids, definition and selection of presettings, default times, resources management, activation/deactivation of layers and tracks, device commands
  • Animation editor: Extended editing tools, setting of predefined animations, separate activation/deactivation of indiviual properties in an animation, definition of standard animations, export und import of presettings

powerdome Tools

Tools and plugins offer efficient help for numerous tasks, some of them optional.

  • Video encoder with MPEG2 codec (standard) and HEVC codec and 10-bit color depth per color channel
  • Show Renderer (generation of dome masters from a show)
  • Live-Stream (streaming of external contents)
  • Remote service for quick help
  • automatic Slide Show Creator 
  • automatic Picture Gallery 
  • Show Exporter (exchange of show productions)