Latest ZEISS Projection Technology for Laupheim Planetarium

Combined system featuring VELVET Duo digital full-dome will ensure an attractive state-of-the-art program

Jena, Germany, (PresseBox) - Carl Zeiss has received an order to provide the technology for the planetarium of the public observatory in Laupheim, Germany. The planetarium operators decided to purchase a combined system comprised of the optical-mechanical SKYMASTER ZKP 4 projector and the VELVET Duo digital full-dome system. The new system, which will replace the 20-year-old ZEISS Model 1015 star projector and the analog slide projection system, will ensure an attractive state-of-the-art program at the planetarium in the future.

With its LED illumination, the SKYMASTER ZKP 4 enables star projections that are as real as the natural sky. Furthermore, the VELVET Duo full-dome system can supplement the night sky with dome-filling videos. VELVET produces an absolute black background and the highest contrast (2,500,000 : 1) available from a digital projector. The powerdome computer system combines traditional and digital projections. VELVET fulfills a much-wanted wish of planetarium operators: the video projection is able to superimpose the optical night sky without destroying its brilliance. For the first time, astronomical objects such as gas nebulae and galaxies appear as if they were embedded in the pitch-black depths of space.

The Laupheim Planetarium opened in 1990 as a facility of the non-profit public observatory in Laupheim. The association is primarily dedicated to the promotion of amateur astronomy, educating the general public about the wonders of astronomy and youth work. The 10 meter dome has 60 seats and has around 40,000 visitors annually. The modernization of the planetarium was financed with the support of the city, county, Foundation of the Kreissparkasse bank in Biberach, the Oberswabian Electric Company (OEW) and donations. The Laupheim Planetarium is one of the first to feature the dual channel VELVET Duo full-dome system. It is scheduled to reopen in fall 2012.

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