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Discover the Difference! Our newest Discovery Domes using the "Newtonian 2" projection system from Avela blow the lid off of expensive portable planetarium systems... a "penny a pixel" for the pixels that are actually projected (beware - some systems project just a part of the available pixels!) Why get fewer pixels for more money?
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Compare to Digitalis: Their system is great if you just want stars and planets... and their remote control is nifty. Their system is omnidirectional, with the projector in the center of the dome, optimized for starfields. Our system is unidirectional, better for most movies which are designed for the viewers to face forward. We only cover 95% of the dome, but the sweet spot (straight ahead) is significantly crisper and higher resolution, and the best seat in the house - the center - isn't taken up by equipment! (our projector is in the back, near the door). If we want to show the very back part of the starfield, we just rotate it into view, so the viewers don't need to crane their necks! Their standard dome is "zip up" - everyone has to enter all at once ... but our Go-Dome allows easy entry and exit, even handicapped, during a show. (They are now offering our dome as an option for their system). Their system is Linux - ours is Windows 7 or Mac OSX, so it is easy to maintain onsite and is completely modular, so you can have a spare laptop on hand or to train your staff. We have found that of the 80,000 students who learned from the Discovery Dome in Houston last year, 90% of the teachers chose educational videos aligned with their teaching objectives rather than a live star show. Certainly their system can show movies, and our system uses Stellarium to show stars and planets, so both systems can do both... so try both and see for yourself! Our standard system comes with four full length movies, theirs with only one. Our MediaShow software easily allows showing just a clip of a movie, and showing a flatscreen movie on just a portion of the dome (the sweet spot in front), and creating your own show from a folder of images and a sound file of your choice, and showing a non-fulldome movie with a fulldome image background, and much more. Finally, our system was developed by a working Space Scientist and Astronomy professor (Patricia Reiff, Ph.D.) in cooperation with a museum educator (Carolyn Sumners, Ed.D.) who has personally taught well over a million students in her career, mostly in a planetarium dome. She knows from experience what students and teachers want and need, and what is most effective in a dome, and has produced over 25 fulldome planetarium shows. Lastly, by using movies (and movie clips), the operators don't have to have the training it takes to make an effective live star show, and we can teach Earth science, human body, human evolution, climate change, as well as astronomy shows. We provide quarterly Stellarium scripts (along with operator narration) to show the highlights of the season, free to all customers. (We prerender quarterly star shows, optimized for each specific location, for $500 a quarter).
Our fisheye systems use OMNIfocus lenses from Elumenati. Elumenati OmniFocus projection systems are protected by US Patent#: 7,621,647. The patented projection distribution "!theta" (pronounced bang-theta) optimizes the resolution toward the event horizon (the "sweet spot"), an ideal design for dome theaters and planetariums. And the lens can be easily switched to a new projector, minimizing down time.
e-Planetarium offers both fisheye and mirror systems, for Macs and PC's... you make the decision of what computer, what projection system, is best for you!