Date Announced: 16 Sep 2021
The planetarium will be equipped with projectors and Uniview Open Dome, making it “one of Europe's cutting-edge planetariums,” says the firm.
Zeiss is equipping the new planetarium in Halle with leading-edge technology for visualizing celestial phenomena and delivering 360-degree video projection. The domed hall, the planetarium’s centerpiece, will soon boast a 12-m diameter and will accommodate upwards of 100 visitors.
A Zeiss Skymaster ZKP 4 planetarium projector stationed in the middle of the auditorium will simulate a realistic night sky, while six Zeiss Velvet LED projectors along its perimeter will project digital images on the dome.
The True Black hybrid planetarium system combines the opto-mechanical projection power of the ZEISS ZKP 4 star projector with the high-contrast projections delivered by a variety of planetarium functions on the Zeiss Velvet projectors.
The LED projectors are special as they deliver pitch-black image backdrops – meaning the brilliance of the artificial night sky is retained even when accompanied by superimposed images, thus reinforcing the illusion of an object floating in space.
The planetarium in Halle is one of Zeiss’s first customers to use Uniview Open Dome, a technology that permits any content to be projected directly from a laptop or PC onto a dome in real time. And it does this in the high resolution of up to 4,096 x 4,096 pixels.
“Uniview Open Dome is opening up a whole new age for planetariums. For the first time ever, technology imposes no limits on what can be projected onto the dome,” said Martin Kraus, Head of Planetariums at Zeiss.