EurAstro report on the Jena planetarium


Jean-Luc Dighaye, 05 August 2006




The famous Zeiss Planetarium Jena, housed in a dome of 23m diameter and 14.5m height, corresponding to a capacity of about 300 seats, opened first in 1926. The projector and its accessories were upgraded several times. The present Zeiss Model VIII 'Universarium' was installed in 1996.

Its predecessor is on display at the city's market. Other exhibits and future projects can be seen at the Optisches Museum.

Dr. G. Tomezzoli and myself attended a classical planetarium show (i.e. without laser effects) on NEOs: 'Gefahr aus dem All'.

The planetarium is about to close for a major overhaul. After the show, the operator kindly showed us the "old" technique behind the scenes, including numerous slide projectors, and the powerful lasers being part of the forthcoming upgrade.

Link to Jena Planetarium

Images:

Jena and its Planetarium



Former projector at the Market



Planetarium models and projects



The Universarium projector



Control desk and projectors



The Lasers







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