Christie technology creates state-of-the-art planetarium

Christie technology including projectors has been used to create a state-of-the-art planetarium at the Science Museum of Virginia in the US.

Christie D4K2560 high frame rate projectors have been used as part of the museum's 8K-resolution full dome system, which features a 76-foot Dome screen, which is one of the largest digital dome theatres in the world.

The Christie projectors were installed by Evans & Sutherland (E&S), a company that is pioneer in computer graphics and digital dome theatre systems.

Dennis Elkin, director of advanced displays at E&S, stated that the Christie D4K2560 projectors with 120 Hertz and 25,000 lumens of brightness were available at the perfect time for the planetarium project.

He added that this meant the company could offer a "cutting edge digital dome projection system" to the museum.

Mr Elkin said: "These new projectors provide them a solution that has the brightness on the dome that would equal or surpass what they were getting out of their film projector. And with our proprietary auto blending and auto alignment systems, we are able to perfectly blend the five projectors into a uniform image across the dome."

The state-of-the-art planetarium will be used to show high-energy 2D and 3D movies, along with innovative astronomy shows featuring E&S's proprietary Digistar 5 system.

Christie projectors have been installed in the back of the dome inside the projection booth, with more fitted in the front of the dome, using a cross-shooting system teamed up with E&S's auto-alignment and auto-blending to create the dome effect.

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