Orion Planetarium Installs New LED Projector

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Mon, 03/08/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The newest projectiondesign projector the FL32 1080 ReaLED DLP has been installed inside the Orion Planetarium at Denmark’s Aarhus University. Equipped with a hand-selected wide-angle lens the FL32 1080 creates a four-meter by six-meter image of the stars galaxies space ships and a wide range of computer generated video animations while remaining hidden from the public gaze.   Supplied by Netkom Distribution projectiondesign’s distributor for Denmark and with involvement from one of Denmark’s largest integrators Audio Visual Centrum the FL32 is installed as part of an integrated AV system.  The FL32 1080 projects images that are overlaid across those from a legacy star projector and still-image slide projectors which the planetarium continues to use for the sake of continuity of content.  The projector is integrated into a Sky-Skan SPICE Automation control system which ensures complete synchronization between the various image sources.   Frede Grønfeldt sales manager of Audio Visuelt Centrum A/S says “Last year we took Lars Petersen the planetarium director to projectiondesign’s head office in Fredrikstad Norway where he was shown an early prototype of the FL32 1080.  He immediately believed in the product and had no hesitation in becoming an early investor in the technology.”   Petersen says “Our planetarium is 11 meters in diameter and has 60 seats. It is not a full dome system which makes it challenging because the images from the FL32 have to blend in with other images.  Furthermore because we are showing the stars and aspects of galaxies as well as other animated content  it is vital for the background of the video to be really black.  ReaLED technology from projectiondesign has made this possible.” Anders Løkke international marketing and communications Manager projectiondesign says “Our combination of LED illumination and precision optics is perfect for the planetarium and simulation markets where there is a need for a very large and convincing image to be rendered with excellent black levels. We’re delighted to have been able to fulfill the potential that this client clearly saw in our technology when he was first shown it and believe that the Orion Planetarium will be the first of many installations worldwide to make use of ReaLED technology.” Projectiondesign www.projectiondesign.com