BENEFITING: CHESAPEAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Mar 01, 2015
The Chesapeake Planetarium’s projector is outdated and no longer being manufactured. Due to advances in technology, planetariums are shifting away from mechanical projectors to digital systems to expand the visual experience for patrons.
Over 50,000 students and adults visit the Chesapeake Planetarium annually to view educational programs free of charge. The current facility has no display area or waiting room to accommodate the volume of students and adults.
In Phase I Chesapeake Planetarium will replace the antiquated and oft-repaired mechanical projector with a digital star projector system. The Spitz SciDome XD dual projector video system has a resolution capability of 2560 x 2560 pixel full dome video.
The system includes custom fisheye lenses, projector stand and enclosure, control console, Starry Night Dome software, hard drive storage/playback for full display, ATM-4 Windows-based automation control, spare lamps, full dome shows, space library, and basic training. The addition of 360-degree programmable 3-color (RGB) LED cove lighting will further enhance the presentation.
In Phase II a brand new building will be built to provide space for an observatory to study the night sky and a Science Center to provide hands-on opportunities for students and adults to unlock new perspectives in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Partnerships with corporations and businesses will be forged to support the need for ever-changing innovation in these areas.
Help us reach our Phase I goal of $250,000 by donating today! For every two dollars donated, the the Beazley Foundation will match it with one dollar up to $125,000. The total cost of $375,000 will go to the purchase of a new digital star projector system to replace the 1960’s equipment presently in the planetarium. The new equipment will be utilized in our present planetarium while the new Science Center is designed and built in the next few years. When the Science Center is completed, the digital star projector system will be moved to the new location.