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Installation of a new dome at Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium. Photos courtesy Mark Percy.

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The IPS 2017 Design+ Operations Guide

Immersive Sound Specifications


As proposed by the Immersive Audio Committee


The Sciss Blog

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A blog for planetariums and dome theaters, written by planetarians and dome experts from all over the planet. All posts, opinions and comments in this blog are personal and belong to its respective author. A highly recommended read. You can sign up to receive notices when new post are published at the Sciss site.

  • Expanding your universe: How to grow an audience for your planetarium
    Blog post by Mike Murray, astronomer and planetarium manager at Delta College Planetarium, Bay City, Michigan; December 2015

  • Future check: The next 20 years of planetariums-what is the strategy?
    By Staffan Klashed, CEO, Sciss; August 2018


Other resources

IPS Planetarium Guide 

This is a work in continual development. Some sections are dated.

Click on the chapter title to read a PDF version of the chapter. Unlinked chapter titles are chapters either being written or under review, or, if no author is listed waiting for a volunteer to come forward to write them.



# Chapter Topic Author
1 Introduction (PDF) Ken Wilson
2 Working with Architects, Contractors, and Consultants (PDF) Kevin Scott
3 Safety & Security Lee Hines
4 Theater Configuration (PDF) Kevin Scott
5 Planetarium Environment (PDF) Kevin Scott
6 Interior Domes Ken Wilson
7 Star Projectors (PDF) Ken Wilson
8 Automation & Control Systems Kris McCall
9 Sound Systems/Studios
10 Video/Data Projection (PDF) Kevin Scott
11 Special Effects & Multi-Image/Slides
12 Wide Angle Film Systems
13 Laser Projection Systems Jack Dunn
14 Support Areas Karl von Ahnen
15 Operations Karen Klamczynski
16 Renovation
17 Participatory Planetaria Mike Shanahan
18 Appendices

See also:

Dome-L discussion of fire regulations in relation to planetariums.

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