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A portable dome in Japan  Setting up a portable in a greenhouse
Kindergarten students in Japan wait to visit a portable dome; photo provided by Hiroshi Futami. Right: Chuck Bueter of Indiana sets up a portable dome in a greenhouse.

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Resources for Portable Planetariums

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Mobile domes are an important part of planetarium outreach and serve countless people who otherwise would never experience astronomy and the stars under the magic of the dome.

Resources here have been gathered by the Portable Planetarium Committee. Susan Reynolds Button, committee chair, also is the long-time writer of Mobile News, which appears in each edition of Planetarian.


Do-It-Yourself Portables

Cover of The University of Washington Mobile Planetarium guide

The University of Washington's Astronomy Department (Seattle, Washington), based on experience in establishing its own mobile planetarium outreach, has published a Do-It-Yourself guide to making making your own. 

Download by clicking the picture of the cover, or follow this link to arXiv at Cornell University.

 Cover of DIY Planetarium guide

DIY Planetarium

A dome-building guide from Adam Goss in Broomfield, Colorado. Click on the picture of the cover to download the pdf document.

Also check out his website at


From Krieger Science

A site designed for home schooler science, but also open to anyone interested. Categories of science covered are anatomy, astronomy, chemistry, general commentary, measurement, mechanics, music, and optics.

In the astronomy section you'll find a number of downloadable materials, and also
How to Make a Digital Home Planetarium

(Note: Be sure to also navigate to "Marvels in our Back Yard" from the "how to make" page.)


About Portable Planetarium Systems

The IPS Portable Planetarium Handbook
2002, Edited by Susan Button
Portable Planetarium Projection Systems
April 2010
Portable Planetarium Domes
May 2011
 Mobile Domes in Business: Best Practices    
 What Projector Should I Purchase?    


IPS Affiliates: Portable Planetarium Contacts - Find assistance in your own country


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