To use Planets in a room you should follow this 8 steps procedure:
buy the kit: you can buy the Kit online from this website. You receive a set of pieces, most of them 3dprinted, and a 20 cm plastic sphere recycled from a lamp light (you can substitute it with a bigger lamp sphere from any hardware shop). You also receive the password for your license of the software that you will find in the private section of this website, where you can find the assemble instructions and the software.
buy/find the 2 lenses: you need 2 commercial lenses to complete the system: a Fisheye 8mm lens and a 50mm lens (see below). You can recycle used camera lenses or buy them in any shop.
choose a computer and a projector (not dedicated): you need to identify a computer and a projector to be used with your system. The kit is studied to work with most commercial computers and projectors but we suggest to stick with the list of products we have tested the system with (see below). Computer and projector don’t need to be exclusively used with the system, but you will need to re-calibrate the system when changing them.
enter the community: you need to register in the Login section of the website with your email, and once we have activated your user license, you will be able to see and use the existing content or to produce your own exhibits. You will also have access to an online Forumfor the community (work in progress).
set-up and calibrate the system: you are ready to build, calibrate and set up your system. Please be aware that the first use of Planets in a Room requires some work both on the hardware system and on the reserved area of the website. Please be patient and be aware that once you have the system built, running and calibrated, it will be much easier to use.
prepare a show: once the system is running, you can log in the Contents section of this website, to prepare your own show. You can choose the images or upload your own content, to prepare your own customized lesson. This step is optional, since you can also choose a standard lesson from the shared library.
go to planetarium mode (optional): when the system is running, you can bring it under a dome, choose the right full dome contents and use it as a small, simple planetarium projector.
let the magic work! as a final step, you will only need to turn the system on, choose the selected show… and let the magic of planets and stars enter your room!
The suggested lenses, we already tested with the system are (links are just a suggestion):
Peleng 8 mm F3.5 (for Canon EF) - Link to Amazon shop
Yongnuo YN 50mm F/1.8 (for Canon EF) - Link to Amazon shop
The projectors the system has already been tested with are:
Acer of models 6518BD, P1525, H6525BD, P1623, A1500, B150, CE-810, H6511BD, H6512BD, E146D, HE-805J, L552, V62, H6510BD+, P1502
The characteristics your projector needs to have, are:
F = 2.59 – 2.87, f = 16.88 mm – 21.88 mm,
1:1.3 Manual Zoom and Manual Focus
max diagonal 762mm@1m
max diagonal firstname.lastname@example.org
throw ratio 1.15 – 1.50 (79" @ 2 m)