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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.
A business model from Costa Rica
Marco Avalos shares how he operates his successful Planetario Aventura in Costa Rica.
The Lhoumeau Sky-System is a concept of a planetarium projector that can be made at low cost for small and medium planetariums. All instructions are shared under a Creative Commons license.
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.
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 www.diyplanetarium.com
Astronomy For Thinkers
A site designed by a science teacher on the elementary and junior high level, this newly-redesigned site by John Krieger has been updated and re-titled Astronomy For Thinkers.
Although aimed primarily for science educations and home school teachers, the site also is open to anyone interested in astronomy and sharing the beauty of the sky.
In the articles section you'll find a number of downloadable materials, and also A Digital Home Planetarium: How to make a home planetarium using cardboard, a mirror, and a digital projector.
The StarLab system was one of the first portable dome systems, and has released all of its cylinder manuals and curriculum free to the public.
As a bonus, you can download grade-specific charts that correlate the cylinders to the U.S. National Science Standars.
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