We Are Excited to Share Our New Video System - Digistar 6

  • For over the past 40 years, the School District of Waukesha’s Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium had used slides for its basic form of media projection. Now the planetarium has a completely new digital sound and video technology. Digistar 6 combines with a new 7.1 surround sound system to transform the planetarium dome into an incredibly immersive experience for visitors. Without leaving their seats, audiences can trek through a rain forest, climb the heights of Mt. Everest or explore the depths of the world’s oceans. 

    Our focus is still space; after all, we are a planetarium. With the new system, we can travel to galaxies, nebula, star clusters, and much more. The stars have brighter and richer star colors. You are able to see the full subtle textures and colors of the Milky Way or travel to the Sun, Moon, planets, and deep-sky objects. The aurora colors are amazingly vivid and all around you. Digistar 6 allows us so much more flexibility in presentations on the fly. As Darth Vader once said: “Impressive, most impressive.

What is Digistar 6?

  • Digistar 6 is a high powered computer software that is used by NASA for training, along with a high-powered “host” computer and four, high-resolution “graphic processing” computers. The 4,000-pixel presentation is made possible by sending the rendered graphic images through two new laser-phosphor video projectors to obtain high-resolution images on our 40-foot dome.

    We now have a new library of school and public programs available. For a complete list of programs visit the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium website: www.waukesha.k12.wi.us/planet 

    The entire $330,000 project was made possible by the generous donations of the “Friends of Retzer Nature Center,” the School District of Waukesha and the supportive public and private fund-raising activities promoted by the “Friends of the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium.”