- 40x40 foot Bulter Shell with 33-foot diameter dome*
- GOTO Model S-2, 32 star projectors
- Condenser System, Star Plates, Wide-angle Projection Lenses, Arrow Pointer
- Projection Capabilities
- 2,500 stars to the 5th magnitude, Two groups for Northern and Southern Hemispheres
*During the construction of the planetarium, the biggest task was to assemble the 33-foot diameter dome and hoist it 7 feet. The members of VBAS hoisted the dome by turning 16 nuts on 16 threaded rods bolted to the planetarium’s support beams.
Our VBAS members and guest speakers present a variety of astronomy related programs in our planetarium every Saturday at 7:30 pm for the public and by special arrangements for groups at other times.
Our programs are presenter-led presentations projected onto our dome with three HD digital projectors. Most of our presentations are developed by individual presenters, which allows the audience to have an opportunity to interact with someone who has researched the particular topic and can likely answer most of their questions. While the majority of our shows are suitable for most ages, some topics may be a bit more technical than others. Our shows will also include a "star show" using our Spitz A3P Planetarium Projector to project of the current night sky's stars on the dome, where the audience will learn to find some of the key constellations visible that night.
If you have any questions about our Saturday night programs, or would like to schedule a group program, email us through our Contact page and use the Subject line “Planetarium” so that we can get you a timely answer.