Front Pictures fulldome system installed in UK’s biggest planetarium

April, 2018
Leicester, UK

A Front Pictures HDx13 projection system was installed at the upgraded Sir Patrick Moore planetarium at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK.

Front Pictures worked in collaboration with the NSC technical team on system design, audio-visual engineering, and system integration. The projection system runs on newly released 13 x BenQ LU9915 10K lumen laser phosphor projectors for 5K@60Hz 3D-capable video playback. A single Screenberry media server drives and auto-aligns the projectors to provide smooth playback and uniform picture quality on the UK’s biggest 18m dome.

The system provides exceptional image contrast thanks to its extremely low screen gain and a combination of mechanical blends and digital auto-alignment.

“This planetarium is special because it is the largest in the UK for the start. It’s also got the lowest screen gain that means that it’s going to get the best dynamic performance of any planetarium I know of. Simply because we can throw so much light on that surface which is suppressed when it bounces backwards and forwards. It means great contrast as well as very bright imagery,” says Graham Law, Chief Engineer at National Space Center.

National Space Center is the UK’s #1 space-based attraction, which welcomes more than 300,000 visitors a year.