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YOUR OWN PURPOSE-BUILT WINDOW ON THE UNIVERSE

Our portable planetarium

The Observatory owns its own a portable Emerald inflatable planetarium dome, within which we can project night sky imagery. Ideal for education.  With a selection of sky-panoramic films and surround-sound audio, the planetarium is an exciting tool for bringing the night sky into the classroom as part of learning about cosmology or as preparatory introductory session prior to stargazing trip to the Observatory.  

  • It can be set up in any large space (5m ceiling height and 6m diameter floor space  required)
  • Can comfortable accommodate groups of up to 20  
The image on the right is of our portable planetarium in the Masonic Hall at Beamish, January 2018 (pic courtesy Gary Lintern)

Planetarium hire terms

Because of the complex technical setup requirements; the need for supplementary equipment (laptop and audio); dome-compatible films;  and high cost of insurance, we offer an all-inclusive Planetarium package that can be tailored to your audience.

  • Delivery, set up (and breakdown) of the planetarium equipment at your venue by an experienced Observatory star-guide/engineer
  • All equipment, dome-compatible films and teaching materials required
  • Running of the session including operation of the planetarium and presentation
  • Full public liability insurance
Costs are dependent on specific requirements (travel distance to venue, number of sessions required etc) but as a guide these would typically be around £200-£300 
 
Hiring the Planetarium to run your own event 
If you have you own source of full-dome compatible films; supplementary audio equipment and someone with the experience to do the set up and operation,  together with adequate insurance cover (for loss or damage to the equipment and public liability), it is possible to hire the Planetarium and projector on a collection/return basis, to run your own session from £50 per day (£150 per week).




Copyright Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited 2017

The North Pennines Observatory is owned and operated by Allen Valleys Enterprise Limited, a volunteer-run Community Benefit Society

The Observatory runs events for members, open events for non-members and is available for private bookings

All enquiries about the Observatory should be directed to AVEL on the Allen Valley Landscape Partnership phone number: 01434 683517

Allen Valleys Enterprise Ltd Allendale Village Hall, Allendale, Northumberland NE47 9PR 

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