The Difference Is Digistar

Digistar is in a class all its own, providing powerful features and the most user friendly interface in the industry. Its robust digital theater platform offers presenters day-to-day reliability matched with innovative tools to inspire the most demanding audiences.

Projector Solutions


Digistar 6 is the first system to fully integrate the Data2Dome (D2D) standard published by the International Planetarium Society. D2D allows data feeds from ESO, ESA, Spitzer, and a host of astronomical observatories on Earth and in space to stream into Digistar 6 every day. Videos, images, fulldome stills, and more are available for instant dome display.

Cloud Library

Digistar comes with a revolutionary built-in cloud sharing capability that will connect Digistar customers worldwide. The Digistar cloud makes sharing great content simple. Upload to share or find what you need with the advanced library search. Download and install images, models, shows, videos and more with just a single click.


Digistar 6 includes a powerful new Domecasting feature that enables Digistar 6 theaters to broadcast live dome presentations to other D6 theaters in the community. Upcoming Domecasts show up in the Digistar user interface, so that other theaters can tune-in to live presentations and experience them simultaneously.

Ease of Use

Digistar features the industry's most powerful, advanced, and easy-touse interface available. In Digistar 6, the UI has been further refined and improved to put even more capabilities and information at the user's fingertips. Its intuitive drag and drop architecture and simple controls forinteracting directly with imagery on the dome have made Digistar software the choice of hundreds of theaters across the globe.

[User Interface]

User Interface

Digistar features the industry’s most powerful, advanced, and easy-to-use interface available. In Digistar 6, the UI has been further refined and improved to put even more capabilities and information at the user’s fingertips. It’s intuitive drag and drop architecture and simple controls for interacting directly with imagery on the dome have made Digistar software the choice of hundreds of theaters across the globe.

[Interactive Dome]

Interactive Dome View

Directly interact with the objects on your dome and add other items to the dome simply by clicking and dragging. The dome view also allows for panning and zooming and moving time forward and backward.

Information at Your Fingertips

Each object in Digistar comes with a detailed information page. This provides presenters with ready-access reference material to help them answer questions or to provide them with helpful data about any object in the system. Users can add their own notes or even live web links to these pages to make this information even more useful.


Multiple Stars, Variable Stars and Expoplanets

Dataset contains multiple stars, variable stars and exoplanets to explore, all available through Digistar's user interface. New sophisticated algorithms allow astronomical bodies to maintain accurate positions and sizes across the enormous range of astronomical scales.

[Dark Mode]

User Interface Dark Mode

Designed for use in low light environments, dark mode reduces light scatter in the dome and preserves the operator's dark adaptation. Digistar features standard red mode and an alternate green mode to further minimize light output. A high-contrast monitor with a fully dimmable backlight is also available.

Astronomy Features

Digistar's user interface puts the system's vast amount of astronomical data at your fingertips in a variety of ways including shortcut buttons that group content by sky, planets & sun, Zodiacal constellations, Messier Objects, shows, trailers, etc. The user interface offers tagged searches, smart lists, and traditional folder views.

Seasonal Earth Textures

When viewing the Earth, Digistar displays surface imagery appropriate to the time of year.



Digistar 6 has an enormous library of content available. Workspaces are new a way to collect and organize that content for use in live presentations. These new presentations can then be controlled by an iPad, Bluetooth presentation remote or Xbox controller, enabling the presenter great flexibility to move around the dome and interact with the audience. Workspaces also allow users to create playlists of content for one-click playback of walk-in music, lighting scripts, trailers, full pre-rendered shows and other items.

[Control Panel]

Control Panels

Digistar allows users to customize control panels for their presentations that can be loaded onto an iPad or other mobile device. Users can then present their shows live in front of the audience using the control panels on their mobile device.

[Show Builder]

Show Builder

The fastest way to create content for the dome, Show Builder allows users to craft a show one snapshot at a time with an intuitive point-and-click process. Users can set up a scene on the dome using the tools within Digistar and then take a “snapshot” of the scene they created. By modifying this scene and taking successive snapshots, users build a show from beginning to end with available editing tools to adjust snapshot durations, transition timings, edit or insert snapshots into a sequence, and more. Show Builder shows can be converted to standard Digistar scripting language so that they can be further edited by users who prefer to write show scripts themselves.

Demo Video



Digistar's user interface and dome output can be changed to display in any language. Choose from the included languages, or import data to add new languages.

Intelligent Search

Digistar features a fully-integrated search engine that quickly allows users to find content in the system and drag it to the dome for immediate use.

Spice Toolkit

Where available, the positions of solar system bodies are now calculated using the Planetary and Lunar Ephemerides DE431, a numerical simulation of the Solar System created by Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We access the data kernels using the SPICE toolkit, a software package widely used for planning, visualizing, and archiving interplanetary spacecraft missions. This gives Digistar the ability to determine the positions of the planets, Pluto, and the Moon at high accuracy over a 30,000 year time span, as well as the positions of other major moons over a span of a few hundred years.

Intuitive Navigation

Navigation through the Universe in Digistar 6 has been completely redesigned to offer more intuitive “free flight” controls using the mouse, XBOX controller, or joystick. New features include a fly-to “target mode” that allows users to set a destination and fly to it manually.

Image Quality

Digistar 6 offers a variety of projection systems for domes of all sizes (3-30+ meters) with solutions ranging from a single projector 1K x 1K display to True8K™ resolution with 10 or more projectors to create the highest quality digital starfield and to exceed 1570 giant screen film resolution.

[3D Options]


Active Stereo and INFITEC Stereo support at 60 fps per eye

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Up to 120 FPS Video Playback

Digistar 6 offers video and real time playback at up to 120 frames per second, four times the industry standard of 30 fps. By doubling or quadrupling the number of frames played back over the same amount of time, the perceived resolution of the scene goes up dramatically. Motion appears much crisper and less blurry since the human eye sees much more visual information every second.

[Auto Alignment]

Auto Alignment & Auto Blending

Optional systems that not only automatically align the geometry of multiple video projectors, but also adjust brightness and edge blending between projectors. With one click the system automatically aligns in only a few minutes to within .5 pixel accuracy.

High Definition Video Input

This optional live input accepts up to 1080 HD or SD video from a variety of sources including Blu-ray, DVD, satellite/cable, PC, and video cameras for real-time display anywhere on the dome. Real-time chroma keyer allows instant compositing of live video.


E&S has engineered custom synchronization hardware that keeps video channels playing together with 0 frame accuracy, eliminating channel tearing or image drift between projectors.

Custom Engineering

E&S has designed projection solutions for theaters of all shapes, sizes, and resolutions, including the world’s first fully spherical theater and an inverted dome undersea experience.


Digistar comes with a wide assortment of real-time, interactive scenes on a variety of topics including astronomical science and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) content. The new Digistar STEAM library contains a growing collection of content with a suite of control panel pages for interactively exploring the scenarios in detail. Digistar also has a collection of real-time models, including detailed human anatomical systems and more.

Digistar STEAM Library

Digistar comes with a wide assortment of real time scenes on a variety of topics including astronomical science and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) content. The new Digistar STEAM library contains a growing collection of content with a suite of control panel pages for exploring the scenarios in detail.

[STEAM Engineering]


New visualizations demonstrate the following concepts: Aeolipile, Artillery, Balance Beam, Critical Angle Box, Four stroke engine, Lissajous polishing robot

Astronomy Models

Digistar comes with over 100 real time models including modern and historic spacecraft, observatories, comets, asteroids, and more.


Developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, the Planetarium Activities for Successful Success™ curricula is an extremely valuable resources to make your live, interactive lessons easier and more effective. These lessons are developed and maintained by the Lawrence Hall of Science, the public science museum and research center for K-12 education at the University of California, Berkeley.

[Hi-Res Surface]

Hi-Res Planetary Surfaces

Fly down to the surface of the earth and other planets and moons in the solar system for spectacular high resolution detail and 3d terrain. This revolutionary feature offers extremely smooth transitions between lower resolution textures for more distant viewing and high resolution textures for close fly-overs. The high resolution textures do not "tile" or page in as they do on the internet or with other systems. Simply define the area of your flight path and preload the needed high resolution textures for seamless travel from space to a few thousand feet above the ground

[Science on a Sphere]

Integration of NOAA Science on a Sphere®

Digistar contains more than 200 unique datasets in five categories: Astronomy, Atmosphere, Land, Models & Simulations, and Ocean. This includes more than 25 realtime Earth weather and solar datasets and a number of selfrunning and presenter-led demonstrations.

[STEAM Biology]


New visualizations demonstrate the following concepts: Blood Type Inheritance, Corrective Lenses, Contrast Illusion, Phyllotaxis, Human Anatomy (Male & Female), Jointed Skeleton



New visualizations demonstrate the following concepts: Color Angles, Color Wheel, Rotation Patterns, Spirographs

[Script Editor]


Digistar includes a number of pre-produced real time sequences on various astronomical and scientific topics. These scripts can be mined for great ideas that you can copy and paste into your own show scripts, and the predictive Digistar Script Editor makes scripting shows in Digistar easier than ever before!


Digistar includes a selection of royalty-free music and traditional (flat screen) video clips that users can integrate into their productions.

16K Planetary Textures

Display vivid 16K resolution surface textures for all the planets in the Solar System.

[KML Support]

KML Data Support

KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth and Google Maps. Digistar provides support for KML data display on Earth.

[STEAM Physics]


New visualizations demonstrate the following concepts: Elevator weight, Interactive pendulum, magnetic field simulator, Michelson-Morely experiment, Prism refraction

[STEAM Math]


New visualizations demonstrate the following concepts: Cosine theta unit circle, sine theta unit circle, interactive unit circle, basic multiplication, sine-cosine wave

Starry Night Curriculum

Digistar includes real time sequences and written curricula that illustrate and teach core astronomy concepts for students at a variety of age levels. A complete set of included demos follow Starry Night Curriculum examples. Curriculum sold separately.

Show Library

E&S has the world’s largest library of fulldome shows available for license to theaters. This library includes over 250 shows including over 20 shows produced by E&S and over 50 giant screen films transferred to digital fulldome.

AMNH Digital Universe Dataset

The Digital Universe dataset from the American Museum of Natural History and NASA is fully integrated into the user interface.

[Volumentric Nebula]

Volumetric Models and Particle Systems

Digistar incorporates an advanced algorithm for rendering volumetric data in real time. Clouds, nebulae, and the Milky Way galaxy can all be displayed in volumetric form in real time. Particle system rendering generates weather, volcano, geyser, fire, and other effects in real time.