Lost days of shows
- Hi all,
I was asked to get some sense of how much time planetaria (we are assuming
digital) lose annually to technically related down time. Specifically
non-planned time. I assume this is measured in days and includes computer
crashes, hard drive issues, projectors dying, etc. This is related to
comments made by an administrator that "planetariums are expensive to
maintain." This is a very un-scientific survey......
State Chair, Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA)
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Planetarium
Room 4508 Museums
1109 Geddes Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
- Two years in with our Digitalis system with zero time lost. So far so good.
Business Operations Manager
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Binghamton, NY 13905
We lose around one-two shows per annum. This is because we can provide alternatives to almost any internal problem - for example if the Zeiss star field fails we can use the digital star field. If the full dome system fails we can do a live show. We left the old lighting system in place when we built our LED system. We have a backup computer with all our shows loaded.
- That's nice.
Here in S�o Paulo we have two planetariums and behold!, one of them has been through all sorts of problems, from equipment to building - building being the major issue, preparing a gap for equipment failures (if not for that, I believe the Zeiss would work just fine, as has been doing in the other building). Since it has been installed, it was operated for a single year; oh, yes, it was installed in 2005.
So we must be completely out of the curve.
Is there anyone here working in a solely government funded planetarium?
- Matt and group:
The Rauch Planetarium at Univ of Louisville doesn't do a shutdown for maintenance or production, we have only had one major equipment failure which lasted a month but did not cause us any lost shows. Therefore, I can say that for 12 years we have had a traditional plus digital, multi-projector, surround sound theater that has not been down for the public or schools any days.
In fact, we do much more with the dome than most and still have everything working for often 10 to 16 hours per day, 6 and sometimes 7 days per week. Having a full-time tech or Technical Director is the key and I suppose your administrator can say this is a big expense. However, in our case, the Tech Dir is a staffer that runs any kind of shows and the ones that are often the biggest revenue producers like weddings, corporate meetings, concerts, corporate parties and more.
In a more traditional digital dome I think you will find that your equipment may serve you better and more economically than did a bunch or analog, mechanical devices. (i.e. your stars and slide projectors)
My two cents still running a dome with pretty much one of everything that Spitz could put in it in 2000 plus a few more things!
Rauch Planetarium - Univ of Louisville
We are going to the Final Four!
- In the past two years running our Sky-Skan Definiti system, we've lost zero shows. This is with no backup in the for of a conventional optomechanical star projector, etc. So far, our fulldome system has been very reliable.
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center