Planetarium Domes

We feature the Go-Dome™ from Avela, and carry their complete line of products (check out the Go-Dome site for all options). Unlike other inflatable domes, which are built mainly for analog projectors, the Go-Dome™ is designed and developed to meet today's digital technology. It's durable, lightweight for easy transport, with fewer wrinkles for movie playback. The 5-second dome flip gives a fast emergency exit in case of power outages! And our domes are fully flame retardant

Some are now trying to imitate our design, but ours was the first with this special airlock doorway.

The airlock design simulates space age technology — beginning their "out of this world" experience. The double-door, vestibule design creates a quick seal behind each admittance so that light, late arrivals or those who must leave unexpectedly do not disturb your show in progress. The dome door is now 7 feet tall in 5m or more domes, allowing easy "walk-in" entry with minimum air loss per admittance.

The entryway has a continuous non-skid floor that allows the vertical tubes to move sideways to allow adults to enter. Even wheelchairs can enter through the door with minimum loss of air and without disturbing a show in progress - No need to lift the edge as in competing domes!

Standard dome 2-ring dome 5-ring dome Zodiac dome Fishbowl

The 5-ring "Media Go-Dome" allows the horizon to be over the heads of a standing adult. This type of dome was used by the Fort Worth Science Museum while their Noble Planetarium was being upgraded. Now, they are using the projection system in a standard portbale Go-Dome.

Our custom-made soft gray projection screen reduces cross-talk (internal reflections that cause dark areas to be illuminated by reflections from bright areas) for rich colors and pleasurable viewing. The optimized surface is shine-free which allows even the brightest digital dome shows to be viewed without glare. The special fabric also reduces sound reflections, making the experience the best it can be. The cloth used in each Go-Dome™ product is custom made for our specific application. And as such, our cloth is designed with the highest standards possible for fire retardancy. Each batch of cloth manufactured for Go-Domes™ has to pass stringent laboratory testing for fire retardancy before it is accepted for manufacturing of the dome. The doorway can be zippered shut for full-dome projection applications, but can be left open for easy access.

The dome features self-regulated outlet vents in the side opposite the door, which open up for through-circulation with the dome is fully inflated, and automatically close if the dome loses air when a group exits. The air inlet from the fan is forked: part to inflate the doorway and part goes directly into the dome near the doorway to provide efficient air circulation inside the dome, keeping the projection system cool. The vent system not only keeps air circulating inside the dome, but stops the characteristic "Bouncing" of typical closed system domes - if the dome overinflates, the vents open completely with a light baffle. No bouncing means no strobing light leaks to disturb the presentation inside!

Domes are available in standard sizes, but non-standard sizes, and new semipermanent "Zodiac" Domes and negative-pressure "Star" domes with open doorways are also available on special order.

Select a Dome:

Standard Go-Dome™

2-Ring Go-Dome™

5-Ring Go-Dome™

Zodiac Dome™