STAR CYLINDER SPECIFICATIONS
Canopus star cylinders are manually created and digitized intoour special design program. Two important considerations wereplaced into our system: (1) correct magnitudes and (2) compensa- tion for image deviation near the edges of the cylinders.It is important to note that these factors are not always includedin competitive systems. Because Canopus believes their inclusionis a necessity, our stars is projected with the correct magnitude.The result is that Canopus provides the finest and most authenticrepresentation of the night sky.Because Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres are sepa-rated by our planet’s equator, we have placed the stars in eachhemisphere on two projector platforms. The advantage of this sys- tem is that the viewer sees all of the stars, in both hemispheres,and at the same time.This is accomplished without the need to change cylinders in order to view both hemispheres. There are no visible elements or sup-ports to interfere with the sky image - allowing one to project theMilky Way with or without stars.To produce a realistic projection, Canopus projectors utilize fourspecial lenses displaying the brightest stars: Sirius, Canopus,Alpha Centauri, and Arcturus, all accomplished without the need ofincreasing the artificial diameter of the stars.The Canopus Star Projector projects 2,750 stars down to magni- tude 5.45.It also projects 13 naked eye objects: galaxies, nebulae, star clus- ters and Large and Small Magellanic clouds.
The cylinders, which act as projection frames, are constructed ofmaterials quite similar to Celluloid. The stars and other sky objectsare part of the cylinder. Illumination is accomplished by the use oflight bulbs inside the cylinders - the standard type system for thisclass of planetarium.
HAND-HELD CONSTELLATION PROJECTOR
The CANOPUS projector comes with a hand-held constellationprojector. It is similar to a flashlight that uses special slides with12 figures: Orion, Lepus, Taurus, Canis Major, Gemini, Scorpius,Cygnus, Crux, Leo, Hercules, Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor.The images are projected on the star field by the hand projectorwith its power source on the control panel. Eight additional constel-lations may be purchased: Sagittarius, Libra, Cassiopeia, Cancer,Draco, Corona Australis, Cepheus, and Canis Minor.