Press Release: September 5, 2006

Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 Planetarium System Released

BREMERTON, Wash., Sept. 5 -- Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. proudly announces the Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 portable digital planetarium system. The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system combines a digital fisheye projector with a computer control unit. Integrated planetarium and media display software is easily controlled with an innovative backlit remote control.

The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system can help students of all ages grasp abstract astronomy concepts and spark interest in science. Educators can simulate the sky from any point on Earth or from other solar system bodies; show constellations from many cultures; demonstrate phenomena such as transits, eclipses, and meteor showers; label or zoom in on any object; etc.

Educators can project images or videos on any subject or play prerecorded fulldome shows. They can create prerecorded segments or even entire shows using the software's powerful scripting capability. Scripting can alleviate tedious sequences or provide special effects with image manipulation and other advanced features.

The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system offers full sky (full horizon) projection. Some competing systems cut out parts of the sky, making it harder for students to orient themselves and placing limitations on what can be easily demonstrated.

The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system is a second generation product that has been enhanced by feedback from users around the world. It is brighter and provides enhanced projection quality, making it an excellent choice for domes up to approximately 33 ft/10m in diameter.

The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system offers the best usability and lowest training costs on the market due to its unique remote control interface. Educators are liberated from complex software interfaces to focus on their audiences. Free lesson plans get educators started teaching right away. The system is designed for reliability, with a solid-state hard drive and no laptop computer required. The two year limited warranty is double that of most other suppliers.

At a price of US$19,750, the Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 is by far the best value in the fulldome digital planetarium market. Yet for practical instruction, Digitalis believes this product outperforms competing systems costing more than twice as much.

The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system runs Stellarium, free, open source planetarium software available from Digitalis encourages educators to use Stellarium with their students.

Digitalis employees are regular contributors to Stellarium. Unlike many competitors, this means Digitalis is intimately familiar with the planetarium software in its systems. Bug fixes and new features are made available to Digitarium(TM) system users in an easy, automated manner.

Digitalis also sells inflatable domes in several diameters for a complete portable planetarium. The Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system is ideal for schools, school districts, education service agencies, astronomy outreach programs, science centers, children's museums, colleges, universities, and other portable or small fixed planetariums.

Learn more about Digitalis and the Digitarium(TM) Alpha 2 system at

About Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.: Digitalis was founded in January, 2003 to create capable and affordable tools for astronomy education.