Giving Shape to Ideas

Cosmoleap Σ

Cosmo Leap Σ

The Cosmo Leap Σ can project the starry sky equivalent to those of the Infinium Σ (Konica Minolta’s flagship optical planetarium that was developed to project beautiful fixed stars shining in the dark night sky) in small and medium-sized domes with an energy-efficient compact design.

Japan is the second most planetarium installed country after the United States of America. It has over 300 facilities and 75% of them are installed by governing bodies, mostly in medium-sized domes ranging approximately 10m in diameter.
In these small and medium-sized domes, Cosmo Leap Σ achieves sharp stellar images with various constellation images and realistic projections of variable stars (i.e., features suitable for giving a detailed narrative of the starry sky) and impresses the audience by projecting a beautiful night sky embellished with glittering stars.

Cosmoleap Σ

Meaning of Cosmo Leap

“Cosmo Leap” is named it after a quote by Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11.
“That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

2018 Good Design Gold Award winner

「The Cosmo Leap Σ was selected as one of the Good Design Best 100 products out of 4,789 products and services that were subject to screening. It then won a Good Design Gold Award, which is presented to the outstanding designs selected from the 100 best products. The Cosmo Leap Σ is designed to blend harmoniously with cosmic space, representing the company’s wish to arouse children’s creativity and spirit of inquiry.

Features of the Design

With its compact structure incorporating optical technology, the product is designed to blend harmoniously with cosmic space.

Comments from Screening Committee of JDP

While most products cover their structures with some materials, the planetarium is exposed. Its mechanical appearance, made of optical and precision components, appeals to people, especially children. Since the moving parts of the star ball and planet projector follow the movement of the night sky (movement of the Earth), the orderly structure of this precision machine makes children aware that cosmic space is also regularly structured. This aspect of the product was also highly regarded by the jury.

See here for the Good Design Award website

9 Nebulae

Messier Num NGC / IC Common Name Type IAU
8 6523 Lagoon Nebula Nebula Sgr
17 6618 Omega Nebula Nebula Sgr
20 6514 Trifid Nebula Nebula Sgr
42 1976 Great Orion Nebula Nebula Ori
43 1982 Extension of M42 Nebula Ori
- 2070 Tarantula Nebula Nebula Dor
- 3372 Eta Carinae Nebula Nebula Car
- 7000 North American Nebula Nebula Cyg
- Caldwell 99 Coalsack Nebula Nebula Cru

22 Open Clusters

Messier Num NGC / IC Common Name Type IAU
- 869 h Persei, Double Cluster Open Cluster Per
- 884 χ Persei Double Cluster Open Cluster Per
6 6405 Butterfly Cluster Open Cluster Sco
7 6475 Ptolemy’s Cluster Open Cluster Sco
11 6705 Wild Duck Cluster Open Cluster Sct
24 6603 Sagittarius Star Cloud - Sgr
34 1039 Open Cluster Per
35 2168 Open Cluster Gem
36 1960 Open Cluster Aur
37 2099 Open Cluster Aur
38 1912 Open Cluster Aur
39 7092 Open Cluster Cyg
41 2287 Open Cluster CMa
44 2632 Praesepe, Beehive Cluster Open Cluster Cnc
45 Mel. 22 Pleiades, Seven Sisters Open Cluster Tau
46 2437 Open Cluster Pup
47 2422 Open Cluster Pup
48 2548 Open Cluster Hya
- IC 2602 Southern Pleiades Open Cluster Cep
- Cr399 Brocchi’s Cluster Open Cluster Vul
- 2244 Cluster inside Rosette Nebula Open Cluster Mon
- 6611 Cluster inside Eagle Nebula Open Cluster Ser

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