KONICA MINOLTA

Planetarium

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

Main Features

Suitable Dome Diameter 8~18m (Horizontal)
Projector Size External dimensions 980mm(W)× 960mm(D)× 2530mm(H)(when dome horizon is at 2.2m)
Footprint 1m(W)×1m(D) *Not including fence
Time Settings Able to display the starfield from a given time and date within the Solar System (±4000 years)
Able to switch between Universal Time, Local Standard Time, and Local Mean Time.
View Point Settings Able to display the starfield from a given target or location within the Solar System. (Map input available)

Star Ball and Planet Farm

Projection Method Lens Projections, Ultra bright LEDs (lifetime 30,000 hours), 32 divisions
Shutters Gravitational
Fixed Stars Approx. 9,000 (Over 6.5 mag)
Brightness of the stars Brightness differences for each star reproduced
Color 97 different stars colored, down to magnitude 2.5
Bright Stars / Variable Stars 27 with individual color characteristics and scintillation, individual scintillation patters available
4 Variable Stars: Algol, Betelgeuse, Dschubba (δSco)、Mira (individual light curves available)
Deep Sky Objects 48 objects processed on star plates
Constellations / Additional Markers 80 objects (some projected simultaneously)
Milky Way 250,000 Stars processed on Star plates
(OP): Separate projection, lens projection, individual dimming available
* Several constellation images and additional markers will be reduced from the standard specification

Additional Projections

Cardinal Points Indicating North, South, East and West using ultra bright LEDs
Sunrise and Sunset*Op Simulation for sunrise and sunset using ultra bright LEDs
Twilight, Dawn and Dusk*Op Simulation for twilight, dawn and dusk using ultra bright LEDs
Sun Simulation of movement seen from Earth, 1 degree projection, Ultra bright LEDs
Moon Simulation of movement and phasing seen from Earth (individual phasing),
1 degree projection, Phasing features, Ultra bright LEDs
Planets Simulation of movement seen from Earth, Point projections, Ultra bright LEDs
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn
Ecliptic and Equatorial coordinates*Op Ultra bright LEDs
Meridian*Op Ultra bright LEDs

*Op = Optional / *Specifications are subject to change without notice

Controls

Performance Diurnal motion on planets and satellites, etc.
Automated Control 10,000 standard program data storable, programs can be paused and played from the middle, manual interruption available
Automatic recovery, able to simultaneously control both manual and automatic controls
Manual Control Interlinked dimming (stars and planets), immediate projection of that day’s sky, map and star map input available
Synchronization SMPTE control
Macro Functions Available by control from the console and operation screen, ordering from auto programs are also available
Hyper Programming Original GUI available by HyperText Markup Language
Function buttons, macro buttons, texts and remote connecting available
Auto-performance Programming Integrated script format, command input method, real time commanding, timeline editing available
Others One-button reset, remote diagnosing, integration with digital projectors

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