We have all at one point found ourselves staring into the sky at night, enamored by its beauty that we wished it was something we could experience every other day. Planetariums make it possible for one to experience the cosmos from the comfort of their homes and after hours of trying and testing different home planetariums, here is a conclusive list of arguably the best home planetarium in the market that are worth giving a thought to. These planetariums let you bring the wonderous universe into your house and can be used by both kids and adults.
Smithsonian Planetarium Projector
With the ability to project astronauts, rockets, asteroids, galaxies, planets, moons, spacecraft and nebulae the Smithsonian planetarium is perfect for children as it projects with a rotating star pattern and has over 50 HD image combinations. The projector is designed to in a small section of a room and as such users must choose where they want to project the image. One must fidget around with the projector to find the perfect angle and distance to clearly project the image. Nonetheless, despite this slight hitch, once everything is figured out, the projection will wow you.
- It is reasonably priced in comparison to some of its competitors.
- It has an automatic shut off timer that ensures the device goes off after some time.
the planetarium project star pattern rotations with 24 different images.
- The projector needs to be well balanced; otherwise projected images appear blurry.
- The package does not include a power adapter
it does not project into the entire room but rather only a few sections.
Sega Homestar Home Planetarium
Manufactured by Sega toys, the Sega Homestar is a star projector that resembles the death star and is capable of projecting close to 60,000 stars. It utilizes a 3-watt white LED technology to project and has an AC adapter to power it on. There are two discs included in the planetarium’s package with the option to buy more from the other 30 plus discs that Sega has to offer. This planetarium is ideal for rooms that are 12” x14” so that one does not have to constantly adjust it while trying to find the right angle. However, this is not to say that it cannot be used in any other kind of room. One would simply need to adjust the devices focus and angle to get the projection that suits their space best. The Sega Homestar has a projection distance of between 59″ and 90″ and a projection area of a circle with a diameter of 106″.
- It has a shooting star functionality, that gives the impression of shooting stars in the projected image.
- The focus and angle of the planetarium are adjustable.
- It has an auto shut off feature that turns the projector off after a 15 to 60-minute time period.
- The projected images are extremely realistic, especially with the northern hemisphere disc.
- In comparison to most of its competitors, the Sega Homestar is somewhat costly.
- The shooting star function could use some improvement as we felt it was lacking in realism.
In My Room Star Theater Pro by Uncle Milton
If you are looking for a planetarium that does not compromise on quality, then look no further than this one by Uncle Milton. The machine’s design is rather impressive and unique with a motorized image rotation capability that brings realism into play as the display of the night sky comes alive. The package includes two discs, one displaying the sun, moon, and earth while the other displays over 10,000 stars.
- The projection angle and focus are adjustable
- Its design is quite futuristic as it is possible to rotate the planetarium.
- The clarity of the projected image is exceptional.
- The rotation can be turned on and off depending on a user’s preference.
- It is equipped with a timer function with a 30- or 60-minutes automatic shutoff option.
- It is not the most durable planetarium in the market.
- There company responsible for creating the device is no longer producing new disks.
- It has a high price tag attached to it.
- It uses batteries which could have an impact on the projection if, for example, they are dying off.
Parrot Uncle 270 Degree
The Parrot Uncle 270 degrees planetarium is different from the others as It utilizes holographic and green laser technology to project the night sky. It mimics the sky by creating multiple laser pinpricks with the help of its dual precision glass lenses. The uniqueness of this projector is witnessed by its ability to show the formation of blue nebula clouds with users being able to change between this view and the star view. It also allows for both views to be viewed simultaneously for a spectacular and fascinating display.
- Users can mount the projector on the wall as it has keyhole slots on its base that can be used for this.
- The projected image can be adjusted to the size of the surface being used.
- It has an automatic shut off feature with a four-hour range.
- Users can choose between two different views or a combination of both.
- It does not necessarily depict the true sky map.
- It can sometimes be too bright when being used in certain settings.
- It is not durable
- The bulbs of Parrot Uncle burn out rather too often than they should, which is quite annoying.
If you are ready to enjoy some stargazing from the comfort of your home, a planetarium is something that you should certainly consider. They make for some great entertainment for both kids and adults. When choosing one for yourself or your loved one some of the important things you need to consider include the use, the light source, the lighting mode, the power source, and finally the style and design. With these factors in mind, you can avoid ending up with useless planetariums that usually turn out to be a waste of your money.