The STARLAB portable planetarium equipment is available for rental by outside groups. We will not be providing programming until further notice so you will need to have your own presenter(s) during your rental. All presenters need to receive training before using the equipment. Training will take place on The College of Idaho campus where masks are currently required.
The STARLAB requires space to inflate and must be located in an appropriate area.
- Minimum room dimensions: 21 x 21 ft
- Height: 10.5 ft clear of all objects, including light fixtures and fire sprinklers
- Indoor-only use
Contact the Planetarium with questions.
Training Fee: $125, which includes basic training—set-up/take-down procedure, use of the projector, switching cylinders, limited time familiarizing trainee(s) with the cylinders, expectations for keeping equipment safe, and safety tips. All presenters need to receive training before using the equipment. Training will take place on The College of Idaho campus where masks are currently required. This training takes about one hour and fifteen minutes. If additional time beyond that is needed, it is $25-per-15 minutes.
Additional training may include more advanced use of the equipment such as using the planet and/or moon projectors, more extensive familiarization with the night sky, and/or more extensive astronomy education pedagogy. Additional time will be charged at fifteen-minute increments at $25/15-minutes additional time.
Delivery fee: Current mileage reimbursement rate is $0.55/mile plus time and is subject to change. Rates are estimated in advance and adjusted as needed..
The STARLAB components can be transported in SUV-sized vehicles such as Ford Escapes (with room for the driver and one passenger), Subaru Outbacks (with room for the driver and up to two passengers), Suburbans, and minivans with the seats down or one row of seats removed. The components are NOT weather resistant and are heat-sensitive. If the STARLAB is transported in the back of a pick-up, the weather must be dry and temperatures mild.
The service is suspended until further notice. Contact the Planetarium with any questions.
$100 payment will be expected for canceling a STARLAB rental within 1 week of the rental date.