The STARLAB portable planetarium equipment is available for rental by outside groups. Rental rates are currently being determined—please email Amy Truksa if you are interested in dates and prices. 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. Amy can provide training to vaccinated individuals and you will need to wear a mask during the training per college policy.
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: 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. 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 $20/15-minutes additional time.
Delivery fee: Dependent on distance and time.
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.
It is possible, at times, to have a staff person from the Whittenberger Planetarium provide both the delivery and the programming during your STARLAB rental. Availability is limited and additional fees are determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Amy Truksa to discuss your event.
$100 payment will be expected for canceling a STARLAB rental within 1 week of the rental date.