Opened in November 1995, the Faulkner Planetarium is the largest planetarium theater in Idaho, seating 144 under a 50' dome. In fall, 2013 the theater was upgraded to a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 fulldome projection system with 10,200 W Dolby 5.1 surround sound, reclaiming its title as Idaho's most advanced planetarium theater.
Features one of the world's largest fully wheelchair-accessible public telescopes. The main instrument—the Norman Herrett telescope—is a 24" Ritchey-Chretien reflector on a computer-controlled fork mount, manufactured by DFM Engineering of Longmont, Colorado, USA. The ARE-125, an optical "periscope" designed by DFM, allows unprecedented access to the telescope for wheelchair bound and limited mobility vistors. An Apogee Alta E47+ CCD camera is available for imaging, a generous gift of Dick and Jody Shotwell.
Currently on Exhibit:
|Planetarium Show Times|
|Due to the coronavirus, all planetarium shows are canceled until further notice.|
|Observatory Open Hours &
|Due to the coronavirus, the observatory is currently closed until further notice.|