QUOTE(mrgare5050 @ Sep 12 2011, 03:28 AM)
Yes, and I note that while they have a demo video for the firework projector, there isnt one for this. I just have these nasty feelings that
1. It would be cheesy
2. It would detract from the stars
One special effect tends to lead to TWO special effects, which leads to ...
Im on this purist bent right now, uncluttered .. if the stars arent enough, why do it kind of mindset.....
Not at all sure if I agree with your "uncluttered" mindset. It is those extras, the things that move about, that make the skies new and exciting for each night. I like the idea of the odd single meter streaking across the dome. Especially not telling anyone about it fist. I think it would get the audience looking more intently at the dome and what's there. Then if there is a "what's that" from the crowd, talking about that "grain of sand" or "speck of dust" that had been floating through space for millennium only to burn up in its encounter with Earth's atmosphere. Kind of fun stuff that.
Even the steady pace of a satellite across the dome can be an exciting extra for people to find and follow. I know that when we can get up to our dark sky site, it is unbelievable how many satellites one can see going by.
All of this also adds time to a presentation which I personally think should be about an hour in length. There is just so much stretching one can do with the sunrise and sunset. I'm not at all sure if I could fill an hour with my scant knowledge of stars and constellations.
But then again it's like you said before, we will probably never have the same people ever again, so why worry. The basic introductory show should probably be an introductory rambling through the night sky. And I wish you all a very good morning.