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Note: Talks are typically 10-25 minute presentations on topics of interest, separate from the DUG Demos showcasing members' Digistar creations.


Schedule Outline


Additional details to be provided as the conference approaches. Times given are in Mountain Daylight Time.

Monday, October 4th

Travel Day
18:30—Evening Reception at E&S

Tuesday, October 5th

9:00—Workshops
11:30—Lunch
12:30—Workshops
15:00—Break
15:30—Workshops
18:00—Fun Evening Activities at E&S

Wednesday, October 6th

9:00—Workshops
11:30—Lunch
12:30—Workshops
15:00—DUG Standards Meeting
16:30—Break
18:00—Conference Opening Reception in DomeX, Activities, Dome Crawl

Thursday, October 7th

9:00—DUG Business Meeting

Consider submitting DUG 2023 Host bids and nominations for President-Elect to the DUG President prior to the Business Meeting.

12:00—Lunch
13:00—Digistar & Dessert
13:30—Demos, Talks, E&S Service & Support Forum, More Demos
18:00—Fun Evening Activities, various locations

Friday, October 8th

9:00—Demos, Talks
12:00—Lunch
13:00—Digistar & Dessert
13:30—Talks, E&S Enhancement Request Forum, Break
18:30—Dinner, Keynote Speaker, Awards, Party!

Saturday, October 9th

Various post-conference activities and excursions planned throughout day, including a chance to experience the simulators at Christa McAuliffe Space Center, a visit to Antelope Island, a Photography Excursion, and a Star Party for those who can stay.

DUG Demos

The 30-year tradition of sharing with the Digistar community continues! DUG Demos are added to the DUG Library and shared freely among Digistar sites. Demos can be real-time, rendered, or a combination. From pre-school to college level, DUG Demos can be long or short, educational or purely entertaining. Tune in to this year's Demo sessions and be prepared to vote for your favorites.

Workshop Descriptions

Tuesday, October 5th, 9:00-11:30 MDT

Build Better Scripts with Digistar 7
Instructor: Karen Klamczynski
Applicable to D7

Digistar 7 has some nifty new features and commands. In this workshop, we’ll write scripts that use new ways to control time, location, object motion, and the appearance of images. We’ll also see how to utilize new control panel features for creating elegant, presenter-driven show experiences.

From Celestia to the Dome
Instructor: Mike George
Applicable to D5, D6, D7

Have you ever found that perfect model in Celestia and wondered how to import it into Digistar? Then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, we will explore how to import models from other sources such as Celestia, optimize them for Digistar, and have them take center stage on the dome.

Troubleshooting 101
Instructors: Ben Buckwalter, Melinda Orms, and Jacob Galloway
Applicable to D5, D5, D6, and D7

Learn some of the Digistar architecture and how to identify and diagnose problems. Join E&S experts in exploring common and uncommon issues and pinpointing sources of these issues.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:30–15:00 MDT

Create a Cosmic Tour with Show Builder
Instructors: Melinda Orms and Stan Pitcher
Applicable to D7

This workshop will start with a brief survey of Show Builder and some new features. Then, participants will build a customized tour and learn expert tips and tricks along the way. Find out how to control time, use navigation, preload large datasets, and more. The resulting tour will be useful for your dome since the exercise will include your home location and your custom logos.

BioVis: Don’t Leave Dome Without It
Instructors: Dan Rees, John-Paul Ownby, and Nicole Gunter
Applicable to D6 and D7

Learn how to make biodiversity data come alive on the dome using tools developed for Digistar in a collaboration between E&S and Cleveland Museum of Natural History. See real-world use cases and get ideas for your own presentations from special CMNH guest presenter, Dr. Nicole Gunter. Quickly accessing and displaying biodiversity data has never been easier!

Digistar Teaching Tools for Astro 101 and Beyond
Instructor: Martin Ratcliffe
Applicable to all Digistar systems

A digital planetarium offers a unique ability to teach modern astronomy. Traditional teaching often focuses on motions of the sky, constellations, phases of the Moon, and motions of the planets. This workshop will go beyond these topics to those that use the power of seeing spatial distributions in 3D, from solar to stellar systems and cosmology. Opportunity for open discussion occurs throughout the workshop.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 15:30–18:00 MDT

Introduction to JavaScript in Digistar
Instructor: Lynn Buchanan
Applicable to D5, D6, D7

No experience required: find out what a JavaScript is and how they are used in Digistar. During this session, create a simple JavaScript example and learn basic syntax.

Better Cinematography with Navigation Camera Controller Scripting
Instructor: Mark Bloomenthal
Applicable to D7

The navigation camera controller generalizes navigation’s camera pointing. It allows camera pointing operations to be specified independently of other high-level navigation operations such as flyTo, land, or takeoff. It provides the user with greater flexibility as to what is shown on the dome and how it is shown. The camera controller allows for pointing the camera at arbitrary objects in the scene, pointing in general orientations or directions within a frame of reference, using a context sensitive “sweet spot” on the dome, and programmed or interactive panning and pitching of the camera.

Digistar Tips & Tricks
Instructors: Jacob Galloway, Melinda Orms, Ben Buckwalter
Applicable to D5, D6, and D7

Gather some “golden nuggets” of wisdom from Digistar engineers. We’ll show you how to customize, tweak, and make the most of Digistar’s capabilities. Topics range from user interface to scripting to content creation. Our challenge is to make sure everyone attending learns something they never knew Digistar can do!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 9:00–11:30 MDT

Going Further with JavaScript
Instructor: Jacob Galloway
Applicable to D5, D6, and D7

This workshop will cover several intermediate examples of using JavaScript to go further with your Digistar system. Basic knowledge of JavaScript and Digistar scripting is recommended.

Scriptapalooza 2021
Instructor: Karen Klamczynski
Applicable to D5, D6, and D7

Let’s script! This year, our scripts will be inspired by a theme: transitions. As we practice scripting and review best practices, we’ll write scripts that feature smooth transitions—from real-time to video, to large datasets, motion, and more. We’ll also look at some new scripts (which you’ll keep) and discuss how they work—and why. This workshop is great for those with a little scripting knowledge and anyone who wants to expand their Digistar scripting skills.

New Educational Content in Digistar 7
Instructor: Brad Rush
Applicable to D7

This workshop will survey the integration of SciDome educational capabilities, most notably the Spitz Fulldome Curriculum, into Digistar 7. Digistar’s functionality has been expanded to work with this rich resource of educational content. See what has been added and how it can be used in Digistar domes.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:30–15:00 MDT

Stream a Little Stream
Instructors: Mike George and Michael McConville
Applicable to D5, D6, D7

With more and more institutions expanding their scope of online content, planetariums are looking to provide content via streaming services such as YouTube and Facebook. This workshop explores the best practices of streaming both flat-screen and 360-degree (D7 only) content using Digistar and the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).

The Eccentricities of OrbiterClass
Instructor: Brian Moore
Applicable to D6 and D7

This workshop will concentrate on the ins and outs of orbiterClass objects. We will start with an overview of the parameters of orbiterClass, including the six orbital elements and how they relate to other elements that commonly appear in the literature. After this, we will demonstrate various examples of translating from the orbital elements on the page (or website) to the dome.

What is that? Sky Surveys and SkyID in Digistar 7
Instructors: Dan Rees and Jacob Galloway
Applicable to D7

This workshop will dive deep into working with sky surveys in Digistar and how to make the most of these amazing datasets. Also, you will be able to learn how to use the new SkyID tool as your guide, as you explore the sky.

A black hole viewed on DomeX in the Cosm Experience Center
DUG & DomeX





The group photo from DUG's 2020 virtual meeting
DUG Group Photo (2020)











Screenshots of the winning demos at the 2020 virtual meeting
2020 DUG Award Winners





















A DUG dragon
Are there dragons in BioVis?
















































































Viewing a waterfall on DomeX