Abrams Planetarium
GLPA Sponsor FAQ
for Oct 2018


This page is for sponsors/vendors setting up in the planetarium. Sponsors setting up in the sponsor hall at the Henry Center should contact Shannon Schmoll (schmoll@pa.msu.edu) with any set-up questions.

Installation of projectors cannot start until after 5:30 pm Sunday October 7th, 2018.

All work installing must be completed by 4:00 pm Wednesday October 10th, 2018

Coordinate your installation time in the dome with John French (frenchj@msu.edu)
Please CC Shannon Schmoll (schmoll@pa.msu.edu) in any correspondence.
Sponsors setting up in the Henry Conference Center should read this FAQ: https://web.pa.msu.edu/abrams/msta/glpahenrysponsorfaq.html

GPS Address

Abrams Planetarium
755 Science Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Shipping Address

The Henry Center and Abrams Planetarium cannot accept shipped equipment/material (except digital content) to be stored before the conference. The MSU Logistics department offers a convenient event material management system where everything is shipped to one campus location up to 2 weeks before the event and stored in a climate controlled area. It will be delivered to the respective venue (Henry Center or Abrams Planetarium) the day it's needed. The logistics team will also retrieve your materials after the conference and ship them with your prepaid return shipping label. Please visit http://usd.msu.edu/logistics/event-material-management/ to register for this service and to pay the $45 fee. (equipment must arrive between Sept. 26 and Oct. 8)
​More details can be found at the GLPA conference web site. https://glpa.org/2018/sponsor

Items for the conference bags

Please send 200 items

Please ship any conference bag items to:
   Abrams Planetarium
   755 Science Road
   Michigan State University
   East Lansing, MI 48824

Floorplan for the Abrams Planetarium

141 permanent seats. We can set up a few extra folding seats in the back and center.

Yard sticks to show scale of the center area.

The photo below gives me the heebie jeebies. True or False?

Stereo Audio Input- 1/8" trs connector

There are two 120 volt outlets on the front stage.

There is one 120 volt outlet on the back wall.

There are many 120 volt outlets in the cove area.

The rear JVC projector

The front JVC projector

To load in equipment, park parallel to the front of the building. We will give you a temp parking pass to be used only during loading and unloading

The door is 30 inches wide. The center posts are not removable. All crates and boxes must fit through these door.

Internal 32" door into the planetarium chamber

The back door is 34 inches wide.But you are still limited by the internal door of 32"


We have a two JVC cove mounted 4K system offset by 43.5 degrees with 8 GPs
If you have fulldome content, it would be helpful if it was pre-sliced for Digistar 6.

Download our config file here for the ESVideo slicing tool.

If you need us to slice frames, frames on an MS-Windows NTFS or exFAT hard must be in our possession by no later than September 15th, 2018. No Mac formatted drives please.

John French will be handling sponsor coordination for content in the dome.

Take a virtual tour of our building here:


Abrams Planetarium
755 Science Road
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone Numbers.

Planetarium Phone: (517) 355 4676

John's Phone: (517) 884 0036

Shannon's Phone: (517) 884 0039


John French -- frenchj @ msu.edu
Shannon Schmoll --schmoll @ pa.msu.edu