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Digistars Users Group Conference 2019

September 9-14

Important Dates!

2019 DUG Dates

May 1

Class Selection Begins

July 1

Dug Scholarship Submission Deadline

Aug. 16       

Last Day to Mail Check payment Registrations

Aug. 30       

Online Registration Portal Closes

Sept. 6       

Class Selection Ends

Sept. 8       

Early Check in

Sept. 9-11   

Pre-Conference Training


Digistar Users Group Annual Meeting

Sept. 14     

DUG Awards Ceremony

Outing to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force



Hold My Place! Pre-registration

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Hold my Place! Pre-Conference Training and 2019 Conference Registrations

STARTS: Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM
ENDS: Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM


This registration will temporarily hold your tickets and collect your basic contact information.

Once you have completed registration you will be given a link to complete your registration and pay.

In order to accept as many types of payment as possible, you must complete both this pre-registration and the external registration, even if you are paying by check or other form of payment.

2019 Registration is $125.00 and includes:

  • Pre-conference training
  • Full schedule of classes and seminars during the 2019 Conference
  • Break area with snacks, coffee, and beverages
  • Opening reception on Wednesday evening
  • Provided lunch on Thursday and Friday


Other options and costs that you will be able to specify are:

  • Onsite box lunches on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during training
  • Dinner at the Crowne Plaza on Friday evening (this is a subsidized cost, the host is paying half)
  • Transportation to the Saturday trip (the trip has free admission, transportation cost is optional to add)
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Other physical or special accommodations.

If you need to pay by check or money order please contact aegloff@boonshoftmuseum.org to receive a code to use at checkout.

Regular Registration


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Important information

Who can register?

Those attending the 2019 DUG conference must be DUG members in good standing. Annual DUG Dues are $20US for individuals or organizations. According to the DUG Charter, the membership term coincides with the US Calendar year, beginning on January 1st and ending on December 31st. If you have any questions about your current membership status, when you last paid dues, etc., please contact the DUG Treasurer. Any membership dues included with your DUG registration will be transferred to the DUG Treasurer at the meeting. As always, you may pay DUG dues directly to the DUG Treasurer. See the DUG Membership page for more details.


General Infomation

Look for updates below

  • Does your institution need to know why this conference is considered professional development?  Feel free to download and modify this Justification Letter.
  • You must be present to win door prizes.
  • Last minute schedule changes and conference information will be posted on this web page.

Scholarship Information

Deadline July 1st

Have you considered applying for a DUG scholarship to offset expenses while attending the conference this September in Dayton, Ohio?

Learn about the DUG Scholarship: http://www.digistardomes.org/DUG_Scholarship_Info.pdf

Download an application: http://www.digistardomes.org/DUG_Scholarship_Form_2019.pdf

Dayton International Airport (DAY)

Airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, United


3600 Terminal Drive

Dayton, OH 45377




Hotel Shuttle Services:

Clarion Inn- Dayton

Crowne Plaza Hotel- reserved rooms

Hampton Inn & Suites Dayton Airport

Super 8 Motel- Vandalia/Dayton

Hotel Accomodations

Crowne Plaza Dayton

33 E. 5th Street

Dayton, OH 45402




  • Standard Guestroom (King or Double) $129 per night.
  • Complementary transportation to/from Dayton International Airport
  • Complimentary local transportation (based upon availability) within a 5-mile radius of the hotel (2.7 miles from the museum)
  • Complementary self-parking in the Dayton Transportation Center Parking Garage (connected via sky walk).  Valet available for a fee.
  • Full service restaurant and in-room service
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free unlimited Wifi



Additional Nearby Hotels


1414 S. Patterson Blvd.

Dayton, OH 45409


Marriott Website

Distance: 6.1 miles

Fairfield by Marriott

305 East Monument Ave.

Dayton, OH 45402


Fairfield Website

Distance: 2.6 miles

Courtyard by Marriott

2006 Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

Dayton, OH 45417


Courtyard Website

Distance: 5.1 miles


Rental Car Companies


Alamo: +1-888-826-6893

Enterprise: +1-800-261-7331

Avis: +1-800-352-7900

Budget: +1-800-214-6094

Dollar: +1-800-800-4000

Thrifty: +1-800-847-4389

Enterprise: +1-800-261-7331

Hertz: +1-800-654-3131

National: +1-888-826-6890

Taxi/ Car Service

Dayton Express Cab Co (at airport): +1-937-226-9999

Airport Taxi Starter: +1-937-454-8312

Air City Taxi: +1-937-435-7999

Anytime Cab: +1-228-5555

Clean Cab: +1-937-242-8779

Diamond Cab: +1-937-277-1000

Miami Valley Transportation Service: +1-937-270-0613

South Dayton Transportation & Taxi: +1-937-530-3035

Walt's Taxi Cab Service: +1-937-825-3861

Public Transportation

Bus Service:

Greater Dayton RTA

Bus Schedules 

*please note bus service does not go all the way to the Museum

Free Downtown Service


Bicycle Rental:

Link Dayton Bike Share

Locations and Rates

Door Prizes

All attendees are asked to bring a door prize.


Following tradition, DUG meeting delegates bring a small gift from their home institution to be given away as part of a random "door prize" drawing. Gifts highlighting local culture or your facility are ideal and are a great way to showcase your institution. You are not required to bring a door prize. If you have small trinkets or other items that you would like to give to all delegates, that is also perfectly acceptable.

Interested in hosting a seminar at DUG 2019?

Here's what you need to know

If you would like to give a seminar at DUG, please fill contact use here: http://www.digistardomes.org/contact.html

  • Your Name
  • Your planetarium or institution name
  • Title of your presentation
  • Brief description
  • Preferred duration (25 or 50 minutes)
  • Any special equipment required beyond a standard conference room video projector
  • A current photo of yourself or a representation of your talk for our website

Our recommendation is to prepare a 25 or 50 minute presentation. That duration should include time needed for questions so your actual presentation may be slightly shorter. If you have a longer presentation please contact us to make arrangements.

DUG demos

Awards are presented at the end of the conference.

The Digistar Awards are sponsored by Evans & Sutherland to recognize excellence in Digistar productions and to promote DUG FTP Library and Digistar Cloud Library submissions. We encourage everyone to submit DUG FTP Library and Digistar Cloud Library items for award consideration.

E&S would like to stress that all content is welcome. We're looking for a wide variety of content. We're interested in educational segments for use in both formal and informal settings, content related to sciences other than astronomy, and STEM content. We're looking for content that may be artistic, musical, clever, funny, and/or beautiful as well as useful. Even if you think your entry is simple or basic - please submit it for consideration!

All material is welcome for showcasing at the meeting, but only those entries that are submitted to the DUG FTP Library and/or Digistar Cloud Library are eligible for the Digistar Awards. Entries will be judged by a panel of E&S staff and a DUG officer. While full shows and longer content is certainly welcome for consideration, for judging and presentation purposes at DUG please prepare a short version or excerpt.


Submitting via the Digistar Cloud Library:
For those Digistar users with access to the Digistar Cloud Library, simply share your content to the cloud. Next, right-click on your item and select "Copy Link to this Item". Email the link to Karen Klamczynski. In your message, note if you are interested in having the item considered for the DUG Awards. Please test your item. You can delete the item from your local system and download it from the Digistar Cloud Library as a test. You may also solicit other Digistar users to download and test the item for you.

Submitting via the FTP Library:
Please contact  Karen Klamczynski for information regarding uploading to the ftp.  Also, please be sure to let them know whether you want the submission entered as a demo only or for submission to the DUG Library and consideration for the Digistar Awards.

Due Dates:

Please make your best effort to have all demo materials to us well in advance of the meeting date. FTP demo submissions must be received on or before July 17th. Digistar cloud submissions must be submitted on or before August 7th. Please send demo materials in advance and do not plan on hand carrying demos to the meeting! When building demos for FTP submission, please use the parent folder /Users/DUG/DUG2019/ and adjust your scripts/installation accordingly.

Off Location Presenters:

If you have a DUG Demo or awards demo and you will not be attending DUG, please plan to introduce your entry via Skype or similar service. We will coordinate and schedule a presentation time with you. If that will not be possible, please pre-record a brief personal greeting and introduction to be played before your entry. As a last resort, you may include additional information about your submission in your email to Karen.


Pre-Conference Training

Monday 9/9 through Wednesday 9/11 - Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, OH

Evans & Sutherland will again be offering free training workshops for Digistar system owners. This year we will be conducting training  before the DUG meeting. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for all training workshops.


Date Announcements:

Evans & Sutherland will be announcing their pre-conference training programs by May 1st, 2019.


How to Register for Pre-Conference Training

All of these DUG Training Workshops are free, though you must be a Digistar system owner to attend, and we will only hold spaces for those attending the DUG meeting itself.  When Registering for attendance please choose the option that includes the Pre-Conference Training.

Please contact Karen Klamczynski +1 801-588-7409 for more information about our training options..

Pre-conference Training Topics:

Our Pre-conference training offerings include a selection of full and half-day classes. You are invited to select one workshop for each morning and afternoon session.


Session offerings will be announced by E&S below.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Early Conference Check in

Monday, September 9, 2019

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Day 1 Registration Opens

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Day 1 Pre-Conference Training Morning Session TBA

10:10 AM - 10:25 AM

Day 1 Morning Break

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Day 1 Lunch

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Day 1 Pre-Conference Training Afternoon Session TBA

2:40 PM - 2:55 PM

Day 1 Afternoon Break

4:00 PM

Day 1 End

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Day 2 Registration Opens

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Day 2 Pre-Conference Training Morning Session TBA

10:10 AM - 10:25 AM

Day 2 Morning Break

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Day 2 Lunch

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Day 2 Pre-Conference Training Afternoon Session TBA

2:40 PM - 2:55 PM

Day 2 Afternoon Break

4:00 PM

Day 2 End

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Day 3 Registration Opens

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Day 3 Pre-Conference Training Morning Session TBA

10:10 AM - 10:25 AM

Day 3 Morning Break

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Day 3 Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Day 3 Pre-Conference Training Afternoon Session TBA

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Sky Tonight- Public Museum Show

3:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Day 3 Dome Time Slots

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration for 2019 Annual Meeting Opens

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

2019 Digital User Group Annual Conference Opening Reception

8:30 PM

Day 3 End

Thursday, September 12, 2019

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Day 4 Registration Opens

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Brown Dwarfs: Storms on our Hidden Neighbors

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

3D Nebulae Tutorial

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Day 4 Lunch

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Business Meeting

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Support Forum/ Feature Request Forum

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Day 4 Afternoon Break

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Day 4 Conference Session TBA

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Day 4 Conference Session TBA

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Planets of the Galactic Empire

7:00 PM

Day 4 End

Friday, September 13, 2019

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Day 5 Registration Opens

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Day 5 Conference Sessions TBA

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Day 5 Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sloth Encounter

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Day 5 Conference Sessions TBA

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Planets of Star Wars - Behind the Scenes

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Closing Reception and Dinner at Crowne Plaza

Saturday, September 14, 2019

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Day 6 Planetarium Session 1

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Day 6 Planetarium Session 2- User Demos

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

DUG Awards

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Meeting Wrap-Up

11:30 AM

Board Bus for National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Lunch at the Nation Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Full Itinerary Details


To see the full event itinerary 


Conference Events

Sloth Encounter


National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Brown Dwarfs: Storms on our Hidden Neighbors


Your Seminar Here

Sloth Encounter

Special Event

Spend time in a virtual rainforest with Patience, as the planetarium is transformed into a sloth habitat. This 45-minute program will highlight the habitat and various conservation concerns about sloths. Find out how YOU can help sloths thrive in the wild!

Please note that guests will be able to approach Patience at the end of the show for a closer look, but there will not be an opportunity to touch her due to the anticipated number of participants.


Joe Childers from the Boonshoft Museum will follow with a short presentation about using Digistar to create the environment for the sloth encounter, as well as making a more dynamic environment for presenters in the planetarium.

Brown Dwarfs: Storms on our Hidden Neighbors

Special Event

Astronomer Davin Flateau, former Digistar Users Group member, will be speaking on the topic of brown dwarfs and their unusual patterns of activity.  Davin studied brown dwarfs as a research specialist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

Planets of the Galactic Empire

Special Presentation

Report to your stations, recruits.  All new members of the Galactic Empire are required to take this 45 minute galaxy spanning boot camp onboard a Star Destroyer.  Explore worlds such as Hoth, Tatooine, and more.  Call in the galaxy's mightiest weapon in case pesky rebels decide to make trouble.  

This program kicked off the Boonshoft's Geekfest event, and has been a fan favorite ever since.  You may have seen the Death Star Generator as a cloud submission, but you have never seen anything like this.  Besides being used for special events such as May the Fourth, the Planets of Star Wars is also used as an engaging way to teach students of all ages about exoplanets.


Gaming in the planetarium

Join us for an award winning Digistar Users Group entry created at the Boonshoft Museum.  Play a round of Jeopardy against other DUG members and explore different ways of turning DUG submissions into revenue generating activities.  

3D Nebulae


This tutorial will be provided in response to the many requests from DUG animators.  Learn to create eye popping three dimensional nebula using nothing more than Photoshop and Digistar.  

Jason Heaton will explain how to create animated nebula without using expensive, time consuming modeling software.  Several of the animated nebula such as M57, the Ring Nebula, can be seen on the cloud.

Planets of the Empire - Behind the Scenes


Kevin Scheiman, creator of the  Death Star Generator user group submission, will be illustrating how to use the free modeling program Blender to create low poly complex models that mesh well with the Digistar environment.  Digistar programming methods such as merging pre-recorded content with real time content will be explored, as well as ways you can use to re-purpose the content.  For instance, the opening crawl for this Star Wars program has been used for unique show introductions and geek themed weddings.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Post Conference Trip

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the official museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 6 miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. The NMUSAF is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, with more than 360 aircraft and missiles on display.

The Museum is free and open to the public.  The transportation fee covers transportation from the Boonshoft Museum to the Air Force Museum and is optional.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

2600 DeWeese Pkwy

Dayton, OH 45414




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