Just floating this out there..
Thinking about parting with my Prototype Dome Environmental setup in order to re-arrange the space a little / make it less cramped. I'm pricing it at $2800 obo.. Partial trade for games on my list:
(DK Cabaret, Ms Pac Cabaret, Galaga, Tempest, Ice Cold Beer or Zeke's Peak, Street Fighter II)
I'm also considering just stowing it away for a season and picking it back up as a version-2 enhancement down the road... but where does one store a 60+" Dome? :)
The backstory was, I left from a Dave & Busters and after playing Mach Storm and Star Wars BattlePod - I got the wild hair to try to build something like it but that would support any HDMI input source.
The dome was formed and cut to my specifications by SSD Plastics and Design in Denver, CO.
Mach Storm and The Star Wars Battle Pods both use an NEC NP-PE401H 4000 Lumen 1080p projector. They use direct-projection through what is essentially a planetarium fisheye lens. The design is nice because it puts the projection booth above the player and frees the floor of the cabinet from obstructions. The downside is that a Hemistar 180degree planetarium lens starts at about USD$8500. The lens reduces the brightness by a factor of ~40% and limits the projectable area. This means the projector is essentially 2400 lumen and the resolution is downscaled to 720p.