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Thought I would start a thread with some pictures of my star ceiling build for any one interested.

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850 Milky Way Stars @ .5mm
183 Normal Stars @ .75mm
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1200 feet .75 mm Fiber
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The frame is made up of 1/2" MDO plywood. It has a nice smooth paper face on one side that is good foor glueing the vetvet to. In the pictures I have the star map taped on top for drilling all the holes.




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Black Vetveteen glued to the surface after all the holes were drilled. Widest material I could find was 60" so I did have to make one seem. It is really hard to get a perfect seem, you can't see it in the pictures but it is their, with the lights down low you will never see it. I may have to do some blending after I get it up on the ceiling and see what it looks like. You can kina see all the dots on the back where the star holes are. As I drilled the holes mark the 3 different sizes with a different color marker so you know what goes where.


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Here is the start of running to fiber, I have about 75% of the .5mm fiber done at this point. It is a really BORING and SLOW job, but some one has to do it.





Here it is with all the of the fiber ran. What a pain.




I also added a couple of layers of 1/2" sound board to the back just to try and add some sound dampening to it. Don't know if it does any good but it cant hurt


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Add here it is completed and mounted to the ceiling, and that was a fun task also.

The first picture is standing against the wall. The secound picture is mounted to the ceiling but it has plastic over it to protect it until the theater is done, so the picture is not so great. The one thing that I notice is that their seems to be a blue tint to the lights and I don't know why that is, it look more blue in the pictures then real life. But it does look great and the family loves it. I haven't played around with with the LED settings yet for twinkle, probably wont until the theater is complete.


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Looks like you are off to a great start. Where did you get the star map?
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Looks like you are off to a great start. Where did you get the star map?

I got must of it off the internet some where and they I added some of my own constilations and extra stars in, so it isn't a "true" map I guess. I have a 24" printer that prints off rolled paper so I can print 24"x96" sheets.
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Nice job documenting your build. Running the fibers is mind numbing. Your results will be well worth it. It's going to look awesome.
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Great job of documenting what you are doing. Looking forward to seeing this up. I love threads like these for ideas or motivation on improving your own ht.

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I hope to MAYBE have the .5mm fiber all run tonight and do the .75 & 1mm this week end. May get it put up into place this week end if all goes right. Won't have the illuminators until next week though. Also going to wrap it in plastic when I put it up until the rest of the build is done, so it might ba awhile before I get a complete picture of it. But I will eventually.
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Can I make something like as a "window" instead of ceiling?

i.e. imaging I had one or two of these on the sides of my room - it would look like you're looking outside into space.

Thoughts?

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Yes some one on here has done it. Made the entire theater room look like a space ship inside, pretty cool.

Found it :http://www.reighn.com/theatermain.html
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thanks mopar love ya friend

now get rid of that 57" tv

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how much does it cost todo what youre doing there?

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how much does it cost todo what youre doing there?

I will have about $800 in it when done. You could save $100 by using 1 illuminator instead of 2 like I am doing.

Sould have all the fiber done tonight, all of the .5 and .75 is done and most of the 1mm is done. Then I have to start triming them all off.
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How do you plan on hanging this from the ceiling?

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How do you plan on hanging this from the ceiling?

It sits up in an octagon soffit area and I can get at the top of it to screw it to the floor joist.

You can see some pictures and renderings of the build HERE
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Those pics explained it all, very nice.

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I updated post #3 and #4 with current pictures. I am glad to say that it is DONE!!!!!
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I updated post #3 and #4 with current pictures. I am glad to say that it is DONE!!!!!

Wow great job! If you have time and don't mind could you e-mail me what and where you purchased what you needed to complete this project?

I got a quote for something similar (albeit larger) to what you have done and it was quite a bit more expensive

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Wow great job! If you have time and don't mind could you e-mail me what and where you purchased what you needed to complete this project?

I got a quote for something similar (albeit larger) to what you have done and it was quite a bit more expensive

Thanks,
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Updated post #1 with links to where I got stuff from, let me know if that is enough.
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Updated post #1 with links to where I got stuff from, let me know if that is enough.

Thanks that is perfect.

Hopefully I get to start my own Star Ceiling thread in about 6-8 months
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Good Job - it looks really good. Keep us posted (with pic's) on the progress of the build.
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That looks fantastic. Have you tried the twinkling effect? If so, how does it look?

I'm trying to narrow down which manufacturer to use for my star ceiling and this looks like a good choice.
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That looks fantastic. Have you tried the twinkling effect? If so, how does it look?

I'm trying to narrow down which manufacturer to use for my star ceiling and this looks like a good choice.

I haven't really played with the twinkle much yet. Going to wait untill everything is done so I can take the plastic off and fine tune it. But just from some quick punching of buttons I don't think it will be a problem so find a good setting.
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Have you thought about controlling the stars/effects via remote control as opposed to getting on a ladder to change the settings?

I'm guessing you could set the effect you want then just turn it on/off with some lighting control like UPB or Insteon. I'm not sure if it responds to dim levels or not at the light switch or you have to do it at the controller.
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WOW!!! Great job. Thanks for sharing your build.
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Have you thought about controlling the stars/effects via remote control as opposed to getting on a ladder to change the settings?

I'm guessing you could set the effect you want then just turn it on/off with some lighting control like UPB or Insteon. I'm not sure if it responds to dim levels or not at the light switch or you have to do it at the controller.

I don't think their is any good way to remote control it. The setting are made by a singal button on the side of the unit. Once you set the twinkle pattern, speed and brightness those memories are stored. So that light unit is plugged into an outlet that is hooked up to a normal light switch. So to turn the star ceiling on you just turn the switch on, pretty simple. I really don't see any need to adjust the settings on the unit once you get them where you like.
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finish it already so i can utilize your plans for my own. =D

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Mopar_Mudder.

Thanks for the info. In regards to the construction, so you cut each fiber to length one by one and then they attach to that black "coupler" (non-technical term)?

How are they held together?
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