Baader Planetarium Blog Posts

  • Celestron and 10Micron at CEDIC Conference in Austria

    From 10. - 12. of March 2017, the annual CEDIC '17 (Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference) takes place in Linz, Austria in the "Ars Electronice Center". Christoph Kaltseis and the CEDIC Team have ceated a highly interesting program of different lectures and workshops. Amongst other Professional Astronomers such as Yuri Beletsky (Chile) and Adam Block (USA) will be there, as well as Jerry Bonnell (NASA, APOD), Baader Planetarium represents the brand 10 Micron with a presentation on Saturday Marcht 11th, from 11:45 to 12:05 am. Unfortunately, the lecture program has now been booked, the limited CEDIC passes are all sold out. You can only register on a waitlist for the event, in case some participants do not show up. However, the access to the foyer is open to everyone, where we welcome everyone at our booth, who does not participate in the conference. The GM 1000 HPS and GM 2000 HPS mounts are exhibited together with a Celestron...
  • Why choose UFC Quickchange-Frontfilters with DSLR-Cameras?

    Info about using quickchange-frontfilters with the UFC in combination with DSLR-cameras There are no monochrome DSLR-cameras on the market, so a filter holder (e.g. the Baader-UFC) may seem quite useless for DSLR imaging, but if you take a closer look, there are indeed some interesting use-cases. Many owners of DSLR-cameras remove the complete UV/IR-blocking filter and use this simple way to improve the sensitivity especially for H-alpha – but because of the costs, they decide not to add a new blocking filter with increased H-alpha-transmission. But as a result, you have to find another way to block the IR- and UV-parts of the spectrum so that they will not decrease the image quality. You can use the UFC to mount such a UV/IR-cut filter in front of the camera - and to quickly replace it with another filter, without touching the camera. Narrowband filters are not perfectly suited for a...
  • New accessories for H-alpha solar observation / imaging

    A competely equipped M68 H-alpha Telescope - with all recommended accessories Our sun is a fascinating target even when the solar activity is low - given that the telescope aperture can be increased sufficiently. When equipped with a heated SolarSpectrum H-alpha filter, telescopes from 80mm aperture to 280 mm aperture will show incredibly faint, rapidly changing structures. A SolarSpectrum filter with matching D-ERF-filter and telecentric beam accessories will turn almost every telescope into a highest resolution H-α-telescope. These heated H-alpha filters are manufactured for observatories and ambitious amateurs who want to utilize the aperture and resolution of their existing large telescopes for detailed imaging and monitoring faintest solar features, instead of just taking a quick look at our closest star with a comparably small objective aperture. SolarSpectrum filters have no central obstruction and the whole H-alpha stack of optical elements inside is precision heated with a autocorrecting thermo-controller. There is...
  • Planewave CDK 20 First Light at College CFG Wuppertal/Germany

    Realization of three Project Works 2016/17 with the Baader Planetarium BACHES Echelle Spectrograph at College Carl-Fuhlrott-Gymnasium, Wuppertal/Germany By Diplom-Physiker Bernd Koch Following is an excerpt of the detailed test review of Bernd Koch. Read the whole article: Planewave CDK 20 First Light at College CFG Wuppertal / Germany Installation of the new 0.5m-Telescope at the Student Laboratory At the end of September, the company Baader Planetarium GmbH, Mammendorf/Germany delivered the long-awaited large telescope, which allows us a deeper view into the cosmos and to establish new horizons for our project course students in astronomy. For the many astronomy students at Carl-Fuhlrott-Gymnasium it was as if Christmas and birthday fell to one day. For two years now, we Michael Winkhaus and Bernd Koch have been working to expand the observatory into a modern student research facility, and now it has finally come to fruition: On Thursday, September 29, the new telescopes together with a...
  • New Products and release dates

    UPDATE 09.12.2016 Just in time for christmas we have added a few more products to our Online-Shop. Our Highlight of course is still our UFC-System, which is available since about a week and was featured in this Blog-Post. But we also can offer a "classic product" once more. For a limited time the Carl Zeiss 1¼" Abbe Barlow lense 2x is available again! Carl Zeiss 1¼" Abbe Barlow lens with T-2 thread made in Germany by Carl Zeiss in Jena – with 1¼" / T-2 ClickLock eyepiece clamp by Baader Planetarium visual Barlow lens and photographic eyepiece projection in one system Direct T-2 Adaption possible - extends magnification up to 3x - without loss of quality The image quality is only exceeded by our 4x-8x flat field FFC-Converter, in case the projection factor exceeds 4x Spectral transmission curve of the Zeiss Abbe Barlow This (german) document attests to the exceptional...
  • Baader-UFC (Universal Filter Changer) – the ever-growing filter chamber

    UFC 2" Filter slider (#2459112) with mounted Filter - showing both sides UFC D50.4mm Filter slider (#2459113) with mounted Filter - showing both sides Application Image: UFC 50x50 Filter slider (#2459114) with mounted Filter - showing both sides >> View all UFC-Products << The Baader-UFC is the priceworthy answer to an ever growing problem. New camera-models come to market in ever increasing speed. Spacers between telescope and camera don´t support the correct distance or are subjected to torsion due to their flimsy design and heavy cameras. And the owner may want to change the telescope - or use several OTAs, but does not want to purchase new filters and filter sliders all the time. The Baader-UFC is a (seemingly) simple answer to a complex problem. It is made in the typical Baader-way, trying to connect each and everything in the most elegant and flexure-free manner. The filter chamber (UFC-Base) is...
  • 30 years of Baader-Domes on Mt. Skinakas

    Baader 8m Dome in 2016. © Blinov Dmitri, http://robopol.org/gallery 30 years of Baader-domes on Mt. Skinakas, right next to the mythological birthplace of ZEUS Read the official letter by the Foundation for research and technology Heraklion, Crete September 27, 2016 The Observatory seeing conditions are excellent, with median seeing in two campaigns of 0.7 arcsec. There are two telescopes currently in operation at Skinakas Observatory: a 30 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (this was the first telescope installed at the Observatory in 1986) and a 1.3 m, modified Ritchey–Chrétien telescope (commissioned in 1997), which is the principal observing facility of the Observatory. Both telescopes are operated on a regular basis for research and educational purposes. There are currently over 190 publications in international refereed journals which present results from Skinakas observations. Baader-Planetarium has constructed domes for both telescopes. The domes have successfully withstood the extreme winter weather conditions on top of Skinakas...
  • Optical tube lengths of Clicklock mirror diagonal

    Recently we received the following questions on our 2" Clicklock Diagonal Mirror and wanted to answer including the below illustrations for other customers: According to image below is the optical path mentioned in technical data (112mm for #2956100 and 109mm for #2956100Z) measured along optical axis from point A to B or point A to C? what is the dimension from point B to C? Can 2” barrel (at point A) be removed from #2956100 and exchanged with another accessory (is it available?) to change the diagonal to #2956100Z (M68x1 thread)? Please note below our answer and adjusted graphic: The optical path of 112mm is measured A to C. The lightway from A to B would be ~71,5mm. Please note that the final endpoint of B is 3,5mm outside of the prism body (as illustrated in the below graphic), it looks just like point A in your drawing The Dimension from B...
  • Perfect coma correction with Baader-MPCC – but how to adapt eyepieces?

    We received the following question and found it important to write an extensive answer for other customers. QUESTION: I purchased the Hyperion Zoom and the MPCC Mark III. Can you tell me how to adapt the eyepiece to the coma corrector? I also want to use other eyepieces. How do I know the right distance between fieldstop position and the MPCC? ANSWER: It is easy to produce an adjustable 1¼" eyepiece adapter for the Baader-MPCC coma corrector, offering a variable optical length from 49 to 64 mm, by using the following two parts: Baader focusing eyepiece clamp 1¼"/T-2 (item no. 2458125 / # 8a) Baader VariLock 20-29 mm T-2/T-2 adapter (item no. 2956929 / # 25Y) Combining these parts on top of the MPCC T-2-thread and rotating both adapters into the shortest optical length will provide an optical distance of 49 mm for an fully inserted eyepiece with 1¼" barrel....
  • Turnkey Domes references (AllSky / Classic)

    This post has not yet been translated to english, we apologize. In the meantime until we get to it, please use Google Translate or a similar tool. Thank you for your understanding. Die Firma Baader Planetarium ist seit vielen Jahren darauf spezialisiert schlüsselfertige Sternwarten (speziell auch für Schulen) zu liefern und aufzubauen. 4,5 Meter AllSky Kuppel – Federal University Kazan, Tatarstan in Russland Oktober 2013 – Die Firma Baader liefert eine schlüsselfertige Sternwarte an die Federal University Kazan, Tatarstan in Russland. Die Teleskopkonfiguration besteht aus: 4.5m AllSky Kuppel 10Micron Montierung GM 4000 HPS PlaneWave CDK 20 Astrograph Baader 8" Calcium Fluorit Triplet Apochromat (Sonderanfertigung) 130mm f 6.3 StarFire ED Refractor Gran Tourismo TEC 110 mm Fluorit Apochromat Die Federal University Kazan ist die zweitälteste Universität von ganz Russland. In den verschiedenen Einrichtungen werden mehr als 45.000 Studenten unterrichtet. Fast 500 Studiengänge werden angeboten     AllSky PIRATE am Observatori Astronomic...

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