Baader News

  • New Products December 2017

    The year 2017 is coming to an end, and we hereby inform you about the latest News. Baader Double Mounting Plate and Holder for Guidescope Rings I & II, 300 mm length, incl. 3" Dovetail 10/17 – Revised Version: with significantly more mounting options than the predecessor plate, which could only hold our guidescope rings Mounting plate for Baader guidescope rings size I & II, length 300mm, hole diameters 3.2" (10Micron / Astro Physics), 3/8" photo thread or 3" Losmandy dovetail clamp Double mounting plate, predrilled for Baader clamps: V-clamp #2451530; PanEQ #2451566 and #2451525 as well as Stronghold Tangent Assembly #2450310 Predrilled to fit 10Micron and Astro Physics mounts. Also fits on AP plates #140 1128 (13") as well as #140 1129 (16") to mount Baader guidescope rings parallel to the main OTA and use two telescopes side by side Delivery WITHOUT guide scope rings or other accessories  ...
  • M45 - the Plejades taken with Baader APO and GM 1000 HPS

    The following image of the Pleiades (M45), which our customer Christoph Kaltseis has achieved with the Baader APO Travel Companion and the 10 Micron GM1000HPS on La Palma (Athos Campus), is a special treat regarding image detail and star rendition. Partically interesting is the Nikon D810A camera with a 36x24mm sensor and 4.87my pixels. Its sensational resolution will show any aberations in the optical system straight to the edges mercilessly. Most CCD cameras either have smaller sensors or much larger pixels, which helps to camouflage optical deficiencies. Not to speak of bad seeing... Image editing / sharpening was done with the APF-R Method. Due to the good optical quality of Baader APO,  airy discs with 5 micron diameter where archieved – not to mention the excellent tracking of the GM 1000 HPS mount and the brilliant location (observation site).
  • APOD: Trifid nebula taken with PlaneWave CDK 17 on Rooisand Observatory

    Impressive image, taken with PlaneWave CDK17, chosen as APOD (2017 October 20) Convince yourself of the high image quality of the combination CDK 17 and TV Reducer  In spring of 2013, the turnkey "Rooisand Observatory" in Namibia, a 3.2 meter Dome, received latest equipment and technology: A new telescope combination consisting of an Astro-Physics  GTO 1600 mount equipped with a Planewave CDK 17", a Zeiss APQ 130 / 1000m and a TEC APO 110 FL together with a wide range of optical and photographic accessories 25 x 600 seconds with ALccd8 L, Telescope: Planewave CDK17 with TeleVue 0.8x Reducer, Image processing: Nebulosity, Regim, Photoshop CS, © by Franz Hofmann + Wolfgang Paech For a comparison with the size with the Moon please click here. © by Franz Hofmann + Wolfgang Paech The Trifid Nebula in the constellation Sagittarius is one of the absolute highlights in the sky. The combination of red emission...
  • APF-R : Absolute Point of Focus

    What is APF-R The image-sharpening process APF-R was designed and implemented by Christoph Kaltseis over the last years. The basis is a simple, but important question: What does a really sharp picture look like? APF-R delineates this step in image processing in a new way. Numerous processes claim to master this topic, but in all cases, compromises have to be made. Each image is dependent on numerous factors, especially in astrophotography. Christoph Kaltseis' motivation was to get the maximum out of each picture. On the way to an APF-R picture, it is important to make the first step as thorough as possible. This first step is crucial: It determines what details will be visible in the final image.[br] Please note: The images shown on this page are low-resolution GIF-images, which should only demonstrate the sharpening effects. Original images as .PSD files can be found on www.cedic.at/apfr. Visual Components: Sharpness is...
  • Team Baader at the "Great American Eclipse" 2017

    For years our colleagues Martin Rietze and Michael Risch have been hunting for the next solar eclipse in the most remote places in the world. See e.g. our blog posts on AstroSolar.com: 2015: Solar Eclipse Adventure in Svalbard Martin Rietze and Michael Risch from Baader Planetarium – both solar eclipse chasers – have again traveled to the event and brought us impressive images and videos. Svalbard is one of the few islands where the path of totality on March 20th, 2015 crossed land. Its 1300km from North Pole Our chances for good weather were somewhere around 50% so it was more or less gambling flying there to see the Total Solar Eclipse... [br] 2016: Solar Eclipse on the Molucca Islands After last year´s amazing eclipse in arctic regions with -25 degrees Celsius a Team from Baader Planetarium (Martin Rietze, Michael Risch) experienced an extreme contrast at this year´s eclipse which...
  • Concerning fear about counterfeit Baader AstroSolar Viewers and Film coming up in the USA

    Don't miss out to read customers comments and our detailed replies below.[br] Update August 17th, 2017: Quote below from news article AAS spokesman on Amazon recall, fake products, safe eclipse viewing Amazon screwed up. I've been telling them that for weeks and as the problem gets worse, the person there stopped responding to me. I think they're overwhelmed. They know they screwed up. They're trying to do the best they can. They don't know what they're doing. Dr. Rick Fienberg – American Astronomical Society (AAS) press secretary Regarding Solar Viewer AstroSolar® Silver/Gold Baader Solar Viewer AstroSolar® Silver/Gold are CE / ISO certified and absolutely safe: they conform to and even exceed the transmission requirements DIN 12312-2:2015 for eye safety On Sat, Aug 12, Amazon sent an email to all customers who had purchased a wide variety of solar products (glasses or viewing cards) from several of our US-dealers that the...
  • Information on backorders/release of 17.5 mm Morpheus® 76° widefield eyepiece

    UPDATE November 17th, 2017: We regret that again a lot of time has passed since our last comment. We hereby confirm that the first production batch is almost finished and delivery will start latest in January 2018. Thank you for your continued patience. For the Morpheus® 17.5 mm we have gone a very long way to end up with a perfect product. It definitely took many more iterations than we had in our planning. The Morpheus® eyepiece design at 76° of field does sound very moderate when compared against the far greater advertised apparent fields (and Cost!!) of those 82°, 92° and 100° eyepieces presently offered. The optical design is at it´s very and absolute limits. Image of one of the many Morpheus® 17,5mm prototypes - incl. new rubber eyecup with built-in M43 metal thread However - what we try to do here is really, matching the most natural (and...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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