Baader News

  • 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...
  • New products September 2017

    After this long summer period with the solar eclipse in USA we are glad to herewith introduce some new products: 2" MPCC V-1 Mark III Newton Coma Correktor - SET: Visual and Photographic Version Coma corrector for Newton telescopes, that neither does reduce the focal length nor the image field of your telescope 46 mm clear lens diameter in M48 mode – enables exposures free from vignetting designed for fast f-ratios up to f / 3.5. Maximum sharpness across the entire image field Phantom Coating™ Group, multicoated for maximum transmission and total freedom from reflections Visual & Photographic Version consisting of: 2" Multi-Purpose Coma Correktor (MPCC) Mark III photographic #2458400A Focussing eyepiece clamp 1¼" to T-2 (T-2 # 08A) #2458125 VariLock 29, steplessly adjustable T-2 extension from 20 – 29 mm (T2 #25Y)#2956929   Optionally recommended: Hyperion / Morpheus 2" Finetuning Stopring #2958027 Please note: This set replaces the former...
  • 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

    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 sharp, non-distorted) widest field of view that a human eye can take in without rolling the eyeball around - while making the rim of the field disappear. It is the famous "floating in space effect" that only comes up in the brain when...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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