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  • An experience report on the new Baader Telecentric System TZ-3 and the Research Grade (RG) Telecom­pressor (TC) 0.4

    An experience and observation report on the new Baader Telecentric System TZ-3 and the Research Grade (RG) Telecom­pressor (TC) 0.4 for solar observation in the H-alpha light with SolarSpectrum filters download the complete review (pdf) Introduction Successful H-alpha-observations of the sun with narrow-band line filters from the manufacturers   “SolarSpectrum” and / or "DayStar" require an almost parallel beam of light with a focal ratio of approx. f/30 directly in front of the filter, otherwise the filter will not work properly. This is not so easy with today's fast optical systems, which work around f/7. Such an opening ratio can be achieved either by masking (reducing) the front lens opening or by parallizing the optical beam with a "telecentric system" (TZ). * TZ: See also the supplement at the end of the report. My "solar telescope" is an AstroPhysics refractor with an aperture of 155mm and a focal length of 1.085mm,...
  • Avalon Instruments - Fast Reverse Mounts

    Avalon Mounts: Portable mounts for astronomical imaging Goal: Total reliability The Avalon LineAR and M-Uno Fast Reverse Mount are equatorial mounts designed for astronomical imaging. With a load capacity of 20-25 kg (44 – 55 lb) the mounts are unrivaled in their construction, qualitiy and price, and are sutiable for both visual and photographic observations. The M-Zero offers the same technology. With a load capacity of 8-13 kg, the low weight and high quality of this mount make it the ideal companion for travelling observers and astro-photographers. The M-Zeta, with a load capacity of 20 kg - 20+10kg in Dual Dec. Mode, an altazimuth Single-Arm mount, continues Avalon's tradition of cutting edge design and top quality performance. The main goal of Avalon was to bring the perfect mount for astro-imaging onto the market, with no plays and vibrations, assuring the highest precision and total reliability on the field. Every astroimager dreams of a...
  • Apochromatic Triplet Objective: Why oil-spaced lenses?

    Why an oil-spaced triplet-lens? The first successful experiments with oil-spaced triplet-lenses were probably done by Wolfgang Busch from Ahrensburg, who had several discussions about this with Carl Zeiss Jena, back in the days of the German Democratic Republic. Even then, this technique was far superior to the standard technics like air-spaced or cemented lenses. But it was hard to keep the joining medium inside of the lens, because of insufficient synthetic oils and many other reasons. Because of this, the lens could freeze or dry out. It took Zeiss more than ten years of research to solve these difficulties and present the first APQ-lens. Besides Zeiss, only Astro-Physics and TEC were able to produce long-lasting oil-spaced lenses. It takes some tricks and knowledge to keep the oil (if the fluid can still be called oil) inside of the lens – at least over a long period of time with always-changing...
  • The CDK Optical Design

    CDK 20" Astrograph The CDK [Corrected Dall-Kirkham] telescope is based on a new optical design developed by Dave Rowe. The goal of the design is to make an affordable astrographic telescope with a large enough imaging plane to take advantage of the large format CCD cameras of today. Most telescope images degrade as you move off-axis from either coma, off-axis astigmatism, or field curvature. The CDK design suffers from none of these problems. The end result is a telescope which is free from off-axis coma, off-axis astigmatism, and curvature of field, yielding a perfectly flat field all the way out to the edge of a 52mm image circle. This means pinpoint stars from the center out to the corner of the field of view. The design is a simple and elegant solution to the problems posed above. The CDK consists of three components: an ellipsoidal primary mirror, a spherical secondary...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Implementation of UV/IR Cut Filter - Test Report

    Shooting the moon through a normal Baader UV/IR Cut Filter in comparison with the Baader IR Passfilter >>>> In the near infrared spectral range atmospheric disturbances (seeing conditions) are much more less than in the visible spectral range. Images taken in the near infrared light are often sharper than images taken in shorter wavelength. Special the moon (and the sun also) are nice targets shooting images with the IR Passfilter due to their brightness. All the following images was taken in the same night within a time interval of only 45 minutes (decreasing moon). The seeing was during the whole imaging session moderate. Image details: standard Celestron C14 in prime focus with a Celestron SkyRis camera 445 mono. Telescope location: Onjala Lodge/Namibia. Stacking each 144/1.200 frames and Waveletfiltering with AviStack 1.8, final imaging processing with Photoshop CS 2. All image processing was made absolutely identical. The animation left shows the...
  • Baader BBHS ® reflective properties

    Exclusively available on Baader Sitall Ceramic Mirrors and on selected Baader prism Star Diagonals: BBHS® reflection coatings predominantly are being utilised on our highest quality grade 2" BBHS® Sitall Stardiagonals (#2456115 – incl. black housing and 2" ClickLock clamp) as well as on the BBHS® T-2 Sitall Stardiagonal (#2456103) - where the housing features a male and female T-2 thread - for shortening the optical path with bino use, and to offer the utmost in adaptation variability as well as much more light throughput than with any conventional 1 1/4" star diagonal. BBHS® stands for Broad Band Hard Silver. When applied onto our Sitall (zero expansion glass-ceramics) substrates, these multiple deposited layers of hard silver are being sealed by a set of dielectric layers to achieve long term durability. With this advance in coating technology our BBHS® coating lifetime equals that of a high quality AlSiO2 coating, matching the durability...

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