Author Archives: Team Baader Planetarium

  • The telescope equipment for the Mars Opposition

    Tips for the visual observation of the Mars opposition 2020 The observations of the Mars channels in the 19th century were made with telescope apertures of 30 to 50 centimeters. Telescopes with similarly large apertures (like the Celestron C14, or the PlaneWave CDK 12.5- and 20 inch) are now well within the reach of amateur astronomers. Perhaps you will succeed in spotting the large Canyon Valles Marineris? To help you succeed in the hunt for...
  • The new QHY600-L CMOSCamera

    We are glad that QHY has decided to offer the extremely promising IMX 455 SONY sensor in the consumer version after all, as all competitors do (but hiding the chip grade). So our customers now have more choice between 4 models of the QHY 600. By using the IMX 455 in the new QHY600 L with a sensor of the consumer series, the price of the camera is reduced considerably. Compared to the other 3...
  • 3,5 Meter AllSky Dome (180° Öffnung)

    Zwei Jahre hat es von der Planung bis zum ersten Einsatz gedauert, geprägt  und verzögert von Corona-Lockdown und privaten Katastrophen. Fa. Baader hat die Kuppel fristgerecht geliefert, die weitere Bestückung kam von Fa. noctutec aus Eggolsheim. Innen-Einrichtung und technische Anbindung ans Hausnetz etc.: Eigenregie. Die Entscheidung für die All-Sky Kuppel habe ich nicht bereut, unbeschreiblich, wenn sich der ganze Himmel über einem öffnet. Auch für Himmelsführungen mit Besuchern bestens geeignet. Aber in erster Linie für mich,...
  • staernwarte Gersbach

    Freunde des Unternehmers Elon Musk hatten sich den 27.5.2020 schon lange in ihrem Kalender angekreuzt. Erstmalig sollten an diesem Tag NASA-Astronauten mit dem kommerziellen Unternehmen SpaceX zur ISS fliegen. Auch bei uns war der Tag lange herbeigesehnt. Unser Ziel: die Förderung der praktischen Astronomie bei Kindern und Jugendlichen! Als Partner für unsere Mission hatten wir - das Schülerforschungszentrum phaenovum in Lörrach- dazu die Firma Baader-Planetarium gewählt; und um es vorwegzunehmen: einen besseren und angenehmeren Partner...
  • NEW: GM2000 HPS II COMBI Mount

      The new  GM 2000 HPS II COMBI combines the solid stability of the GM2000 HPS II Monolith with the portability of the GM 2000 HPS II Ultraport. These two mounts are no longer produced and will be replaced by this successor model. This mount is basically a GM2000 HPS II Ultraport (“splittable” in two parts) with an additional lockingsystem; next to the quick locking system,which is very useful to carry and assemble the mount in...
  • NASA (McDonald Observatory)

    Located in the Texas Davis Mountains on Mount Locke at 2,100m is the famous McDonald-Observatory. The University of Texas owns and finances the site. Due to the current construction of SLR stations at NASA for Space Geodesy Satellite Laser Ranging (SGSLR), a 4.2m high-speed dome from Baader Planetarium was installed here in January 2020. This is the second system of its type after the 4.2m Highspeed-Dome at the Goddard Space Flight Center, which was installed in April...
  • WHY are the QHY600 CMOS cameras more expensive than models from other manufacturers

    WHY are the QHY600 monochrome CMOS cameras more expensive than models from other manufacturers that also use the Sony IMX 455 BSI CMOS sensor? The image sensor - the heart of EVERY astronomical CMOS camera Image sensors are THE basis of ALL imaging in astronomical photography. The performance of the camera - i.e. the read out raw image after exposure - is based on the quality of the CMOS or CCD sensor and its performance....
  • 3,5 Meter AllSky Dome (180° Öffnung)

    For this somewhat different dome installation in front of a dreamy, picturesque landscape, we wrote our own report on the exciting installation, which was marked by a few mishaps: Modern meets Antique: 3,5M AllSky-Dome in a greek mountain village After our customer has used the dome (which was installed in mid-December 2019) for some time, we will hopefully be able to add a customer experience report at this point.
  • 3,2 Meter Classic Dome (Spaltkuppel)

    Der lange Weg zur perfekten Sternwarte... Als ich mir 1997 den Traum vom eigenen Haus erfüllen konnte, habe ich eine Kuppel mit in den Plan genommen. Wegen eines schweren Unfalls 1987 musste alles rollstuhlgerecht geplant werden. Leider habe ich mich damals aus Kostengründen für einen anderen Kuppelhersteller entschieden. Das C14 und meinen 130mm Astro Physics mit Montierung hatte ich bei Baader Planetarium erstanden. Die erste 3,5m Kuppel bereitete mir immer wieder Probleme. Die Kuppel war...
  • Baader Custom Developments for telescope installations

    We received a question from our customer about our turn-key telescope solutions. It was actually only a short question, but we answer it in detail to show you what kind of benefit it provides, when ordering a complete telescope system from us. The question: Could you tell me what the OTA rings on the TEC140 in the attached image (from a Baader installation) are. I can see that the outer rings are the Baader heavy...

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