Author Archives: Team Baader Planetarium

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 4,2m Highspeed Dome for NASA at McDonald Observatory, Texas

    Please note: We wrote the following report of our dome assembly in January of this year months ago, but had to wait for picture release from NASA and the University of Texas, which was delayed for understandable reasons given the current situation. 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...
  • 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...
  • Field test of MaxBright® II Binoviewer by William A. Paolini

    William "Bill" Paolini has been actively involved in optics and amateur astronomy for more than 50 years, and is author of the popular book: : Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces We appreciate the positive feedback we have received so far. The Baader MaxBright® II Binocular with case (#2456460, € 425,-) incorporates the knowledge aquired during thirty years of building astronomical binoviewers. It closes the gap between cheaper entry-level binoviewers and our high-end Mark V Giant...
  • 2,3 Meter AllSky Dome (180° Öffnung)

    Nachdem ich schon in früher Jugend sehr ausgiebig die Sonne und Kometen beobachtet und fotografiert habe, ist im Laufe des Studiums und und im jungen Erwachsenenalter die Kometenbeobachtung in den Hintergrund getreten. Dies änderte sich wieder, als die Kinder älter wurden und mehr Zeit für das Hobby blieb. Mit dem Erwerb der Celestron CGEM traten auch die Kometen wieder in den Vordergrund. Die Beobachtung erfolgte im heimischen Garten, aber auch da dauerte der Aufbau bis...
  • New Technology in the QHY600 und QHY 268C CMOS Cameras

    QHY600 is a 60 mega Pixel full frame CMOS camera.This sensor is available in both monochrome and color versions QHY600M Early Bird Version is NOW available More details about the QHY600 camera can be found here The next-generation of high-speed data transmission technology USB Re-connection with 12V ON/OFF Extended Full Well and Multiple Read Modes Random thermal noise suppression 20Gb optical fiber transmission (EB and PRO) 1GB / 2GB oversized DDR3 memory Large programmable FPGA...
  • Privatperson

    Von 10Micron GM2000 QCI zu GM2000 HPS: Ein Erfahrungsbericht Helmut Heinicke: 11.04.2020 (www.darksky-fan.de) Historie: Meine Geschichte und ehemalige Montierung Das astronomische Interesse erwachte bei mir schon in der Jugend. Es sollte aber Jahrzehnte dauern, bis ich mich entschloss in dieses Hobby wirklich einzusteigen. Meine erste Ausrüstung war ein 5-Zoll-Refraktor und eine Astro Physics Montierung CNC400. Meine Beobachtungen machte ich überwiegend vom heimischen Garten aus, so wie ich es auch heute noch tue. Bald kam die...
  • Comparing the IMX455 (Industry-Grade) and KAI-11002 35mm Format Monochrome Sensors

    A technical comparison between the two monochrome 35mm full format sensors CCD Kodak KAI 11002 and Sony CMOS IMX 455 (Industry-Grade) - CCD versus CMOS Why is a monochrome full frame sensor so popular in astrophotography? For many years before electronic imaging became commonplace, the standard method of taking astro-photos by amateurs was to use a 35mm film camera. A single 35mm film frame measures 24mm x 36mm with a diagonal of about 43mm. Early...
  • Lund University

    Baader Planetarium delivers a complete telescope system for spectrographic research to the University of Lund in Sweden in September 2019. The large Planewave L-600 mount and the CDK 24 Astrograph were installed in an existing dome on the roof of the university. With the BACHES Echelle spectrograph and many other useful accessories from Baader Planetarium and Planewave Instruments nothing stands in the way of spectroscopy anymore. Images of the installation in September 2019

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