Baader Planetarium Blog Posts

  • Coming Soon: New QHYCCD cameras available from Baader Planetarium

    The long awaited and much requested cameras - QHY294M-Pro and the QHY268M - have been pre-ordered and are expected to be available at Baader Planetarium from December 15th. QHY294M Pro – Expanded Pixel Mode  from 11.7 MP to 46.8 Megapixel! The QHY294 M / C PRO can be pre-orderd now. More details about QHY294 M / C BSI Medium Size CMOS camera The QHY294M Pro will soon be delivered to us in larger quantities and...
  • Baader Standard Domes and Turn-Key Observatories

    After more than 50 years of dome production, we notice a steady increase in requests for details and availability of our observatories. Be it classic Slit-Domes from 2.1 - 8.5 meters or AllSky Domes from 2.3 - 6.5 meters, but above all turnkey observatory solutions. The demand for these constructions – mostly with requirements for extreme climatic conditions – has increased so much that we currently still have to name far too long delivery times....
  • NOW at Baader Planetarium: ANDOR Cameras

    Cameras for Astronomy: from high time resolution sCMOS and EMCCD cameras to slow scan CCDs Andor Cameras for Astronomy - An Overview We are pleased to announce our partnership with Oxford Instruments to offer the high end camera brand ANDOR Technology. This is primarily in response to requests from scientific institutes to integrate these high-quality special cameras into telescope systems and observation stations. Andor Technology - an Oxford Instruments company - has achieved a special...
  • Using the FlipMirror – The Correct Working Distances

    Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal Using the Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (BFM II) at the Telescope The Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 190,09) is not only an accessory for professional users, but much more: It is a helpful tool for every amateur astronomer – especially for astrophotography. First of all, the BFM II is designed to completely replace your standard star diagonal, so that you can keep observing as usual,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Celestron CGX mount in combination with StarAid Revolution as guiding cam

    The CGX: A Versatile Mount For Everyone! Recently I was able to work with the Celestron CGX, the Baader Apo 95/560 Travel Companion, the Nikon D810A and the StarAid Revolution as guiding system for the first time. Once again the results proved how much you can get out of a good system if you take some time to tweak the settings a little bit instead of simply working with the factory settings of the software without taking...
  • 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....
  • Case Study: Testing an ANDOR Marana sCMOS Camera on an High End amateur telescope on La Palma

    A first experiment with an ANDOR camera on a high end amateur telescope took place in July 2020 on La Palma, in cooperation with the well-known astrophotographer Christoph Kaltseis. It turned out that due to the sensitivity and the clean signal of the ANDOR cameras, excellent images can be obtained in a significantly reduced time. Surely the potential of the ANDOR Marana was used only rudimentarily in this test. Resourceful amateurs will in future explore...
  • Webinar – sCMOS observations at the SwissOGS (Space Debris)

    Presented By: Emiliano Cordelli, PhD & Ines Juvan-Beaulieu, Phd Webinar: sCMOS Observations at SwissOGS Abstract: First, we will describe the integration of the sCMOS camera in the SLR system as tracking camera. Then we will show how, by using the camera, we could improve the performances of the SLR system. The tracking camera in fact allows us to correct in real time the pointing of the telescope, thus helping us to overcome the limit given...

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