Baader Planetarium Blog Posts

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • COMING SOON: 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...
  • WHY is the QHY600 CMOS camera more expensive than models from other manufacturers

    WHY is the QHY600 CMOS camera 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. Image...
  • The disc of Mercury near the upper conjunction, captured with the Baader APO Travel-Companion 95/580

    Our customer Jörg Schoppmeyer sent us this unusual picture: a circular Mercury, shortly after the upper conjunction and only 1.8° away from the Sun!     Mercury is traditionally a difficult object to observe. The reason: The small planet is always close to the Sun and can be seen with the naked eye only shortly after sunset or before sunrise when it is at maximum distance from the Sun. Legend has it that even the...
  • 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...
  • Comet Neowise in a different way

    Comet NEOWISE is probably the most beautiful comet since 25 years on the northern hemisphere of the earth. Comets are messengers from the time of origin of the solar system, frozen remnants of the primeval cloud from which the planets were formed. When they come to us from the cold depths of the outer solar system and thaw when they approach the sun, they spread gas and dust and create a unique celestial phenomenon. Most...
  • PlaneWave: new location, favorable pricing

    PlaneWave Instruments is focused on vertical integration – from the very beginning. Design, optical production, fabrication, assembly, and quality control are all performed in-house by their expert team. PlaneWave even designs and builds their own robotic optics machines. PlaneWave's approach and innovation allows them to create superior products and value for their customers. Over the last few years there was just one little issue: PlaneWave had outgrown their facilities in California and in Michigan. It was...
  • Mars Opposition 2020 –The Return of the Red Planet

    Do you still remember the lunar eclipse two years ago? At that time the moon was not the only orange-reddish celestial object. Nearby – next to Jupiter – there was Mars in the sky, too. For many people, this was the first time they saw the two planets knowingly "live" – thanks to the attention that the lunar eclipse generated. Unfortunately, the Moon will not give us such a show again this year, but Mars...
  • Now available: QHY 5-III-462C

    Don't settle for less! UPDATE 02.03.2018: We have underestimated the increased demand for the QHY 5-III-462C CMOS Camera (#1931026, € 365,55) . The camera is now available in sufficient quantities. The new QHY5III 462C - a RGB single shot color camera with high quantum efficiency and high sensitivity in the near infrared spectral range at an attractive price The QHY 5-III-462C CMOS Camera (#1931026, € 365,55) is actually two CMOS-cameras in one camera body. With...

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