This entry was posted on April 12, 2021
The Rodewisch Observatory in Saxony/Germany has a long history dating back to the beginnings of space travel. The observatory founder Edgar Penzel was the first person outside the former Soviet Union to photograph the first satellite Sputnik 1 in 1957. With a wire ring that he bent around a school globe, he was able to roughly determine the time of the satellite's appearance over Rodewisch and photograph "the Sputnik". The photos sparked great interest at home and abroad at that time, especially of course in the Soviet Union. This was the foundation for decades of visual and photographic satellite tracking as well as astronomical observation of the sky in Rodewisch. After the first German cosmonaut Sigmund Jähn was launched into space in 1978, the Rodewisch...
This entry was posted on March 17, 2021
New adapters for our UFC-System
Baader UFC T-2 (w) Camera-Adapter for ASI Cameras with T-2 (m) Thread, (Optical Height: 8.5 mm)
Baader UFC Fitting / T-2 (f) Thread Adapter
telescope-side: mounting plate for UFC-Base
camera-side: with T-2 female thread, especially for ASI cameras with T-2 (m) thread and 6.5mm back focus (ASI T-2 inner thread ring removed)
can be adapted via the included screws and the mounting plate to the
Baader UFC Base (Filter Chamber) telescope-sided S70 dovetail receptor (optical height: 13 mm) (#2459110, € 50,-)
Optical height: 8.5 mm
New Baader T-2 and M48 parts with omly 3 mm thread length
Modern cameras are usually characterised by extremely short optical heights, in order to be able to be mounted on various telescope constructions. To...
This entry was posted on December 1, 2020Last modified on December 21, 2020.
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 is expected to be available from Baader Planetarium as of 15 December.
The new QHY 294 Pro Series is a 4/3-inch camera equipped with the Sony IMX 294 (color) and IMX 492 (mono) sensor. The 294 Pro has 11.7 megapixels at 4.63 µm and 14 bit data depth. Both sensors...
This entry was posted on December 1, 2020
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.
New production facility
The long delivery times, as well as modern demands for more environmentally friendly production standards have made it imperative to relocate our entire dome production to newly built production halls in order to enable higher capacities and faster workflows. The new production facilities, which are currently being...
This entry was posted on October 27, 2020
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 position in the development of cameras for very special applications in science and research in recent years. The performance of the models offered under the ANDOR brand name goes well beyond conventional limits. Exceptional quantum efficiencies of over 90% over a wide wavelength range are standard here. The sensors are...
This entry was posted on March 8, 2021
Please visit the website https://staraid.ai/support/faq/ for many questions and answers about the StarAid Revolution.
This entry was posted on September 30, 2020
Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal
Using the Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (BFM II) at the Telescope
Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-)
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, just like with every good star diagonal. But the BFM II gives you much more options. You can create – from the beginnig, or step-by-step – your own system for photography and keep it always ready-for-use at your telescope. This will save you a lot of time and nerves. In...
This entry was posted on October 1, 2020
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 models, the QHY-600-L is only available with a monochrome sensor. All Mono version of QHY600 PH & QHY600 PRO use IMX455 industry grade sensor (Grade-K) – except the QHY600-L
The QHY600-L is a new version of the QHY 600 camera series. It is similar to the QHY600 PH and the QHY600...
This entry was posted on September 2, 2020Last modified on October 21, 2020.
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 the field, a further locking system was added for customers who have the mount permanently installed in an observatory. This will ensure agreat long-term stability, comparable to a GM2000 HPS II Monolith.
You can easily revert themount into a portable (“splittable”) version simply by removing the lockingscrews. This way the...
This entry was posted on September 2, 2020Last modified on April 16, 2021.
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 a closer look at them.
To get straight to the point: I'm really excited about what the CGX delivered last night!
For polar alignment, I used the star Regulus and the integrated AllStar Polar Alignment (ASPA) system of the CGX. My alignment routine only consisted of a 2-star alignment, with...