Baader Planetarium Blog Posts

  • Deep-Sky Astrophotography with the FlipMirror II star diagonal

    Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal The Baader FlipMirror II (BFM II) in action The Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-) is not only an accessory for "experts" but also a useful tool that makes the work of every amateur astronomer – especially the astrophotographer – easier.  First and foremost, the BFM II is designed to fully replace your standard star diagonal so that you can continue to observe as normally with...
  • Our Highlights at AME 2019

    Wann? 14. September 2019 Wo? Villingen-Schwenningen Infos? www.astro-messe.de The following text has not been translated to English, we apologize. Baader TECH-TALK In diesem Jahr bietet Baader Planetarium neben astronomischem Zubehör und Großteleskopen wieder einen Tech-Talk für Interessierte an. Technik-Themen rund um die Astronomie vorgestellt mit anschließender Diskussion mit Experten auf dem jeweiligen Gebiet in einem eigenen Raum direkt bei uns am Stand von Baader Planetarium Themen, Termine und Referenten auf: www.baader-planetarium.com/tech-talk Natürlich reden wir nicht...
  • Experiences with observatory domes from Baader Planetarium and other brands

    For many years now Baader Planetarium has been asking me from time to time to put on paper my experiences with observatory domes which I had to deal with during my life as an active observer and user of observatories. I finally wanted to fulfill this wish and have summarized my experiences here ... I'd like to say a few words about my background: My amateur astronomical and technical experience with classic observatory domes began...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): Simple photographic use example (Part 7)

    We've been asked a few times recently on how to set up the Baader UFC for use with a DSLR and a range of wide-field imaging refracting telescopes. So we thought we would write a short blog on some ways this can be done. Let us start from the telescope side first. All the enquiries we have had, the wide field refractors have 2" barrel focusers, so there is our starting point. The telescope side...
  • Solar Eclipse 2019 in Chile

    For years our colleagues Martin Rietze and Michael Risch have been hunting for the next solar eclipse in the most remote places in the world. See e.g. our previous blog posts, some on AstroSolar.com: 2015: Solar Eclipse Adventure in Svalbard 2016: Solar Eclipse on the Molucca Islands 2017: "Great American Eclipse" in USA 2019: Sonne2019: Solar Eclipse in South America As already in 2017 Martin Rietze travelled alone to the Eclipse in Chile. Below you can...
  • SteelDrive II under mac OS and Linux with TheSkyX and INDIGO

    Two new Plugins for Steeldrive II: TheSkyX and Indigo Since its release in April this year, the Steeldrive II motor focuser with Controller (#2957165, € 595,-) has become more and more popular. Already in spring we passed on all necessary data to external developers, so that they can write plugins for their software. Two such plugins are now available, see below. TheSkyX A plugin for the native support of SteelDrive II by the Astronomy-Suite TheSkyX is now...
  • New Products July 2019

      New Baader ClickLock® Clamps 2" ClickLock® M63a x 1 Clamp (for Feathertouch 2.5" OAZ)  Baader 2" ClickLock® M63a x clamp - for Starlight Instruments Feathertouch 2.5" and TS-Optics (Photo Line) focusers with M63 x 1 female thread Consisting of M68a x 1 ClickLock® clamp (# 2956268) and M68i x 1 to M63a x 1 Inverter (# 2458236) A small rotation by 20° with gentle fingertip pressure to the knurled lever is enough to securely...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): Visual use example (Part 6)

    Now that we have covered the main overview of the Baader UFC system in our previous blogs (parts 1-to-5), we thought it would be appropriate to give some examples of how the UFC system can be used. Firstly, this is not meant to be exhaustive as there are many combinations of telescopes and accessories. In this blog, we will consider an example of the UFC being used visually. One of the simplest ways of using...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): The UFC telescope-side adaptors (Part 5)

    This blog continues our series on the Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC) system, with this one giving an overview of the telescope-side adaptors. Attaching a UFC system to a telescope may be done for example, by using a 1.25" or 2" push-fit nosepiece to go into a focuser drawtube for visual or imaging purposes, or to a focal reducer or field flattener for imaging use. The image below shows the current range of adaptors, as...
  • A stroll through Amateur Astronomy - from the Apollo Space Age to modern 10Micron HiTec Mounts

      If you are older than 50 years and were interested in astronomy as a child, you'll surely remember the time when there wasn't such a broad astronomy market as today, with lots of dealers and manufacturers. This was not only because there was no internet – there were also simply no products. Smaller telescopes were rare, as there were only a few manufacturers. It is no coincidence that the first "mass production" in Japan...

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