Author Archives: Team Baader Planetarium

  • TEST SELECTOR

    "*" indicates required fields Step 1 – Select your optimal narrowband filter according to the criteria below:Filter Wavelength H-alpha O-III S-II Average working temperature -30° C to -10° C -10° C to +10° C +10° C to +30° C Halfbandwidth (FWHM) 6.5nm Narrowband / Highspeed 3.5nm/4nm Ultra-Narrowband / Ultra-Highspeed Depending on Sky Quality. Ultra-Narrowband/Highspeed Filters with 3.5nm/4nm are only recommend for areas with high light pollution (Bortle 9/8/7/[6] Sky).HiddenABSENDENErste AuswahlZweite AuswahlPlease make a selection above to narrow down/select the graph you needStep 2 – Determine filter category based on aperture ratio and central obstruction:Now determine the appropriate filter category in the graph below using the focal ratio (x-axis) and the central obstruction (y-axis) of your telescope. You can use the fields below for this purpose....
  • 2,6 Meter Classic Dome (Spaltkuppel)

    When I was a child, I could see the Milky Way at clear skies in my home region. This defining experience disappeared more and more with increasing light pollution. I used my first homemade telescope in the Harz Mountains to observe the moon and planets. My professional life took me to Berlin and that was the end of sky observation for me. So the desire grew in me to build a small observatory outside Berlin. In close proximity to the Westhavelland Star Park, the time had come in 2021: with the best supervision by Mr Baader and his team, a 2.6 m dome was lifted onto the building. The interior, filled with a PlaneWave CDK 14 and a TEC APO 140, allows me extended walks...
  • Privatsternwarte Point SIRIUS - GM3000 HPS

    Observatory Point SIRIUS Over some steps from a GM1000 and a 5.6" APO from AstroPhysics from 1990 and a handmade steel column from a steel builder over to a GM2000, I finally arrived at the childhood dream: 10Micron GM3000 on a Baader heavy steel pillar BHP. a setting that easily carries the Celestron C14, the RASA 11, the 5.6" APO and the 4" from Takahashi. In addition I have cameras from QHYCCD, Atik and ZWO ASI. Thus, extensive data can be obtained on any night or the device can be operated that is best suited for the object. The mount leaves nothing to be desired! Best workmanship, high precision, completely computer controlled, carries 100kg without problems. Despite the high weight of the load, manual movement...
  • DART impact - NASA used large 100mm Baader Bessel filters

    “The filters worked exceptionally well and we got terrific images post-impact. (See attached photo in Bessel R) We couldn’t have done it without your help, and we are very grateful! Such an exciting and successful mission to be a part of (and lots of observing work).”   NASA Hazardous Asteroids research used large 100mm Baader Bessel filters to successfully image DART impact with the MRO 2.4-meter telescope On the 11th of October 2022 after two weeks of analysis, NASA confirmed that the DART mission impact changed the Asteroid's motion in space. NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART for short, used the kinetic impact of a spacecraft to successfully alter an asteroids orbit. The mission involved crashing a spacecraft at 14,000 miles per hour into...
  • AWARE – SSC Space

    Our new optical SSA (Space Situational Awareness) station is now up and running at our Western Australia Space Center (WASC). The station, called AWARE, will be used for tracking satellites and space debris in orbit around the planet, contributing to both safer and more sustainable use of near-Earth space. The station has two telescopes and high-speed cameras that record even very faint reflections of sunlight off satellites. This enables us to survey large numbers of small objects in low-Earth orbit during the night. The establishment and commissioning of the SSA station was a success. Now begins the exciting times of configuring the remote control and operations environment of the station, calibrating, testing the processing chain and then start conducting joint observation campaigns together with our...
  • New QHY 5 III series of planetary and guiding cameras

    The new QHY-5-III series cameras are a 2nd generation of planetary and guiding cameras. Compared to the first generation 5 III series, the new models have been significantly improved in terms of interfaces and hardware configuration. Among other things: Larger internal image memory DDR 512MB Improved front and end design Compatibility with CS and C-mount lenses USB 3.2 Type-C interface Universal ST-4 guiding port Control LED for status indication New Sony sensors with extra high sensitivity The 2nd generation QHY-5-III series planetary and guiding cameras are all equipped with 512 MB DDR3 internal image memory. This increases the safety of losing individual images at high frame rates. This is a great advantage for solar, lunar and planetary photography, where large amounts of data often have...
  • Astronomical Institute University Bern

    The main research areas of the AIUB are on Fundamental Astronomy, in particular on Satellite Geodesy, Gravity field estimation, and space debris discovery and characterization. In the academic curriculum the Astronomical and the Physical Institutes of the University of Bern offer the astronomy and astrophysics modules in the bachelor and master programs of the university Bern. Baader Planetarium has installed a 6,15 Meter Classic Dome in 2013, followed by a 5,3M Classic and a 4,5M AllSky Dome in 2016 as protection for their scientific instruments. In 2022 followed a second 6.15m slit dome in modified highspeed version (up to 35°/s), designed for most demanding scientifc tasks. See below a short video of the dome installation and areal shots taken by our drone. The Astronomical Institute...

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