Baader News

  • NEW: Baader SunDancer II H-Alpha Filter – Test Review

    I was lucky enough to be able to "play" with one of the first SunDancer II H-alpha filters and see what it is capable of. Even though I am not one of the most experienced H-alpha observers, I have been able to observe the sun with the two H-alpha telescopes of the Observatory in Heilbronn/Neckar again and again for more than 20 years. These are a 20/20 H-alpha filter by Wolfgang Lille with 0.8Å on the 150/2250 refractor (which complements a classical prominence filter), and a Lunt LS-60 telescope. I freely admit that I find the concept of the Lunt convincing, especially for public observatories: a complete telescope with which nothing can go wrong. It's foolproof, which is especially important in an club where many...
  • New Products August 2021

    Important addition to the Baader UFC and M68 system Baader UFC-Tilter UFC tilter for an optimally flattened field of view Compatible with the entire Baader UFC system 0-1° tilt – allows a shift of up to 1° to compensate for misalignments in the image field 9.75 - 10.50 mm optical length On our overview page for the Baader UFC system, we have published some blog posts that explain the system clearly for a better understanding of the system. Baader M68-Tilter M68 titlter for an optimally flattened field of view Compatible with the entire Baader M68 system 0-1° tilt – allows a shift of up to 1° to compensate for misalignments in the image field 9.50 - 10.25 mm optical length   Accessories for the M68...
  • New Baader CMOS-optimized (Ultra-)Narrowband and Highspeed Filters

    Update: We will post further images that we receive from customers and colleagues to this thread, please scroll down "Finding the way" has a long tradition at Baader Planetarium. The slogan got created by our companies founder Claus Baader – in 1966, when "the Baader Planetarium-Orrery" was announced to the world. And within those many years we always tried to find ways for our technical solutions – and the domes – to stand the test of time. The Baader Planetarium Orrery btw. might have the longest product existence in modern industry – we still produce it here in house – unchanged since 1966 (if you like, check a tiny bit of the print material published at that time). Today we have a similar situation –...
  • APF-R : Absolute Point of Focus

    APF-R goes online as official plugin in Adobe Photoshop Christoph Kaltseis is a Photoshop expert and an experienced astrophotographer. In recent years, he has developed APF-R (Absolute Point of Focus), an innovative image sharpening process in Photoshop that has attracted considerable interest among experts. The Hubble Space Telescope team has been using his method for over 2 years. Adobe Photoshop has now introduced the easy-to-use APF-R Photoshop CC plugin for Christoph's complex process. The tool sharpens images using APF-R with just a few clicks, even without much prior knowledge. The plugin has already proven many times that it can meet even the high quality standards in astrophotography. Read a very interesting in-depth interview with Christoph Kaltseis on Picture Instruments about his experiences in astrophotography. Christoph...
  • The June 10th Solar Eclipse

    In just under a month, an annular Solar eclipse will take place on the morning of Thursday June 10th. An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun but the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than that of the Sun's due to the Moon's orbit being elliptical and it being further away from our Earth (at/near apogee) at that time. This leads to the outer parts of the Solar disc being "exposed" in an annulus or ring - often called "ring of fire". For those lucky enough to live in north-east Canada, western Greenland and far eastern Russia, will get to see the annular phase event which will last for a maximum of 3m 51s over north west Greenland. For...
  • Here comes Venus...

    Its hard to believe that a year has gone by since our Solar System neighbour Venus seemed to be around for ages and riding high in our evening sky during the late winter and spring months. This year, after its superior conjunction on March 25th 2021, Venus will once again start to become part of our evening sky (which makes observation of the planet more "convenient" for many than when it is an early morning object) until towards the end of the year. Unlike last year's evening appearance, for many locations this coming "visit" the planet will not be as high in the sky and having a low and or flat western horizon would be beneficial. However Venus, which is similar in size to our...
  • New instruments: Telescopes and mounts for Rodewisch Observatory

    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...
  • New Products March 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...
  • 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 is expected to be available from Baader Planetarium. 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 are Back Side Illuminated....
  • 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.   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...

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