This entry was posted on May 8, 2021Last modified on May 17, 2021.
"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 – we worked hard for two years and the "feeling" here is just like way back then. For our new...
This entry was posted on April 23, 2021
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...
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 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 9, 2020Last modified on October 14, 2020.
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 fine details on the Red Planet, we have put together some tips for you.
Telescope and accessories:
In order to adjust the optics to the outdoor temperatures, bring your telescope outside sufficiently long before the start of the observation to minimize instrumental seeing. At the beginning of October the temperatures...