Baader News

  • Upgrade of the Open University's COAST and PIRATE Telescopes on Tenerife

    The United Kingdom's Open University (OU) operates two robotic telescopes, along with an associated weather station and all sky camera, 2390m (7840ft) above sea level (and the clouds!) at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) Teide observatory on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Until mid July 2021 these two telescopes, called COAST and PIRATE, had the following telescope equipment setups: COmpletely Autonomous Service Telescope (COAST): Celestron C14 on a 10Micron GM4000, Baader Heavy Pier with FLI PL09000 camera and filterwheel and Baader filters all housed in a 3.5m Baader All-Sky Dome The Physics Innovations Robotic Telescope Explorer (PIRATE): PlaneWave CDK17 on a 10Micron GM4000 mount, Baader Heavy Pier with FLI PL16803 camera and FLI filterwheel and Baader filters in a Baader 4.5m diameter AllSky...
  • QHY WINTER SALE - till 31st December 2021

    Up to 20% on High-End and Beginner cameras QHY600M-PH: High-sensitive cooled CMOS Camera uses a 60 Megapixel Sony IMX455 Sensor QHY268M-PH: CMOS camera with APS-C sensor in black and white with 26 megapixel Sony IMX571 sensor, as well as the colour version QHY268C-PH. QHY294M PRO: with low-illumination performance and super low dark current with expanded Pixel Mode QHY cooled medium size CMOS cameras QHY247C, QHY163M and QHY183M / C Planteary- and Guiding cameras: QHY-5-III-462C, QHY-5-III-485C, QHY-5-III178M & die QHY 5-II Series     High-end cameras for professionals and advanced users: #1931162    QHY600M-PH     UVP €  5.250,00    Special price  € 4.725,00 #1931096    QHY268M-PH     UVP €  2.698,00    Special price € 2.428,20 #1931140    QHY410C-PH      UVP €  4.160,00    Special price € 3.744,00 #1931060...
  • Now available: New Baader UBVRI and SLOAN/SDSS (ugriz') Photometric Filters

    Some things cannot be improved. You can only make them better. Filters for astrophotography are constantly being improved to adapt them to modern imaging systems and changing environmental conditions. Our CMOS-optimized narrowband filters are the best example for this development and research process. There are other demands for those filters which are used for science instead of pretty pictures: they must deliver data that are comparable even with decades-old data sets. New developments must therefore only improve production and handling without changing the filter characteristics themselves. The filters used today for scientific photometry with digital sensors go back to the filter sets introduced by Johnson and Cousins, which were developed in the 1950s-1970s and which were adapted in the 1990s by M. Bessel for CCD...
  • Alston Observatory's (University of Central Lancashire UK) New PlaneWave Installation - part one

    The Alston observatory is located in a rural area about 7 miles from the city of Preston in the north-west of England and is the undergraduate teaching and public outreach facility of the University of Central Lancashire's (UCLAN) Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astronomy, Maths and Physics. In 2015, we supplied and installed their PlaneWave Instrument (PWI) CDK700 – a 0.7m/27.5” aperture alt-azimuth state-of-the-art computerised robotic telescope. This telescope, named the Moses Holden Telescope (MHT), was their facility “centrepiece” and is one of the current largest modern robotic telescopes in the UK. You can view this telescope in an interactive 360 degree view on the University's FaceBook page and find out more about the installation on our observatory world map. In addition to this impressive telescope,...
  • Bayfordbury Observatory (University of Hertfordshire) UK PlaneWave CDK600 Installation

    The University of Hertfordshire's Bayfordbury observatory is primarily used for undergraduate tuition and is one of the largest teaching observatory facilities in the UK. It is located in relatively dark skies in the countryside about 6 outside the town of Hertford (about 30 miles north of central London) and includes seven optical telescopes permanently mounted in their own observatory, solar telescopes, four radio telescopes and some smaller instruments. Although primarily used for teaching, the observatory also run public outreach programmes too. More information on the courses offered and the activities of the observatory can be found here. We were honoured earlier this year to be chosen to supply and install a new addition to their optical telescope facilities to replace an older smaller telescope –...
  • New StarAid Revolution accessories

    StarAid adapterring 1.25" to C-Mount Adapts the StarAid Revolution Standalone Autoguiding - Revision B (#1485001, € 890,-) to fit a C-Mount guidescope. Requires the 1.25" filter thread on the StarAid Revolution. Filters will therefore have to be attached to the front of the guidescope. Allows the connection of a  QHY miniGuideScope (various versions available) to the StarAid Revolution. In this case, the black threaded adapter at the end of the QHY miniGuideScope must be replaced with StarAid 1.25" to C-Mount adapter ring. Ideal for those doing astrophotography using a camera tracking platform and a DSLR/Mirrorless camera, Height: 5mm StarAid finder shoe holder 1.25" Upgrades the   StarAid Revolution Standalone Autoguiding - Revision B (#1485001, € 890,-) for a direct fit to standard finder shoes or bolting...
  • New CMOS-optimized Baader Filters

    See results Here you can jump directly to customer images taken with CMOS-optimized Baader Filters Update October 1st: New LRGB-Filters have been added to the line of CMOS-optimized Baader Filters. The post below has been modified to reflect these changes. "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...
  • Product announcement : SWIR QHY990 and QHY991 cameras

    Two new cooled CMOS cameras QHY 990 and QHY 991 for the near infrared spectrum. In September 2021, QHY began shipping 2 new camera models, the QHY990 and the QHY991. Both are cooled cameras with CMOS sensors covering the near infrared wavelength range. Both models use Sony InGaAs sensors with square pixels measuring 5µm x 5µm. The IMX990 is a 1.3-megapixel sensor and the IMX991 has a 0.4-megapixel array. The spectral response starts at 400. and ends at 1700 nanometres. The maximum quantum efficiency is 77 % at a wavelength of 1200 nanometres. More details about SWIR QHY990 and QHY991 can be found on our product page
  • 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...

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