2023 was an eventful year for Baader Planetarium with numerous international events and trade fairs. Our commitment to the astronomical community and our endeavor to always offer the latest and best products in the field of astronomy have taken us as far as London and Bremen. In this blog post, we want to review the impressions we have gathered this year. From the European AstroFest in London to the SpaceTech Expo in Bremen, we presented our latest innovations and proven solutions to a global audience.
European AstroFest London, February 3rd - 4th, 2023
We attended the two day event at the Kensington Conference and Events Center with our UK representative. The event featured 3 floors of exhibition space showing the latest astro-gear from a range...
This entry was posted on November 27, 2023
We would like to congratulate the Open University (OU) who was recently announced as one of the winners of the prestigious 2023 Queen's Anniversary Prize for their OpenSTEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics) Labs. These online distance learning laboratories allow students to undertake and participate in experimental work at any time 24/7 remotely from anywhere in the world and cover topics including computing, health and astronomy. The prizes are granted biennially by the UK Monarch and are the highest national honor awarded in Higher Education in recognition of world-class excellence and achievement.
The OU operate two robotic observatories at the Observatorio del Teide on the island of Tenerife as part of its OpenSTEM Labs initiative called
COAST (COmpletely Autonomous Service Telescope),
and PIRATE (the Physics...
This entry was posted on November 23, 2023
New comets with unusual behavior are constantly making the headlines. However, an "old acquaintance" is currently approaching with powerful show effects.
Comet 12p/Pons-Brooks has an orbital period around the sun of 71 years and was observed probably in China around 700 years ago. It is currently approaching its closest point to the sun again, which it will reach on April 21st, 2024. It will be closest to the Earth on June 2nd, 2024 before disappearing into the outer reaches of the solar system for another 71 years.
As it slowly heats up while approaching the sun, the comet has shown several outbursts of brightness in recent months, which experts explain as ice volcanism (cryovolcanism). During this process, ice heats up under the surface, sublimates (becomes...
Up to 35% discount on selected QHY cameras & accessories!
For the 2023 holiday season, QHY is once again offering some cameras, sets and accessories at a particularly attractive price. Offer valid until December 31st, 2023 or while stocks last.
10% discount on
QHY600 PH M/C
High-sensitive cooled CMOS Camera with Industrial Grade Sony (mono version) and Consumer Grade Sony (color version) IMX455 Full-Frame Sensor. Available at a reduced price in the following variants:
QHY 600M PH, BSI Cooled Cameras
(#1931162 , € 5390,- € 4851,-)
QHY 600C-PH, BSI Cooled Camera
(#1931163 , € 5390,- € 4851,-)
QHY 600M PH-L, BSI Cooled Cameras
(#1931166 , € 4660,- € 4194,-)
QHY 600M PH Ultra Short, BSI Cooled Camera
(#1931168 , € 5390,- € 4851,-)
QHY 600C PH Ultra Short, BSI...
This entry was posted on July 19, 2023Last modified on September 27, 2023.
Baader SunDancer II Telecentric System TZ-4S
(#1363080 , € 385,-)
Baader SunDancer II Telecentric System TZ-4S
Delivers a plane-parallel, achromatic beam of light with 36 mm diameter
Designed especially for H-alpha and CaK subangstroem etalon filters
Includes a ½" filter cell for the 2 nm block filter of the Baader SunDancer II H-alpha filter
Can also be used in place of a Barlow lens, expands the telescope focal length by 4x
BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating
Anti-reflective thread and blackened lens edges against reflections and for maximum contrast
Image circle 36 mm, in a nominal in 97 mm from base of the T-2 thread
1¼" and 2" nosepiece with 1¼" filter thread, T-2 thread on camera side
12.5 mm (1/2") filter exchange tool included
This entry was posted on May 10, 2023Last modified on May 25, 2023.
The new QHY 5-III-715 Color of the 2nd generation is an affordable solar, lunar and planetary camera and at the same time a perfect guiding module for extremely short focal lengths.
General description of the QHY 5-III-715 Color
The QHY 5-III-715 Color is now the 4th camera of the 2nd generation of lunar and planetary cameras with integrated SBIG ST-4 guiding port. The advantages compared to the 1st versions of this camera series are among others:
Large internal 512 MB DDR3 image memory
Improved front-end design
Compatibility with CS and C-mount lenses
LED for camera status indication
USB 3.2 Type-C interface
The QHY 5-III-715 Color is an ultra-high resolution color camera with a very sensitive Back Illuminated Sony Sensor (BSI) while maintaining extremely low readout...
This entry was posted on April 4, 2023Last modified on September 27, 2023.
Towards the end of 2021 Alston Observatory, which is the teaching and public outreach facility of the University of Central Lancashire's Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astronomy, Maths and Physics in the north-west of the UK had their PlaneWave L-350 direct drive mount installed atop an equatorial wedge on a Baader heavy duty 0.6m pier in their new 3m observatory dome. After it was installed a Meade 12" LX200 SCT was temporarily mounted on this system waiting for the telescope to arrive that would finally "live" on the mount.....a PlaneWave DeltaRho 350 F/3 widefield imaging cassegrain optical system - the first such PlaneWave telescope system in the United Kingdom.
In this third and final installment of the Alston Observatory telescope installation (see here for part one...
This entry was posted on March 17, 2023Last modified on September 27, 2023.
Saturday March 11th saw the welcome return of the one-day Practical Astronomy Show (PAS) which was held at its usual venue at the Kettering Conference Centre located in the heart of England. The event hosts a large number of retailers and manufacturers and the event is free for the public to attend. Alongside the trade exhibition there are also a number of free talks spread across the day. Exhibitors usually set up the day beforehand, but storm Larisa hit large parts of the UK on the Thursday and Friday with heavy snow and cold temperatures leading to treacherous travel conditions for some (including our UK representative). Luckily all exhibitors who planned to attend did so and the weather improved considerably for the public attendees to...
This entry was posted on March 10, 2023Last modified on September 27, 2023.
Baader 2" Cool-Ceramic Safety Herschelprism Mark II (Visual / Photo)
2" wedge prism according to Herschel - one-sided Phantom Group® anti-reflective coating, with ceramic solar finder and 2" ClickLock® eyepiece holder
Integrated rotation mechanism for polarising filters – the best method for brightness adjustment in visual solar observation and solar photography in white light
Stepless brightness adjustment is made possible in combination with the optional and the included Neutral Density Filter. The polarizing filters are not included in the scope of delivery
Including the for an uncompromisingly sharp solar image
S58 dovetail and Safety Kerfs on the 2" nose-piece, New 3-point adjustment system preset in the factory
Available in visual and photographic versions, please choose from dropdown
Baader Calzium GEN-II 1¼" with LPFC
This entry was posted on March 9, 2023Last modified on September 27, 2023.
The QHY461 PH (photo) is a monochrome BSI CMOS camera with 102 MegaPixel, 16bit AD conversion, highest quantum efficiency with extremely low readout noise.
New - especially for amitious amateur astrophotographs -
The monochrome QHY461M PHis a completely new development of the larger, scientific camera of the monochrome model QHY461M-Pro. It has a more compact body and does NOT have the scientific features of the QHY 461 M/C PRO, BSI Cooled Scientific Cameras
(various versions available)
. These include the two 2 x 10 GB fiber interfaces, GPS timing, programmable FPGA and the external trigger input. An optional additional water cooling is also not available.
Data is transferred to the PC via a standard USB 3.0 interface. Otherwise, the performance of the QHY461M PH...