Baader News

  • New products Juli 2020

    Baader OTP II Outdoor Telescope Power Switch 12,8V / 1,5A 19W with elbowed plus Made for outdoor use at cold temperatures Interchangeable EU/US/UK wall plug included Output 12.8V DC/ 1.5 Amp (19 Watt), large power reserve even when cold - usable in temperatures from -25°C up to 40°C 2.5m (8.25') telescope cord incl. reverse polarity protected, elbowed protective-disconnect plug 5.5mm / 2.1mm Not waterproof IP40 Successor model of the previous 19W Outdoor Power Supply #2457610 (discontinued). V-Dovetail, 495 mm for Celestron RASA 8" V-Dovetail for Celestron RASA 8" optical tube, length = 495mm Aluminium body provides a sturdy platform for accessories Connects on the top of the Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph 8" to attach accessories to the optical tube Installs easily into the existing holes of...
  • Image Gallery: Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE

    Since we now receive new pictures of NEOWISE daily (from our employees as well as our customers), we have decided to only maintain the following picture gallery. Information about the comet as well as search maps can be found at various other places on the net. Here you see only new beautiful pictures and videos, which we will be permanently extended. Some of the pictures we already showed in our original NEOWISE article (with an update). If you have any further questions about image data, please contact us - we only mention the copyright holders and the date of recording of the respective images here.   Images of Comet NEOWISE (Videos see below) © M. Jäger – 23.07.2020© B. Koch – 22.07.2020© C. Kaltseis –...
  • SUW 08/20: In the Heart of M42 with a C14 EdgeHD

    THE STORY: In the Heart of M42 When we were still shooting on film, it was just like today: The Orion Nebula has always been on the most-wanted-list of practically every astrophotographer. This starts with wide field shots and ends with detailed images of the surroundings of the trapezoid stars in the heart of M42. This region of M42 is much brighter than the faint surroundings, and this enormous dynamic range makes photography especially tricky. The structures require a long focal length and a wide aperture to let them shine. For my imaging I chose Celestron's C14 EdgeHD, which is still compact despite its size and therefore doesn't require an gigantic mount. At an f/ratio of f/7.6 with the special reducer designed for full-frame cameras, I...
  • Comet NEOWISE - now visible!

      Update 09.07.2020: See the new Comet-Gallery with lots of images and videos   UPDATE: The latest images fo comet NEOWISE During the night of 7-8 July, the whole of Central Europe had the special opportunity to see two rare celestial phenomena simultaneously. Around 3 o'clock comet NEOWISE climbed over the horizon. Not much later, the sky behind the dark cloud bank just below the comet suddenly became much brighter. As it turned out, the sun began to illuminate noctilucent clouds at a height of 80km (four times as high as normal clouds), which consist of frozen meteor dust. These rare clouds became more and more dominant and finally covered the comet until it was hardly visible around 4 o'clock. NEOWISE with NLC over Mammendorf:...
  • Turnkey Telescope Installation for "Staernwarte Gersbach"

    Die Fakten Institute Student research centre phaenovum Electronics Baader Observatory Management System Telescope(s) PlaneWave CDK 17 with TEC APO 140 ED Mount(s) 10Micron GM 3000 HPS on Baader Heavy Steel Pillar Accessories DADOS Spectrograph, 8" double mounting plate, Whitelight- and H-alpha filters as well as various other optical and mechanical parts Activity Visual observation, Deep-Sky imaging, Astrometry, spectroscopy Build in Year 2020 Website www.phaenovum.de It's all about the right combination. With the help of various parts from our standard products, we have assembled the following combination of devices for the staernwarte (observatory) Gersbach in order to create a device with multifunctional use on the most solid and stable basis. From spectroscopy, astrophotography and astrometry of various satellite tracking applications up to solar observation, planetary videography and...
  • The Atmosphere of Venus - Photographed by our Customers

    Venus as a ring – how can that be? During the last days several customers have sent us some very interesting photos of Venus, which we do not want to withhold from you. They show the planet as a very narrow sickle or even as a ring. This effect can only be seen on Venus by observers on Earth, and it is only visible when Venus is in lower conjunction (www.wikipedia.org/Aspects_of_Venus), i.e. when Venus is located between the Sun and the Earth.. How does the effect come about? The planets Venus and Mercury are the only two so-called "inner planets": They are closer to the Sun than the Earth and orbit the Sun within the Earth's orbit. That‘s why they are the only planets that...
  • 1st Light with the QHY600 EB: a first field report

    Darkness Became Light! ... A Quantum Leap in 36 x 24mm at 61.1MP? In recent years, color cameras have become increasingly popular. A reversal of the trend is not to be expected. One reason for this is the ability to capture weak structures in deep-sky objects even with moderate exposure times. Developments in CMOS sensors and recently the BSI sensor technology have played a decisive role in this. In addition, both quantum efficiency (QE) and full-well capacity increased, noise was reduced, pixels became smaller and smaller, and dynamics increased with almost every new sensor generation. What happens when all these developments see the light of the stars in a new camera like the QHY 600M with a black and white sensor? I had asked myself...
  • 4,2m Highspeed Dome for NASA at McDonald Observatory, Texas

    Please note: We wrote the following report of our dome assembly in January of this year months ago, but had to wait for picture release from NASA and the University of Texas, which was delayed for understandable reasons given the current situation. Located in the Texas Davis Mountains on Mount Locke at 2,100m is the famous McDonald-Observatory. The University of Texas owns and finances the site. Due to the current construction of SLR stations at NASA for Space Geodesy Satellite Laser Ranging (SGSLR), a 4.2m high-speed dome from Baader Planetarium was installed here in January 2020. This is the second system of its type after the 4.2m Highspeed-Dome at the Goddard Space Flight Center, which was installed in April 2019. For over 40 years, NASA's global network...
  • SUW 05/20 Poster: CDK 14 and Veil Nebula - it can be so easy

    THE STORY: Veil Nebula and Planewave CDK14 – it can be so easy The "Veil Nebula" NGC 6960 is a remnant of a supernova explosion that occurred 8000 to 10,000 years ago. With a length of over one degree it is huge - and the Cygnus loop, to which the Veil Nebula belongs, is even larger at around 2°! For this picture, images from two nights were combined, whereby subframes with seeing values worse than 2.05" FWHM were not used. Now, I have to admit my preference for long focal lengths right at the beginning. As far as conditions allow, I want to get details out of the pictures - and since I have a location that often has good to very good seeing, I...
  • New products April 2020

    Update: Baader MaxBright® II Binoviewer We are aware that many of our customers are waiting for news about the MaxBright® II Binoviewer. Please be assured that we are indeed almost there. We still ask for a little patience – unfortunately the current situation has led to further delays. We are expecting deliveries in April. Universal Alan Gee II - Telecompressor (UAG II) Schmidt-Cassegrain telecompressor/reducer and flatfield-corrector For Schmidt-Cassegrain-telescopes with 2" eyepiece clamp or for direct connection to SC-thread through Baader T Adapter (BTA) for SC and MAK Telescopes (T-2 part #21) (#2408160, € 56,-) or Baader SC / HD Ultra Short T-Adaptor, 7mm optical length (#2958500B, € 45,-) Variable reducing factor 5,9 to 3,5 Preconfigurated for use with T-2-thread of the Maxbright® II binocular and...

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