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  • QHYCCD 268M Monochrome CMOS Astronomical Imaging Camera: Overview and a first light from Bortle 7 skies

    Cooled CMOS imaging cameras for astronomical use have come a long way over the last few years and they are here to stay. The camera has been hotly anticipated and has become a focus for a lot of astrophotographers for its high specifications, build and image quality. The QHY268M is a monochrome cooled CMOS camera that utilises a very sensitive APS-C sized Sony IMX571 sensor. Typical of other QHYCCD camera bodies, the 268M features a matt black cylindrical design with, in this case, a red colored band around the body at the sensor end with QHYCCD’s name and logo and the camera model – QHY268 – clearly labelled. The body is 90mm in diameter, just under 110mm in length and weighs just over ~850g without...
  • First Class H-alpha Solar Filters by SolarSpectrum

    Temperature controlled H-alpha-filters (lambda = 656,3 nm) with electronic temperature control (combined heating and cooling!) All SolarSpectrum H-alpha filters at a glance --> Such professional filters show an unsurpassed abundance of details by using the full aperture of the telescope and are thus the first choice for semi-professional observers / photographers as well as for scientific use. Solar Spectrum H-Alpha Filters give you an incomparable view of our Sun's eruptive surface. The SolarSpectrum filters follow the classical design and are placed behind the telescope in the focuser (although this requires a D-ERF energy rejection filter in front of the lens). In combination with a telecentric system tuned to the focal length of the telescopic, between 2/3s of the aperture and the full aperture of the...
  • Deep-Sky Fotografie mit dem FlipMirror II Zenitspiegel

    Bedienungsanleitung: Baader FlipMirror II Zenitspiegel Der Baader FlipMirror II Zenitspiegel (BFM II) in der Praxis Der Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-) ist nicht nur ein Zubehörteil für „Experten“ sondern ein nützliches Tool, das jedem Hobbyastronomen – vor allem den Astrofotografen – die Arbeit erleichtert. Zuallererst ist der BFM II dafür konstruiert, Ihren Standard-Zenitspiegel vollwertig zu ersetzen, sodass Sie weiterhin ganz normal beobachten können wie mit einem guten Zenitspiegel. Mit dem BFM II haben Sie jedoch zusätzlich alle Freiheit, sofort - oder nach und nach - Ihr eigenes Fotosystem zusammenzustellen und das zum sofortigen Gebrauch am Teleskop parat zu haben. Das erspart viel Zeit und Nerven. Wir möchten Ihnen in mehreren Blogposts in lockerer Reihenfolge die unzähligen Möglichkeiten dieses neuen Produktes näher bringen....
  • Planetary Imaging with the FlipMirror II Star Diagonal

    Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal Using the Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (BFM II) at the Telescope The Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-) is not only an accessory for professional users, but much more: It is a helpful tool for every amateur astronomer – especially for astrophotography. First of all, the BFM II is designed to completely replace your standard star diagonal, so that you can keep observing as usual, just like with every good star diagonal. But the BFM II gives you much more options. You can create – from the beginnig, or step-by-step – your own system for photography and keep it always ready-for-use at your telescope. This will save you a lot of time and nerves. In...
  • Spectroscopy with the FlipMirror II Star Diagonal

    Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal Using the Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (BFM II) at the Telescope The Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-) is not only an accessory for professional users, but much more: It is a helpful tool for every amateur astronomer – especially for astrophotography. First of all, the BFM II is designed to completely replace your standard star diagonal, so that you can keep observing as usual, just like with every good star diagonal. But the BFM II gives you much more options. You can create – from the beginnig, or step-by-step – your own system for photography and keep it always ready-for-use at your telescope. This will save you a lot of time and nerves. In...
  • Adjustment options of the FlipMirror II star diagonal

    Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal Using the Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (BFM II) at the Telescope The Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-) is not only an accessory for professional users, but much more: It is a helpful tool for every amateur astronomer – especially for astrophotography. First of all, the BFM II is designed to completely replace your standard star diagonal, so that you can keep observing as usual, just like with every good star diagonal. But the BFM II gives you much more options. You can create – from the beginnig, or step-by-step – your own system for photography and keep it always ready-for-use at your telescope. This will save you a lot of time and nerves. In...
  • Using the FlipMirror – The Correct Working Distances

    Instruction Manual: Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal Using the Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (BFM II) at the Telescope The Baader FlipMirror II Star Diagonal (#2458055, € 195,-) is not only an accessory for professional users, but much more: It is a helpful tool for every amateur astronomer – especially for astrophotography. First of all, the BFM II is designed to completely replace your standard star diagonal, so that you can keep observing as usual, just like with every good star diagonal. But the BFM II gives you much more options. You can create – from the beginnig, or step-by-step – your own system for photography and keep it always ready-for-use at your telescope. This will save you a lot of time and nerves. In...
  • Celestron CGX mount in combination with StarAid Revolution as guiding cam

    The CGX: A Versatile Mount For Everyone! Recently I was able to work with the Celestron CGX, the Baader Apo 95/560 Travel Companion, the Nikon D810A and the StarAid Revolution as guiding system for the first time. Once again the results proved how much you can get out of a good system if you take some time to tweak the settings a little bit instead of simply working with the factory settings of the software without taking a closer look at them. To get straight to the point: I'm really excited about what the CGX delivered last night! For polar alignment, I used the star Regulus and the integrated AllStar Polar Alignment (ASPA) system of the CGX. My alignment routine only consisted of a 2-star alignment, with...
  • WHY are the QHY600 CMOS cameras more expensive than models from other manufacturers

    WHY are the QHY600 monochrome CMOS cameras more expensive than models from other manufacturers that also use the Sony IMX 455 BSI CMOS sensor? The image sensor - the heart of EVERY astronomical CMOS camera Image sensors are THE basis of ALL imaging in astronomical photography. The performance of the camera - i.e. the read out raw image after exposure - is based on the quality of the CMOS or CCD sensor and its performance. Image sensors of many manufacturers are produced in different qualities: In very high quantities the "consumer-grade" sensors and in much lower quantities - and therefore much more expensive - the "industry-grade" sensors, which have to pass more extensive and tougher quality controls before delivery. The monochrome "Industrial-grade" IMX 455 sensor...
  • The disc of Mercury near the upper conjunction, captured with the Baader APO Travel-Companion 95/580

    Our customer Jörg Schoppmeyer sent us this unusual picture: a circular Mercury, shortly after the upper conjunction and only 1.8° away from the Sun!     Mercury is traditionally a difficult object to observe. The reason: The small planet is always close to the Sun and can be seen with the naked eye only shortly after sunset or before sunrise when it is at maximum distance from the Sun. Legend has it that even the great astronomer Johannes Kepler never saw Mercury with his own eye - but Kepler did not have a modern telescope with accessories from Baader Planetarium... On August 18th, 2020, Jörg Schoppmeyer pointed his BAADER APO 95/580 CaF2 Travel Companion (#2300095, € 3850,-) at Mercury. Since the small planet was only...

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