Test reviews

  • M31 in only 4,5 hours

    THE STORY: An M31 that fell from the sky The Andromeda galaxy is an object seen by every amateur astronomer, either with own eyes or as an image. I was particularly fascinated to image our magnificent neighboring galaxy with the RASA 8" - Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (#822252, € 2195,-) under a perfectly dark sky. This was one of the reasons why my way led me to La Palma for one week in October 2019, to do my images at the Athos Centro Astronómico (www.athos.org). The QHY 163M camera is a perfect fit on the RASA 8" in terms of field size and pixel scale for M31. For a monochrome camera, the Baader FCCT (Filter Changer Camera Tilter) for RASA 8" and QHY cameras (various versions available) (see...
  • Baader Photometric Filters: Dark nebulae appear in a new light

    Combination of photometric and RGB filters to highlight dark nebulae Photographing dark nebulae is a fascinating challenge for astrophotographers, often posing difficulties due to the low brightness and high contrast between celestial objects and dark nebulae. This often requires the use of different techniques and exceptionally dark skies to bring out fine details in the dark nebular structures. In this test report, we examine the photographic results and the effectiveness of the combination Baader SLOAN/SDSS (ugriz') Filter Set – photometric Baader SLOAN/SDSS (ugriz') Filter Set – photometric (various versions available) und Baader RGB Filter Set – CMOS-optimized (various versions available) to evaluate its effectiveness in improving contrast and detail, as well as enhancing them in all their colorful glory, while maintaining natural color reproduction. Equipment...
  • From Relic to Modern Observatory: The Story of my "Antique" Baader Dome

    Note from Baader Planetarium: The following article was kindly provided to us by Christoph B. for publication. Discover this 2.1M Classic Slit Dome also on our World Map Background My journey to establishing my own observatory began with an extraordinary heirloom, a Baader observatory dome over 30 years old, carrying its own remarkable history. This dome had been in the possession of Mr. Ernst Blättler (✝) for decades, who had donated it to his club, the Astronomical Society of Zürcher Oberland (AGZO), some years ago. Until his old age, he was active as a passionate demonstrator. A few years ago, however, the club expressed the desire to operate a modern dome with the latest technology, which could be remotely operated by the club members. Therefore,...
  • MaxBright® II Binoviewer at the Takahashi Mewlon

    Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/baadercom/public_html/blogs/wp-content/themes/fishpig/local.php on line 458 Takahashi is known for excellent telescopes, but when it comes to adapting accessories, they sometimes go their own way, which can make life hard for astronomers. In particular, the use of a bino viewer on the Takahashi Mewlon kept raising questions, and since we don't sell Takahashi telescopes, we couldn't simply try it out ourselves. Baader MaxBright® II Binoviewer Thus, we are all the more grateful to our customer Maiko, who was able to successfully use the Baader MaxBright® II Binoviewer with case (#2456460 , € 479,-) with his Mewlon 180 C and gave us feedback on his setup. We thank him for the information and would like to briefly present the required...
  • Baader CMOS Optimized Filters: Unleashing the Full Potential of Astrophotography

    What do you look for in an astronomical filter? Everyone has different requirements and goals and with a myriad of filters available today; how do you choose the right filters to unleash the full potential of Astrophotography? In this blog our customer Ian Aiken gives some high level advice on what to look for when choosing a filter, coupled with reasoning why he choose the Baader's CMOS-Optimized LRGB and Ultra Narrowband f/2 filters, along with example LRGB and SHO images taken with these filters on his Celestron RASA 11 from his Bortle 7 suburban location. New CMOS-optimized Baader filters Blog Post by Ian Aiken: I live in the North East of England in the United Kingdom, which experiences a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild...
  • The Baader Planetarium UFC Design-Guide

    The Universal Filter Changer (UFC) system with its solid mechanics and high flexibility has found a large user base worldwide. Nevertheless, there are always applications that are not covered by the adapters available to date. Therefore, we receive requests for technical drawings from our customers again and again. In the course of further development of our products, we are now pleased to be able to provide the UFC Design Guide. This design guide contains technical drawings with all the relevant dimensions you need to make your own adapters for both sides of the UFC - be it S70 ring dovetail connection on the telescope- side or the eyepiece/camera-side adaptation: UFC Design-Guide: Camera-side UFC adapterDownload as PDF UFC Design-Guide: Telescope-side UFC adapterDownload as PDF This means...
  • Field report: „Baader SunDancer II Telecentric System TZ-4S“

    Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/baadercom/public_html/blogs/wp-content/themes/fishpig/local.php on line 458 This summer we provided our customer Mr. Rüdiger Proske with the new Baader SunDancer II Telecentric System TZ-4S (#1363080 , € 385,-) for a comparison test with the longer TZ-4. Most interesting was the question how the TZ-4S, which was primarily designed for the SunDancer II H-alpha filter, harmonizes with his large SolarSpectrum H-alpha filter. We are very happy about his very positive conclusion and his field report. Please read the detailed report of Mr. Rüdiger Proske here: In June 2023 I was offered the opportunity to test the new "Baader SunDancer II Telecentric System TZ-4S" (short TZ-4S) for the upcoming market launch. Since I had already been working with the classic, long...
  • Focus on the Sun: Can the Baader SC-Triband replace a large refractor?

    Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/baadercom/public_html/blogs/wp-content/themes/fishpig/local.php on line 458 Our customer Mr. Karrer uses the 9.25" Triband-SCT - Schmidt-Cassegrain-based Multi-Purpose-Telescope, for Sun and Deep Sky (#2301003 , € 4810,-) . With his fantastic images Mr. Karrer proves that a SC telescope can keep up with the best refractors in solar photography. We are truely impressed – high-res images which compete with well-known professional observatories. Read here the detailed field report of Mr. Michael Karrer about the Baader Triband SC 9.25": I own the Baader 9.25 triband SC telescope now since august 2022, but I'm still not using it often enough. Last May, a calm weather phase was coming and I decided to to start working later in the morning than usual and...
  • First images with the TEC200FL

    Notice: Trying to get property of non-object in /home/baadercom/public_html/blogs/wp-content/themes/fishpig/local.php on line 458 The following statement and pictures were sent to us by our customer Bernhard Hubl. Hello astrophotographers, I am pleased to present to you today the First Light with the QHY 268M on the TEC APO 200 FL. The planetary nebula Abell 12 is perfect for testing the combination of optics, camera and filter in terms of star formation, halos, reflections and sharpness. It is not without reason that Abell 12 has the nickname "Hidden planetary nebula". This faint PN is hidden in the halo of the 4 mag bright star Mu Orionis. Only if all optical components work perfectly together and of course the seeing is favourable, this PN can be imaged well....
  • First Impression of the new Baader Calcium-Filter

    In the spring of 2022, I had the chance to give my opinion on a couple of prototypes of a possible successor to the K-Line filter. The calcium line (CaK) was the only part of the solar spectrum that I had not yet covered with my solar setup. This absorption line is indeed somewhat exotic, and the required filters are not very widely distributed. The familiar sight of the white-light (continuum) Sun through a Herschel prism or astrosolar film is probably well-known to everyone who has ever tried solar observation. White light is the cheapest and easiest part of observing the sun - in the simplest case, this can even be done by projection as with the . I have used this part of solar...

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