Baader News

  • New Instruments for the „Bruno H. Bürgel“ Observatory in Sohland

    The "Bruno H. Bürgel" Observatory in Sohland, Germany was built by two amateur astronomers in the 1950s. It is named after a "worker-astronomer" who proved nearly a hundred years ago that a formal education is not necessarily required to conduct scientific work and achieve success. Today, the observatory is still operated by a society of dedicated amateur astronomers who take great joy in sharing their passion for astronomy with both young and old during guided tours. They also emphasize personal, hands-on experience, particularly in astrophotography, under the dark skies of Lusatia. As a result, there has long been a desire to acquire a modern telescope setup that can also be controlled via the internet and from the observatory's lecture hall. Discover this observatory also on...
  • Solar Eclipses 2024

    For years our colleagues have been hunting for the next solar eclipse in the most remote places in the world. See e.g. our previous blog posts on AstroSolar.com: 2015: Solar Eclipse Adventrue in Svalbard 2016: Solar Eclipse on the Molucca Islands 2017: "Great American Eclipse" 2019: Solar Eclipse in Chile We can look forward to two solar eclipses in 2024! Total Solar Eclipse in America on April 8th, 2024 Map of the eclipse on April 8th, 2024. Source: wikipedia.org Observers in Central and North America can look forward to a total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024. It will start in the western Pacific; then the moon's shadow will move fast to the north-east. It will cross Mazatlan in Mexico and the Niagara Falls on...
  • A quick look at the sky in 2024

    As we are now into 2024 we thought it would be interesting to give you a quick summary of the year ahead in our sky. Equinoxes and Solstices The Earth’s seasons change on four specific days each year. We have two solstices where the Sun appears to be at its lowest and highest points in the sky in December and June respectively, and two equinoxes where the length of day and night are similar in April and September. The equinox and solstice dates for 2024 are: March 20 - Spring Equinox: Occurs at 03:06 UTC and is the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (autumnal equinox). June 20 - Summer Solstice: Will take place at 20:51 UTC and is...
  • Event review in 2023

    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...
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize Award for the Open University UK

    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...
  • Observe comet 12p/Pons-Brooks now     

    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...
  • Product news July 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 5-year warranty...
  • Baader Planetarium and 10Micron at the Practical Astronomy Show UK

    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...
  • Product News: March 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 Single filter...
  • Baader Planetarium at European AstroFest London 2023

    The European AstroFest returned to its usual London home last weekend, the first since 2020 which took place just before the start of the global pandemic. This two day event was held at the Kensington Conference and Events Centre on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February. The event featured 3 floors of exhibition space showing the latest astro-gear from a range of suppliers and retailers. Over the two day event a total of 16 talks were given by astronomers and space scientists, including historian Professor Allan Chapman and Queen lead guitarist (and astronomer) Brian May. Baader Planetarium were invited to be part of the event by Dr Simon Bennett and Elena Kostyaeva from The Widescreen Centre and our UK representative attended on our behalf. We...

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