Baader News

  • Observe comet ZTF (C/2022 E3) in binoculars and telescope now!

    The new year begins with a new comet that may even be visible to the naked eye Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF is coming close to the Sun for the first time in certainly 50,000 years, and on Thursday, January 12, it will come about as close to our central star as the Earth. It has been tracked by amateur and professional astronomers for several months now. It has now about 7th magnitude, so it is observable with common binoculars and even smaller telescopes. However, the currently three-degree-long plasma tail and a short dust tail fan shown in recent photos will not yet be seen visually with small optics. But that will change soon. The well-known comet photographer Michael Jäger sent us an impressive animation and...
  • December's Lunar Occultations: Uranus and Mars

    During the month of December our Moon passes close to the planets Jupiter, Uranus and Mars making such close encountersnic e photographic opportunities. However, the nights of 5th December and the morning on 8th December should be put into your astronomical diary as these dates mark the times when the Moon passes in front of the planets Uranus and Mars respectively. The moon during the course of its orbit around the Earth passes in front of many stars, mostly faint, so when the Moon obsures a planet is quite a rare event. When the Moon passes in front of a celestial object, this event is referred to as a Lunar occultation. The information given below refers to the location of Munich and the times are...
  • Baader Planetarium at the International Astronomy Show (IAS) UK

    After a couple of years break due to COVID, the International Astronomy Show (IAS) was held at the Stoneleigh Park exhibition ground near Coventry/Warwick on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2022. Our UK representative Dr Lee Sproats attended the event to represent us, exhibiting a range of our own and 10Micron products. As is customary, preparations for the event began a few weeks before the show. After travelling the few hours to reach the venue on the Thursday, the setup day, it was time to fill the booth with our display accessories and the 10Micron GM2000 HPS II mount with its hefty but extremely stable Centaurus II tripod. The 10Micron mount head, which "splits" into two parts, is stored and transported along with its...
  • Are you ready for the Partial Solar Eclipse on Oktober 25th, 2022?

    Every now and then, the moon moves in front of the sun and we experience a solar eclipse. In Europe, we will have to wait until August 12th, 2026 for the next total solar eclipse. It will be visible as a total solar eclipse e.g. from Spain, while the sun will remain only partially eclipsed from Germany. Fortunately, we won't have to wait that long for the next partial solar eclipse: In the midday hours of October 25th this year, the moon will eclipse a third of the sun's disc. Observers in the north-east of the German-speaking region will have somewhat more of it than those in the south-west: on the island of Rügen, as much as 35% of the sun will be covered, in...
  • Product News September 2022

    Neue Baader Solar Continuum Filter – now with 7.5nm FWHM Compared to the previous model with 10 nm half-band-width, the new Baader Solar Continuum Filter has a half-band-width of only 7.5 nm, which once again significantly increases the contrast. This replaces both the previous 10 nm Solar Continuum filter and, for the first time, the stacked 1¼" filter #2458392. Baader 7.5 nm Solar Continuum Filter, CWL 540nm A must for owners of achromatic refractors. This narrowband-filter cuts the spectral range where lens optics draw sharpest and contrastiest. The Baader Solar Continuum Filter lets you use the full power of your telescope. Enhances contrast and reduces the effect of atmospheric turbulence (in combination with white light solar filters) Enormous contrast gain in monochrome photography even on...
  • Baader Planetarium at Space-Comm Expo UK

    Space-Comm Expo is an annual UK-based two-day exhibition held at the Farnborough International Conference Centre (the home of pioneering aviation history) where the space sector industry meets, networks and does business. In addition to the exhibition, there is a full conference programme of lectures given by world-class expert speakers. This year the event ran from Wednesday 7th to Thursday 8th September 2022 with over 150 exhibitors and Baader Planetarium were there for the event represented by our CEO Johannes Baader, sales engineer Linus Niekamp and our UK representative Dr Lee Sproats. Our booth showcased PlaneWave and 10Micron products, our Baader domes as well as our observatory installations, that can be used for a wide range of scientific applications that include space situational awareness (SSA), satellite...
  • Baader Planetarium at the National Astronomy Meeting 2022

    The University of Warwick hosted the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July - this was the first main in-person attendance of a NAM since COVID hit a few years ago. Since the annoumcenent of the event, the organisers where overwhelmed by the positive response, with over 500 people registering to attend each day in-person. NAM2022 was also broadcast digitally to registered participants who were unable to physically attend which would allow as many people as possible to experience the conference and learn about the exciting astronomy and space science research currently being conducted. In addition to the UK’s astronomy community, the meeting also included the UK Solar Physics (UKSP), and the Magnetosphere Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial (MIST)...
  • New products May 2022

    New Baader f/3 Ultra-Highspeed Filter-Category 3.5 nm / 4 nm In addition to a lot of positive feedback after the introduction of our new CMOS-optimized filter families, however, there were also complaints about insufficient signal and resulting halos. After a thorough examination of the situation, we have now been able to identify and narrow down the problem. We have used the last few weeks to explain the requirements for the Preshift of Highspeed-Filters for the first time in form of a detailed, 24-page White Paper (at the moment in German only), and we have re-categorized all Ultra-Highspeed narrowband filters, so that you can more easily identify the right filters. The previous 3.5 / 4nm Ultra-Highspeed filters (which were advertised as having an operating range of...
  • Baader Planetarium at the 2022 Practical Astronomy Show (UK)

    At 9am on Saturday 19th March the doors opened at the Kettering Conference Centre to welcome a long queue of visitors which had formed to attend the 2022 UK Practical Astronomy Show (PAS). This was the second time that this event has been run since its first outing 2019. Originally planned to be yearly, the event had to be postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This event would be the first astronomy show in the UK since COVID. I attended PAS representing Baader Planetarium with a small stand. Preparation for PAS had started several weeks beforehand with a shortlist of display and demonstration products and associated information leaflets and a new pull-up banner. Due to a foot injury my wife had to...
  • First light for SSC's satellite tracking ground station

    In collaboration with Baader Planetarium, Planewave and Andor, the Swedish Space Cooperation (SSC) SSC has been developing a ground station for satellite tracking over the past 1,5 years. A couple of days ago, a first successful test run took place at Baader Planetarium's factory. The development is part of SSC’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program with the aim at contributing to both safer and more sustainable use of near-Earth space, as the number of objects keeps increasing at a rapid pace. The aim of the tests was to ensure the station to be as efficient as possible in generating highly sophisticated SSA data, by combining the highest quality individual components. A 3.5m Allsky Dome from Baader Planetarium was chosen as the protective structure. This Dome...

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