Observatory Domes References

  • New instruments: Telescopes and mounts for Rodewisch Observatory

    The Rodewisch Observatory in Saxony/Germany has a long history dating back to the beginnings of space travel. The observatory founder Edgar Penzel was the first person outside the former Soviet Union to photograph the first satellite Sputnik 1 in 1957. With a wire ring that he bent around a school globe, he was able to roughly determine the time of the satellite's appearance over Rodewisch and photograph "the Sputnik". The photos sparked great interest at home and abroad at that time, especially of course in the Soviet Union. This was the foundation for decades of visual and photographic satellite tracking as well as astronomical observation of the sky in Rodewisch. After the first German cosmonaut Sigmund Jähn was launched into space in 1978, the Rodewisch...
  • Baader Standard Domes and Turn-Key Observatories

    After more than 50 years of dome production, we notice a steady increase in requests for details and availability of our observatories. Be it classic Slit-Domes from 2.1 - 8.5 meters or AllSky Domes from 2.3 - 6.5 meters, but above all turnkey observatory solutions. The demand for these constructions – mostly with requirements for extreme climatic conditions – has increased so much that we currently still have to name far too long delivery times.   New production facility The long delivery times, as well as modern demands for more environmentally friendly production standards have made it imperative to relocate our entire dome production to newly built production halls in order to enable higher capacities and faster workflows. The new production facilities, which are currently being...
  • Baader Custom Developments for telescope installations

    We received a question from our customer about our turn-key telescope solutions. It was actually only a short question, but we answer it in detail to show you what kind of benefit it provides, when ordering a complete telescope system from us. The question: Could you tell me what the OTA rings on the TEC140 in the attached image (from a Baader installation) are. I can see that the outer rings are the Baader heavy duty rings but what out the inner rings (inside the larger, outer rings). Do you sell these inner rings? Our answer: In short: Unfortunately we cannot offer these as regular purchasable products. In detail: these inner rings are always specially made for each complete telescope project where we supply all instrumentation...
  • 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...
  • Modern meets antique: 3.5M AllSky dome in a Greek mountain village

    Our last dome assembly in 2019 took place in the second week of December in Greece. Since this installation had a special flair as well as bad luck and breakdowns, we would like to share with you the following report of the installation. After the dome has been used for some time, we will also ask the customer if he agrees that his dome will appear on our observatory world map. The mountains of the Greek peninsula Peloponnes are ideal for astronomical observations. Here an amateur astronomer has found an ideal place to realize his dream. The dome sits on a renovated 19th century house in an old, lonely mountain village at an altitude of almost 900m with an unobstructed view over the sea. However,...
  • Baader Observatories Map - Discover our Domes

    In 2019 we reported little about our observatory installations, instead we worked on an observatory world map. It shows not all, but many of the hundreds of observatories and domes we have installed over the last 50 years. This world map will continue to be extended with new and partly even more old observatory installations. Please note: Most of the content was filled in by our customers themselves. For this reason we ask for your understanding that this content is mostly written in german language only (indicated with a german flag next to the title). On our observatory world map you can see with many pictures and information all installations, which we may present - divided into the categories Private Observatories, Research and Education, und...
  • 2,6m private classic dome in Switzerland with GM2000 QCI

    This post has not yet been translated to english, we apologize. In the meantime until we get to it, please use Google Translate or a similar tool. Thank you for your understanding. Kundenurteil von Josef Bucher Der Wunsch, eine eigene Sternwarte irgendwo auf dem Lande draussen unter einem wenig lichtverschmutzten Himmel zu haben ist bestimmt der Wunsch vieler Amateurastronomen. Seien wir ehrlich: Das Suchen nach gut erreichbaren und geeigneten Beobachtungsplätzen, der stets wiederkehrende Auf- und Abbau der sperrigen Instrumente, buntes Kabelwirrwarr auf dem Boden, leere Akkus und PCs auf wackeligen Campingtischen ist nicht jedermanns Sache. Vom Winde, der einem um die Ohren pfeift, dem Taubeschlag auf Tuben und Okularen und dem Frieren in der kalten Jahreszeit ganz zu schweigen. Mir erging es jedenfalls so. Aber...
  • Experiences with observatory domes from Baader Planetarium and other brands

    For many years now Baader Planetarium has been asking me from time to time to put on paper my experiences with observatory domes which I had to deal with during my life as an active observer and user of observatories. I finally wanted to fulfill this wish and have summarized my experiences here ... I'd like to say a few words about my background: My amateur astronomical and technical experience with classic observatory domes began in 1967 when I joined the Berlin Wilhelm Foerster Observatory (WFS). Im Laufe weniger Jahre – neben Sternwarten- und Planetariumsveranstaltungen – wurde ich dort so etwas wie ein "freiberuflicher" technischer Mitarbeiter. Ich habe dort bis zum Ende meines Studiums Ende 1987 eng mit Werner Nehls (Witte & Nehls, Konstrukteur die...
  • 10Micron GM 4000 HPS mount for DWD (German Weather Service)

    Already in 2012 we installed a 3.2m dome for the meteorological observatory of the DWD. Now the next one is to come. First the mount was delivered and installed, which now "hibernates" in a self-made protection due to the still missing dome. Later an atmospheric research device, which has to follow the sun, will be installed on the mount.  
  • PlaneWave CDK 20 and 10Micron GM 4000 HPS mount for Public and School Observatory Dahlewitz

    02.11.2018: PlaneWave CDK 20 and 10Micron GM 4000 HPS mount for Public and School Observatory Dahlewitz   At the Dahlewitz school and public observatory, an older rental telescope was replaced by a new CDK 20 on a GM 4000 HPS mount. In the next year the installation of a complete observatory management system as well as the delivery of a high-quality CCD camera is still pending. Then the observatory will not only be fit for standard public operation, but also for demanding astrophotography and project work.  

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