This entry was posted on December 1, 2020
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...
This entry was posted on January 8, 2020
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,...
This entry was posted on November 6, 2019
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...
This entry was posted on August 7, 2019Last modified on November 5, 2020.
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...
This entry was posted on September 25, 2018
In March 2019, Germany's largest Science Center will be opened in Heilbronn. After extensive construction work, the new experimenta building on the banks of the Neckar will be open to the public and offers daily visitors a varied and exciting program.
The final piece of the building is the observatory, which complements the Science Dome with a Planetarium and provides a live view into the cosmos.
On September 20, 2018, the dome was lifted onto the building. The claim to build a state-of-the-art science center was also valid for the observatory. Therefore, we are pleased that we have been awarded the contract for the construction of a turn-key dome with all required instruments for the observatory.
Although the new 6.5 m AllSky Dome in Heilbronn...
This entry was posted on September 21, 2018
The VEGA-Observatory opens with two new domes from Baader Planetarium
We are pleased to have been able to equip one of the largest public observatories in Central Europe with two modern observatory domes: In May 2018 we installed a classic 6.15m Classic Dome for the newly opened observatory of the "Haus der Natur" (Museum and Science Center "House of Nature") near Salzburg, Austria, followed in July by a 6.5m AllSky Dome. The "VEGA-Observatory Haus der Natur" offers public guided tours twice a week if the weather is suitable. In addition, the in-house study task group researches small planets and asteroids and offers programs for schools and young people.
The VEGA observatory is located a few kilometres outside of Salzburg, where the lights of the city...
This entry was posted on July 11, 2017Last modified on November 6, 2019.
Baader Planetarium mounts two autonomous (robotic) turn-key observatories
Open University - Letter of recommendation
The Canary Islands are among the best locations on this planet when it comes to observing space. Far away from any industry, in the middle of the sea, high above the haze of civilization, the sky is as clear and full of stars as most people never get to see in their lives. That's why research institutes from several countries have set up their observatories there over the past 30 years. Near Mount Teide (3,718m) - the highest mountain in Spain - the Izaňa hill is located at 2300m above the Passat clouds. It is densely populated with the typical white domes, including the most advanced research equipment for astronomy.
This entry was posted on June 6, 2016Last modified on August 30, 2016.
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Robotische Kuppel 4.5M AllSky-Kuppel aus hochfestem Glasfaser - Polyester
Dome C ist ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt der französischen und italienischen Antarktisforschung unter Beteiligung des deutschen Alfred Wegener Instituts (AWI), ausgewählt als geeignetster Ort für extrem hochauflösende astronomische Beobachtungen.
Die Transparenz der antarktischen Atmosphäre erlaubt hier Sternbeobachtungen sogar bei einem Sonnen-Elevationswinkel von 38°.
Dome C ist einer der kältesten Orte der Erde, mit Temperaturen von -35°C im antarktischen Sommer bis über -80°C im Winter. Eine Beobachtungskuppel für derart extreme klimatische Anforderungen zu bauen war bislang unser technisch anspruchvollstes Projekt, bezüglich der Mechanik und der kältefesten Leistungselektronik....
Nachdem nun einige Zeit vergangen ist, seit der von Ihnen gefertigte AllSky Dome bei mir aufs Grundstück eingeschwebt ist, möchte ich Ihnen doch endlich einige Erfahrungen aus dem Alltag mit der tollen Sternwarte berichten.
Wie man weiß braucht gut Ding Weile, und so kam der Abholtermin näher. Man bat mir an, den AllSky Dome (es ist der kleinste mit 2,30 Meter im Durchmesser) fertig montiert bei Ihnen in Mammendorf selbst abzuholen – geignetes Fahrzeug das diesen Durchmesser als Stellfläche aufnehmen kann vorausgesetzt.
Also lief meine Logistik in der Weise ab, dass ich letztendlich bei einem bekannten Spediteur einen Abschleppwagen mit großer Stellfläche bekam,der dazu noch Seitenwangen hatte, um die Gefahr des Verrutschens zu minimieren. Der Abholtag kam und in Begleitung meines Sohnes trafen wir bei der Firma Baader...