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 May 26, 2020
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...
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 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...
30 years of Baader-domes on Mt. Skinakas, right next to the mythological birthplace of ZEUS
Read the official letter by the Foundation for research and technology
Heraklion, Crete September 27, 2016
The Observatory seeing conditions are excellent, with median seeing in two campaigns of 0.7 arcsec. There are two telescopes currently in operation at Skinakas Observatory: a 30 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (this was the first telescope installed at the Observatory in 1986) and a 1.3 m, modified Ritchey–Chrétien telescope (commissioned in 1997), which is the principal observing facility of the Observatory. Both telescopes are operated on a regular basis for research and educational purposes. There are currently over 190 publications in international refereed journals which present results from Skinakas observations.
Baader-Planetarium has constructed domes for...
This entry was posted on June 3, 2016Last modified on October 10, 2016.
Hier gehts zum UPDATE 10/2016 Zollern-Alp
Sternwartenkuppel ab 2.6 Meter
2.6 Meter Kuppel - Jungfraujoch
Ort: Jungfraujoch in der Schweiz, Höhe über NN: 3.760 Meter
Vollautomatisierte, fernsteuerbare Kuppel mit Rechnersteuerung und eigener Steuersoftware über Absolutencoder in Azimut
Zahnkranzantrieb mit 2.5 Meter Durchmesser, Tormotor und Klappenhydraulik
Hermetische EPDM - Dichtungen, PU - Isolierung (Sandwichkonstruktion)
Weitere Infos zu diesem Projekt als PDF
2.6 Meter Kuppel - Zugspitze
BAADER 2,6m Beobachtungskuppel aus hochfestem Glasfaser-Polyester
Standort: Zugspitze 2965 m über Normal Null (Station am Gipfelkreuz)
Windgeschwindigkeit: bis zu 300 Stundenkilometer
Instrument: Heliostat mit 400 mm Öffnung
Seit 1994 auf der Zugspitze
Nutzung: Vollautomatische Sonnen-Absorptionsspektrometrie
Betreiber: KIT / Helmholtz Gemeinschaft
Auszug aus einer Beurteilung vom Mai 2014 - nach 19 Jahren Betrieb...
Baader 5.3m SLR-dome for Metsähovi Geodetic Research Station National Land Survey of Finland / Finnish Geospatial Research Institute Department of Geodesy and Geodynamics
Subject: Customer reference on 5.3-meter fiberglass reinforced polyester observatory dome (up and over shutter -type)
Link to the original official Test-Review PDF
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI, formerly known as the Finnish Geodetic Institute) of the National Land Survey of Finland is operating a geodetic research station at Metsähovi, Kirkkonummi, Finland (60.2N, 24.4E). Metsähovi is one of a few geodetic core sites worldwide where all major space-geodetic measurement systems, including satellite laser ranging, are co-located.
Satellite laser ranging (SLR) is a measurement technique where ultra-short laser pulses are transmitted through a telescope that is tracking a satellite equipped with retroreflecting mirrors and then subsequently...