Turn-key Domes

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.  
  • PlaneWave CDK 700 and 10Micron GM 4000 HPS with Baader APO 193 for Schaffhausen Observatory

    One of our largest recent (non-dome) projects. The assembly was very exciting, because first a crane failed and had to be replaced by its "big brother". Now, however, the Schaffhausen Observatory has been equipped with the latest technology: A PlaneWave CDK 700 reflector telescope and a 10 Micron GM 4000 HPS mount with Baader Presto APO 193 / 1450 CaF2 and Solar Spectrum H-alpha filters. Another PlaneWave CDK 700 will follow next year. You can read more about the installation on the right in the newspaper report (german only) as well as on www.toponline.ch    
  • 3.2m Classic (ECO) Dome with CDK 17" and GM 3000 HPS for EGN observatory

    Dome version Classic Dome (ECO) Dome size 3,2 Meter Institute Einstein Gymnasium Neuenhagen Electronics Remote operation, rain- and cloud-sensor, AllSky camera, Emergency closure and much more Software Maxim DL Pro Telescope(s) PlaneWave CDK 17 mit TEC APO 140 ED Mount(s) 10Micron GM 3000 HPS auf modaler Baader Stahlsäule Activities Schulveranstaltungen, Deep-Sky Built in year 2017 Website https://egnsternwarte.wordpress.com Our 3.2m observatory dome shines from afar in full splendour above the treetops of the garden city Neuenhagen. Ee created the following video of the dome assembly by the Team Baader Planetarium in August 2017, as well as wrote a report on our web page (in German language): https://egnsternwarte.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/die-kuppel-ist-da/ In September 2018 followed the installation of the Baader Modal Steel Pillar for big mounts (#2451220, € 2250,-) ,...
  • Telescope installations in November and Dezember

    It does not always have to be a dome installation... For many years we have also had various other major projects, some of which were presented on our websites very little to not at all. We would like to present three current projects to you, in which we have installed large mounts, pillars and/or telescopes from 10Micron, PlaneWave and Baader Planetarium – integrated into existing (or still to be built) protective structures.   12.12.2018: PlaneWave CDK 700 and 10Micron GM 4000 HPS with Baader APO 193 for Schaffhausen Observatory   One of our largest recent (non-dome) projects. The assembly was very exciting, because first a crane failed and had to be replaced by its "big brother". Now, however, the Schaffhausen Observatory has been equipped with the latest...

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