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  • Solar Eclipse 2019 in Chile

    .wp-video {margin:0 auto;text-align:center;}.wp-video-shortcode{height:600px;width:800px;} For years our colleagues Martin Rietze and Michael Risch have been hunting for the next solar eclipse in the most remote places in the world. See e.g. our previous blog posts, some on AstroSolar.com: 2015: Solar Eclipse Adventure in Svalbard 2016: Solar Eclipse on the Molucca Islands 2017: "Great American Eclipse" in USA [br] 2019: Sonne2019: Solar Eclipse in South America As already in 2017 Martin Rietze travelled alone to the Eclipse in...
  • SteelDrive II under mac OS and Linux with TheSkyX and INDIGO

    Two new Plugins for Steeldrive II: TheSkyX and Indigo Since its release in April this year, the Steeldrive II motor focuser with Controller (#2957165, € 595,-) has become more and more popular. Already in spring we passed on all necessary data to external developers, so that they can write plugins for their software. Two such plugins are now available, see below. TheSkyX A plugin for the native support of SteelDrive II by the Astronomy-Suite TheSkyX is now...
  • New Products July 2019

      New Baader ClickLock® Clamps Baader 2" ClickLock M63a x 1 clamp (for Feathertouch 2.5", TS-Optics) (#2956263, € 115,-) 2" ClickLock® M63a x 1 Clamp (for Feathertouch 2.5" OAZ)  Baader 2" ClickLock® M63a x clamp - for Starlight Instruments Feathertouch 2.5" and TS-Optics (Photo Line) focusers with M63 x 1 female thread Consisting of M68a x 1 ClickLock® clamp (# 2956268) and M68i x 1 to M63a x 1 Inverter (# 2458236) A small rotation...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): Visual use example

    Now that we have covered the main overview of the Baader UFC system in our previous blogs (parts 1-to-5), we thought it would be appropriate to give some examples of how the UFC system can be used. Firstly, this is not meant to be exhaustive as there are many combinations of telescopes and accessories. In this blog, we will consider an example of the UFC being used visually. One of the simplest ways of using...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): The UFC telescope-side adaptors

    This blog continues our series on the Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC) system, with this one giving an overview of the telescope-side adaptors. Attaching a UFC system to a telescope may be done for example, by using a 1.25" or 2" push-fit nosepiece to go into a focuser drawtube for visual or imaging purposes, or to a focal reducer or field flattener for imaging use. The image below shows the current range of adaptors, as...
  • A stroll through Amateur Astronomy - from the Apollo Space Age to modern 10Micron HiTec Mounts

      Old department store telescopes (Quelle Catalogue) If you are older than 50 years and were interested in astronomy as a child, you'll surely remember the time when there wasn't such a broad astronomy market as today, with lots of dealers and manufacturers. This was not only because there was no internet – there were also simply no products. Smaller telescopes were rare, as there were only a few manufacturers. It is no coincidence that...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): The UFC camera-side adaptors

    In this latest blog on the Baader UFC System, we will look at the UFC camera-side adaptors. At present there are nine (9) different adaptors that will allow cameras to be attached to the (camera-side) of the UFC Base unit. These are shown in the image below. The image shows the type of fitment to the camera (e.g. T-2, FLI etc), the product code and also the optical path length (thickness) of the adaptor (which is...
  • Observe now: Jupiter is changing

    For several months now, scientists have been observing that the Great Red Spot (GRS) on Jupiter is changing in an unusual way. On the following photo from 22.2.2019 – taken by the US space probe JUNO which is currently orbiting Jupiter –  you can see that the GRF had already started to change in February and is literally "flowing out". Credit: NASA/JPL/David Marriott (https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/Vault/VaultOutput?VaultID=20279&t=1557760266) This development is now so advanced that it can easily be spotted...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): The UFC Filter Slider

    In this, our 3rd part of the Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC) system, we will look a little more closely at the UFC filter sliders. Below is an updated simplified diagram of the Baader UFC system. A general introduction you can find here, and the second part about the UFC Base here. Baader UFC simplified diagram   The image below shows the three UFC filter slider models available. More about these are individually discussed later. Baader UFC...
  • Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC): The UFC Base

    Baader UFC Base (Filter Chamber) telescope-sided S70 dovetail receptor (optical height: 13 mm) (#2459110, € 50,-) In the first part of this series of blogs about the Baader Universal Filter Changer (UFC), we gave a general introductory overview of the UFC system. In this second part, we will look more closely at the main component of the system - the UFC Base - and outline its features. In the UFC overview diagram below, the UFC Base...

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