Baader News

  • Ready for the Moon?

    50 years ago, all eyes were focused on the Moon: With the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969, humans landed on the Moon for the first time. Since then, numerous unmanned probes have explored the Earth's satellite, and ever larger telescopes are looking into the depths of space. Today, amateur astronomers can use equipment which was half a century ago hardly imaginable even for professional astronomers. While colorful images of distant galaxies are common...
  • C14 Edge-HD f/11 with 12.000mm focal length - "Mission Impossible" accomplished?

    Theory becomes Reality! Last weekend, on the 17th of February 2019, it seems I achieved my "mission impossible". With my C14 Edge HD f/11 and the Baader FFC 3x (on a 10Micron GM 2000 HPS mount) I was close to 12.000 mm (12 meters!) focal length. Myself and Baader Planetarium optimized my C14 Edge HD to dive into this performance. It looks just like a photo: Is a 4K / 30fps video live and in real...
  • Hurry up to observe Comet C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto!

    One more fine comet for binoculars As soon as comet Wirtanen has gone on distance to Earth, C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto enters the stage. It passes through the constellations of Leo, Cancer and Gemini and is currently visible all night long. The comet Iwamoto is just below the limit of perceptibility with the naked eye, and a small pair of binoculars will easily show it. It is an ideal target for astrophotographers. Unfortunately, the waxing moon...
  • Now available: Steeldrive II motor focuser with Controller

      UPDATE 09.04.2018: Steeldrive II Motorf focuser with Controller and accessories is now available. Detailed manuals, Sotware SteelGo II and videos can be found on our product page. We are pleased to present you the new Steeldrive II motor focuser with Controller (#2957165, € 595,-) !   After having presented the prototype of the Steeldrive II motor focuser with controller at the AME Show in Germany last September, the first production run is now almost...
  • 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...
  • Baader Highspeed Filters – and why different f/ratios require special filters

    We have received the following question on our Narrowband (and f/2 Highspeed) filters: I understand that narrow-band filters suffer shifts of the passband for light rays that come in at an angle. Is that why they are good to a certain f-ratio and why you offer different filters for fast optics (how do they work? are they actually de-tuned to have the correct passpand at a different average angle?)? I would like to ask whether...
  • First images of comet 46P/Wirtanen with RASA 8

    The Comet 46P/Wirtanen approaches the earth and becomes brighter and brighter. Latest estimates (December 3rd) are about 5m, so theoretically it should be visible with the naked eye. However, its brightness is distributed over a full moon size in the sky, thus the surface brightness is low. To see such a special comet you need a very dark sky. And to be able to photograph it, suitable optics with high light intensity and short focal...
  • New Products November 2018

    New Hyperion-Zoom Adapters Four Zero-length thread reducing pieces with zero optical length One M54/M53 connecting ring for Kowa Spotting Scopes (#2454836) Manufactured as an adapter to adapt our Hyperion Universal Zoom Mark IV to (almost) any spotting scopes and telescopes – but also versatile for other applications. 2"a / T-2i Zero-length reducing piece (#2454833) Converts any 2" (SC) female thread into a M41.5 x 1 female thread - without extending the optical length Initially manufactured...
  • TEC 300 VT: unique instrument for sky surveillance

    Wtih the TEC-VT 300mm / 7deg Widefield Houghton-Terebizh Telescope (#1351140) , TEC has created a unique instrument for sky surveillance. Thanks to the aperture ratio of f/1.44 and a flat image field of 52mm, large parts of the sky can be photographed very quickly in high resolution. These special features are now used by a project on the famous Mt. Palomar in California, where a TEC VT 300 scans the northern starry sky every night...
  • APOD: M33 - Triangulum Galaxy taken with Planewave CDK14

    Impressive Image, taken with PlaneWave CDK14, chosen as APOD (27. September 2018) Convince yourself of the incredible resolution   The small, northern constellation Triangulum harbors this magnificent face-on spiral galaxy, M33. Its popular names include the Pinwheel Galaxy or just the Triangulum Galaxy. M33 is over 50,000 light-years in diameter, third largest in the Local Group of galaxies after the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), and our own Milky Way. About 3 million light-years from the Milky...

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