Test reviews

  • Celestron CGX mount in combination with StarAid Revolution as guiding cam

    The CGX: A Versatile Mount For Everyone! Recently I was able to work with the Celestron CGX, the Baader Apo 95/560 Travel Companion, the Nikon D810A and the StarAid Revolution as guiding system for the first time. Once again the results proved how much you can get out of a good system if you take some time to tweak the settings a little bit instead of simply working with the factory settings of the software without taking...
  • The disc of Mercury near the upper conjunction, captured with the Baader APO Travel-Companion 95/580

    Our customer Jörg Schoppmeyer sent us this unusual picture: a circular Mercury, shortly after the upper conjunction and only 1.8° away from the Sun!     Mercury is traditionally a difficult object to observe. The reason: The small planet is always close to the Sun and can be seen with the naked eye only shortly after sunset or before sunrise when it is at maximum distance from the Sun. Legend has it that even the...
  • 1st Light with the QHY600 EB: a first field report

    Darkness Became Light! ... A Quantum Leap in 36 x 24mm at 61.1MP? In recent years, color cameras have become increasingly popular. A reversal of the trend is not to be expected. One reason for this is the ability to capture weak structures in deep-sky objects even with moderate exposure times. Developments in CMOS sensors and recently the BSI sensor technology have played a decisive role in this. In addition, both quantum efficiency (QE) and...
  • Field test of MaxBright® II Binoviewer by William A. Paolini

    William "Bill" Paolini has been actively involved in optics and amateur astronomy for more than 50 years, and is author of the popular book: : Choosing and Using Astronomical Eyepieces We appreciate the positive feedback we have received so far. The Baader MaxBright® II Binocular with case (#2456460, € 425,-) incorporates the knowledge aquired during thirty years of building astronomical binoviewers. It closes the gap between cheaper entry-level binoviewers and our high-end Mark V Giant...
  • The First Impression: RASA 8 With ATIK Horizon Colour Camera

    RASA 8 – The family is complete – First Impressions Here is a firsthand report by Christoph Kaltseis about his work with the RASA 8 and an ATIK Horizon colour camera. On the ATT fair I was asked by the company Baader if I'd like to test the newly announced RASA 8" - Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (#822252 € 2.195,-) . I've been using both the RASA 11" - Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph (#822250, € 4495,-) and...
  • RASA 8: Test Report with mit Fujifilm X-T3 - Sebastian Voltmer

    The RASA 8 already proved itself as practical and easy to operate in the first tests. Without annoying mirror shifting I could focus the camera (Fujifilm X-T3) within one minute. Thanks to the very fast f-ratio of the RASA 8, it is even possible to focus on average bright stars in the field of view, without having to point the telescope at a bright star. No collimation was necessary after unpacking and mounting the instrument...
  • RASA 8-EXTREME: Images by Michael Jäger – with CCD-camera and f/2 Highspeed-Filter

      Before the sales launch of new high-end telescopes, the first models go to experienced testers who check them for their possibilities and weaknesses. We asked Michael Jäger, one of the most successful comet hunters and photographers, to test the RASA 8" - Rowe-Ackermann Schmidt Astrograph. Such a fast telescope with short focal length and large field of view is perfect especially for sky surveillance. Together with the telescope, Michael Jäger also received a filter...
  • The Encke Gap in Saturn’s ring system - imaged with only 17" aperture

    On 28 July 2018 around 22:00 UTC we obtained the best image of the planet Saturn so far. It was taken through the 17" Planewave Astrograph of the Rooisand Observatory in Namibia. The imaging camera was a ZWO ASI 290M with 2.9 µm pixel size. The primary focal length of the telescope was extended by a factor of 1.7 with a Baader Q-Turret Barlow lens element, the equivalent focal length was about 5 meters. A...
  • Hints + tricks for high-resolution lunar and planetary photography with Baader Planetarium accessories

    Hints + tricks for high-resolution lunar and planetary photography with "lucky imaging technique" and a video camera - a short workflow for Schmidt Cassegrain telescopes and Baader Planetarium accessories Pictures often say more than a thousand words ... ... again and again I am asked how I make my highresolution lunar and planetary shots. Therefore, here is a brief description of the equipment and following a few hints + tricks to the "workflow" for shooting...
  • Detailed Customer Review on CDK 17" PlaneWave Astrograph

    Dear Mr. Baader, I am happy to comply with your request and share with you my criteria that led to the purchase of the 17 inch telescope from  Planewave, and following my experience with this telescope. Since this was a rather complex topic, please forgive the long text and its extent , which certainly clearly exceeds a "normal" customer judgment. Download: detailed review on CDK 17" PlaneWave Astrograph (pdf-file) Decision criterions for the choice of...

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