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- Unique Astronomical Accessories -


Welcome to Alpine Astronomical, where you will find a growing selection of truly unique high-quality astronomical equipment and accessories.    Whether your interest is visual observation or imaging of the Planets, Deep Sky, or Sun - Alpine Astronomical is committed to providing the ultimate tools.  To fulfill this goal we have partnered with some of the world's premier Astronomical equipment manufacturers.  

 

Solar Spectrum      

We are pleased to offer many high-quality products from Baader Planetarium, and think you will find them as innovative and useful as we have.  Most of these accessories have been designed as a system, enabling you to mix and match to meet your specific needs.  As a fully authorized Baader Planetarium distributor for these products, we are able to offer expert sales and support for North America.  We welcome Dealer inquiries.

Alpine Astronomical offers the full range of 10Micron HPS GoTo Mountings and Accessories.  These innovative and ultra-precision absolute endoder GoTo mountings are truly in a class by themselves.  

We also supply a wide range of filters for studying the Sun.   We carry the full line of professional

Solar Spectrum  Ultra-Narrowband H-Alpha filters and Baader White Light and Calcium filters.

 

 

10Micron GM4000,

with PlaneWave CDK20, 20" Astrograph

10Micron GM1000HPS

 

 

 

8/13 Update: Alpine Astronomical is pleased to announce the availability of the new 10Micron HPS Mountings, including the new GM1000HPS.  All 3 mountings utilize the new HPS system, utilizing high resolution absolute encoders on both axis to deliver an incredible <1arcsec (p-p) tracking error. 

 

 

 

1/13 Update: Baader's Classic Eyepieces and Sets are finally here.  Available in 6/10/18/32mm focal lengths, 2.25X barlow, and 4-position Q-Turret, as well as complete Q-Sets.  The perfect high quality 'starter set' for the planetary observer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/13 Update: The new MPCC MkIII have arrived.  The new optical design has been optimized for faster newtonians (down to f/3.5) and the larger clear aperture (44mm) delivers even less vignetting than before.   Also designed to work perfectly with the new Protective Wide T-rings (excellent for DSLRs).

 

 

 

2/12 Update: We now have Baader's new Protective Wide T-rings for Canon EOS.  This innovative system incorporates internal filter mounting with the largest possible clear aperture of 47.3mm (also available with pre-installed filters).  The precision machining and optimized design results in zero image shift from the play and wobble present in standard T-rings.

 

 

 

10 Micron HPS GoTo Telescope Mountings 

 

 

  • GM1000 HPS, NEW! 10Micron HPS system for < 1arcsec! (p-p) tracking accuracy and 15deg/sec slewing. in a compact lightweight mount.  The ultimate portable mounting for un-guided imaging with instrument payloads up to 55lb.

  • GM2000 HPS UltraPortable, Now with the amazing HPS system for < 1arcsec! (p-p) tracking accuracy and 20deg/sec slewing!  The ultimate large capacity GoTo mount for portable and permanent use (instrument payload capacity 130lb).  Ideal for visual and un-guided imaging with large refractors and cassegrains.    World-class quality, precision, and performance in a surprisingly compact package. 

  • GM4000 HPS Observatory, Now with the amazing HPS system for < 1arcsec (p-p) tracking accuracy! Super-capacity automated observatory platform.  Precision, quality and performance previously unavailable in a production mounting.  The GM4000HPS is the most cost effective solution available to professionals and research institutions.  The low price point makes the GM4000HPS accessible to advanced amateurs looking for professional level capacity and performance in a mount up to the task of carrying large instrument loads of over 300lbs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filters 

 

Baader Planetarium has taken astronomical filtration to new levels.  Baader's innovative new designs and features, together with the very latest thin film coating technologies, result in outstanding performance, efficiency, and image quality.   Baader filters are unique, in that they utilize true optically polished flat substrates.  Ultra-thin precision cells deliver the maximum clear aperture and minimize vignetting.   Ionbeam hardened coatings ensure your filter will withstand real-world use and repeated cleaning - they are tough enough to survive boiling water! 

 

Whether for visual observation of planets and deep sky, or imaging with CCD/DigiCam/Webcam, Baader filters stand out from the crowd.

 

 Planetary and Contrast Enhancement

  • Baader Semi-APO Filter,  Baader's latest filter combines properties of the renowned Fringe Killer and the Moon & Skyglow into a single filter.   The result is the most neutral and violet fringe-free views obtainable with achromatic telescopes.  The unique properties of the Semi-APO filter significantly enhances views of Mars with ALL telescopes (reflectors and all refractors), while maintaining a very natural appearance (almost no color cast).

  • Baader Fringe Killer, Featured in Sky & Telescope April 2004 Review! The World's most advanced "minus violet" filter is here. Greatly reduces the de-focused violet fringe in achromats, while preserving the natural color balance with minimal reduction in brightness!  Incorporates Baader's legendary UV/IR filtration to also make this the ultimate CCD and Webcam imaging filter for achromats. 

  • Baader Contrast-Booster, Featured in Sky & Telescope April 2004 Review! More than just a minus violet filter.  Significantly boosts lunar and planetary contrasts, cuts skyglow, and totally eliminates the de-focused blue halo from achromats. Outstanding filter for Mars, with all telescopes! 

  • Baader Moon & Skyglow Filter, Featured in Sky & Telescope April 2004 Review!  Innovative Neodymium filter, enhances both planetary and deep sky contrasts by reducing skyglow caused by artificial lighting and background glow from Moonlight.  Also acts as an RGB intensifier for boosting color contrasts of many planetary features. Ionbeam hardened multicoatings and very high transmission for maximum durability and image brightness.

  • Baader Premium Colored Filters, Now in 2" Size!!  World's finest colored filters for lunar and planetary observing.  Multi-coatings, fineoptical polish and ideal spectral characteristics make these 6 filters the perfect tool for serious planetary observation and imaging. Available in both 1" and 2" Sizes.

  • Baader Solar Continuum Filter, Though intended primarily for Solar Observation, the 540nm Solar Continuum filter also works as the perfect narrowband green filter for star testing of refractors.

 

Deep Sky Filters

  • Baader UHC-S Nebula Filter  A new generation of premium nebula filter.  The UHC-S delivers a darker sky and improved contrast over typical broadband 'Deep Sky Filters', but without sacrificing all the stars like other 'UHC' filters.  Extreme efficiency makes this filter great for smaller scopes as well as the giants.  Ideal for imaging, too (with >99% transmission of H-Alpha).

  • Baader O-III Visual Nebula Filter  Outstanding views of many emission and planetary  nebula.  The Baader O-III delivers maximum contrast and image sharpness due to it's narrow, high efficiency bandpass and high quality single substrate.

 

Imaging Filters

  • Baader UV-IR-Cut Filter, The ultimate UV and Infrared blocker, for Digital Camera, CCD, and Webcam (Toucam!) imaging (also useful for protecting expensive H-alpha filters).  Many of the very best Planetary images from around the world have been taken using this filter. Sharp cutoff and 98% transmission! Now in 36mm Round, 50.8mm Round, 50mm Square, and 65mm Square.

  • Baader UV-IR-Cut DSLR Filters, NEW!! Convert your Canon digital SLR to an astro-camera.  Baader's new ACF filters are designed to replace your camera's stock 'hot mirror' with a special UV/IR filter that retains maximum transmission in H-Alpha.  Also boosts resolution (due to elimination of the moire filter in the stock Canon filter).  Filters are available to fit most models of Canon DSLRs (sorry, no filters for Nikon at this time).

  • Baader IR-Pass Filter, The secret behind some of the world's best amateur planetary images.  Reduces the effects of atmospheric turbulence on planetary images by allowing you to capture the luminance image at longer wavelengths (starting at 670nm).

  • Baader Venus Filter,   Special 350nm Bandpass Filter enables imaging of cloud structures on Venus!

  • Baader H-Alpha 35nm Bandpass Filter,  The wider bandpass makes this the perfect H-Alpha filter for deep sky imagers with Digital SLRs and interline CCDs.  Extremely high transmission, sharp cutoff, and superb optical quality.

  • Baader Narrowband CCD Bandpass Filters,  Now in H-Alpha, H-Beta, O-III and S-II.  Baader's new narrowband CCD filters deliver outstanding transmissions.  Their sharp and narrow 7-8.5nm bandpasses totally block all light pollution and longer wavelengths, delivering the highest contrast CCD images possible at these emission lines.  Baader's world-leading optical quality and coating consistency ensures maximum contrast with no loss of image sharpness.  Available in 1.25" and 2" Mounted, 36mm Round, 50.8mm Round, 50mm Square, and 65mm Square (unmounted).

  • Baader LRGBC Filters,  After an extensive development process, Baader Planetarium is at last able to introduce the next evolution of the RGB filter.  Through the use of the very latest coating equipment and coating design technology, the Baader LRGBC filters are able to produce improved color separation, top image quality, extreme transmissions, and freedom from the reflections common in other premium RGB filters.  Available in 1.25" and 2" Mounted, 36mm Round, 50.8mm Round, 50mm Square, and 65mm Square (unmounted).

 

 

 Eyepieces, Accessories

 

  • Baader Hyperion 68 Modular Eyepieces, Sky&Telescope's Hot Astronomy Product for 2008! World-class performance and unique features, at an amazing price point.  Advanced Baader proprietary multicoatings, optical quality, and internal baffling deliver superb high-contrast widefield views.  Innovative optical and mechanical features enable variable focal lengths and use as a multifunctional projection eyepiece for imaging.  5,8,10,13,17,21,24mm focal lengths, each with dual 1"/2" barrels.    10mm Hyperion now in Stock

  • Baader Hyperion-Aspheric 72 Modular Eyepieces   A technological first - the Baader Hyperion-Aspherics incorporate aspheric surfaces to deliver outstanding performance.  Their extremely comfortable view and flat 72 wide field is packed into a relatively compact size - at a very reasonable price.  Threaded for direct camera attach for imaging and includes 1" barrel in addition to the 2" Barrel.

  • Baader Hyperion 8-24mm Clickstop Zoom Eyepiece, NEW!! - MKIII Version! Extra-Wide Field, Superb optical performance, quality, and Innovative features.  Advanced Baader proprietary multicoatings.

  • Baader Hyperion  Zoom Barlow, NEW!!  Optically Matched 2.25X Barlow quickly converts all Baader Hyperion Clickstop Zoom Eyepieces into a 3.5-10.5mm Clickstop Zoom.  Anastigmatic Flatfield Triplet design works superbly as a general purpose Modula Barlow for all eyepieces and projection imaging uses.

 

 

  • Baader Classic Eyepieces and Classic Q-Turret Eyepiece Sets,  Baader Planetarium set out to  produce a high-performance eyepiece, without breaking the bank.  The result, eyepieces with value and performance that matches much more expensive 'planetary eyepieces'.   Super-low reflection HT multi-coatings, superb optical polish and straightforward mechanics result in maximum contrast, resolution, and light throughput. 6,10,18,32mm focal lengths, 1" Barrel.  Matching 2.25X Q-Barlow and 4-position Q-Turret create the ideal set for a large range of 8 focal lengths, instantly available with a twist of the turret 

  • Baader Zeiss Abbe 2X Barlow, The Zeiss Abbe Barlow is back!! Baader Planetarium has persuaded Zeiss to produce more of their legendary Abbe barlow and incorporated the superb Clicklock eyepiece clamp.  The result is the world's finest barlow.  Not Available at this time

  • VIP 2X Modular Barlow,  Flat field, large aperture, air-spaced Barlow.  The perfect compliment to Baader Genuine Orthos.  Modular T-2 assembly and dual 1"/2" design enables visual and imaging flexibility.

  • Blazed Grating Spectroscope/Spectrograph,  The original eyepiece spectroscope.  Utilizes Baader's proprietary blazed transmission grating to deliver extra-bright spectra (up to 82% first order transmission!, 30% brighter than other available eyepiece spectrographs).  Designed for both visual study and imaging.  Perfect for educators.

  • Winged Rubber Eyecups, Three sizes to fit most 1" eyepieces .  Perfect for binoviewing and replacement of inferior 360degree eyecups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Focusers 

 

 

  • Baader Steeltrack Crayford Focusers,  Baader Planetarium brings their renowned quality and innovation to the crayford focuser.  Precision Ball Bearings run on hardened polished steel ways for ultra-smooth action.  10:1 reduction and oversized knobs enable finger-touch fine focusing. Available in 4 sizes; 2" Newtonian Low-Profile, 2" SCT, 2" Refractor, and Giant 3" Refractor. 

 

 

Binoviewers  

 

  • Baader Maxbright-Binocular Viewer, Baader Binoviewer quality and features in a new low-priced version!   Not just another 'Chinese Clone' variant.  Top optical quality, collimation, and T-2 Modularity set the Maxbright apart from the crowd.   Includes Baader's renowned Glasspath Compensator.  Numerous Accessories enable optimal adaptation to any telescope.  

  • 2" Newtonian 1.7X Coma-Correcting Glasspath Compensator, Greatly reduces back-focus needed for Binoviewing with Newtonians.  Advanced optical design corrects coma, prism color errors, and spherical aberration in fast systems, without vignetting (even with Baader's 29mm Mark V Giant Binoviewer).  Outstanding coatings and stray light baffling.  

 

Star Diagonals

 

  • Precision T-2 Amici Diagonal, at last, a super-high optical quality correct image star diagonal in an oversized 1"+  format. T-2 Modularity.

  • T-2 Prism Star Diagonal, world's finest right angle prism star diagonal.  Oversized Zeiss Prism, T-2 Modularity.

  • T-2 Maxbright Mirror Diagonal,  the ultimate in high reflectivity diagonals, in a 1"+ oversized form-factor.  The low-scatter 99% all-dielectric coatings and proprietary coating process results in the flattest, highest performance diagonal available.  T-2 Modularity makes this diagonal fully adaptable for any need.

  • Baader 2" Clicklock Mirror Diagonal, Big brother to the T-2 Maxbright.  New 2" Clicklock Eyepiece Holder for ultra-fast secure clamping!  Low scatter all-dielectric coated, 1/10 wave mirror.  Extra Large-Aperture, Modular housing, and even a low-profile attachment for SCTs. (Permits full access for Nexstar 8/8i users).

 

Solar Observation                                                            

 

 

  • Baader Cool-Ceramic Safety Herschel Prism, Sky & Telescope Hot New Product for 2006! Baader's  New 2" Cool-Ceramc Safety Herschel Prism delivers the finest white-light solar views obtainable.  New version is completely sealed and incorporates a unique ceramic solar finder.  Views are notably superior in resolution and contrast to even the very finest and most expensive glass objective solar filters and films. Brand New 3rd Generation Version, also includes Solar Continuum Filter.

  • Baader AstroSolar Safety Film,  delivers white light views of the Sun that are unmatched by any other objective solar filter or material - at an affordable cost for telescopes of all sizes.

  • Baader Calcium K-Line Filter,  Unique double-stacked hard coated filter, centered at 395nm, allows imaging of the Sun at the CaK emission lines, for a tiny fraction of the cost of dedicated CaK telescopes!  Works with all telescopes (Refractor, SCT, Newtonians).  Great for imaging Venus Cloud Features!

  • Baader Solar Continuum Filter, Unique filter, designed to transmit a specific 540nm region to enhance granulation and penumbral contrast for both visual and imaging.   Reduces effects of atmospheric turbulence.  Especially good for achromatic refractors.  Note: Use of a primary solar filter is also required (ie Herschel Wedge or AstroSolar film).

  • Solar Spectrum H-Alpha Filters Professional spec. large-aperture narrowband filter systems for H-Alpha.  Delivers amazing high resolution and high contrast views of solar disk  features and prominences.   At  reasonable prices.

  • Baader H-Alpha Accessories,  Cool-ERF filters from 70 to 180mm,  New 2X and 4X Telecentric Lens Systems utilizing the latest H-Alpha optimized designs.

 

 

 

Optical Accessories

 

  • Baader 2" MPCC Mk III Multi Purpose Coma Corrector, NEW Version! Optimized Wide-Field Design to correct Coma in fast (f/3.5-f/6) Newtonians.  Flexible design for numerous  imaging and visual configurations, no magnification increase! New Optical Design, Larger 44mm Clear Aperture.

  • Baader RCC-I Coma Corrector, NEW! Rowe Coma Corrector, Triplet Design to correct Coma in fast (f/3.5-f/6) Imaging Newtonians.  Extra Long Back-Focus to permit use of guiders, filter wheels, adaptive optics.  No magnification increase! 

  • Baader RCC Off-Axis Guider, NEW! Radial/Axial Off-Axis Guider matched to work with RCC Coma Corrector and Digital SLRs.

  • Alan Gee Mark II Telecompressor, brings a new level of quality and photo-visual flexibility to Schmidt-Cassegrain users - and  opens up a new world of wide field BinoViewing!

  • Baader TurboFilm,  serves as a precision transparent (clear) optical window to seal telescopes and optical systems..  TurboFilm is the highly transparent  base material used for the renowned Baader AstroSolar.  This material has amazing optical quality, which preserves the incoming wavefront.   Great as a protective front filter, or as an optical window for sealing open systems and reducing tube currents  (Cassegrains/Mewlons and Newtonians).  Also useful in many  industrial and research applications.

 

Digital, Photography   

   

  • Baader Micro Stage II Clickstop Digital Camera Adapter, Our most versatile  Digital Camera Adapter - with a new Twist.  The camera may be pivoted away from the eyepiece at any time for framing and focus, then returned to position with a 'Click'.  Rigidly and accurately attach any digital camera to any 1.25" - 2" eyepiece for projection imaging.   Outstanding Value and Convenience.  Even fits binoculars and spotting scopes.

  • OPFA System, an all-threaded adjustable modular afocal and eyepiece projection adapter system for Digital Cameras and Webcams.

  • Digital T-Rings, wide selection of sizes that allow you to use many  popular digital cameras  for afocal projection imaging.

  • HYPERION Digital T-Rings, wide selection of sizes that allow you to use many  popular digital cameras  for afocal projection imaging.

  • Protective Wide T-Ring System for Canon EOS, NEW! Baader's highly optimized and oversized T-ring system for Canon EOS.  Allows installation of Baader 2" mounted and un-mounted filters within the T-ring for complete protection of the camera sensor optics. Largest possible clear aperture (47.3mm).  Improved bayonet fit & tolerancing to ensure zero image shift due to lateral play and wobble inherent in standard T-rings.  Versions available with pre-mounted Clear/UV-IRCut/UHCS/H-a filters. 

          

 

 

Finders

  • Vario Finder, NEW! Multi-Purpose 10x60 Finder/Guider/Spotting scope.   High optical quality and extremely flexible/modular design.

  • Sky Surfer III, large aperture, clear window (high transmission) and integral dewshield set this affordable red-dot finder apart.

  • Sky Surfer V, rugged sealed all-metal red-dot finder.  Now with Black Finish and Now Includes Baader's new Aluminum Quick-Release Dovetail Mounting System!

 

Mounting Accessories

 

  • Baader NexStar Bracket, Featured in Sky & Telescope Feb 2003 New Products Showcase!  Convert your NexStar 60/80/114/130GT or Orion StarSeeker mount into a full-featured Go To Platform, perfect for any small telescope.

  • Modular Guidescope Rings, offer extreme rigidity and a host of unique features.

  • Baader Dovetail Bars, NEW!! Engineered to be Extremely Rigid, yet light. Mark III - 470mm (18.5") long, pre-drilled for adapting C8/9/11 and other large scopes onto Synta/Orion EQ and Vixen mounts.  Mark IV for mounting onto Astrophysics Dove08 and Zeiss Mountings.  More info coming soon.

 

 

 

Eyepiece Adapters, Rings, Etc

     (Baader ASTRO T-2 System) New adapters added recently

  • Reducers, how about a precision .965" reducer with 1 filter threads?  Or a multi-function 2" reducer with bronze clamp ring?

  • Eyepiece Holders, Nosepieces, quality accessories for standard 1 or 2" use.  Non-Marr Clamping, precision machining and finish.  World's finest Clamping Eyepiece Holders (Click lock System for both 2" and 1)

  • T-2 Quick Changer, nifty dovetail coupling system.

  • Extension Tubes, rigid T-2 and M48 couplers for setting component spacing. NEW! Baader VarLock Variable Length Extension Tubes.

  • Adapter Rings, adapt T-2 accessories to any scope.  NEW !! Takahashi converter

 

 

Optics Care, Collimation Aids

 

  • Laser-Colli, unique laser collimator with viewable alignment reticle, works for SCTs too!

 

 

  • Optical Wonder Fluid, outstanding Baader Planetarium lo-residue optical cleaner.  At last, get even stubborn multi-coated optics pristine.   Special ingredients prevent fungus and micro-organism growth! temporarily unavailable

  • Optical Wonder Cloth, Super-Microfiber cleaning cloth.  Conveniently cleans most residues from eyepieces, without a scratch, and ideal when teamed with Optical Wonder Fluid.  Superior to generic camera store cloths.

  • Desiccant, silica gel beads, perfect for protecting your scope or optical accessories from damaging moisture.

 

  • Rocket Air Blaster, delivers a long-lasting focussed jet of air to loosen even the toughest particles.  It's the highest-powered air blower we've ever used.

    

   Baader Observatory Domes

 

  • Baader Planetarium also produces the world's finest professional observatory domes.  Their domes are in operation throughout the world, in some of the harshest and most demanding environments from the North Pole to the South Pole.  Please contact us for further information.

Here's a link to an amazing video showing the helicopter installation of a Baader Planetarium 8.5mm Dome on the top of Mt. Wendelstein in the Bavarian Alps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crUN3xDHRHE

Here's a new video showing the helicopter installation of a Baader Planetarium 4.2mm Dome on the top of Mt. Zugspitze - the third dome on this mountain peak, the highest point in Germany at 2964M (9720 ft).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax8xTU7cg5g

Link to images of Baader's South Pole installations: http://www.baader-planetarium.de/team-baader/Antarktis09/Antarktis09.html

 

 

 

 

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