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Special offer: Hyperion eyepieces at particularly low prices!

October 19 2018, Stefan Taube

Every year gingerbread is the harbinger of Christmas in every supermarket. Here at Astroshop the Hyperion eyepieces play this role. With immediate effect these high-quality eyepieces from Baader-Planetarium are now available at a particularly reasonable price – and this even until after Christmas!

Hyperion

With their field of view of 68° the Hyperion eyepieces belong to the product range of wide angle eyepieces. With these eyepieces you can look at the stars, relaxed and without tunnel vision. The Baader Phantom Group Coating™ ensures high transmission, especially in the spectral range to which the human eye is particularly sensitive. The Hyperion eyepieces can be used in dual mode: They are suitable for both a 1.25-inch and a 2-inch focuser.

In astro photography the Hyperion eyepieces are particularly popular. The eyepiece cup can be removed and leaves a thread that offers a vast amount of connection options. Each eyepiece includes a selection of adapters as part of its accessories range.

We offer all Hyperion eyepieces at a special price: Each eyepiece for 120 Euro You save 25 Euro per eyepiece!

Just choose one of the seven focal lengths

or just order the complete eyepiece set for 785 Euro. You save 90 Euro!

During this promotional period, each eyepiece comes with a free eyepiece cup with glare protection.

This offer ends on the 31rd of January 2017. Just add the eyepieces to your wish list!

High-value Telescope with Many Possibilities: 150-Mm Newton with New EQM-35 Mount by Skywatcher

September 14 2018, Marcus Schenk

Are you looking for a decently priced telescope to start out in astronomy that will not only impress you right from the start, but that will offer opportunities for many years? A Newton telescope on a mount with computer control is an excellent choice!

We are offering you the N 150/750 PDS Explorer BD EQM-35 PRO SynScan GoTo telescope by Skywatcher at the moment for only €998 – a complete system for astronomy for less than one thousand euros!

 

N 150 750 EQM-35

This mirror telescope, based on an idea by Isaac Newton, is an especially good value for the telescope structure. The main mirror, with a diameter of 150 mm, gathers enough light for visual observation. The relatively short focal length of 750 mm ensures that the tube is short. This means the telescope is easy to carry under a dark sky. The small focal length is also good for photography. The N 150/750 PDS Explorer piece of optical equipment for astrophotography is perfect, for example, for a high-quality eyepiece holder with reduction.

The computer-controlled EQM-35 mount by Skywatcher is a new and improved version of the classic EQ-3 with a higher load capacity. The special highlight of the EQM-35 is the removable declination axis:

 


EQmM-35

This means you can use the EQM-35 with a telescope or as a photo mount  with a SRL camera.

You can, of course, connect the same camera to the telescope. With this telescope, you can encapsulate the world of low-light, small objects astrophotografically, such as planetary nebulae and globular clusters. If you take off the telescope and disassemble the declination axis, you can make atmospheric wide-angle shots of the night sky with a photo lens.

In addition to purely visual observation with an eyepiece, these two photographic uses offer almost unlimited possibilities – and we haven’t even talked about photographing the moon and planets with a planetary camera. This telescope doesn’t restrict the ways in which you can experience your hobby of astronomy!

You can find more information here!

Infographic: Astronomy Highlights in Autumn 2018

August 31 2018, Marcus Schenk

Autumn brings cooler weather after the baking summer and we can look forward to long, starry nights once more. The night sky has some highlights for us, which we should definitely observe, even in the months of September, October and November.

Our new astronomical infographic ‘Astronomy highlights in autumn 2018’ provides a quick graphical overview – which will keep you up-to-date and in the know about what’s happening in the night sky.

The following text provides details about the various astronomical events we can look forward to.

 

September

01.09 Aurigids

The Aurigids is a fast meteor shower, with speeds of around 65 km/s. It originates from comet C/1911 Kiess. Around six meteors per hour are visible at shower’s maximum on September 1. The radiant, the region of sky where the meteors appear to come from, lies in the constellation of Auriga below the star Capella.

07.09. Neptune at opposition

The distant planet Neptune is once again at opposition to the Sun on the September 7. Make use of this opportunity to observe it. Neptune is a gas giant and is the outermost planet in the solar system. The light from Neptune, which is 4.5 billion kilometres away from the Earth, needs 4 hours and 10 minutes to reach us. You can find Neptune using binoculars – about halfway between the stars φ (phi) Aqr and λ (lambda) Aqr in the constellation of Aquarius. It appears as a greenish disc when observed in a telescope at 200-250 magnification.

08.09. Moon near Mercury

In the morning we experience a golden rising of Moon and Mercury. Just one day before the new Moon, the crescent moon is looking rather insubstantial. Below this we find Regulus and Mercury just above the horizon – about a hand width apart.

10.09. 21P/Giacorbini-Zinner

Comet 21P/Giacorbini-Zinner is at its closest approach to the Sun and also at its greatest brightness. With a predicted magnitude of 6.5, it has become an object for observing in any binoculars. Just one day after the new Moon is a great opportunity to observe this comet.

At the beginning of the month, it moved from the direction of Capella through the constellation of Auriga and on the 10th of September it was halfway between the Auriga stars Alnath and θ (Theta) Aur.

17.09 Moon near Saturn

Already by dusk we can observe Saturn above the ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius. The planet has become a familiar object, staying in the night sky throughout the summer. This evening it is joined by the Moon.

19.09. Moon near Mars

The Moon and the planet Mars are near one another this evening between Capricorn and Sagittarius.

21.09. The fiery splendour of Venus

Some people might think that the bright light on the horizon is an aircraft’s lights whereas, in fact, it is Venus. It is now a bright -4.9 mag object in the night sky. But the pleasure is short-lived – shortly after 8 pm it will disappear once again below the horizon.

21.09. Y cap occulted by the Moon

A star occultation can make an attractive visual observation – especially when a star visible in the telescope suddenly disappears as if by magic. The Moon will occult the star Y Cap with its dark edge at 9:40 pm on the 21st.

27.09. The star 73 Cet occulted by the Moon

Star ξ (Xi) cet in Cetus will be occulted tonight by the bright edge of the Moon. The star will disappear behind the Moon at 22:15 and reappear from its dark edge at 11:17 pm.

 

October

09.10. Draconids meteor shower

The Draconids is a meteor shower that seems to originate from the constellation of Draco. The maximum is expected on the 9th. Unfortunately, there is no prediction of the number of meteors we can expect. This can be very variable from year-to-year.

The radiant is located near the stars of the constellation Draco. The ‘dragon’ belongs to a circumpolar constellation, meaning the radiant is at an optimally visible elevation in the evening sky.

10.10. Moon near Jupiter

Just above the western horizon we can see a fragile crescent moon which is only 3% illuminated. On its left, we can see Jupiter. The planet will soon end its period of visibility and disappear from the night sky.

14.10. Moon near Saturn

The constellation of Sagittarius in October is already nearing the horizon, meaning summer is long gone and autumn has long since arrived. But at dusk we can catch a last taste of summer – Saturn and the Moon meet and go down together in the southwest in the evening sky.

18.10 Moon near Mars

A close meeting of the Moon and Mars takes place in the evening on 18.10. They are only about 3 degrees away from one another and pass the meridian at about 20:40.

17.10. ‘Small’ Moon

The Moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse – so it is sometimes closer and sometimes further away. Today, the Moon will reach apogee – that is, its distance 401,000 kilometres from Earth. This makes it appear smaller than when it is nearer the earth.

21.10. Orionids meteor shower

The Orionids is a smaller meteor shower with around 20 meteors per hour. The radiant is located in the constellation of Orion near the star Betelgeuse. Although you can watch the meteors throughout the month, the maximum is between October 20 and 21. An advantage this year is that this will fall just after the new Moon, so we can enjoy a particularly dark night. The best observing time will be between 10pm and 5am.

24.10. Uranus at opposition

Uranus is one of the remotest gas giants, only appearing as a tiny featureless greenish disc in a telescope. But it can still be identified as a planet. Locate Uranus by using a star map or, even easier, by using the Go-To system on your telescope. Then you can observe the planetary disc at around 150-200X magnification.

Although the bluish planet shines at a brightness of mag 5.6, it will be difficult to locate due to the phase of the Moon. It is worth waiting a few days and observing Neptune without the Moon making things difficult.

31.10. ‘Large’ Moon

If the Moon only had a very small apparent diameter in the sky on the 17th of October, it will now be the other way round this evening. Its elliptical orbit has now brought it to its nearest approach to the Earth. At only 367,000 kilometres away, it is now about 34,000 kilometres closer to us and has a much larger diameter of 32″.

 

November

06.11. Moon near Venus and Spica

If it is a clear night it is really worth getting up a bit earlier to enjoy a golden morning with an attractive coming together of the Moon, Venus and Spica. The Moon shows as a very thin crescent, only 2.4% illuminated. The next day brings a new Moon and the entire night is then perfect for deep sky observing.

11.11. Moon near Saturn

Because it gets dark so early at this time of the year, we can still catch a glimpse of Saturn and the Moon. They are close together at a distance of just one lunar diameter.

16.11. Moon near Mars

The small separation, about half a hand’s width, of the Moon and Mars can be admired on the evening of 16 November. Mars reaches the meridian at 18:45 CET before the Moon reaches it a little later.

17.11 Juno at opposition

Juno is a large asteroid in the asteroid belt with a diameter of 257 kilometers. It is now back at opposition to the Sun and appears as a quite bright 7.6 magnitude object. This makes it great even for observers who otherwise do not usually bother observing minor planets. Despite its brightness, Juno only shows as a point, making it indistinguishable from a star. A star map and coordinates for locating it are therefore useful – for example from recent magazines or from the Minor Planet Center.

17.11. Leonids meteor shower

The Leonids reach their maximum on the 17th of November. They are the most familiar known meteor shower after the Perseids. There have been years when their meteors fell in great numbers. This usually happens every 33 years when the earth collides with the Leonid cloud.

In normal years, the maximum currently reaches no more than 20 meteors per hour. The rate will be slightly lower this year, at about 15 meteors per hour. The bright Moon in the sky will detract from the shower this year. But if you’re looking for a good place to watch after midnight, then the Moon is only 12 degrees above the horizon and will no longer influence observing.

21.11. Comet 46P/Wirtanen

The short-period comet 46P/Wirtanen – with an orbital period of only 5.4 years – is currently the most promising candidate for naked eye observing. This comet, discovered in 1948, is currently moving towards the Sun, and will reach perihelion on December 12th, 2018. It will reach its very near minimum distance to the Earth – only 11.6 million kilometres – just a few days later.

We will get a foretaste of this comet already by November – it could achieve a brightness of magnitude 6 to 7 and so be easy to observe using binoculars. It describes a relatively small arc the night sky, staying very close to the horizon. We can find it to the right of the ‘river’ of Eridanus and below Cetus from about 20:00 CET.

23.11. Moon near Aldebaran

The full Moon can be observed near Aldebaran, the main star of the constellation Taurus, on the evening of the 23rd. It is a red giant, a 150 times brighter than the Sun. The name Aldebaran comes from the Arabic and means ‘leading star’ because it appears to precede the Pleiades.

30.11. Venus in all its splendour

Venus reaches its maximum brightness at magnitude -4.7. The brightness depends on the combination of its distance from the Earth and its current phase, and is now reaching its most favourable position. Venus can currently be admired as the ‘morning star’ and rises above the horizon after 4 AM. It reaches about 20 degrees above the horizon by 6:30 CET.

Enjoy your observing! We wish you clear skies!

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New Smartphone Mount by Celestron: NexYZ

August 28 2018, Stefan Taube

The trend of using smartphone cameras for photography with optical instruments has remained steady. This is, of course, an obvious choice because everyone has this camera with them, ready to send pictures; and these cameras are always improving. The large range of smartphone mounts  has been extended by Celestron, adding a very interesting model.

NexXY

The  Celestron NexYZ is not only particularly robust; it can be adjusted in all three axes using a rotary knob. This means you’ll be able to set the perfect distance between the eyepiece and the adapter. This feature, in combination with the ease, with which the smartphone can be changed, is interesting for public shots at observatories, because all visitors want to take their personal moon photo home with them.

NexYZ-1

The clamp of the NexYZ adapter is also wonderfully suited for use on spotting scopes.

NexYZ-2

With the NexYZ adapter, we are offering you a smartphone holder with the usual clever design by Celestron.

The new Gran Turismo 81 Apochromatic Refractor by William Optics

August 24 2018, Stefan Taube

William Optics, the specialist for high-quality lens telescopes, is bringing a very interesting “photo machine” to the market with the Gran Turismo GT 81. This refractor features a travel telescope forma-factor, so it’s still easy to handle – a real dream for astrophotographers!

The GT 81 is fitted with a three-element lens that ensures high colour correction and ultra-sharp depiction. In addition to the usual high-quality workmanship of William Optics, the equipment of this apochromatic refractor is worth looking at: A high-quality eyepiece holder, pre-mounted guide scope rings and a prism rail. A special highlight is the patented focus mask that is also included in the scope of delivery.

We are offering a matching guidescope and a field flattener with this telescope. With the Gran Turismo 81 by William Optics, you’ll be receiving a high-quality piece of optical equipment for life-long fun with astrophotography!

We are looking for a translator English to French

August 14 2018, Anita Maier

Thanks to our excellent customers, Astroshop is growing every year.  So, we are on the look-out for a another new colleague, to join us with an enthusiasm for amateur Astronomy and would like to turn your hobby into a career!

We are looking for a translator English – French

Your will deal with the translation of shop content and instructions from English into French.

We expect:

  • Job experience in translation
  • Knowledge of amateur Astronomy
  • A minimum availability of 10 hours/week (we could even offer full-time employment briefly)
  • Ideally knowledge of Adobe InDesign or other layout software

We offer:

  • Interesting translation material
  • Appropriate compensation

 

Type of employment:
freelance

Place of work:
Home office or at our HQ in Landsberg am Lech or in our Munich office

 

More about the company behind Astroshop, nimax GmbH, is available at nimax.de.  We are happy to answer any questions or concerns: Anita Maier, HR, Tel: +49-(0)8191-94049-82.  If you would like to apply, send your application materials to jobs@nimax.de.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you!  Apply now!

We are looking for a Translator for English to German

August 13 2018, Anita Maier

Thanks to our excellent customers, Astroshop is growing every year.  So, we are on the look-out for a another new colleague, to join us with an enthusiasm for amateur Astronomy and would like to turn your hobby into a career!

We are looking for a translator English – German

You will deal with the translation of shop content and instructions from English into German.

We expect:

  • Job experience in translation
  • Knowledge of amateur Astronomy
  • A minimum availability of 10 hours/week (we could even offer full-time employment briefly)
  • Ideally knowledge of Adobe InDesign or other layout software

We offer:

  • Interesting translation material
  • Appropriate compensation

 

Type of employment:
freelance

Place of work:
Home office or at our HQ in Landsberg am Lech or in our Munich office

 

More about the company behind Astroshop, nimax GmbH, is available at nimax.de.  We are happy to answer any questions or concerns: Anita Maier, HR, Tel: +49-(0)8191-94049-82.  If you would like to apply, send your application materials to jobs@nimax.de.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, we look forward to hearing from you!  Apply now!

Perseids 2018: An info graphic explaining the meteor shower in August.

August 10 2018, Marcus Schenk

Following the lunar eclipse and the Mars opposition we look forward to the next great astro event: the meteor shower called „the Perseids“. This year, its maximum will be during the night of 12th to 13th August. Then more than 100 meteors will be falling per hour. But the best piece of news is: this year there will be no bothersome moonlight as new moon’s night is only one day earlier. Thus we shall even see the low luminosity meteors!

An additional advantage: the hot summer temperatures. Just curl up in the open. Lie down on a sunbed in the garden or on the balcony or just look into the sky following a barbecue evening together with friends. The weather will be just perfect to enjoy astronomical oberservations wearing a t-shirt!

This up-to-date info graphic will show you the most important information at a glance.

We wish you lots of fun while observing the sky.

meteorshowerP.S. You want to know more about stars and planets but you just don’t know how to gain information? The AR (augmented reality) planetarium Universe2go will show you the stars in the same way a personal tutor would. Just score with astro-knowledge in the future! Learn more about Universe2go now!

Dare to leap into the modern world: new design globes for your home

August 7 2018, Betty Lux

Make a statement with the trend in 2018: a desk globe as decorative object number one. Benefit from the widest range, the best quality and the most up-to-date map images!

Räthgloben 1917 Globe Light & Colour: Copper is cool

Copper and rose gold are a trend. Räthgloben 1917 created a whole new series of design globes with modern colours. Even pastels and silver are included. They easily light up every room in a smooth and elegant way. All new map images are highly informative and create a warm atmosphere with small light spots. Which colour suits your home best?

Räthgloben 1917 globe Light&Colour Copper

Scanglobe Simplicity – simple, clean, ultra-modern!

A see-through globe? Why not! That’s what the designers of Scanglobe might have thought to themselves. The US-American company with Scandinavian roots has provided globes with extraordinary quality and innovative ideas for decades now. Just as “Simplicity”, a clean, but inspiring globe with a 30cm diameter. All inscriptions and continents are silver, as well as the grid lines on the transparent sphere, while revealing the solid stainless steel stand through the map image.

Scanglobe desk globe Simplicity

Try to square the circle: Zoffoli globe Cube

The Italian company Zoffoli, which is well-known for it’s bar globes with vintage flair, breaks new ground. The “Cube” convinces with his straight lines, geometric perfection and elegance. As a decorative object in a book shelf or put on the scene on a side table or even combined with other wooden objects, this table globe is as versatile as your home.

Zoffoli globe Cube

Try out new designs and take advantage of our wide range of products online!

Total Lunar Eclipse 2018: Images from Our Colleagues

July 30 2018, Joshua Taboga

What a night! First the Mars Opposition and then the Total Lunar Eclipse.  And hopefully, fantastic weather!  Nights in t-shirts.  What more could you want as a hobby astronomer and observer?  Finally, our hobby has made it into the spotlight of the public again.  Of course, the media weren’t always strictly scientific in their reporting and there were a few questionable pieces written.  But, what are you going to do? The focus was on Astronomy and we think that is great!

Observatories received hundreds of visitors on the 27th, who just wanted a glance through a telescope.  All were excited about the “blood Moon”.  Families came and spread themselves out in the fields with picnic baskets, as kids frolic across the open spaces.  Everywhere in cities, people looked up to the cosmos.  The Lunar Eclipse was not only an astronomical event, rather also a feeling in a mild summer night… one, which will remain in our memories for some time.

Our colleagues had the chance to really enjoy the evening of the eclipse, and took a few photos here and there. A couple of images are visible below.

Menschen beobachten Mondfisternis

The first people coming together in a field, to watch the eclipse together.  Credit: Tassilo Bohm

 

Mofi aus Portugal

Photo series of the eclipse.  Credit: Joao Martins

 

The eclipse 2018 from Auerberg. Credit: Alexander Olbrich

 

The eclipse at a glance.  Below, Mars is visible.  Credit: Marcus Schenk

 

Mondfinsternis über Landsberg

Lunar Eclipse above Landsberg, Germany.  Credit: Marcus Schenk with Nikon Coolpix P900 and tripod

 

Mondfinsternis kurz vor dem Austritt

The Moon as it leaves the Earth’s shadow.  Credit: Marcus Schenk

 

Mondfinsternis auf dem Auerberg

The view from Auerberg towards the Alps.  Credit: Stefan Schuchardt

 

Stefan from consulting and Alex from the repair shop were happy to see the lunar eclipse.

 

Mondfinsternis 2018 mit dem Sternenhimmel

The Moon with Mars with a stellar backdrop.  To the right, you can see Sagitarius and Saturn. Credit: Stefan Schuchardt

 

Der Mond beim Austritt aus dem Kernschatten

The Moon as it leaves the Earth’s shadow.  Credit: Stefan Schuchardt

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