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Only for a short time! 30% Discount on Talron Binoculars

April 15 2018, Marcus Schenk

Spring is around the corner!  What is better than seeing nature come back to life?  Whether a flutter between the branches, sparkling water in a stream, or a curious glanz into the stars: with the Omegon Talron HD binoculars, you experience nature at its clearest.

The design is stylish. Just as chic is the open bridge: helping the light binoculars perfectly handy – something you will always want with you.  And all that at an excellent price.

Save now 30% on the purchase of a set of Tarlon HD binoculars.

 

Huge discount on the entire series! Choose between 6 different sets with 8x or 10x magnification and 26mm, 34 mm or 42mm aperture.

The Highlights at a glance

  • Crisp optics – for brilliant images up to the very edge
  • Nitrogen filled: enjoy a spot-free look, even with the highest humidity
  • Ideal for any weather: water-tight and rubber shielded for a safe grip
  • Open bridge: sits perfectly in your hand
  • Short distances, around 2.5 – 3.5 meters: observe even butterflies and birds at close proximity

Make your Spring a special experience with the Omegon Talron Binoculars.  Get your hands on a pair right now and take advantage of the heavy discount!

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New, high-performance astrophotography computer, the EAGLE series

April 10 2018, Elias Erdnüß

With the brand-new models, EAGLE 2 and EAGLE 2 Pro, as well as with the upgraded EAGLE CORE, the innovative Italian company, PrimaLuceLab, is taking astrophotography into the 21st century.


Many astrophotographers use a laptop: to control the wide range of camera equipment, autoguiders and filter wheels and to save the shots you take, a portable computer is essential. All devices must be connected separately to the battery and be connected to each other properly. It takes times and you end up with cables all over the place. When using heater bands, you need ever more controls, and this creates even more cable chaos. This hardly bothers those who have their own small observatory: All the equipment can remain permanently and perfectly set up with ideal cable routes and cable ties, and everything is controlled via a PC that is installed in the observatory.

EAGLE 2 makes this comfort also available to astrophotographers without an observatory! The EAGLE 2 computers are full, high-performance Windows 10 computers on which you can install any software, just like a PC. Using USB connectors, cameras, mounts and autoguiders can be connected to the EAGLE 2, and it also features 12V outputs to supply the power for mounts, camera cooling systems and heating bands. The power supply of all the equipment operates like that via EAGLE 2 and can be set and controlled. A compact battery with just one single 12V direct current output is now all that’s needed! The EAGLE 2 is not just another device that takes up extra time every night to set up and for all the cables to be connected. It has many mechanical connection possibilities so it can be permanently connected to your equipment. The idea is to set up the optimum mechanical connection and perfect cabling once, and then carry it as a whole without stumbling or getting tangled up.

The greatest highlight of the entire system is, however, the Wifi capability of the EAGLE 2. From any terminal you want, whether it be your smartphone, tablet and even a Mac, you can control the EAGLE 2 remotely and wirelessly. On the terminal, you’ll see the familiar Windows 10 interface of the EAGLE 2 and can use it like any normal PC.

The pro version of the EAGLE 2 computer is fitted with more working memory, a more powerful processor and a larger hard drive. It is perfectly suited to more CPU-intensive image processing or other advanced application that go beyond simple telescope and camera control. The inexpensive small brother is the EAGLE CORE. There’s no Windows 10 running on this; instead, it has special software for controlling DSLR cameras and autoguiding equipment. So, the EAGLE CORE is the right choice for DSLR astrophotographers who want to use an autoguider without having to take an extra laptop with them.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new laptop for astrophotography for a while, you really ought to consider the EAGLE 2 computer as an alternative. A permanently installed solution, no messy cables, no problems with power supply and comfortable wireless remote control all speak for themselves!

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Until End of April: 10% Discount on all ToupTek Cameras

April 1 2018, Marcus Schenk

Beautiful astro-photos taken by you. Would that not be wonderful? The modern Planet Cameras from ToupTek give you the best chance, to eternalize your passion for Astronomy in the form of a photo.

 

Huge Spring Sale: 10% discount now on all ToupTek Cameras. Only until the 30th of April.

Take advantage of this opportunity, because the fantastic Opposition of Mars is coming up!

 

 

ToupTek offers an all-in-one solution: Each camera comes with the applicable software, making capturing the planetary photos that you have always wanted child’s play – crisp and detailed! New developments in sensors and electrons make a significant difference!

 

Futher Highlights:

  • Highly modern and extremely sensitive CMOS Sensors
  • Cameras for planets, guiding and Deep-Sky Objects
  • Choose between 2.1 and 6.5 megapixel resolution
  • Monochrome and color cameras available

 

Mars with ToupTek Astronomy camera

Mars as capture by Bernd Gährken. Get ready for the Opposition of Mars 2018 now!

Get your hands now on a ToupTek Camera of your choice for a great price!

Did you know? With help of two info-graphics, you will be able to quickly find the best camera for you.
Touptek: Which camera is for me? Find out here – all at a glance.

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New Skywatcher Apochromatic Refractor: EvoStar ED 72 DS Pro

March 29 2018, Stefan Taube

The telescopic lens tubes in the EvoStar series by Skywatcher have been greatly appreciated telescopes for years for both beginners and advanced users.

With the EvoStar 72, the Skywatcher now offers a dual-lens ED apochromatic refractor at a good price: You can purchase the EvoStar 72 ED DS Pro OTA for just €349.00!

EvoStar 72
The very decently priced EvoStar 72, thanks to its short design, is the ideal instrument for travel, but more than that, it’s great for constellation astrophotography. You only need a small parallactic mount with a load capacity of 5 kg.

The apochromatic refractor has a double lens made from particularly tough ED glass. High-quality glass by Schott is used for the crown glass element. Every glass-air surface of this optical item is fitted with a metallic anti-reflective coat to achieve high maximum light transmission of 99.5 %! The optical construction of this apochromatic refractor considerably reduces chromatic aberrations and creates a much sharper image!

The apochromatic refractor comes with a carry case and a sensitive eyepiece holder with 1:11 reduction. For visual observation, you will also need a zenith mirror and eyepieces. You can find these in the “Recommended accessories” section for EvoStar 72.

We will be pleased to advise you personally!

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The new Sony Exmor R sensor: What does it mean for astrophotographers?

March 26 2018, Marcus Schenk

“Where there’s a lot of light, there’s a lot of shadow”.

These words come from no less than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. When he wrote these lines, nobody had even conceived of digital cameras. And the famous poet expressed this in a totally different context.

And yet: This sentence is so well suited to astronomy camera sensors that we simply had to use it.

But how does it all fit together? And why does this quote no longer apply to cameras with new Exmor R sensors? We’ll come back to that.

100% more sensitive cameras by ToupTek

This is news that many friends of astronomy will be pleased with: The latest ToupTek cameras are up to 100% more sensitive (source: Sony) than older, conventional CMOS cameras. For recently, great things have been achieved in sensor technology. To put it briefly: Thanks to the new Exmor R sensor, it’s now possible to put even more object information on the chip with short exposure times.

The cameras by ToupTek have already been fitted with these latest, brand-new sensors: Here’s the link to the cameras.

Until a few years ago, people still preferred CCD sensors. This was because they created less noise, were sensitive and you could recognise more details. But CMOS sensors have been improved. Fast data transport and super-fast digitalisation round out the achievements. Noise was markedly reduced, making this technology interesting for astronomy.

These CMOS sensors are also referred to as front-illuminated sensors. And this is where Goethe’s quote: “Where there’s a lot of light, there’s a lot of shadow” becomes interesting. Because it’s got something to do with the architecture or the construction of the chip.

Der Front-Illuminated Sensor: Lichtstrahlen treffen auf den Sensor, werden aber zum Teil abgelenkt.“Classic” CMOS sensors

Front-illuminated sensors contais quite a few elements that the photons must go through before they reach their target land on the pixel.

First, there are the microlenses, then the colour filters and then finally the electronics. The latter were placed on the chip from above. This means: at this spot, there are aluminium strips, wires and transistors. The photons must go through them, too. After all that, the light finally reaches the long-awaited pixel.

The electronics, however, unfortunately, acts like a shadow-caster. It’s a little like what we experience with telescopes with large secondary mirrors: some of the light is absorbed and diverted.

Some photons simply don’t have a chance. They are not let through or they are simply reflected by the metal wire. This consequence is unavoidable: Less light reaches the sensor.

Sony, however, thought about how current chips could be made more sensitive. And something amazing occurred to them and which is now being used in astronomy cameras: “Back-illuminated” CMOS sensors.

 

The new “back-illuminated” sensors by Sony

Sony has taken sensors apart and put them back together quite differently. Now, the photons pass through the microlenses and then the colour filters. So far, so good. But after that, they go straight to the pixels.

The electronics, wires and transistors are located behind. The photons now reach the photo cells without being diverted. The silicon substrate is illuminated from behind instead of from the front. Another advantage is STARVIS technology, a sub-group of the Exmor R sensors that possess even higher sensitivity. This technology realises its greatest benefit precisely where there is little light.

Thanks to numerous improvements, the Exmor R sensors are extremely fast , produce even less noise, and are twice as sensitive (source: Sony) and even have higher transmission in the infra-red.

This technology has been used in research for a long time already. But until now, the price of such cameras was astronomically high. Thanks to the fall in price, amateurs can now enjoy the benefits of these CMOS sensors.

What does this mean for your astronomy shots?

  • More light in a shorter time
  • Shorter exposure times – and therefore fewer problems with tracking
  • Galaxies and nebulae can now be photographed without cooled cameras
  • Extremely high frame rates – resulting in even sharper planet shots
  • Higher sensitivity in the close infra-red range – for images of Mars and Venus
  • Brighter celestial objects often possible as live video

Conclusion:

These new “back-illuminated” sensors by Sony offer new and exciting possibilities for astrophotographers. Thanks to the lower costs the prices are low. And the gain is beautiful astronomy photographs with little outlay. But the best of all is: The cameras by ToupTek are already fitted with this technology. Perhaps, we could now say: “Where there’s a lot of light, there remains a lot of light”. At least, as far as these new cameras are concerned.

P.S.:

If you want to use these cameras, too, then go here.

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Astronomical Easter: Gift ideas for astronomy fans, large and small

March 23 2018, Marcus Schenk

You look for suitable gifts for stargazers? These gift ideas will most definitely be appreciated.

If you order by Sunday 25 March, we ship promptly and your delivery will arrive by Easter (only stock items)!

 

 

1. Omegon N 76/700 AZ-1 telescope
A mere photograph can never replace actually looking up into the night sky. The 76/700 AZ-1 Newtonian telescope lets you experience the starry night sky ‘live’ with your own eyes. This small entry-level telescope can provide both children and adults with their very first experience of observing the Moon and planets. This telescope is just itching to give you your first view of the Moon – and now for 69.90€ instead of 99.00€.
Or alternatively you can order our extensive starter set, which additionally includes a star map, book and Moon filter – all for 99€ instead of 129€.

Omegon Teleskop N 76/700 AZ-1 Set

 

2. Omegon Universe2go hand planetarium
Experience the stars without needing a star chart or book – and still learn everything. This has become possible with the Universe2go star viewer. Download the app, insert your smartphone and you’ll see constellations, planets and galaxies – with pictures and names are superimposed onto the field of view. And your personal astronomy guide will tell you everything worth knowing about the night sky. You don’t need the holodeck on the Starship Enterprise if you have Universe2go with Augmented Reality! Get yours now: Buy Universe2go now for only 49.90 Euros – with FREE shipping worldwide.

Mit Universe2go in die Sterne schauen

3. Panoramic poster of the Milky Way
The Milky Way in your own living room or in your child’s bedroom – this poster lets you enjoy a view of our Galaxy in a panoramic view that is 150cm across. The poster is printed on both sides – one side lets you float into the remote distance, letting the starry night sky take you over, while the other side shows the same photograph but with constellations and labels included – making this poster not only beautiful, but also educational. Now only 24,90 Euro.

4. Kala antique design pocket sundial
A perfect gift for astronomers – a pocket sundial designed to look like an antique. When batteries fail in other devices, this instrument continues working perfectly. You only need the Sun for telling the time. This pocket sundial also looks really classy, seeming to date from a time before electricity or computers. It tells the local time extremely accurately. Now only 39,90 Euro instead of 42 Euro.

Taschen-Sonnenuhr

5. Genuine NWA 7986 Moon meteorite
Why not give someone an actual piece of the Moon as a present? – surprise friends, acquaintances and relatives. You have the chance here of acquiring a real piece of Moon rock NWA 7986. Sample sizes vary between 7 and 14mg. This rock was ejected from the Moon by a meteoric impact and subsequently fell to Earth (the NWA in its name means North West Africa), or more precisely, fell in the Sahara. Only about 40kg of lunar meteorites exist in total worldwide and only 1/3 of these are commercially available. Only 12.2g of NWA 7986 exists! We guarantee the authenticity of this Moon rock. Now only 24,90 Euro.

 

6. Sky Publishing Pocket Sky Atlas
Small, handy and full of detail – the Pocket Sky Atlas. Perhaps you have already observed the usual astronomical objects and are looking something new? This atlas will help you locate it. It includes more than 30,000 stars down to mag 7.6 and 1,500 deep-sky objects, including 675 galaxies. This atlas lets you really extend your knowledge and experience of the night sky – for visual observing away from the usual ‘run-of-the-mill’ objects. Now only 26,90 Euro.

Pocket Sky Atlas

7. GeoSafari motorised Solar System orrery
How does the Solar System actually work? Why do the inner planets orbit faster than the outer ones? This motorised solar system orrery will show children exactly how the planets move around the Sun. And what is really special is that, in no time at all, you can turn the model into a small planetarium that projects constellations onto the ceiling. Now only 38,00 Euro.

Sonnensystem von Geo Safari

 

8. Könitz astronomy knowledge mug
Astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and many other subjects – Könitz ceramic ‘knowledge mugs’ from Germany combine fun with scientific facts. The lovingly and classically designed collection of facts combined with the large capacity of these mugs make them very popular with scientists and anyone interested in science. Now only 16,90 Euro.

9. Sega Toys Homestar Pro original home planetarium
See 60,000 glittering stars from the night sky on your ceiling – imagine that you could observe the night sky while sitting comfortably on the couch. The Homestar high-resolution 3 Watt LED home planetarium turns this dream into reality – it simulates the rotation of the night sky and faithfully reproduces how it appears over the course of a year. Two interchangeable projection discs are included that show the fixed stars of the night sky in the northern hemisphere as we see them in real life. Now only 119,00 Euro.

Sega Toys Homestar Pro Original Heimplanetarium

 

10. Daye Turner BETEIGEUSE men’s analogue silver watch – with dark brown leather strap
BETEIGEUSE in the ‘Love Planetary’ wristwatch collection is a classic design that harmoniously melds form and function. This multi-function watch is not only captivating with its dynamic and sporty look, but is also flexible and modern in its functionality. Men’s wristwatches from DAYE/TURNER have been lovingly developed in Germany with great attention to detail. The minimalist dial has its own specially developed typeface which defines the style of this brand. Now only 149,00 Euro.

If you order by Sunday 25 March, we ship promptly and your delivery will arrive by Easter (only stock items)!

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The new Atik Horizon is finally available!

March 20 2018, Elias Erdnüß

The new highly promising astronomy camera Horizon by Atik will be available very soon. This actively-cooled CMOS camera – available as a colour and mono version – comes with Infinity Live Stacking software, offering an easy introduction to astrophotography. At the same time, this high-performance camera has all the functions that experienced amateur astronomers could wish for. If you would like to take the bold step of taking up the fascinating hobby of astrophotography, with this camera, you have a product that will offer features that go way beyond beginner level.

The 16-megapixel CMOS MN34230 sensor by Panasonic is used. With an active chip diagonal of 22 mm, the sensor surface area is comparable with that of the popular APS-C format on SRL cameras. This large sensor, with a much high pixel density, is a great benefit compared with the well-loved Atik Infinity that comes under the same price category. The extremely low noise level of modern CMOS chips in conjunction with active cooling make the Horizon ideal for deep-sky photography.

If you have already gained experience in astrophotography with an SRL camera , the Atik Horizon is perfect for the leap to a specialist camera. The active cooling reduces not only sensor noise dramatically, it means that a stable sensor temperature can be obtained. You no longer have to shorten the valuable observation time just to take a few dark frames for image calibration. Thanks to the cooling, you can maintain the same sensor temperature throughout the day, thus collecting valuable dark frames for hours on end.

This camera is, however, not suitable for planet shots – for example, with a lucky imaging process – because you can only take around one image per second. If you are looking for a high-quality planet camera with which you can take lots of images per second, you need look no further than the models by ToupTek or The Imaging Source.

The company, Atik Cameras Limited, has made a name for itself in recent years with its high-quality CCD astronomy cameras. With this first step to rapidly improving CMOS sensor technology, a camera is being offered that should be considered by both beginners and professionals.

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Special Price: 76/700 AZ-1 Telescope almost 30% Discount

March 16 2018, Marcus Schenk

A photograph cannot beat a real look into the night sky.  With the Newton Telescope 76/700 AZ-1, you can experience the starry night sky live and with your own eyes!  This little beginner telescope can offer kids and adults their first contact with the Moon and planets.

Save almost 30%! Get your hands on the Omegon 76/700 AZ-1 Telescope now for only 69.90 Euros instead of 99 Euros!

 76/700 Set

 

Take a stroll across the Moon with this telescope.  It feels as if you are floating in a spaceship over the surface of the Moon.  How would it be to have a glance a Tycho?  A crate with a diameter of 90 km and a crater wall of almost 5,000 meters high.  Once, the scraps of a massive collision flew about the area, and spread the lunar stone far around the Moonscape.

Experience the lunar Mare (seas) with this telescope, as well as thousands of craters or the lunar Alps.  Throughout the year, you will be able to experience something new on the Moon again and again.  Always excited!  A trip through the Universe for the whole family.

 

The Advantages in a Nutshell:

  • Complete telescope set, including Tube, Mount and Tripod
  • Tripod is adjustable: great for children and adults
  • Simple use: Azimuthal mount with easy navigation through the sky
  • Collects 118 times more light than the naked eye
  • For observing the Moon or bright planets

This telescope is waiting for you to take it out for its first look at the Moon: Order the Telescope now or go for the more comprehensive Beginner Set with Star Chart, Book and Lunar Filter 

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Special offer: Morpheus eyepieces by Baader-Planetarium!

March 13 2018, Stefan Taube

With the 17.5-mm eyepiece, the Morpheus family is complete at last! For this occasion, we are offering the full eyepiece series, Morpheus, by Baader once more at an introductory price: You can buy each eyepiece for €199.95, thus saving €45!

If you buy the full set at the same time, you’ll save €276!

Morpheus-Okulare

The Morpheus eyepieces are the ideal complement for wide-angle eyepieces with a long focal length. The Morpheus eyepieces offer a fantastic 76° field for visual observation, but, thanks to the short focal length and many opportunities for adaptation, they are ideal for photographic uses.

For example, planet photography using eyepiece projection: Be prepared for the upcoming Jupiter season and the Mars opposition in the summer! You need a Morpheus eyepiece and the M43/T2 adapter to be able to screw the accessory with the T-thread, which is very popular in photography, to the eyepiece. The greater the distance between the eyepiece and the camera sensor, the greater the image magnification. Using an extension contact with a T-thread you can adjust the distance, but you still have to connect the camera to the extension contact. Many planet cameras already have a T2 adapter, but the ClickLock that converts to the standard 1.25-inch dimension can be used. Planet cameras are usually fitted with a 1.25-inch push-on contact that you can clip with this accessory.

If you have an SRL camera, you can also use it with Morpheus eyepieces for eyepiece projection. The large sensor of these cameras is ideal for moon and nature photography thanks to a spotting scope. To screw the cameras on to the eyepiece, or the extension contact, you’ll need a T2 ring with a camera-specific bayonet connector.

You will find a PDF with other photography tips for Morpheus eyepieces via “Downloads”. And if you’re not going to be taking photographs with your Morpheus, simply enjoy the veritable 76° space-walk effect that these eyepieces offer!

Please note: This special price is only valid until 15 May 2018. Order your Morpheus eyepieces now!

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On special offer now: Kowa BD 10×32 DCF binoculars

March 9 2018, Stefan Taube

We’re offering the BD 10×32 DCF binoculars by Kowa at a special price!

You can buy it now for just €299 instead of €429!

Kowa-Fernglas

The compact, ergonomic design of the Kowa BD 10×32 binoculars means you can observe for a long time without getting tired. Thanks to the very low minimum focusing distance of just 1.5 m, this model is perfectly suited for observing plants, insects or other nearby objects – in the garden, for example. The binoculars are made in Japan.

This special offer will only remain while stocks last. Order now!

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