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SALE: The Hyperion Universal Mark IV zoom eyepiece at a special price!

December 12 2018, Stefan Taube

A zoom eyepiece is really practical: It combines several focal lengths that can be adjusted simply by rotating the body. So, you don’t need a whole eyepiece set, and don’t have to switch them out if you want to increase magnification. Unfortunately, zoom eyepieces do not attain the edge sharpness and field of vision of a fixed focal length lens.

With the  Hyperion Universal Mark IV zoom eyepiece by Baader Planetarium it’s a different matter! This tried and tested zoom eyepiece has been improved even further, and offers, for magnification factors with 24 to 8 mm focal lengths, a very good image and at the greatest magnification factor, a field of view of 68°. Unlike other zoom eyepieces, the field of view is not narrowed at greater magnification!

You can now purchase the Hyperion Universal Mark IV for just 220 euros. You save € 25 on the recommended retail price!

Hyperion Mark IV Zoomokular

In the set with the 2.25x Barlow lens you can now even save 27 euros!

The word universal in the name of the Hyperion Universal Mark IV aims to offer almost unlimited uses: Use the zoom eyepiece visually with a long focal length Dobson telescope to view the planets and planetary nebulae, or with a Bino viewer or with a spotting scope for bird and nature watching.

This zoom eyepiece is also very good for a-focal photography:

Hyperion Mark IV Zoomokular Anwendungsbeispiel

Many adapters are available for the wide range of uses of the Hyperion Universal Mark IV.

By the way: Until the end of January 2019, you can purchase Hyperion series eyepieces at a special price!

TeleVue DeLite series eyepieces at a specially reduced price!

November 28 2018, Stefan Taube

We are offering you these TeleVue DeLite eyepieces for a special price up until the 7th of December! You can purchase these eyepieces for just 239 euros. Saving you 65 euros on their normal price!

Alle Okulare der DeLite-Serie

The DeLite Series eyepieces has been developed by TeleVue as a lighter weight, more compact and, above all, lower-cost alternative to the popular Delos eyepieces. DeLite eyepieces are in no way inferior in optical quality to the Delos series, only the field of view is slightly narrower – at 62°. The lower price allows more astronomical observers to enjoy the unique TeleVue eyepiece experience.

A more detailed description of the eyepieces in the series and the ordering options for them can be found under the link TeleVue DeLite eyepieces. Please note that the special offer is only valid until December 7th. Get yours now!

5 Simple Ways to See and Photograph the Lunar Eclipse and the Opposition of Mars

July 13 2018, Marcus Schenk

Attention all lovers of nature, amateur astronomers and night owls: the night of the 27th of July, 2018 will be totally different.  In this particular night, we will experience the Opposition of Mars and a rare Total Lunar Eclipse in Europe!  It is sure to be a midnight Summer dream, in the middle of warm temperatures and mystical experiences.

In this article, you will learn about, that which you can use to observe and photograph the Total Lunar Eclipse and Mars.

Another interesting point: currently, there are a number of other planets to see. Now is the perfect opportunity to jump into Astronomy.  You will be rewarded with a fireworks show of planets.  Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn are waiting for you to rediscover them!

As the night slowly falls, the Moon will rise in the southeast.  Our satellite will look unusual and simultaneously fascinating.  Almost completely eclipsed, it will rise higher and higher.  The “blood Moon”,  which evoked fears and superstitions of death and destruction in earlier times, will be visible for us to witness with our knowledge and science in a relaxing manner and with a smile.

The highlight of this year: at a length of 1 hour and 44 minutes of totality, we will get to enjoy the longest Lunar Eclipse of the century! More information about this event is available below.

Now you can read on to learn about the 5 ways and effective products, to observe the Moon and the Planets. Let’s go!

 

1. Discover the Sky with Binoculars

The lunar eclipse is visible with the naked eye,  but with a pair of binoculars, the Moon in the Earth’s shadow becomes an especially intense experience. For an great observation, we recommend the Omegon Binoculars Nightstar 20×80.  These binos are a great alternative to a telescope or as an entry into Astronomy.  They are bright and something that you can always carry with you.  Just point the binos to the sky or mount them on a tripod.  Then you will see the Moon in all its glory and innumerable craters.  It is amazing with both eyes, as if you were there.  But there is more.  You can can even view  Jupiter and its moons as well as starclusters, such as the Pleiades or the Andromeda Galaxy.

Großfernglas 20x80

The Omegon Binoculars 20×80

2. Getting closer with a telescope

Much like a mega zoom into the cosmos: A telescope allows you to see real detail. Observe the entire Moon, singular lunar craters, Jupiter, or Saturn with its massive system of rings. However you want.  The possibilities are endless!  With a greater magnification, only available with telescopes, you will be able to see Mars for the planet that it is and not just the red “star” in the night sky.  The Omegon AC 70/700 AZ-2 is the most budget-friendly entry point.  With a 70mm aperture, it collects 100 times more light than the naked eye.  The eyepieces enable a 35x and 70x magnification, or in combination with a barlow lense up to 140x.  More details and more resolution is available in the Omegon AC 90/1000 EQ-2.  The telescope is our tip for entry into lunar and planetary observing.  With a 90mm aperture, you will be able to see many details, such as the cloud bands on Jupiter or the polar caps on Mars.

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The Omegon AC 90/1000 EQ-2 – Recommendation for entry into Astronomy

3. The simplest way to your own astrophotos

A photo of the lunar eclipse?  It’s possible with the simplest tools.

With a telescope, the path to your own photos is just a small step.  The best camera for such a task is right in your pocket: your smartphone!  Pick up a Smartphone adapter, which will keep your phone perfectly positioned above the eyepiece.  We also offer the more budget-friendly Omegon Smartphone Adapter, which demands a bit of finesse or the Omegon Easypic Universal.  This smartphone adapter is a self-centering and easy-to-use device.  It only takes one minute and you will already have taken your own lunar photo.

Smartphoneadapter

Omegon Easypic Universal Smartphone adapter

4. The right eyepiece is decisive, when it comes to details

With eyepieces, you often must separate the wheat from the chaff.  An eyepiece is essentially an extended arm of the telescope’s optic and you should put a lot of stock into selection, just as you would with a telescope itself.  A good tip would be to replace old or standard eyepieces with high quality ones, which can provide you with a significantly better image.  Excellent crispness and great contrast can be found in the Omegon LE Planetry Eyepieces for all 1,25“.  The customer reviews range from “just fantastic” to “you cannot believe it”.

The Family of Omegon LE Planetary Eyepieces

5. Color filters for better contrast

Much like a chain, the planets of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will appear to us in a line, and all after darkness has fallen, during the most comfortable time of year.  The constellation of planets is so rare, that now is the time to jump into astronomy.  Amateurs can easily pinpoint the planets and see details of each.  Polar caps and other structures on Mars, or the big red dot on Jupiter become more visible with the appropriate color filters.  Placed into the eyepiece, filters can lead to an epiphany for any motivated observer.  The Omegon Color filter set features the most important ones for all planets.  Other contrast filters or our Lunar Filter are also a helpful inclusion to your collection.

Farbfilter für die Planetenbeobachtung

Color filter set with 6 color filters

 

Other information about the Total Lunar Eclipse and the Mars Opposition is available here:

Infographic: Total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th of June 2018

Mars Opposition 2018: How to Observe Mars and its Details

 

TeleVue Mars Madness: Eyepieces at a Special Price!

June 27 2018, Stefan Taube

The planet Mars rises just before midnight and becomes the brightest object in the night sky.  Looking through a telescope, Mars will reveal itself as it nears Earth with increasingly more detail.

The series of photos below were captured between January and the end of April 2018.  They show the impressive growing diameter of Mars’ planetary disk.

Mars-Annäherung

Image Credit & Copyright: Damian Peach, Chilescope team

The planet’s closest distance to Earth will take place at the end of July, during which time the disk will appear twice as large, as in the previous series of photos!  A glance at our outer neighbor in the solar system, however, will be well worth it throughout all of the Summer months!  A requirement in a successful Mars observation is a good eyepiece with a short focal length, which allows for a high magnification.

With the theme, Mars Madness, the American eyepiece specialist TeleVue is dropping its prices on its short focal length eyepieces by over 10% during the Mars Summer Event!  – an ideal time to expand your own eyepiece collection!  The price-drop applies to the following models:

Plössl Series

DeLite

TeleVue-Delos-4mm

The 4,5mm Eyepiece from TeleVue’s Delos Series

Delos

Nagler

Ethos

Last but not least, the Nagler Zoom Eyepiece 3 – 6 millimeter.

The sale is only valid until the 31st of July 2018!  Get your hands on an eyepiece now!

Additionally, the sales price guarantee: should an eyepiece not be deliverable in the short term, you can have it delivered later it at the sales price – based on the date of order.

One more thing: all relevant info about this year’s Mars Opposition can be found on the backside of our Mars-T-Shirts:

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Get the T-Shirt – Mars-Tour 2018

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!

Sale: 20% off almost all Omegon eyepieces

March 1 2018, Marcus Schenk

Do you long for a fantastic new eyepiece?  Or, do you happen to know exactly, what you are looking for?  Then check this out! Get your hands on our Omegon eyepieces at a lower price – and save 20%.

 

 

There is something for everybody: Do you want to use the lens to observe planets?  Or something larger – 2″ eyepiece with a 70° or 82° field of view?

The selection is huge!  Save 20% on all eyepieces from the series Cronus, Flatfield, Flatfield ED, LE Planetary, Oberon, Ortho, Plössl, Recticle, Redline, Super Plössl, SWA, UWA, Zoom and on all Omegon eyepiece-sets.

It is a great time to act!  With a new and better eyepiece, you can enjoy more contrast, details or even a larger field of view!

If you are still missing that special accessory, get your hands on your favorite lens and best order today!

The offer is valid until 30.06.2018.

Explore Scientific Eyepiece Sale!

December 14 2017, Stefan Taube

We have four specially priced Explore Scientific eyepieces on offer!

100-degree-eyepiece

The 100° Spacewalk Eyepiece from Explore Scientific

First, there are three eyepieces from the 68°-Series:

This wide-angle eyepiece features a crisp view with a 68 degree field of view and is filled with inert gas to prevent internal fogging, dust entering the chamber and the development of glas fungus!  The high quality multi-layered tempered glass is, as a result, well protected and long-lasting.

In addition, we are also offering a special treat!  The Explore Scientific 100° Eyepiece with Inert Gas Filling 25mm 2″ at a price of 498 Euro.You save 251 Euros! 

With an enormous field of view and large magnification, the eyepiece will make you feel like you are floating among the stars.

The offer is valid until 31 December 2017 and while supplies last.  Get yours now!

New: Omegon Oberon eyepieces with 82° field of view

May 23 2017, Marcus Schenk

The new Omegon Oberon eyepieces have an 82° field of view and thus provide you with an outstanding free and open view. Apart from this, they are waterproof and filled with nitrogen. At less than 200 Euros they have a remarkably reasonable price tag and are affordable for almost every hobby astronomer.

Die Omegon Oberon Okulare mit 82° Gesichtsfeld

Waterproof and filled with nitrogen

You surely know the situation when eyepieces lose their shine. When dirt, pollen and the grease from your eyelids cover the eye lenses. This is normally the point at which eyepieces should be cleaned. But this is not as simple as it sounds, because lenses need to be cleaned with great care and using optical cleansing agents.  Omegon eyepieces make it incredibly easy.

Simply flush the eyepiece off under running water. And your eyepieces gleam like on the first day.

The benefits of a large field of view

Wide-angle eyepieces are the dream of any stargazer. In contrast to the standard eyepieces with a 45° or 50° field of view, large-field eyepieces give you the impression of floating through outer space. Above 70° the eye does not perceive the outer edge of the eyepiece, and a starry sky appears almost endless. The Oberon eyepieces with 82° fulfil this task even better, because here the eye can even move within the field of view.

The Oberon eyepiece series consists of six eyepieces with focal lengths of 7 mm, 10 mm, 15 mm, 19 mm, 23 mm and 32 mm. The three small focal lengths are available in 1.25″, the three long focal lengths in 2″. Any star gazer knows that sometimes it is quite difficult to find an object. A 32 mm Oberon eyepiece like this makes things a lot easier: A small magnification coupled with an 82° field of view makes the big Oberon a perfect finder eyepiece.

But also a 7 mm eyepiece with 82° has clear advantages: Viewing the surface of the Moon with a high magnification while still seeing large areas of the lunar landscape – it is just amazing.

The advantages of Oberon eyepieces at a glance:

•    Enduring: waterproof and filled with nitrogen – to protect against moisture and for a long service life
•    82° field of view: giant field of view, almost without limitation
•    Goof grip: serrated rubber armouring
•    Upscale design: anodised aluminium housing

Come this way: You can find further details on the product pages for the new Oberon eyepieces.

3D eyepieces: discover the third dimension!

August 1 2016, Stefan Taube

The use of binocular attachments (bino viewers) or astro binoculars with eyepiece connection makes for a stunning view of celestial bodies. The surfaces of the Moon or the planets, or even star clusters appear to be three-dimensional. It has been proven – and you can easily see this for yourself – that it takes two to see one: Looking through the optics with both of your eyes is a much more relaxing experience, and the processing of signals in the brain results in a much brighter, higher contrast impression. Even the colours of planets seem more vibrant.

3D Astronomy L-O-A 21mm 1,25" Set

3D Astronomy L-O-A 21mm 1,25″ Set

The new eyepieces from 3dastronomy dramatically enhance this effect! They come with an integrated Lederman Optical Array (L-O-A). This is a component in one of the two eyepieces of the set, which was developed by Russ Ledermann, the well-known optician.

This component consists of five square glass plates, which are mounted on the field lens. Used in both eyepieces of a binocular attachment or binoculars, it provides a crisp, three-dimensional image. By turning one of the two eyepieces, you can adjust whether the centre of the celestial object should be in the foreground or in the background.

What causes this effect? In this context, please read the product test report in the journal Astronomy Magazine, which you can find under the “Downloads” tab on the eyepieces product page.

The set consists of two eyepieces, which can be used in a binocular attachment or binoculars with a 1.25” connection. On the eyepieces product page you will also find a video, taken on the occasion of a meeting of telescope enthusiasts.

We will continue to test the eyepiece set in detail and report on our experiences in this Astro-Blog.

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