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Only until the end of August: 6″ triplet carbon-fibre apochromat almost 800€ cheaper.

May 2 2019, Marcus Schenk

Bags of light, high resolution and pin-sharp stars: This Omegon 150mm aperture triplet apochromat provides you with a truly excellent image – clearly exceeding the performance of a reflecting telescope. The benefit to you – superb high-contrast observing. And astronomy photos that will delight both yourself and others.

One-off special offer for your dream apochromat – Purchase this Omegon 150/1500mm carbon-fibre triplet now for only 4999€ – saving you 791€!

 

Carbon APO

 

The advantages in a nutshell

  • ED glass triplet design apochromat – with 150mm aperture and 1000mm focal length
  • multi-coating – for high contrast and pinpoint star images
  • simple camera alignment – 360°, 2x rotatable 3″ focuser
  • carbon-fibre OTA – rigid and durable design
  • sturdy tube-ring clamps plus case included

This 6″ carbon-fibre triplet apochromat comes in two versions

  1. Omegon Pro APO 6″ ED triplet carbon-fibre OTA now for only 4999€
  2. Omegon Pro APO 6″ ED triplet carbon-fibre OTA with field flattener now for only 5199€

 

You can also request a test report for your apochromat – for a certificate demonstrating the high quality of this telescope.

Testprotokoll des Omegon APO Triplet 150/1000mm

Perfect for ambitious amateur astronomers, clubs and observatories – buy your apochromat now. Or let our experts advise you.

This special offer is valid until 31.08.2019.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen: How to See the Christmas Comet

December 5 2018, Marcus Schenk

After quite a while, we are finally going to get another visitor…. from SPACE!  The comet 46P/Wirtanen will approach Earth, becoming brighter and brighter, and will be visible to the naked eye.  But, a look through binoculars or telescope truly allows you to take in the comet’s beauty.  The best time to see the comet is between the beginning of December and the 25th of December.

 

This photo was taken with a Celestron Teleskop Astrograph S 203/400 RASA 800 OTA.  © Michael Jäger. Thanks to Celestron, who made the photo available to us.

A Comet with the Naked Eye?

46P/Wirtanen is a short-period comet which takes 5.5 years to come back around for another visit.  This December, however, is a special visit, since the comet will appear especially bright in the night sky.  If all goes as planned, Wirtanen’s brightness could reach the 3rd class and be easily visible to the naked eye, or better yet with a pair of binos.

 

If you haven’t yet seen a comet, then now is the right time!  A bright comet is one of the most enjoyable experiences in Astronomy.

 

Why will the comet be 160,000 times brighter?

So, what is so special about it? Only every few years, we have the pleasure of seeing a comet with the naked eye.  The last occurrence was 2014/15, when comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) was visible to the naked eye for a short while at the end of the year.

Wirtanen has always been a weak comet.  But this year, we get a nice year-end present: excellent positioning.  As a result of a course correction, after a close encounter with the gas giant Jupiter, the comet’s orbit around the sun is now significantly closer to our star.  At the same time, the Earth is much closer to the comet’s orbit, making it appear brighter.  As a comparison: when discovered, 46P/Wirtanen was at a brightness of 16 mag.  When it passes by Earth, it will appear 160,000 times bright at 3 mag.

When and where can we see it?

Wirtanen will be visible in the evening sky throughout December.  On the 12th of December, it will reach its closest position to the Sun and on the 16th its closest position to the Earth at only 11 million km, roughly 30 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon.  Exactly at the point, in the evening of the 16th, the comet will reach its brightest point from Earth’s perspective, the so called perigee between the Pleiades and the Hyades.

The biggest obstacle will be the Moon spoiling the party and obscuring our view of the night sky and Wirtanen.  In the early morning hours, after the Moon sets, you will be able to catch a bit of the comet before it disappears below the horizon.

 

Find yourself a dark place

But wait, didn’t we say that the comet should be visible to the unaided eye?  Stars of a similar magnitude will also be visible, even when the Moon is bright in the sky.  Yes, but the magnitude of the comet is spread across a surface – the comet’s coma of roughly 0.5°.  As a comparison: that means the entire diameter of the Moon.  To get the best view, you should try to find a dark sport, away from man-made light, and wait until the Moon is out of the way.

Have a look first right after dusk.  At the beginning of December, the comet will hug the horizon, but climb higher and higher in the sky with each day.  On the 10th of December, it will arrive at the head of the Cetus or whale constellation and makes its way to Taurus.

From the 24th onward, you will be able to see the comet before the Moon rises in the sky. 46P/Wirtanen will then be found close to the star Capella in the constellation Auriga.  The early evening hours will give you the best chance of seeing it.  In the following days, the Moon will rise later and lunar-free periods will grow longer.

Better yet, get yourself some binoculars or a telescope

With binos or a telescope, the comet will appear much more impressive.  Take the time to check out the large green coma and if you have a telescope, even the little tail.  By the way: an excellent thing to have on hand is a pair of Omegon Wide-field Binoculars.

Take the chance now and check out, what some are calling “the Christmas Comet”.  Clear skies and have fun!

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.

Einsteigerteleskop

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

 

Sale: 20% Discount on all Omegon Filters

July 2 2018, Marcus Schenk

Just in time for the Mars Opposition: 20% discount on all Omegon Filters, filter wheels and even solar filters!

The opportunity is perfect, because color or contrast filters will reveal wonderful details on Mars and of course on the other planets.
Just imagine, how easy it would be to switch filters with a filter wheel, so you can see all the particular details!

Of course, diverse Nebula filters are available at an affordable price! A look into your own eyepiece case is worth it.

The Filter Sale runs until the 30th of September

To get a better view of what’s in the heavens, check out our filter selection now.  Such an affordable selection of accessories is rare.  After the 30th of September, the original pricing will apply.

The low-priced assortment at a glance:

Mood and Polar filters
Color filters in 2“ and 1,25“
Filter Wheels and Filter Sliders for a quick switch between filters
Solar Filters
Nebela Filters in 2“ and 1,25“ (ProFilter with individual transmissions protocols from Germany)

Click here for the complete assortment of Omegon filters.

Special offer – Omegon 130/920 EQ-2 telescope

June 1 2018, Marcus Schenk

Beginners take note – the Omegon 130/920 EQ-2 telescope is now available at a special low price. This is an ideal opportunity of fulfilling your dream of getting started in astronomy.

This Newtonian telescope has a 130mm aperture, collecting 344 times as much light as the naked eye alone. Explore lunar craters, Saturn with its ring system and even some of the brighter deep sky objects which are many light-years away. This is a telescope for all astronomy fans with an inquiring mind.

You can now save 50€ when purchasing. We have reduced the telescope from 249€ to just 199€ – but only until the end of July 2018 and only while stocks last!

The advantages in a nutshell
• OTA with 130mm aperture and two eyepieces for getting started immediately
• red dot finder for easily locating astronomical objects
• 1.25″ focuser, taking all standard 1.25″ eyepieces and filters
• a sharp image – adjustment screws on main and secondary mirrors
• EQ-2 mount and tripod – follow the stars using the slow-motion controls on this equatorial mount, by keeping objects in the field of view despite the Earth’s rotation.

If you do not want to be bothered with all the fuss about getting started, then simply enjoy the advantages of our telescope set. The Omegon 130/920 EQ-2 is also available with a planisphere and beginner’s book – so you can become familiar with the night sky through your telescope step-by-step. It’s a lot easier than you may think!

Why not grab your set now and get started observing the treasures of the night sky soon?

ScopeDome: Educational observatory for a Romanian secondary school

May 22 2018, Marcus Schenk

Virgin forests, vast landscapes and fantastic views. And right in the middle of it: a brand-new observatory for a school. Our latest dome project takes us to Romania to the town of Baia Mare.

This mining town is situated in the north of Romania on the edge of the East Carpathian Mountains. To find out why this observatory is so special to us, read this article.

Sternwarte in Rumänien

The dream project: Observatories

Astroshop along with  ScopeDome GmbH built a 3-m observatory upon a secondary school. This school is to serve as an example, considering school observatories are rare in the country. Romania is still comparably poor, and schools don’t usually have money for this kind of project.

But this is what we’re particularly proud of: Our Romanian colleague, Raul, took part personally in this observatory, was a supporter and one of the sponsors. The project finally became a reality.

Die Basis des Observatoriums

3-m ScopeDome on the roof

The dome is placed on the school building perfectly framed on an observation platform. The panoramic view is amazing. The observatory will be operational soon and will easily enable the school pupils to become familiar with astronomy. Laying, hopefully, the foundation for a life-long fascination with the Universe.

Die ScopeDome Kuppel mit Tür

Der geöffnete Kuppelspalt

The internal workings of the observatory

While a few observers are already focused on the night sky, the tour then goes into the dome. The highlight: A Celestron C8 with a Skywatcher EQ-8 mount on a column. The project was initiated by Prof. Lucian Stoyan. The observatory is now ready, and the pupils are looking forward to interesting observation sessions and exciting astronomy projects. They are, however, also looking to the near future: Next year, the Celestron C8 will be exchanged for a 14-inch RC telescope. Another dream that is about to come true.

Das Teleskop im Inneren der Sternwarte

The city of Baia Mare

Baia Mare is in northern Romania – a place of 124,000 inhabitants  on the edge of the Eastern Carpathian Mountains. Many official buildings have been renovated, but there are many old and crumbling buildings. Surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, Baia Mare is considered one of the most picturesque places in Romania.

Das Observatorium auf dem Schulgebäude

PS: Do you have such a dream, too? An observatory with a fixed telescope – which means astronomy at any time, and on the fly. Manual or fully automatic with remote control: We can make your dreams become reality, too. Simply contact us and, we’ll be pleased to have a chat with you.

Only until the end of August: 6″ triplet carbon-fibre apochromat almost 800€ cheaper.

May 1 2018, Marcus Schenk

Bags of light, high resolution and pin-sharp stars: This Omegon 150mm aperture triplet apochromat provides you with a truly excellent image – clearly exceeding the performance of a reflecting telescope. The benefit to you – superb high-contrast observing. And astronomy photos that will delight both yourself and others.

One-off special offer for your dream apochromat – Purchase this Omegon 150/1500mm carbon-fibre triplet now for only 4999€ – saving you 791€!

 

The advantages in a nutshell

  • ED glass triplet design apochromat – with 150mm aperture and 1000mm focal length
  • multi-coating – for high contrast and pinpoint star images
  • simple camera alignment – 360°, 2x rotatable 3″ focuser
  • carbon-fibre OTA – rigid and durable design
  • sturdy tube-ring clamps plus case included

This 6″ carbon-fibre triplet apochromat comes in two versions

  1. Omegon Pro APO 6″ ED triplet carbon-fibre OTA now for only 4999€
  2. Omegon Pro APO 6″ ED triplet carbon-fibre OTA with field flattener now for only 5199€

 

You can also request a test report for your apochromat – for a certificate demonstrating the high quality of this telescope.

Testprotokoll des Omegon APO Triplet 150/1000mm

Perfect for ambitious amateur astronomers, clubs and observatories – buy your apochromat now. Or let our experts advise you.

This special offer is valid until 31.08.2018.

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!

The offer is valid until 31.08.2018.

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)!

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.

The offer is valid until 31.07.2018.

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