Equipment

Fun but also quality of the outcome strongly depend on the components used. This is why my astronomical equipment is changing over time as I am always on the hunt for the stuff best suitable for me and my aspirations.

Observatory

  • Dome: Baader Planetarium 2,6m "Economy Automatic", insulated
  • Pier: Baader Planetarium 1,80m
  • 2x GigE at the pier base
  • 12V DC outlets at the base of the dome ring
  • LED illumination in red and white, switched
  • 2 GigE POE Pan/Tilt surveillance cams
  • Fluorescent marking of north, east, west and south directions
  • 240V AC power outlets in all corners of the room, at the pier base, the pier table and on the mount
  • 12V DC switched power outlets (XLR) at the top of the pier and on the mount
  • USB 3.0 active 7 Port Hubs at the top of the pier and on the mount
  • Weather station: Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus with WeeWX software on Raspberry Pi
    previously used: Conrad Electronic wireless weather station Professional USB WS-0101 with Cumulus Software

Mount

  • 10micron GM3000HPS, remote switchable and via LAN remote controlled; Baader dome is slaved to the mount
  • for mobile use: Skywatcher StarAdventurer

Telescopes

  • main instrument: Astro-Physics StarFire 155 EDF Refractor with optional 4" reducer or 2.7" flattener
  • Planetary instrument: Meade LX200 EMC 10" SC, optimized with Peterson Engineering EyeOpener and improved focuser
  • Guiding: Astro Professional 80mm ED Refractor
  • Wide Field: Meyer Görlitz 180mm f/2.8 with Micro focussing
  • Sun observation: Lunt LS35THa deluxe - h-alpha Telescope

previously owned:

  • Meade 178 ED APO Refractor (sold)

Cameras

  • ZWO ASI1600MM Pro with motorized filter wheel and Baader filters
  • DeepSky: Canon EOS 1000d
  • DeepSky: Canon EOS 1000da (astro-modified with Baader Filter)
  • DeepSky: Nikon D700 (full-frame)
  • Planets / Guiding: ZWO ASI120MM
  • Planets: TIS DFK51AU02.AS
  • AllSky: Moonglow All Sky Cam PAL-Version