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What's your "Best of Baader?"

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#1 Jethro777

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 11:35 PM

What's your favourite bit of Baader kit and why?

For me it's the 495nm longpass which is amazing for my refractor. 

And the clicklock adaptors and the adaptor that let's me go from Vixen to 1.25". 

Okay.  And the Morpheus 9mm. 


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#2 Stellar1

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 12:25 AM

9mm Morpheus for me, my goto eyepiece and, the only non XW eyepiece I have. Despite the company it's in, it seems to get picked up the most, especially for lunar, it really shines (no pun intended). 

 

Good eye relief 

Nice FOV

Light for its size

Comfy eyecup

Sharp to the edges

Pleasing slight warm color temp

 

It's the macaroni and cheese with chopped up hot dog of eyepieces


Edited by Stellar1, 24 February 2021 - 01:07 AM.

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#3 SonnyE

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 01:08 AM

Well, for me it's my filters.

Moon and Sky Glow, and Ha7nm

 

But I'm a pixel peeper.



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 01:18 AM

Number one is the Alan Gee TC for SCTs. Wow, f4.9-5 on my GPS11 with a 2" diagonal (and mystery spacers to make it work beyond a T2). Converted to Maxbright use it literally cuts the focal ratio in half compared to. 1.25 GPC.

 

495LP, underrated against the 'puny' semi APOs and Fringe killers.

 

Mk IV Zoom and matched Barlow. Wow, sharp, finally, with a zoom.

 

The best buy in astro, the Q Turret box set. Cheapest way to build a bino set with proper eyepieces.

 

Last but not least, my Baader Nexstar adapter plate to  get it on my vixen old tripod head type (60mm hole) pier. With some drilling and tapping it takes the Landing Pad too.

 

Edit: how can I forget the click locks, in five different thread sizes. I like them that much. And the click lock 2" 1.25"  reducer, the only one to use.


Edited by markb, 24 February 2021 - 01:21 AM.

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#5 Gazpacho

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 02:22 AM

Clicklock visual backs.  Got 2 for SCTs and 1 on a refractor.

BBHS and Zeiss Prism diagonals


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 03:22 AM

Baader Prism diagonal 1 1/4" with fine focus adjustment.

 

Robert 


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:59 AM

Diagonals, maxbright bino, clicklock. 



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 08:00 AM

My Baader / Celestron UHC filter, a great performer !


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 10:53 AM

Tough to choose between Baader Mark V binoviewer or their Herschel wedge, but given rarity of sunspots these past couple I’ll go with the Mark V



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 11:04 AM

Here are mine:

 

ClickLock

T2 Quick Changer

VariLock Extension Tubes

 

This is interesting to me, because I don't normally think of Baader as one of my primary vendors.  But everything in the list above is pretty important for what I do.  My workflow would be significantly different without these things, especially the second two.


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 11:08 AM

All of the above and add the Baarder Sky Surfer red dot finder.



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 12:44 PM

All the Baader stuff I have is top notch. But that's only the entire Morpheus line and the Contrast Booster.



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 04:05 PM

Spacer Rings, S52-48mm adapter, Wide T-Ring...all well manufactured parts.

 

Edit:  I totally forgot, UV-IR Cut Filter.


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#14 Phil Sherman

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 04:06 PM

The Baader MPCC II was one of the greatest items they used to produce. It allowed you to use almost any astro camera on a visual Newtonian scope without making any modifications to the scope. My dslr was also usable after I changed to a low profile focuser. The MPCC II moved the focal plane out without changing the focal length of the scope. 

 

Unfortunately, the MPCC III doesn't move the focal plane out as much as the older model did.


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 04:08 PM

Baader Hyperion 8-24 Zoom.  My most used eyepiece.


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#16 Jethro777

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 05:10 PM

...my Baader Nexstar adapter plate to  get it on my vixen old tripod head type (60mm hole) pier. With some drilling and tapping it takes the Landing Pad too.

 

Nice picks.  But can you link me to that one?  I'm not sure I know what you mean.



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Posted 24 February 2021 - 05:47 PM

I don't know if it's regularly carried in the United States, with the prior US distributor I had to order mine from a UK seller,

 

 https://www.365astro...ion-mounts.html

 

Great seller by the way!

 

I just noticed you are located in australia, so you should contact the local distributor. Hopefully you'll not have to order it directly from one of the European sellers .

 

TS should also have it.

 

Baaders number is 2451145.

 

one of the nice things about Baader is they don't seem to drop anything from their line.

 

I had to wait 8 months for them to re-cast a new batch, what, given the request, they did eventually get to it.

 

I don't recall the details of the mod I made, but I believe I drilled through some existing holes and tapped them to allow fastening the landing pad on top.

 

I also used a ball tip giant 'set screw' M12 or M10 to match the centering hole on the Nexstar, which, frankly, I don't think is needed.


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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:06 PM

Sky Surfer V red dot finder is best of type.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 12:44 AM

MPC II?

 

+1!

 

Mine managed to flatten the field of my Jager F5 enough that I could use the old design wide scan 30 82°, famously unhappy with slow scopes, and completely unusable with fast newtonians.

 

I also used it in a fully threaded adapter chain to a old Celestron comet catcher f 3.63 SN. It eliminated the residual coma and, again, made it possible to use the wide scan 30.

 

It is definitely not an everyday item, and certainly not a paracorr or design specific TC, but occasionally it tames a problem where nothing else could do it as easily.

 

But careful spacing is required, and I think it is at least part of the problem with some of the user reports. IIRC I use T2 M42 to 48mm filter thread adapters to get everything spaced and rigidly connected. This gives me a drop in eyepiece / mpcc 'block' for a 2-in diagonal.

 

I always have it available. I have had no time on the big f5 with the UFF 30 mm



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 01:22 AM

Another vote for the Baader Hyperion Zoom.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 02:07 AM

Hmm... Tough one. Almost all my Baader gear has been excellent, including my former Hyperions, which were (and are) just about the best you can get at their price point.

The 17.5mm Morpheus and 2" Click Lock are my favorites. Both make observing extremely enjoyable.

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 12:28 PM

All of it. My experience is, if they made it, it'll work. I have the Herschel wedge, the 2" diagonal, the vario-finder (possibly their one misstep, but optically excellent) a few filters and a bunch of the "click-lock" stuff, which I put almost everywhere I can...

Edit: ...AND the Hyperion zoom (How could I forget?) the only ep I carry for casual observing...


Edited by doole, 26 February 2021 - 10:39 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 02:28 PM

+1 for the 8-24 zoom
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 03:58 PM

The Varilocks, astronomically life changing :)


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 04:37 PM

I've used a lot of Baader gear, but the best has been the Morpheus eyepieces.  Don't make me pick one over the others; I just can't.




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