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BAADER CMOS SHO F/3 HIGHSPEED FILTER SET

$1,169.00 AUD
SKU: BA2961640

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The new Baader CMOS-optimized SHO 3.5 / 4nm Highspeed F/3 filters are precision-grade narrowband filters with high transmission at their respective emission lines. The Highspeed versions are specifically designed to work very well with modern highly-sensitive astronomy cameras and telescopes with extremely fast focal ratios between f/3.4 and f/2.3 such as the Sharpstar Hyperbolic Newtonian astrographs. The ultra-narrow 3.5 - 4nm bandpass make these ideal for imaging under light-polluted skies.

Baader's CMOS-optimized filters have excellent halo and reflection control. These filters set the new standard for monochrome astrophotography with CMOS sensors.

 

 

Baader CMOS-optimized filters - advantages

  • Very high contrast due to steep edges of the coating
  • Reflex-Blocker coatings to minimize reflections caused by correctors, reducers and other optical elements
  • Standardized thickness for maximum possible parfocality - less need to refocus due to different filter thicknesses
  • Blackened edges with side markings in the form of a black outer rim on the telescope side
  • Each filter is individually fine-polished and coated with sealed coating edge, preventing moisture ingress
  • Life-Coat for hardness and age-resistance, making the filters able to withstand tougher conditions for longer

 

Warning: Imaging H-alpha filters are different from solar H-alpha filters and cannot be used for this purpose. Doing so may cause damage to your equipment and eyesight!

 

For more information on Baader's new generation of CMOS-optimized filters, check out this blog post

 

Transmission range
H-alpha, O-III, S-II
Central wavelength
H-a - 656.3 nm, O-III - 500.7 nm, S-II - 671.7 nm
Half bandwidth H-a - 3.5 nm, O-III & S-II - 4 nm
Suitable for f/ratio f/3.4 to f/2.3
AR-coating
Reflex-Blocker hard coated, planeoptically polished
Filter thickness 1.25", 2", 31 mm, 36 mm 2 mm (without cell), 6 mm with cell
Filter thickness 50.4 mm, 50 x 50 mm, 65 x 65 mm 3 mm
Filter size 1.25", 31 mm, 36 mm, 2", 50.4 mm round, 50 x 50 mm square, 65 x 65 mm square
SKU 1.25" BA2961640
SKU 31 mm BA2961641
SKU 36 mm BA2961642
SKU 2" BA2961643
SKU 50.4 mm round BA2961644
SKU 50 x 50 mm BA2961645
SKU 65 x 65 mm BA2961646

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The filter set everyone with an f3 system should own

Before Baader released these filters, astrophotographers who shot with f/3 systems had a predicament. The f/3 focal ratio is fast enough to blue-shift the incoming light to such a degree that you would lose a lot of signal as the emission band is no longer centred on the band pass. At the same time, f/3 is not so fast that you could use filters specifically pre-shifted for f/2 systems such as Rasa or HyperStar without running into the same issue on the other side of the band pass. So you basically had three choices.

The first option was to shoot with 7nm filters as they have a wide enough band-pass to accommodate for the blue-shift. This is not an ideal solution as the whole point of owning a fast system is to maximise your signal-to-noise ratio and reduce integration time (ignoring aperture size as the majority of astrophotographers are limited by seeing and guiding rather than by diffraction). Why bother paying for a fast system and struggling with collimation and tilt if you could get a similar SNR shooting with 3nm filters on a slower system?

The second option would be to try your luck with 5nm or 3nm filters anyway. This would usually result in an even worse SNR than shooting with 7nm filters due to the blue-shift.

The last option is to order custom made filters from Chroma which are specifically pre-shifted for f/3 systems. This is what you’d probably do if you were shooting with a PlaneWave Delta Rho or Officina Stellare Veloce but I didn’t even bother enquiring with Chroma how much this would cost as I’d probably have to sell my car to pay for them.

By coming out with these f/3 filters, Baader have done a great service for the astrophotography community by enabling people who own f/3 systems to finally get the most out of their setup. I own a Sky-Watcher Quattro 200P with a Starizona Nexus and as soon as I found out these filters existed I knew I had to have them. When it comes to performance, they blow my 7nm ZWO filters out of the water. I’ve never owned Chroma or Astrodon filters but I struggle to see how they could perform too much better than these Baaders. Halos are very minimal for my particular setup. Although I did observe halos when shooting Sirius, I saw no halos at all on a 10-minute sub-exposure of Alnitak.

Below I’ve attached two 3-minute sub-exposures (cropped) of NGC 3576 shot in Bortle 5 skies during similar moon phases. One was taken with a ZWO 7nm HA filter and the other was taken with the Baader 3.5nm HA filter. I don’t think I need to specify which is which. The difference is night-and-day. The Baader has significantly more contrast and detail in the nebulosity thanks to the narrower band pass letting in half of the light pollution. Even the stars appear tighter with the Baader filter although I admit my collimation was slightly off for exposure taken with the ZWO filter.

These filters are definitely a must-have for anyone shooting with an f/3 system. Thank you Testar for ordering these in for me.

BAADER CMOS 3.5 / 4nm SHO F/3 HIGHSPEED FILTER SET.

BAADER CMOS SHO F/3 HIGHSPEED FILTER SET

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  • 1¼"
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  • 36mm
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  • 50.4mm
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