Astronomik H-Beta Visual Filter 1.25-Inch
Astronomik 1.25-Inch H-Beta Filter for Visual Observations
Mounted filter in 1.25" cell ( M28.5mm x 0.5mm )
The Astronomik H-beta is a filter for visual observation, in particular with instruments of larger aperture.
It lets the light of the H-beta emission line pass nearly unhindered and blocks the remaining spectral range to the extent that the eye is dark adapted. By the use of the Astronomik H-beta filter, the contrast is increased so strongly, that even the observation of the Horse Head Nebulae with telescopes of 10" - 12" reaches the realm of the possible.
The optimal aperture ratio for the use of the filter is 1:4.5 to 1:6. The range of application extends from 1:3.5 to 1:15. Transmission losses and chromatic distortions, which arise with other filters, are only apparent with the Astronomik filters when extremely fast aperture ratios of 1:3 and higher are used. The Astronomik H-beta filter will allow you to view large objects, in the whole field of view of the eyepiece, even when using wide-angle eyepieces - not only in the center of the eyepiece. This filter should be used on telescopes with a diameter of 8 " (20cm) or larger. Smaller instruments do not gather enough light for meaningful and satisfying astronomical work. Due to the high optical quality of the Astronomik H-beta filter substrate you will see the same needle-sharp stars as you would from your regular telescope.
- With EOS Clip Filter even in extreme light polluted areas photography with DSLR cameras becomes possible.
- In the whole sky, there are few objects that benefit from the use of this filter in visual observation. On the other hand h-beta filters often decide about seeing or not seeing an object. Without a filter the eye is hardly able to discover the low contrasts of H-alpha regions.
- Visual observation (dark skies): Very good, but only suitable for a few objects
- Visual observation (urban skies): Unsuitable
- Film photography: It depends, very long exposure time
- CCD photography: Good, when used with an additional IR-block-filter
- DSLR photography (astro modified): Very good, but only suitable for a few objects
- DSLR photography (original): Very good, but only suitable for a few objects
- DSLR photography (MC modified): Good, when used with an additional IR-block-filter
- Webcam / Video (Deep Sky): Unsuitable
- Webcam / Video (Planets): Unsuitable
- Transmission of nearly 100% of the H-beta line
- complete blocking of all disturbing wavelengths
- Main operational use: Hydrogen Nebulae
- No moisture (humidity) sensitivity, no aging, and totally scratch-proof
- Excellent carrier material - substrate is optically polished. The optical performance (resolution & contrast) of your telescope is not reduced in any way by the filter.
- Parfocal with other Astronomik filters
- Diffraction limited, the filter will not reduce the optical performance of your telescope!
- Glass thickness: 1mm
- Completely resistant against high humidity, scratches and aging effects
- Astronomik filters are delivered in a high-quality, long lasting, filter box
How to read the above chart?
* The horizontal axis is the Wavelength in Nanometers (nm). 400nm is deep blue, at 520nm the human eye senses green and at 600nm red. At 656nm is the famous "H-Alpha" emission line of hydrogen.
* The transmission in % is plotted on the vertical axis.
* The red line shows the transmission of the filter.
* Visual filters: The grey line filled with grey in the background shows the relative sensitivity of the human eye at night. The maximum is at ~510nm and drops to longer and shorter wavelengths. You can easily see, that you can´t see anything of the H-alpha line at night (even if you can during daylight!) The sensitivity of the eye at 656nm is 0% at night!
* Photographic filters: The grey line in the background shows the sensitivity of a typical CCD sensor.
* The most important emission lines from nebulas are shown in green. The most important lines are from ionized Hydrogen (H-alpha and H-beta) and double ionized oyxgen (OIII) .
* The most important artifical emission lines are shown in orange. The artifical light pollution is dominated by mercury (Hg) and sodium (Na), which are used in nearly all streetlights.
The major emission lines of artifical light pollution:
| Hg 435,8nm | Hg 546,1nm | Hg 577,0nm |
Hg 578,1nm | | Na 589,0nm | Na 589,6nm |
Na 615,4nm | Na 616,1nm |
The major emission lines of nebulas:
H-β 486,1nm | OIII 495,9nm | OIII 500,7nm |