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Optolong UHC Ultra High Contrast Filter - Nikon FULL FRAME Clip Filter

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PLEASE NOTE, WE CANNOT SELL AND SEND THESE CLIP FILTERS TO GERMANY. These are copyrighted by Astronomik in Germany therefore we'd advise you to buy our Astronomik filters instead if you are a customer from Germany.

The Optolong UHC (Ultra High Contrast) broadband filter is designed to improve the visibility of various deepsky objects. By selectively reducing the transmission of wavelengths of light pollutants, specifically those produced by artificial lightings including mercury vapor lamps, both high & low pressure sodium vapor lights and the unwanted natural light caused by neutral oxygen emission in our atmosphere (i.e. skyglow). Together with the highly transparent in main nebula emission lines at OIII (496nm and 500nm), H-beta (486nm), NII (654nm and 658nm), H-alpha (656nm) as well as SII (672nm), the filter is suitable for enhancing the contrast and details for both visual and photograghic purpose at sub-rural area with heavy light pollution. For slightly light polluted areas, instead of the UHC, we'd recommend Optolong's flagship product, the L-PRO that produces a continues spectrum of the night sky.


Main Use and Performance

Suitable for color CCD cameras and unmodified DSLRs. UHC with narrower passband provides higher contrast than CLS. Thus it is more suitable for urban environment where you suffer from severe light pollution. UHC has a substantial red passband and offer superb views for objects like the Orion Nebula (M42). Light pollution filter do not eliminate the effects of light pollution or increase the object’s brightness. In many cases, they increase the contrast between nebula and night sky, not brightening the nebula.


Optolong filters are not designed for solar observation. DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITH ANY OPTOLONG FILTER as permanent eye damage will be the result.

Technical Data

  • Schott substrate material
  • Glass thickness 2.0 mm (1.25”/2”/36mm/77mm/82mm)  and 1.0 mm (Clip series)
  • Surface Quality: 60/40 (Refer to MIL-O-13830)
  • Fine-optically polished to ensure accurate 1/4 wavefront and < 30 seconds parallelism over both surfaces
  • 95% transmission of main nebula emission lines (i.e. Ha 656nm, OIII 496nm&500nm, SII 672nm and H-beta 486nm).
  • 0.1% transmission of off-band, specifically the major emission lines of artificial light pollution (i.e. Na 589nm, Hg 435nm and 578nm). Transmission of 0.1% is equivalent to OD3 (Optical Density), and a high optical density value indicates very low transmission, and low optical density indicates high transmission.


This filter is compatible with the following FULL FRAME Nikon cameras: D600 / D610 / D700 / D750 / D800 / D800E / D810 / D810A / DF

This version is compatible with the below lenses. (More than the listed below range is not recommended to use. Please be cautious if you want to use a lens not listed below. These lenses have been tested... other lenses might be compatible, but we won't take responsibility if you break the filter and damage the lens or camera.)

Sigma art 20/f1.4, 24/f1.4, 35/f1.4, 50/f1.4,  85/f1.4
Samyang 14/f2.8, 24/f1.4, 35/f1.4, 50/f1.4, 85/f1.4, 135/f2
Tamron Di 15-30/f2.8
Zeiss Otus, Milvus, Classic 
Nikon E 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, 28mm f/1.4E ED
105mm f/1.4E ED, 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Filter Cell

  • Ultra-thin filter cell minimise vignetting by maximising possible clear aperture (clear aperture is 26mm for 1.25” size and 45mm for 2” size)
  • Aerometal Material
  • Precise CNC Machining
  • Sand Blasting Process
  • Black Anodized Finish
  • Extinction Treatment to Prevent Reflection
  • Laser Engraving No Fading

Available Sizes

  • Standard 1.25” & 2”
  • Round 36mm Unmounted
  • Round 77mm & 82mm Mounted
  • Clip Filter Series (RESTRICTED TO GERMANY!)


  • Plastic PP Case
  • Imported High Pressure EVA Case Lining
  • Silver Cardboard Box
  • High Density Sponge Carton Lining

Optical Coating

  • Multi-layer anti-reflection coating
  • Non-cementing optical substrate coating
  • Electron-beam gun evaporation with Ion-assisted deposition coating technology for durability and resistance to scratching, as well as stability on CWL(central wavelength) no deviation affected by temperature change.
  • Planetary rotation system offers precision and homogeneity of coatings ensuring high value on transmission of pass-band and Optical density of off-band. (Please note, "planetary rotation system" is a type of optical coating process and does not refer to the astronomical system describing the motion of the planets in our solar system.)

The Major Emission Lines of Nebulae: H-α 656.3nm, H-β486.1nm, OIII 495.9nm, OIII 500.7nm 
The Major Emission Lines of Artificial Light Pollution: Hg 435.8nm, 546.1nm, 577nm, 578.1nm, Na 598nm, 589.6nm, 615.4nm, 616.1nm

Left image: with UHC filter    Right image: without filter


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