Antlia ALP-T Dualband 5nm Filter Set - Ha/OIII & SII/HB - 2"

ANTLIA 5nm ALP-T Ha-OIII-SII-Hb

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Antlia ALP-T Dualband 5nm Filter Set - Ha/OIII & SII/HB - 2"

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Antlia ALP-T Dualband 5nm Filter Set - Ha/OIII & SII/HB - 2"

The Antlia ALP-T dual band 5nm Ha & OIII filter is a dual line-pass filter which was designed to be used primarily with one-shot color (OSC) cameras such as DSLR's and astronomical OSC cameras. It can also be used as a narrowband filter for monochrome cameras to save imaging time. The advanced multi-coatings on Antlia ALP-T ultra dual band filter effectively isolates the red Ha and the blue-green OIII lines from emission nebulae, with almost total suppression of optical density (OD) 4.5 on unwanted wavelengths from light pollution, moonlight, and airglow. The result is that the Antlia ALP-T dual band 5nm filter creates a superior signal-to-noise ratio and better contrast in your images. This dualband filter enables the capture of the two main emission nebulae bands at the same time, whilst suppressing unwanted light pollution. It enables you to capture cleaner data and reduces the post processing efforts to isolate faint details from the background light pollution.

The 2" version of the ALP-T Dualband 5nm H-Alpha & OIII Filter is mounted in a ultra-thin filter cell (M48*0.75) to minimize vignetting while maximizing clear aperture. The 2" filter ring is black anodized and laser engraved with the filter type.

Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm Ha & OIII Filter Highlights

  • Engineered specifically for use with DSLR, CMOS, and CCD color cameras, but can be used with mono cameras to save time when imaging
  • Suppression of optical density (OD )4.5 on unwanted wavelengths adds signal-to-noise
  • Extremely steep bandpass edges minimize internal reflections
  • Ideal flat-top and moderate bandpass reducing spectrum down shifts
  • Ion Gun Assisted Deposition coating technology on the double-sided polished substrate
  • Designed to suppress artificial lighting from Bortle scale 1 to Bortle scale 8
  • Near IR (NIR) is blocked up to 1100nm

Antlia ALP-T Dualband 5nm Ha & OIII Filter Specifications

  • FWHM: 5nm
  • Central Wavelength Ha: 656.3 nm
  • Central Wavelength OIII: 500.7 nm
  • Peak Transmission Ha: 92%
  • Peak Transmission OIII: 88%
  • Blocking: +/-OD4.5 ! 300nm - 1100 nm
  • Filter Thickness: 2mm+/-0.05mm
  • Filter Size: 2" Mounted

About the ALP-T SII & HB 5nm Dualband Filter:

The ALP-T dual band 5nm SII & Hb filter is a dual line-pass filter, which lets the deep red Sulfur-II line and the blue Hydrogen-Beta line through. It is designed to be used with one-shot color (OSC) cameras such as DSLR's or astronomical OSC cameras. It is a significant addition to the popular Antlia ALP-T dual band 5nm Ha & OIII filter (included in this package) and enables false-color images and narrow-band nebula images using OSC. When capturing data with this filter, the nebulae are recorded with greater contrast against the background than without it.

The combination of these two dual band filters allows extreme narrow-band images with OSC cameras by capturing the spectral data from 4 channels i.e. Ha/OIII (included in this package), and SII/Hb. The spectrum of these four channels can be separated and recombined into various colour palettes in your post-processing. The resulting images can be used for luminance contrast enhancement of traditional RGB-balanced images or creation of images in various popular false-color palettes such as H-O-Hb, S-H-O, H-S-OHb, H-O-O etc.

The 2" version of the ALP-T Dualband 5nm SII & HB Filter is mounted in a ultra-thin filter cell (M48*0.75) to minimize vignetting while maximizing clear aperture. The 2" filter ring is black anodized and laser engraved with the filter type.

Why Antlia designed an SII & Hb bandpass filter instead of OIII & SII

The filter is dedicated to capture H-beta and SII emission lines. We know that SII is singly ionized sulfur that emits light in the deep red part of the spectrum, beyond H-alpha, but the contribution of H-beta to emission lines in nebulae is frequently overlooked, even though it is the second most common Hydrogen emission after the H-alpha line. Capturing more OIII will boost the existing signal but does not give more information. However Hb has the potential to reveal structures not seen using OIII. The design is to capture the H-beta emission line in the certain nebulas that contain some blue spectrum, this cannot be captured by H-alpha, SII and OIII filters. Greater and richer details will be captured in many nebulae images to achieve results with a superior signal-to-noise ratio.

It is generally accepted that the OIII signal is a relatively weaker contributor to nebulae images. The OIII bandpass sensitivity is an important consideration for any nebulae filter. Most colour cameras (OSC) use a RGGB Bayer pattern. The allocation of twice as many green pixels as compared to either red or blue pixels, enables a much-improved capture of the OIII signal. Furthermore, higher OIII signal can be achieved by additional exposure using the Antlia ALP-T Ha & O3 filter, then isolating the GB channels, followed by synthesis of an OIII channel to add into your stack.

In the situation where you may only want to add SII to your Ha&OIII data, then it may be preferable to buy one SII narrowband filter and achieve a cleaner SII spectral emission. However, our new filter design (SII & Hb) includes the H-beta emission line which provides a distinct improvement in nebulae contrast and improved feature separation in Hb areas.

Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm SII & HB Filter Highlights

  • Passes SII 672.4nm line and H-Beta 486.1nm line
  • Engineered specifically for use with DSLR, CMOS, and CCD color cameras
  • Suppression of optical density (OD) 4.5 on unwanted wavelengths adds signal-to-noise
  • Extremely steep bandpass edges minimize internal reflections
  • Ideal flat-top and moderate bandpass reducing spectrum down shifts
  • Ion Gun Assisted Deposition coating technology on the double-sided polished substrate
  • Designed to suppress artificial lighting from Bortle scale 1 to Bortle scale 8
  • Near IR (NIR) is blocked up to 1100nm

Antlia ALP-T Dualband 5nm SII & HB Filter Specifications

  • FWHM: 5nm
  • Central Wavelength SII: 672.4 nm
  • Central Wavelength HB: 486.1 nm
  • Peak Transmission SII: 90%
  • Peak Transmission HB: 85%
  • Blocking: +/-OD4.5
  • Filter Thickness: 2mm+/-0.05mm
  • Filter Size: 2" Mounted