Altair DualBand ULTRA 4nm CERTIFIED CMOS Filter 2" w test report

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Altair Dual-Band ULTRA Oiii / Ha nebula filter with high resolution spectrographic test report.

For imaging in extreme light pollution, E.g. in a major city, with a colour CMOS camera. 

This filter transmits only the H and Oiii light from emission nebulae, with almost total suppression of unwanted light, with OD4/5 (0.01%~0.001%) over the majority of unwanted visual wavelengths. 

Each individual filter has a serial number and comes with corresponding test certificate showing the bandpass, tested on a high resolution spectrograph. These are limited in quantity, and are the highest specification filter available at this time. NOTE: Each filter has an INDIVIDUAL test report unique to that particular filter.

Narrowband Bi-Colour imaging is a growing new trend in astrophotography, especially popular in light polluted areas, or bright moonlight. First Altair brought you the TriBand and Quad Band filters, now we have the DualBand Ultra for the most extreme light pollution suppression.

Altair DualBand 4nm Filter Product Features:

  • Capture the two main emission nebulae bands at the same time, whilst suppressing light pollution, moonlight, and airglow.
  • More data in less time, opening up your imaging window, even into the summer months when it isn't quite dark yet.
  • Extremely steep bandpass yields maximum contrast in extreme light pollution: 4nm FHWM centred on 500.7nm Oiii wavelength, and 4nm FHWM centred on the 656.3nm Ha wavelength.
  • Can be used with One Shot Colour (OSC) CMOS or mono astronomical cameras for luminance data.
  • Includes UVIR blocking for both modified and un-modified DSLR cameras, plus an anti-reflection coating for halo suppression. To see the AR coating in action, please see images demonstrating the same filter with and without the AR coating on the bright star, Capella in exactly the same conditions with the same settings.
  • Best performance at focal ratios as fast as F4.8, with contrast increasing as focal ratio increases. Faster than F3 requires an Altair Pre-Shifted filter (please get in touch for more info). More info about light pollution filter performance and focal ratio here.
  • The 2" filter has standard M48x0.75mm thread, and fits inside the Altair Magnetic Filter holders, plus the Altair Canon / Nikon DSLR lens to astro CMOS adaptors. 

Altair 4nm DualBand ULTRA Filter Technical Specifications:

  • 1st band, Oiii CWL500.7nm FWHM 4nm tolerance ~0.5nm, T% 88%~91%
  • 2nd band, Ha CWL 656.3nm FWHM 4nm tolerance ~0.5nm T% 90%~94%
  • OD4/5 Blocking (0.01%~0.001%) over the majority of unwanted visual wavelengths
  • 1.85mm thick optical glass with 30 arc sec parallelism.
  • Si02 "hard" overcoat with UVIR Block and Anti-Reflection Coating for durability.

Q: How to OSC Narrowband filters work? Altair OSC narrowband filters work by isolating the primary nebulae emission zones in the red and blue wavelengths, and separating them into two main "zones" with a wide separation for easy capture with a colour camera - all in one exposure! Not only is capture more convenient with one filter, but processing is easy too, thanks to the wide separation of the green/blue and red "zones". Light pollution control is extremely effective and LED light is also significantly reduced.

Q: What does "DualBand" mean?

There are 3 types of OSC line filters in the Altair range:

  1. Dual-Band - the allowing only the thinnest peaks of Ha 656.3nm and 500.7nm Oiii light from emission nebulae through. (Recommended for extreme light pollution in the worst possible conditions).
  2. Tri-Band - combines Ha into a red zone, and H-beta + Oiii into a green/blue zone. (For urban light pollution).
  3. Quad Band - combines Sii AND Ha into a red zone, and H-beta + Oiii into a green/blue zone. (For suburban / moderate light pollution).
Dual Band TriBand QuadBand
H-alpha 656.3nm Y Y Y
Oiii 500.7nm Y Y Y
Oiii 495.9nm Y Y
Sii 672nm  Y
2x Bands 3x Bands 4x Bands

Sensitive OSC or "One Shot Colour" CMOS cameras like the Altair Hypercam capture these wavelengths very efficiently, and allow them through the Bayer matrix. The filters also work with DSLRs (APS-C sensor size modified cameras are best, but normal ones will also work). When you have the complete stack of exposures, processing is relatively easy because of the large separation in colour. You can also use these filters as a "super luminance filter" for imaging nebulae with Mono cameras.

PLEASE NOTE: Demand for this product is very high. We sometimes temporarily suspend order to allow production to catch up. When we catch up with backorders we will re-enable ordering. We apologize for any inconvenience. Altair and Dealers reserve the right to change product specification and price without notice.

Product Info

GTIN 0700900306720
Brand Altair
Product Code F200DB4NM
Delivery Weight Package
0.5kg