Research Grade 3x Telecentric Unit TZ 3 (3x focal length) 2"/T-2/2" for 46mm large size H-alpha Filt
- Research Grade Telecentric Unit, featuring an oversized pick up expanding lens set and 2" (50.8mm) threads on both sides T-2 Adapter and 2" m/f inverter ring are both included as standard accessories
- 46mm clear aperture at the H-alpha-filter entrance side - suitable for research grade SolarSpectrum H-alpha filters
- Large working distance of 250mm for optimized focal length reduction with a telecompressor and suitable room for adapting a binocular viewer
- Aplanatic, with 3x focal length extension to achieve a parallel f/30 beam in conjunction with ~f/10 optics systems free of field curvtare
- Primarily calculated and produced for H-alpha at 656,3 nm, delivering 99% Strehl (99% definition brightness )
- Diffraction limited design also at 396 nm (CaK)
Baader Telecentric Systems for focal length extension
for supplying a parallel optical beam and for providing sufficient backfocus, in conjunction with any SolarSpectrum H-alpha filter
Telecentric optics sets are often confused with a barlow lens. Both can be used to increase the focal length. Telecentric assys are designed so that the exit pupil seemingly is positioned at infinity, which means that the center ray from any point in the field appears to come from infinity and is therefore perpendicular to the image plane and parallel to the optic axis. This means that the off axis beam does arrive at the image plane with the same angular geometry as the axial rays. All field elements look as if they where on axis, across the image plane and - unlike to a barlow lens - the edge field rays are not tipped bundles.
Because all the principal rays across the image plane are perpendicular to the image plane, the rays at the edge of the field will pass through an etalon just in front of the focal plane with exactly the same geometry as the rays on axis. So in an f/30 telecentric optical arrangement, the etalon sees the exact same geometry clear across the field, and the spectral bandpass does not shift in wavelength across the entire field of view.
Starting from an aperture ratio of ~f/15 (+2x Telecentric), ~f/10 (+3x Telecentric) or ~f/7.5 (+4x Telecentric), the Baader TZ-systems will create a parallel beam with ~f/30 aperture ratio. In the case of largely deviating telescope focal lengths, the clear objective aperture of the telescope should be reduced in diameter to the point that the final resulting f/ratio is close to f/30 again (we do offer a suitable iris-diaphragm for this purpose).
TZ-system working distances when measured from their rear lens range from 200mm for the TZ-2 to 230 mm for the TZ-4 - to 250 mm for the TZ-3. This provides enough room for the H-alpha filter housing and most any accessories, e.g. a Baader 2" mirror diagonal or any conceivable camera device. The generous room of the TZ-3 will also accommodate a binocular viewer when it is mounted onto the SolarSpectrum body by means of a Baader BBHS T-2 star diagonal. All TZ-coatings are matched to the different lens glass-substrates and optimized for maximum throughput at 656 nm. Still the TZ-3 especially also works for CaK at 396 nm. The TZ-3 Strehl-ratio is well above 80% at 396 nm
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