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Astronomik - H-Alpha 12nm CCD Filter - Canon EOS Clip

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Astronomik H-Alpha 12nm CCD Filter - Canon EOS Clip

The Astronomik H-alpha filter is a narrow band filter for CCD photography. The filter lets the H-alpha light of emission nebulae pass and blocks nearly the whole remainder of the spectrum where the CCD is sensitive.

The full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 12nm is optimized for the use with common CCD cameras and allows the use of very fast optics. It should be noted that the filter has a transmission of up to 99%. Another advantage of the 12nm filters is the availability of guiding stars for cameras with a built-in-autoguider (SBIG). If you use a very strong filter like our 6nm filter you often won’t find a usable guidestar.

The range of application extends from 1:2.8 to 1:15. Transmission losses and chromatic distortions, which arise with other filters, only occur with Astronomik filters when extremely bright aperture ratios of 1:2 and more come into play.

The Astronomik H-alpha-CCD (12nm version) increases the contrast between objects, in this case between the H-alpha emission line and the skyglow background. Our Astronomik H-alpha-CCD (12nm version) completely suppresses the emission lines of artificial lighting (mercury (Hg) and sodium (Na)) and skyglow. When using the OIII CCD and the SII-CCD filters you can obtain three-color images of emission line objects (gas nebulae) from locations with very strong light pollution. To do so, you would take an image in three different wavelengths, select each one as a color-channel in Photoshop and paste them together as a color image. The Astronomik H-Alpha filter may NOT be used for solar observation. f you plan to create color images from emission line data, our CLS-CCD filter is a great choice for the Luminance channel.

About the Astronomik Clip-Filter System....

The patented Astronomik Clip-Filter System is black anodized aluminum and laser-cut on state-of-the-art modern machines. It can be inserted within seconds directly into the EOS camera body. There are no changes necessary and all lens functions (focus, screen, image stabilization) remain functional!

Almost all Canon system lenses (with the exception of the EF-S series) and all M42 and T2 lens adapters, can be used with the Astronomik Clip-Filter System. The Clip-Filter System also acts as an outstanding dust shield, which prevents the possibility of dust settling on the sensor during long time exposure (The MC-Clear filter does not have a filter effect and only acts as a dust shield.)

Note: For Photographers interested in daylight IR-Photography a "MC-modification" is possible for some cameras. If you are interested in this, please send us a short mail. We will give you more details. The "MC-modification" gives you no advantage for normal astrophotography! The Astronomik Canon EOS clip is not suitable are cameras offered before 2003 and all varieties of the Canon EOS 1D and Canon EOS 5D.

Astronomik H-Alpha 12nm CCD Filter - Canon EOS Clip Features...

  • Transmission of over 97% with the H-alpha line (656nm)
  • Complete blocking from all disturbing wavelengths in the infrared
  • Parfocal with other Astronomik filters
  • Glass thickness: 1mm
  • Completely resistant against high humidity, scratches and aging effects
  • Diffraction limited, the filter will not reduce the optical performance of your telescope!
  • Astronomik filters are delivered in a high-quality, long lasting, filter box

Product Series

The Astronomik H-alpha filter is a narrow band filter for CCD photography. The filter lets the H-alpha light of emission nebulae pass and blocks nearly the whole remainder of the spectrum where the CCD is sensitive.

The full width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 12nm is optimized for the use with common CCD cameras and allows the use of very fast optics. It should be noted that the filter has a transmission of up to 99%.

Another advantage of the 12nm filters is the availability of guiding stars for cameras with a built-in-autoguider (SBIG). If you use a very strong filter like our 6nm filter you often won’t find a usable guidestar.

The range of application extends from 1:2.8 to 1:15. Transmission losses and chromatic distortions, which arise with other filters, only occur with Astronomik filters when extremely bright aperture ratios of 1:2 and more come into play.

Main use

The Astronomik H-alpha-CCD (12nm version) increases the contrast between objects, in this case between the H-alpha emission line and the skyglow background. Our Astronomik H-alpha-CCD (12nm version) completely suppresses the emission lines of artificial lighting (mercury (Hg) and sodium (Na)) and skyglow.

Other uses

  • When using the OIII CCD and the SII-CCD filters you can obtain three-color images of emission line objects (gas nebulae) from locations with very strong light pollution. To do so, you would take an image in three different wavelengths, select each one as a color-channel in Photoshop and paste them together as a color image.
  • The Astronomik 6nm H-Alpha filter may NOT be used for solar observation.
  • If you plan to create color images from emission line data, our CLS-CCD filter is a great choice for the Luminance channel.

Suitability

  • Visual observation (dark skies): Unsuitable
  • Visual observation (urban skies): Unsuitable
  • Film photography: Reasonable, but very long exposure times
  • CCD photography: Very good, huge contrast enhancement at H II-emission nebulas
  • DSLR photography (original): Good, reduced sensitivity in the H-alpha band
  • DSLR photography (astro modified): Very good, huge contrast enhancement at H II-emission nebulas
  • DSLR photography (MC modified): Very good, huge contrast enhancement at H II-emission nebulas
  • Webcam / Video (Planets): Unsuitable
  • Webcam / Video (Deep Sky): Good, good contrast enhancement with bright objects

Technical Data

  • Transmission of over 97% with the H-alpha line (656nm)
  • Complete blocking from all disturbing wavelengths in the infrared
  • Parfocal with other Astronomik filters
  • Glass thickness: 1mm
  • Completely resistant against high humidity, scratches and aging effects
  • Diffraction limited, the filter will not reduce the optical performance of your telescope!
  • Astronomik filters are delivered in a high-quality, long lasting, filter box

Additional Information

Name Astronomik - H-Alpha 12nm CCD Filter - Canon EOS Clip
Manufacturer Astronomik
Model HA12-EOS