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Baader Planetarium Fringe-Killer Filter

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Available in 1.25" and 2" formats

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4.7 (Based on 27 Reviews) 96% of reviewers recommended this product.
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      Review by Michael W.
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      Feb 7, 2019

      5.0 Works fine for me.

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      It gets rid of most of the blue/purple color in my 102mm f/5 refractor. Has just a slight yellow color in use.

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      Review by Paul B.
      1538621206
      Oct 3, 2018

      4.0 Good quality filter

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      Good quality filter. Helps make planets sharper and a bit easier to focus on. Makes everything look slightly yellow, which isn't a problem for me. I often use a #8 light yellow color filter anyway. But I have to live with lots of light pollution in my area. The Baader Semi-APO or Contrast-Booster filters would help with light pollution more, but cost more too. I thought about exchanging the Fringe Killer filter for one of those, but decided to keep it. Now I keep the Fringe Killer permanently attached to the diagonal in my refractor scope. It helps protect the mirror too.

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      Review by JCD of Maryland.
      1475193600
      Sep 29, 2016

      4.0 Good Quality Filter

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      Used this filter several times when viewing planets and the mood via my 90mm Refractor. It does noticeably cut down on the purple fringing, though it does not eliminate it completely (thus 4 stars). Definitely worth having when viewing Jupiter and the Moon, particularly if you are taking photographs.

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      Review by DJ of FL.
      1427500800
      Mar 27, 2015

      5.0 Fringe Killer

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Quality Lenses,Strong Construction,Accurate,Compact,Easy to Use

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      This Is a high quality filter that really does the job

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    5. rmscott59

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      Review by RMS of NorCal.
      1414886400
      Nov 1, 2014

      4.0 Good filter

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Strong Construction,Easy to Use,Lightweight

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      Pretty much eliminates the violet "halo" around bright objects (Moon, Jupiter, bright stars). It does add a "warm", orange cast to these objects however......very slight, and an acceptable tradeoff for the removal of the CA in my opinion. I've tried every minus-violet filter out there...this one is THE BEST. Considerably better than the Orion V-block, or the laughable suggestion of a yellow filter!

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      Review by Van Webster of Los Angeles, CA.
      1410134400
      Sep 7, 2014

      4.0 For Refracting Telescopes

      Pros:

      Accurate,Quality Lenses,Easy to Use

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      This filter is designed to reduce the effects of chromatic aberations in refracting telescopes. It passes the center of the visible spectrum of light and cuts off the ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. In use it can be very helpful in reducing rainbow effects on bright objeces such as planets. It works best with a dark sky. During twilight hours, the filtering effect produces a disturbing yellow cast to an othewise blue sky. This filter is an effective and inexpensive tool for improving the visual performance of low and moderatly priced refracting telescopes.

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      Review by Starthrower of NH.
      1401840000
      Jun 3, 2014

      5.0 Essential Achro Kit

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Sturdy Case,Easy to Use

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      This is a must have for an achromatic refractor that will be used to view brighter objects. Lunar and brighter planetary viewing was made much more pleasurable, since fringing and false color was minimized, although not in all cases eliminated. Baader and Agena are a great combination!

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      Review by Newt Reno of Minnesota.
      1396224000
      Mar 30, 2014

      5.0 A great filter

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Compact,Strong Construction,Easy to Use,Quality Lenses

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      This filter is great if you have an achromat and would like to cut down on some of the purple/yellow fringe that achros can give off with brighter objects; when used on star fields and DSOs this filter is not really noticeable but when used while viewing brighter objects, the difference is readily apparent.

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      Review by Phil Barker of Hokitika Westland.
      1390608000
      Jan 24, 2014

      5.0 Baader Fringekiller

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Compact,Quality Lenses

      Cons:

      Difficult to Use

      Comments:

      Use with istar 6 inch f-12 lens really improves planetary images at higher powers ie over 300 for Saturn. Only down side very finicky changing at night between eyepieces so I leave in diagional highly recommended.

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      Review by C8er of New Zealand.
      1374969600
      Jul 27, 2013

      5.0 Excellent CA reducer on ST80 achromat

      Pros:

      Reduces Ca Significantly

      Cons:

      Adds Slight Yellow Cast

      Comments:

      I use this on an ST80 F5 80mm achromat and it has reduced the CA significantly and greatly improved the views through the scope. It adds a very faint yellow cast to the view but that hasn't bothered me at all in comparison with the big reduction in CA.

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      Review by John of Tucson, AZ.
      1370217600
      Jun 2, 2013

      5.0 Quality

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Quality Lenses

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      Used to eliminate blue fringe in short focal length refractor (f5.6).

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      Review by telescope tom of Arizona.
      1365206400
      Apr 5, 2013

      5.0 Baader fringe killer

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Accurate

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      The best of the purple haze reducers for achromats. Doesn't dim the image much.

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      Review by Chuck of Brook Park, Ohio.
      1348272000
      Sep 21, 2012

      5.0 Baader Fringe Filter

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Compact,Accurate,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses,Lightweight

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      I use this to reduce some slight violet color fringing in my Celestron 102 achromatic refractor.
      I also like that this filter includes the Baader UV/IR rejection coatings so I don't have to use that separate filter.

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      Review by ChemistDVD of Mapleton, UT.
      1335744000
      Apr 29, 2012

      5.0 Big improvement for inexpensive optics

      Pros:

      Removes violet halos,Natural Color

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      I have an 80 mm f/5 non-apochromatic refractor I use as a guide scope and for wide-field imaging. It produces violet halos around bright stars, which I had been removing using Photoshop desaturation techniques. I had heard about "minus violet" filters and having had good luck with Baader filters in the past, decided to try this one. I now leave the filter on the camera attached to the 80 mm scope all the time. It makes focusing sharper, and the violet halos are gone. I don't notice any other effects on the color (but admittedly I'm doing deep sky photography where all the colors are somewhat fake anyway). The scope is still not apochromatic, but it is a lot closer now and I am very happy with this filter.

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      Review by booker of Clinton, IA.
      1330041600
      Feb 23, 2012

      4.0 Good results

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      Quality Lenses,Easy to Use

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      Owners with triplets ota have said thy like this setup..EC DUBLET WITH THE FRINGE KILLER FOR photography

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      Review by Jerry of Cincinnati, Ohio.
      1324425600
      Dec 20, 2011

      4.0 A worthwhile investment

      Pros:

      Accurate,Compact,Quality Lenses,Easy to Use

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      My widefield refractor I just built had too much 'violet color' around bright objects. The filter eliminated most of the color and objects such as Jupiter appear much sharper in focus than without the filter. This filter is definitely a worthwhile investment for achromat owners.

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      Review by Sbrand of Concord, NH.
      1321574400
      Nov 17, 2011

      5.0 Great!

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Quality Lenses

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      I had my first night out with this filter and what a difference! I have a 4 inch F/6 refractor and without this filter I had trouble seeing any detail on Jupiter, other than the 2 main belts. With the filter most of the glare is gone and I could see 4 belts in average seeing at only 67X. The moons of Jupiter also seem to come to a sharper focus and the same is true for stars. This filter will permanently stay in my diagonal. Get this is you have a fast refractor.

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      Review by Stargazer of Canfield, Ohio.
      1316304000
      Sep 17, 2011

      5.0 Great Filter For Refractors and SCT's

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Quality Lenses,Accurate

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      Gives that little "extra" to both my 4.3" ED APO as well as my C9.25 SCT. It does add a little yellow to the image when using the Canon 500D, but creating a preset in Lightroom, or Action in Photoshop will take care of that issue. Mars and Jupiter looked better with the filter than without it on both scopes. Mars's Polar cap is more visible, as are the cloud bands and GRS on Jupiter. I used it for a Comet Garradd time lapse sequence, and for M82, and NGC 7331. Focusing was quite a bit easier, especially using the 500D's "live view" mode. I have not done extensive tests using expensive equipment, but ony the "what my eyes see" test, because that's the bottom line, and I do see an improvement both visually, and photographically. This is a great addition to my "toolbox", and money well spent. I'll be sticking with the Baader line, strictly top notch.

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      Review by Dave of upstate NY.
      1304208000
      Apr 30, 2011

      5.0 Turns an achro into a Semi-APO

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Quality Lenses

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      I've had a theory about achromatic refractors - that being that it is harder to get a sharp tight pinpoint star focus at higher magnifications due to the chromatic abberation inherent in achromatic designs. So I bought the fringe killer because it has high transmission overall and only cuts significantly in the blue. The color shift with this filter is marginal and only noticed on the Moon. But it works wonders with my 140mm Vixen Neo-achro. I've gone back and forth between views with and without the fringe killer filter and I can say that: (1) there does not seem to be any significant loss of light. This I noted by looking at faint granular open clusters. The number of detectable stars did not decrease with the filter. (2) The filter does make the views noticeably sharper and steadier. In going back and forth I can see tighter pinpoint stars with the fringe killer filter than without. I also notice the stars seem steadier and the overall field seems a little cleaner with a touch more contrast. All in all this turns my 140mm Neo-achro into an almost apochromat - quite amazing.

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      Review by AmpleLight of Naperville, IL.
      1292803200
      Dec 19, 2010

      5.0 Like seeing your first shooting star!

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Standard thread mounts,Instantaneous results,Strong Construction,Infrared UV cut,6563 HA compatable,Contrast enhancement,Solar filter enhancement,Calcium K compatible,Color Enhancement,Noticeable clarity,Compact,WORTH EVERY PENNY,Edge clarifier,Accurate,Eliminate 99 blue fringe,Compatible w all scopes,Pollution filter,Digital camera enhancer,See starclusters w etx60

      Cons:

      Its not a Semi APO filter

      Comments:

      I bought the Baader Planetarium fringe killer without any prior knowledge about it. It was the greatest upgrade I have made for my telescopes, two meade etx60's, a meade etx80, and a coronado pst. After reading the very informative lable on the filter box, which conveniently supplies full spectral data and absorption lines, I opened the jewel case, which is aptly named because I was dazzled in awe by the spectacular coating the filter presented. It visually resembles a prescious gem at certain angles. The filter screws onto any standard eyepiece which then drops into your telescopes eyepiece receptical as normal standard filters should. The first thing you will clearly notice in your viewing is more stars, and a gaseous debris surrounding star clusters. I honesty saw this for the first time, specifically because of the fringe killer filter. It lowers light pollution glow just enough to make you say WOW. This I will remember for the rest of my life, like the first shooting star I ever saw. I will definatley be buying a second fringe killer from Agena Astroproduct's, and definitely will try the Baader Semi-Apo filter in early 2011.

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      Review by 3DPranausk of Lake Elsinore, CA.
      1263859200
      Jan 18, 2010

      5.0 Exellent Product!

      Pros:

      Compact,Quality Lenses,Strong Construction,Accurate

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      Does exactly what it supposed to! Took the violet fringe from Jupiter using a Celestron Omni XLT 120 Achromatic refractor without a loss of contrast. A blessing for those of us who can't afford an Apochromatic scope!

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      Review by sylwesterk123 of Poland, Jelenia Gora.
      1257552000
      Nov 6, 2009

      5.0 Super-filter!

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      Compact,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses

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      I need a fringe-killer always when I use my refractor. Observations are much better now and I will take this filter everywhere I go for looking at the sky.

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      Review by nMAC of Portugal.
      1249603200
      Aug 6, 2009

      5.0 The really killer filter

      Pros:

      Compact,Accurate,Strong Construction,Quality Lenses

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      Using for planetary photos. Eliminates almost all chromatic aberration. Tested on various scopes with consistent results. Best filter of this kind I have found.

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      Review by alanoodle of New York.
      1237852800
      Mar 23, 2009

      4.0 Good Violet Reduction Filter

      Pros:

      Sharpens image slightly,Works effectively

      Cons:

      Distracting yellowish hue

      Comments:

      I own a large aperture, short focus achromatic refractor. While I primarily bought it to observe deep-sky objects, for which it provides excellent views, I occasionally enjoy using it to split double stars or observe a planet or two. This is where the scope suffers from some serious chromatic aberration. The violet fringe on brighter objects is enough to detract from the enjoyment of the scope. All bright objects from stars to planets to license plates are surrounded by a violet halo and an inability to come to a truly sharp focus.

      Baader Planetarium's Fringe Killer filter is just one of many “minus violet” filters available that are designed to cancel out light from the violet end of the spectrum, effectively reducing the violet haze around bright objects. It comes in two sizes to screw onto eyepieces or diagonals of either 1.25 or 2-inches in diameter.

      The Fringe Killer is very effective at reducing the chromatic aberration to the point of making even my refractor much more enjoyable for viewing planets or bright stars. It even helps to reduce visual "noise" muddling of the image also caused by CA, making the image actually appear sharper.

      If Baader's Fringe Killer has any downside, it's that it imparts a noticeable yellow tinge to brighter stars and planets. This is even more apparent if used for daytime terrestrial viewing. Baader does make a filter called the Neodymium Moon and Skyglow

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      Review by cosmic109 of Georgia.
      1233532800
      Feb 1, 2009

      5.0 A Great Anti-Fringing Filter

      Pros:

      Very durable,Can be used for imaging,Improves detail

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      It is a known fact that fast achromatic telescopes suffer from the dreaded "purple haze" when viewing bright objects. This can be controlled somewhat by the use of a minus violet filter. However, some of these filters can actually make the problem worse by reducing the amount of light transmitted and further causing resolution problems.The Baader Fringe-Killer filter is great for helping minimize this problem in fast achromatic telescopes. The filter is precision ground and fully coated. It uses 50 dielectric coatings on all surfaces of the glass. When used with my Orion 100mm f/6 refractor, views of moonscapes appear much sharper in detail and purple halos are reduced around stars and other bright objects. The filter does add a somewhat yellow tinge to the view, but you should acclimate to this very quickly. I paid around [$] for the 2" version several years ago, and have not regretted the purchase. Oh, it can also thread either to your eyepiece or diagonal.This is a worthwhile investment for any achromat user.

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    26. alanoodle

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      Aug 22, 2008

      4.0 Good Violet Reduction Filter

      Pros:

      Effectively reduces the violet haze caused by CA, appears to sharpen the image slightly.

      Cons:

      Yellowish hue can be distracting, especially for daytime viewing.

      Comments:

      I own a large aperture, short focus achromatic refractor. While I primarily bought it to observe deep-sky objects, for which it provides excellent views, I occasionally enjoy using it to split double stars or observe a planet or two. This is where the scope suffers from some serious chromatic aberration. The violet fringe on brighter objects is enough to detract from the enjoyment of the scope. All bright objects from stars to planets to license plates are surrounded by a violet halo and an inability to come to a truly sharp focus.

      Baader Planetarium’s Fringe Killer filter is just one of many “minus violet” filters available that are designed to cancel out light from the violet end of the spectrum, effectively reducing the violet haze around bright objects. It comes in two sizes to screw onto eyepieces or diagonals of either 1.25 or 2-inches in diameter.

      The Fringe Killer is very effective at reducing the chromatic aberration to the point of making even my refractor much more enjoyable for viewing planets or bright stars. It even helps to reduce visual “noise,” a muddling of the image also caused by CA, making the image actually appear sharper.

      If Baader’s Fringe Killer has any downside, it’s that it imparts a noticeable yellow tinge to brighter stars and planets. This is even more apparent if used for daytime terrestrial viewing. Baader does make a filter called the “Neodymium Moon and Skyglow” filter, which removes some of the yellow color but does darken the image to a noticeable extent.

      In conclusion, Baader Planetarium’s Fringe Killer is effective at removing the infamous “Purple Haze” so common with achromatic refractors but the yellowish hue does cause this filter to miss getting a perfect 5-star rating.

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    27. cosmic109

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      Aug 15, 2007

      5.0 A Great Anti-Fringing Filter

      Pros:

      Improves detail; Can be used for imaging; Very durable.

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      It is a known fact that fast achromatic telescopes suffer from the dreaded "purple haze" when viewing bright objects. This can be controlled somewhat by the use of a minus violet filter. However, some of these filters can actually make the problem worse by reducing the amount of light transmitted and further causing resolution problems.

      The Baader Fringe-Killer filter is great for helping minimize this problem in fast achromatic telescopes. The filter is precision ground and fully coated. It uses 50 dielectric coatings on all surfaces of the glass. When used with my Orion 100mm f/6 refractor, views of moonscapes appear much sharper in detail and purple halos are reduced around stars and other bright objects. The filter does add a somewhat yellow tinge to the view, but you should acclimate to this very quickly.

      This filter should be still available from Alpine Astro. I paid around $87 for the 2" version several years ago, and have not regretted the purchase. Oh, it can also thread either to your eyepiece or diagonal.

      This is a worthwhile investment for any achromat user.

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