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Optolong Oxygen III / O-III Narrowband (6.5nm) Nebula CCD Filter - 1.25"

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Brand Optolong
Part Number Q1OIII065403Y
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A. About Optolong's O-III (6.5nm) FIlter

The Optolong O-III (Oxygen-III) extra-narrowband filter is designed to improve the visibility of various deep sky objects. It does this by:

  • Selectively reducing the transmission of wavelengths of light pollutants, specifically those produced by artificial lighting (including mercury vapor lamps, both high & low pressure sodium vapor lights, and the unwanted natural light caused by neutral oxygen emission in our atmosphere (i.e. skyglow)).
  • Allowing only 6.5nm bandwidth of light centered on a wavelength of 500nm to pass through, which corresponds to OIII emission lines.

This is a blue-green colored filter as OIII emits 495.9nm and 500.7nm. Many images of planetary nebulae and supernova remnants are taken only with H-alpha and OIII filters. They show great structural details, but have natural colors, looking like an RGB image.

B. Main Uses and Performance

  • Suitable for visual observation on most emission nebulae, planetary nebulae and supernova remnants.
  • Suitable for color CCD cameras and modified DSLRs for astrophotography.
  • Hubble look of images can be made by the combination of H-alpha, OIII-CCD and SII-CCD images, such as the famous "Pillars of Creation" (M16 Eagle Nebula).

C. Spectral Curve Transmission Characteristics

  • 80% or better transmission at major O-III lines at 495.9nm and 500.7nm.
  • 0.1% transmission of major transmission lines of artificial light pollution:
    • Hg (Mercury) at 435.8nm, 546.1nm, 577nm, and 578.1nm.
    • Na (Sodium) at 598nm, 589.6nm, 615.4nm, and 616.1nm.
  • It also blocks out infrared wavelengths (700-1100nm) so a separate IR cut-off filter is not required for imaging applications.

D. Technical Specifications

  • Both surfaces are fine optically polished, accurate to 1/4 wavelength or better, and parallel to within 30 seconds or arc.
  • 2mm thick Schott B270 optical glass substrate material.
  • Very high surface quality of 60/40 or better (US Military Spec MIL-O-13830).

E. Optical Coating Specifications

  • Multi layer anti-reflection coated.
  • Non-cementing optical substrate coating.
  • Electron-beam gun evaporation with Ion-assisted deposition coating technology for durability and resistance to scratching, as well as stability on CWL (central wavelength) so that there is no deviation due to temperature changes during use.
  • Precise and homogeneous coatings ensure high values of desired passband and blocking of unwanted offband.
  • Every single filter is tested and passed by Optolong before shipping to dealers.

F. Other

  • 1.25" astronomy filter with standard M28.5x0.6 male filter thread (no female thread, so it cannot be stacked with other filters).
  • Ultra-thin filter cell to minimize vignetting; clear optical aperture of 26mm.
  • Precision CNC-machined metal filter cell with sand blasted black anodized finish, anti-reflection treatment, and laser engraving.
  • High quality protective plastic storage case.

WARNING: Optolong filters are not designed for direct solar observation. NEVER use these filters for observing the Sun, or permanent eye and equipment damage will result.

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