There is an ever growing demand for filters suitable for extremly fast optical systems like Celestron´s RASA the Epsilon Astrographs made by Takahashi.
Our novel MaxFR emission line filters are suitable up to very fast focal ratios. The new Astronomik MaxFR series of narrowband-emissionline filters is perfect matched to the requirements of astronomical deep-sky imaging with fast optical systems. For the three most important emission lines of oxygen (OIII), hydrogen (H-alpha) and sulfur (SII) you may select your filters either with 12nm or 6nm Bandwidth (FWHM).
Our new MaxFR filters are made in a completely new way, designed to work perfectly with fast optical systems. The built-in well known MFR Coating technique gives you the best out-of-band blocking possible across the entire range of wavelengths from the UV up to IR! Your advantage of our new design is a extremly high contrast, minimized stray light, no halos and needle-sharp stars. The Astronomik MFR narrowband-emissionline filters give you the best quality of data: The best start material to be processed to a awesome final image!
For 12nm MaxFR filters this means a unlimited usability from f/1.7 to f/1:8 and about 85% of the maximum transmission at a f/1:1.4 as guaranteed.
For 6nm MaxFR filters this means a unlimited usability from f/2.2 to f/1:8 with about 90% of the maximum transmission at a f/2 as guaranteed performance data.
For maximum contrast the SII filter is carefully designed to block all light coming from H-alpha and NII (nitrogen).
Imaging with Narrowband-Emissionline Filters
If you have to observe from light polluted sites (like most of us...), imaging with narrowband-emissionline filters is the best way to take great images, as all kind of light pollution can be blocked very effective! Normaly an H-alpha filter should be your first step into this amazing field of astrophotography! With an Narrowband H-alpha filter you will be able to take deep and contrasty images even wih very heavy light pollution or with the full moon high up in the sky!
If you look at other astrophotos, an H-alpha is the best choice for all nebulas glowing red! An OIII filters expands your imaging possibilities, as you are able to image all greenish/blueish structures. Planetary nebulas and star forming regions are great targets! The SII filters completes your HSO-set of filters. With these three filters you are able to process your images like the ones from the Hubble space telescope!
Quality aspects of the new Astronomik MFR narrowband-emissionline filters:
MFR Coating: The 12nm Filters can be used on all instruments down to f/1.4, the 6nm filters down to f/2.
High-Quality substrate: Astronomik filters are made with stress- and striae free, opticaly polished glass. The filter itself is made of ultra thin layers on this substrate!
Parfocal filters: All Astronomik Filters are parfocal! Due to the very small thickness-tolerance the focal plane is not shifted when changing filters!
Coating: Astronomik filters are made of up to 170 layers which are coated on both sides of the substrate. These layers form the filter itself and act as a Anti-Reflection Coating.
Durability: Due to our coating technique all Astronomik filters are highly scratch resistant, not sensitive to moisture and do not degrade when getting older. Every Astronomik filter will deliver it´s full perfomance and meet the specs at the point of shipping even after lot´s of years.
Integated Blocking: All unwanted light is blocked in the whole spectral range from UV up to the IR! (You will not need an additonal UV & IR-Blocker when imaging with any of our new narrowband-emissionline filters with coating!)
Wide range of available sizes from 1,25" up to square 50mm x 50mm filters.
Delivered in a high-quality protection & storage box.
Due to our outstandding coating technique we do offer a 10 year guarantee on all of our filters.
You get the highest quality possible with every single Astronomik filter to be able to take perfect images with your instruments! Especialy the filters against ligh pollution and the narrowband-emissionline filters will expand your imaging possibilities enormous! You are investing your money for an accessory which will work in lot´s of years in the same ways it did when it was brand new. Due to our special coating technique the filters do not degraed when getting older, and due to the new MFR coating you will be able to use the filter on nearly all instruments!
Typicall questions asked by customers looking for Narrowband-Emissionline Filters:
Which is the best full-width-half-maximum for me? 12nm or 6nm?
The question which full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) is the "best", shows up on in eMails on our monitor or when talking to customers at fairs very often. A general "right" or "wrong" or "best" does not make any sense. We would not offer both series if they were not needed.
If you have a camera with an extremly low dark current and effective cooling, the 6nm filters will give you major advantages: Due to the stronger blocking of the background you will be able to expose longer and get deeper images! All stars are very tiny points, most faint stars do not show up anymore! -This is a major advantage even for normal cameras, as you can take images of faint structures even in star-crowded regions of the milkyway!
To put it short: 12nm Filters are the right choice for all DSLRs and dark-current limited cameras.
6nm filters are the best choice for observing sites with extrem strong light pollution, cameras with low dark-current and when weak objects require the maximum contrast and star-reduction possible!
How much is exposure time increased?
This question is asked quite often, and the answer is very easy: You don have to expose longer, but you MAY expose longer!
Due to the high transmission of approximately 100% at the center wavelength nearly all emission line photons reach the sensor. So the number of for example "H-alpha-photons" does not change significant wether a H-alpha filter is installed or not. But looking at the photons of other wavelength, which wi do NOT want to record makes the effect of the filter clear: The combination of a very good blocking of all unwanted light from UV up to the IR and the narrow bandwidth of the filters reduces all unwanted signal on the sensor! If you do an exposure of 30sec without any filters from a lightpolluted urban observing site, your sky-background might be allready very, very bright or even saturated. The same image taken with an Narrowband-Emissionline filter will give you a perfect black background without any signal and the signal from the object will be about the same. With this black background you have the possibility to expose longer -propably 30min instead- to record fainter structures! So itś not a "must", it´s a "can".