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Solar Spectrum Research Grade 32mm 0.65A H-Alpha Filter

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Solar Spectrum Research Grade 0.65 Angstrom H-Alpha Filter with 32mm clear aperture and active temperature control

The Solar Spectrum Research Grade series of H-Alpha Etalons are extremely uniform across their surface making them suitable for use academically. The consistancy of the RG filters makes them much rarer than normal and means that lead times can be extended. Please contact us if you are interested in a Reearch Grade filter and we will find out the current lead time for a given bandpass if there is not one in stock.

Solar Spectrum stand-alone H-Alpha filters may be used on a variety of telescopes. Typically these are Refractors but it is also possible to adapt Schmidt Cassegrain and Maksutov reflectors. Regardless a suitable energy rejection filter must be used. For air spaced refractors this can take the form of a simple UV/IR cut or H-Alpha filter mounted internally. For oilled and Petzval refractors and any reflector, a front mounted energy rejection filter is required. The best of these are the Baader D-ERF types which will offer the best optical performance.

A rear mounted H-Alpha etalon requires that your telescope will operate at about F28-32. F30 is often chosen as an optimum. As no F/30 telescopes exist, owners use a tele-centric (not the same as a barlow) to bring their telescope to ~F/30. Examples are as follows

An F/6 telescope requires a 5X tele-centric
A F/7 or F/8 telescope requires a 4X tele-centric
A F/11-f/12.5 telescope requires a 2.5X tele-centric
A F/15 telescope requires a 2X tele-centric

We offer dedicated solar tele-centrics barlows from Baader in 2x, 3x and 4x multipliers.

Any Solar Spectrum Filter may be used on any aperture telescope with proper energy rejection. Please note that a full solar disc is only possible up to around 3200mm of focal length with the 32mm clear aperture of the Research Grade Filter. Increased focal length will offer partial solar views due to the size of the Sun in comparison to the Etalon aperture.

The Research Grade filters from Solar Spectrum have active temperature control to maintain the centre wavelength (CWL) of 656.28nm. The filter allows adjustment of the filters CWL to the red or blue using active temperature control. This maintains the bandpass of the filter unlike a tilt based system and also allows the unit to provide optimum results in a wider range of ambient temperatures. Adjustment of the CWL allows different features of the sun to be optimised for visual or photographic purposes.

Solar Spectrum Filters are precision made and have a reputation for excellent consistancy. The Research Grade RG32 is available in either 0.65A, 0.5A and 0.3A versions with a 0.05A tolerance operated at F30.

Additional accessories in the form of dedicated Solar Tele-Compressors in 0.7x and 0.4x are also available. These reduce the effective focal length of the system, providing both a wider field of view and also minimising seeing effects. These tele-compressors screw directly into the filter body.

Please contact us for full details about how to use a Solar Spectrum Filter with your telescope and what other accessories you will need.

Solar Spectrum filters are normally supplied to order, although we attempt to keep stock of some models. Lead times for filters will vary with type. Please contact us for more information.

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