Narrowband filter do not eliminate the effects of light pollution or increase the object’s brightness. In many cases, they increase the contrast between nebula and night sky, not brightening the nebula.
It can reduce the transmission of certain wavelengths of light, specifically those produced by artificial light including mercury vapor, and both high and low pressure sodium vapor lights and the unwanted natural light caused by neutral oxygen emission in our atmosphere (i.e. skyglow).
Form 2018, ZWO Made a progress on narrowband filters with new standard, provide better performance.
Name: ZWO narrowband 31mm filter
The ZWO H-Alpha filter has a bandpass of 7nm and passes light at 656nm wavelength, light transmission rate comes up to 80%. Best choice of narrowband H-alpha astrophotography filter for high-contrast imaging and revealing rich details of the nebula even in areas with strong light pollution, just prepare to experience the infinite fun with it !
The ZWO narrowband S-II 7nm filter passes light at 672nm wavelength with a bandpass of 7nm which is designed for nebula observation . It is suitable for visual observation on most emission nebulae, planetary nebulae and supernova remnants, use it with H-alpha and OIII narrowband filters (SHO Set) for tricolor CCD astrophotography.
The ZWO nrrowband O-III 7nm filter is designed for nebula observation allowing 7nm bandwidth of light centered on a wavelength of 500nm through, which corresponds to OIII emission lines, blocking out all other light. Adding the ZWO O-III Narrowband filter to your imaging collection will help you go beyond the RGB imaging and will help capture your favorite nebulas in a totally new light, no matter how polluted your skies may be!
- Hubble look of images can be made by the combination of H-alpha, OIII-CCD and SII-CCD, such as the famous “Pillars of Creation” (M16 Eagle Nebula)
- Narrowband imaging with SHO set (H-alpha, OIII-CCD and SII-CCD) can be done with the moon up in heavy light pollution, so your equipment is not sitting dormant for several weeks
- H-alpha filter is the first narrowband addition to LRGB set for most imagers who blend a black-and-white Ha image into RGB data to enhance structural detail while maintaining natural look
New OIII filter:
Both side will be fine.
- Glass Thickness 2.0+/-0.03 mm (31mm/36mm)
- Fine-optically polished to ensure accurate 1/4 wavefront over the both surfaces
- About 90% transmission at H-alpha line 656nm (H-Alpha filter )
- About 90% transmission at SII line 672nm (SII filter )
- About 90% transmission at major OIII line 500nm (OIII filter )
- Infrared wavelength 700-1100nm cut-off
- <0.1% transmission of off-band, OD3(Optical Density)
Here is a test of ZWO Ha Filters (ASI1600 mono camera, single frame, 300s, DDP in MaximDL) :
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Chummee – :
I have all three filters. Does orientation matter? If so, how to tell which side should be facing the objective lens for each?
sara.liu – :
No need to care about orientation, two sides are the same.
maropapa – :
What is the clear glass diameter of this 31mm filter? How much is it larger than the mounted 1 1/4 filters?
Support@ZWO – :
Name: ZWO narrowband 31mm filter
Robert Dixon – :
How can you tell the difference between the HA and SII filters
Katherine Tsai – :
When you look at the camera side, you will find Ha is darker in color.
Michel – :
I like to use a L-filter for focusing and than switch to Ha, is there a L-filter which is parfocal conpared to the Ha/SII/NIII filters?
Katherine Tsai – :
It is generally parfocal.
There is no way to be fully parfocal.
Ilya – :
Explain, please, how to install the new OIII filter correctly. In the description with the pen it is written that the side with two reflections is the camera side, but at the photo with 1.25″ OIII filters the side with two reflections is marked as “telescope side”. Thanks!
Sean Wang – :
Camera side has two reflections.