Explore Scientific 2" Hydrogen-Beta Narrowband Filter. Range from 478nm to 496nm with peak at 489nm. Peak transmission 94.5%. Item # 310230.
One of the most important obstacles for the exploration of the night sky is the brightening of the night sky by artificial lights such as streetlights. The night sky is not really dark in the vicinity of towns or cities, which reduces the visibility of objects beyond the solar systems enormously. Depending on the type of the celestial object it is possible to increase the contrast dramatically by blocking the annoying artificial light.
The Explore Scientific H-beta filter uses a characteristic property of the so called emission nebulae. Those objects glow in special colors, the so called emission lines. Those emission lines are linked to chemical elements - in this case Hydrogen. The Explore Scientific H-beta nebula filter blocks all other colors (and thereby nearly all of the artificial light) and only the emission line of hydrogen can pass the filter. The result is astonishing: suddenly nebulae are visible at locations that were completely empty without filters. In suburban skies for example, the Horsehead Nebula is almost not visible with a 300mm telescope. By using this filter you can see the nebula and its structure without problems.
A must for every visual observer. The Explore Scientific filters come with a individual test certificate - your guarantee to receive a premium filter.