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Old 25-03-2008, 11:58 AM
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Astrodon attacks Baader's HA filter which is less expensive than theirs

It seems Astrodon has had a bit of a dummy spit because the Baader 7Nm Ha filter is considerably cheaper.
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My points.
For faster systems the Baader rules as its peak is on the high side, improving performance for fast F ratios. Astrodon says it will suffer in F7 to F10 systems. The slowest system I have is my 10 inch F5.6. I also have a 6 inch F3.6 SN and the mighty 300mm F2.8 Flourite lens, which definately is happiest with a filter optomised for fast systems.

As for out of band blocking, its no secret that one should use a uv/ir filter in addition to any nebula filter, or HA filter, which addresses the out of band issue.
I just find it odd that a company like Astrodon feels the need to make a song and dance about a company that "dares" to enter its market of narrowband filters.

What must really irk Astrodon is that Sbig now offer Baader filters as well as Astrodon, see http://www.sbig.com/sbwhtmls/announc...rowband_f2.htm

Note that Astrodon's test images were on a "slow" RC system, not in a faster < f4 system. Id like to see a similar shoot out on such a faster system, I think you will find the Baader will hold it's own quite well.
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Old 25-03-2008, 04:08 PM
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Good reading Scott, I will take a decent look later.
I use a Baader Ha 7Nm, and also note that the new ST2000XCM had a Baader IR/UV, plus a Baader 2" nosepiece. Nice.
Nothing like a little dummy-spitting though, good for the soul.
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