This contrast-enhancing anodized aluminium, optical glass filter is designed to block out the wavelengths of light emitted by mercury-vapour light and other common causes of light pollution, whilst providing higher transmission at critical hydrogen-alpha and hydrogen-beta lines than competing filters.
Bright, light-polluted skies appear darker, and the contrast between object and sky is improved significantly. This contrast-enhancement effect is particularly apparent on nebulae. Unlike stars, emission nebulae give off light in a very narrow range of wavelengths. The filter allow maximum transmission of the important wavelengths of H-alpha, H-beta and doubly ionized oxygen – the ones most commonly emitted by nebulae.
Views of galaxies and star clusters are also enhanced, but to a lesser degree. Also improves contrast on reddish planetary detail.
Works well in telescopes of all apertures but is highly recommended for use on smaller telescopes up to 114mm diameter, where conventional filters swallow up too much light.
Available in two sizes, threaded to fit either standard 1.25” or 2” astronomical eyepieces.
|Average Rating (10 Reviews): |Ɓrilliant light pollution filter and company
20 March 2023 | Pete
I will definitely be doing more business with First Light Optics. Very helpful staff.
16 January 2023 | Alistair
Ordered item and received it in 2 days excellent service and would highly recommend this for light pollution
A no brainer for the money!
16 November 2022 | Wesley
This light pollution filter has been such a help! I am able to triple my exposure times for the same amount of light pollution washout than without a LPF! And for the money, I think it's a no-brainer for any amateur astrophotographer!
30 September 2019 | Paul
Basically does nothing for visual use from my bortle 5 skies, either needs more light polluted skies to see an effect or be used for imaging.
23 April 2018 | Joshua
This light pollution filter is a great, and economical choice. I just shot M81/M82 in the northerly skies from my house toward the city. I was able to almost triple my exposure times and get the same light pollution wash that I achieved without the filter. Great option. It's not a perfect filter, but for about 50 bucks shipped instead of 180, it was the perfect price.
20 April 2018 | John
this filter does help reduce light pollution,. I was able to view more stars which had been blocked out by the many street lights where I live. Good value for the price
07 May 2012 | Richard
A really good filter and although I have the 2" version I do not doubt that the 1.25" is just as good. A good value alternative to the more expensive filters.
29 January 2012 | Winston
In my location on the south coast we have horrid old sodium orange lights of the old sling it in all direction sort,having nearly given up using a dslr as 2 min + exposures you end up with a bright orange pic,even down to 1 min you still see the intrution,after using the 1 1/4 size the images are pure black,totally taking out the false colour,have ordered a 2in version also flo do a one piece adaptor(no more bits unscrewing and cameras doing there own thing)in the past have used sw direct connection but this does not allow the addition of any form of filter,if your in a sodium light area these are superb,as other reviewers say maybe not for all light types.
21 May 2011 | Tom
The filter works well for light pollution, though only for the light from the orange sulphur street lights on these it does work very well.
It also cuts down the general skyglow as well, which is very welcome.
Either awesome or poor depending on your light pollution
19 May 2011 | Mike
This is a good filter but it's performance will vary from miraculous to a damp squib depending on the type of light pollution you are facing.
If you're observing through city light pollution, don't expect much improvement. There's just too much light for the filter to block out. If the filter blocked out all that light you wouldn't see anything at all.
However, if you have old street lights, the deep orange low pressure sodium ones - this filter will do an excellent job of cutting that out. It works too on the higher pressure sodium (still orange) lights but not quite as well as these lights are brighter.
As for floodlights, security lighting, etc, these filters won't do much.
I highly recommend these filters for all observers using 1.25" eyepieces. If you're in England, you really need one of these in your eyepiece box. If you're in a city, they're helpful too in case you travel outside. I've tested this filter from two English star parties from relatively dark skies and they did improve the views, increasing contrast and dulling down the orange glow from nearby towns.