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Baader C2 Swan Band 15nm Filter

Baader C2 Swan Band 15nm Filter
Price:  £68.00(Inc. 20% VAT)

Model:  2961860
Brand:  Baader

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The Baader C2 SWAN-Band-Filter with ≤ 15 nm Half-Band-Width isolates the two C2 lines at 511 and 514nm – leading to a contrast gain for comet hunters!

These two emission lines at 511nm and 514nm, named Swan bands after their discoverer, dominate the spectrum of a comet’s gas tail in the visible range. The filter allows only the light from the two carbon bands to pass through and, among other things, blocks the ubiquitous stray light, similar to a nebula filter in deep-sky observation. Structures in the gas tail thus become clearer even under good observing conditions. At the same time, the filter completely blocks the nearby OIII line at 501nm and below, which other Swan-Band filters allow to pass. The filter therefore allows for even higher contrast, and comets with gas tails can be distinguished even better from those dominated by a dust tail (and where a SWAN filter provides only a small contrast enhancement). For ambitious comet observers, a SWAN filter is part of the basic equipment.

Just in time for the introduction of this new C2 Swan-Band filter, a bright comet, comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), offered itself as a test object and one of Baader Planetatrium’s customers (Mr Andreas Bringmann) was one of the first testers. The image of that comet is below and was taken from a city with an almost full moon. The image easily shows the amount of “doubly ionized carbon” (the carbon excited to glow radiates only in the wavelengths 511 nm and 514 nm ) emitted by the comet. The filter shows the complete extension of the ion cloud around a comet:

The Swan-Band filter is indeed a very special filter with central wavelength at 512 nm and ≤15nm half-width – for the first time without any O III transmission. It is therefore suitable for a variety of unusual applications some of which require further investigation, whether as an “O III parallel filter” to better remove stars from the image, or as a solar filter in a previously inaccessible section of the spectrum. We would be pleased about your experience reports also apart from the comet photography.

The Baader SWAN-Filter has got all the advantages of the CMOS-optimized Baader filters:
Increased contrast, matched for typical CMOS quantum efficiency and s/n ratio
Reflex-Blocker™ coatings, for largest ever freedom from halos, even under most adverse conditions concerning aux-optics
Identical filter thickness to existing standards, with utmost care for parfocality
Blackened edges all around, with filter-lead-side-indicator in the form of a telescope-sided black outer rim, to additionally eliminate any reflection due to light falling onto the edge of a filter, making additional front-masks obselete
Each filter coated individually, with sealed coating edge (NOT cut out of a larger plate with coatings left exposed, read more)
Life-Coat™: evermore hard coatings to enable a non-aging coating for life – even in a most adverse environment

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Zygo Interferometer Testing For ED Refractor Telescopes!

We are extremely pleased to announce our Zygo Interferometer is now installed and ready for use! Our experienced staff can test refractor lenses up to 120mm aperture and provide a comprehensive 2 page report showing the optical quality and Strehl ratio, plus much more information. We are using the very latest Zygo MX software to provide a more detailed report compared to other standard reports.


The interferometer is essentially a measuring instrument. Within the interferometer is a calibrated laser that is pointed through the optical test surface, then onto a high quality reference sphere, then back through the test subject then to an internal camera which gives us the measurement on the screen. From this, we can adjust the position of the test optic and the reference sphere to obtain a perfectly calibrated system. The more central the laser to the test optic and then on return, the better and more accurate reading and measurement we can take. This takes a lot of adjustment to get the best results from the optical surface. Once the measurement has been taken, we are provided with a series of results that show the optical quality of the surface plus other information. Continue reading for an explanation of the individual values and you can also see a test report that was done on one of our RVO Horizon 60 OTAs. 

We are offering certain telescopes with a Zygo test at an extra cost. Mainly ED doublets and triplets. All available telescopes with a Zygo test report are listed here. Just select Zygo Test Report from the drop down box at the top of the listing and we will test the optics in house and provide a full 2 page report with your scope. This will show you the optical quality of your telescope optics. We can also offer this service on your refractor telescope. Please get in touch for more details about this. 

At Rother Valley Optics, one thing we pride ourselves on is customer service and quality of our equipment. When we test your telescope, we will ensure that it is of the highest quality otherwise, we will reject the scope under our strict quality control and test another model for your peace of mind. One of the main values to look at when testing a refractor is the Strehl ratio. The higher this number, the higher quality lens you have. At Rother Valley Optics, we will guarantee the highest possible Strehl ratio for your telescope.  We will aim to provide 0.95 Strehl or higher on Takahashi, RVO Horizon, William Optics and many more! Generally, the higher the Strehl ratio, the lower the Astigmatism and Coma meaning a better image quality from your instrument. 

Other measurements such as the PV and RMS are important too. With these measurements, the lower the number the better as it shows less curvature on the lens. The flatter an optical lens, the better it will perform. The PV rating (Peak To Valley) is a measurement from the highest point (Peak) to the lowest point (Valley). From this we get the RMS (Root, Mean, Square). This is a similar figure to the PV and measured exactly the same way. The RMS is basically an average height difference from the PV so again, the lower the better. As you can see form the example below, we measured an RMS of just 0.027 wave which is a very good value.

We also measure the Power with our systems which is essentially the error from the reference sphere to the test optic. The reference sphere we use on our system is a very high quality sphere so the closer to zero the Power, the less error between the 2 elements thus ensuring a higher quality optical surface. 

You will also see some more values such as Astigmatism and Coma. Again, these are measured by the interferometer when we take measurements of the optical surface after adjustment. These are values which ideally would be at 0 but as our test optics are all curved lenses, there will always be astigmatism and coma present. The lower the number, the less of these aberations you will effectively see but with most refractors, you can buy field flatteners which will compensate for the coma anyway. The astigmatisms value is explaining the error between the symmetrical curvature of the lens. Basically, no lens will be perfectly symmetrical, the lower the astigmatism, the more symmetrical the lens surface is. 

Once the Zygo test report has been completed, the optical alignment is thoroughly tested and tuned to ensure they are spot on before they leave us. 

All available telescopes are on the website at the link below and ones we've tested already that are available straight away are also listed.

Here is an example of the test what we provide. This was a test on one of our Horizon 60 ED OTA's.

For any questions about this amazing new service, please either call 01909774369 or email


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