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Baader Contrast Booster Filters

Baader Contrast Booster Filters
Price:  £77.00(Inc. 20% VAT)

Model:  2458360
Brand:  Baader
Filter Type  Nebula/Deep Sky

2 Year Warranty On All New Items
(Excluding Batteries & Globes)

  (1 Review)

Planoptically Polished with Phantom Coating Group (PCG).

A unique filter for many different astronomical tasks. Incomparable in accracy to combinations of generic color filters made of raw polished glass where surface inaccuracy adds up in the optical wave front to an unbearable degree! Especially designed to improve the ubiquitous beginners telescopes to provide a professional replacement for the simple `dark green` Moon & Solar-Filters made of `raw polished` glass.

(Note: for solar observation use only in combination with Baader AstroSolar Safety Film!)

Eliminates the color error of economy Refractors
Clearly puts the real quality of the lens on display
Removes the bluish hue (= lack of contrast) during lunar, planetary, solar, and terrestrial observation!
Strongly emphasizes surface detail on Jupiter and Mars! If you have never seen the GRS (Great Red Spot) on Jupiter with this filter you will!
Over 95% transmission provides a bright, brilliant image compared to the usual dark green color filters, used to bring out detail on Jupiter. Color recognition will be retained!
The ultimate in lunar filters! Moon (and Sun!) appear much more natural in color (with a slight yellowish tint, compared to the usual low priced dark green Moon-filters, usually offered for beginners telescopes.
Completely removes distracting false color and the resulting washed out image details. You have never ever seen the Moon or the Sun (with AstroSolar Safety Film) so tack sharp in an economy priced telescope!
Blocks atmospheric `stray light` (skyglow). Sky-background turns into pitch black!
Fits each and every standard filter thread; Combines with the (planeoptically polished) BAADER Infrared Cut-Filter. In this combination all blue scatter as well as unfocused near infrared light is completely removed an absolute MUST for digital imaging!
Planeoptically polished, suitable for being used in front of a binocular viewer, or for afocal image projection during digital imaging (way in front of the focal plane!)
No deterioration of resolution with magnifications of 200 x and more as with `raw polished`(flame polished) glass!
Substrate (glass melt) Neodymium doped glass
Coating (rear face) 7-layer hard-multicoating, featuring 0.25% reflection
Coating (front face) 23-layer dielectric long pass blocker
Ionbeam hardened coatings on both faces, absolutely scratch resistant may be cleaned any time without fear
A significant part of City Light Air Pollution, as well as Atmospheric Skyglow is removed from the telescopic image.

Discover your telescope a new with a BAADER Contrast Booster

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Great filter!
26 October 2023  | 

I bought this filter for my Skywatcher Startravel 120mm f5 refractor to decrease chromatic aberration for the occasions when I want to view bright objects, such as Jupiter and the moon. The filter claims to stop violet and blue secondary spectrum (the cause of CA) leading to increased contrast. And that it does. Brilliantly. Once I had worked out how to remove the filter from the box (you need to open it like a drawer) I screwed it into the base of my star diagonal and had a peep. Well, at low magnifications (32mm Celestron OMNI Plossl and 24mm BST Starguider ED eyepieces) this filter eliminates all CA. At higher magnifications almost all of the CA is eliminated (using 5mm BST Starguider ED eyepieces). The improvement in contrast when using this filter is amazing and makes it so much easier to focus on a target. To say that I am pleased with this filter would be the biggest understatement in the history of the written word - it is amazing. At least for what I want it for. I suspect that I will be leaving this filter in all the time as it improves all aspects of viewing with very little loss of light. A very competitive price from Rother Valley Optics and superb communication from Adam from start to end of the buying process.

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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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