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1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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Optolong Filters

Optolong filter adopts precision coating based on Ion-assisted deposition coating technology for durability and resistance to scratching, as well as stability on CWL(central wavelength) no deviation affected by temperature change.

Optolong Filters

Astrodon Filters

Astrodon Photometrics Sloan Filters

Astrodon Sloan Filterset


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available filter sizes

Standard sizes are 1.25", 31mm, 50mm round, and 50mm square. The 1.25" is 27.5 mm of filter glass mounted in a 1.25" filter cell. The 31mm is 27.5mm of filter glass mounted in a 31mm ring.

Unlike other Astrodon filters, the Photometric filters (Johnson-Cousins and Sloan) do not come as 36mm of unmounted glass. For those who want 36mm round for use in a 36mm filter wheel, 27.5 mm of filter glass can be mounted in our 36mm adapter.

We also have a limited quantity of 12mm and 25mm (call for pricing and availability). All Astrodon Photometric filters are 100%-Coated for long-term durability and consistency of research with the highest throughput.


NOTE: In Astrodon part numbers we pronounce the ' character (apostrophe) as "prime" and the _ character (underscore) we pronounce as "sub." So u'2_27R should be read as "u prime 2 sub 27 R."

The Sloan Digital Sky Survery (SDSS) filters were designed by Fukugita et al. (Ast. J., 411/4, April 1996, p. 1748-1756) to include five mostly non-overlapping filters covering 300 nm to the sensitivity limit of silicon CCD cameras near 1100 nm. They combined colored glass filters and short-pass dielectric coatings to steepen the low wavelength side of the bandpass. The sky glow line at 557.7 nm occurs between the g' and r' filters, and thus is reduced.

The SDSS photometric system is the most common filter set used today. The Hubble Space Telescope is equipped with an SDSS set that provides a large reference database for research. Much of photometry up to magnitude 23 will be done in this system with meter-class telescopes. The upcoming large collaborative survey projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope - LSST; Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System - Pan-Starrs) will also use SDSS filters.

Astrodon Photometrics Sloan Filters have evolved to our current Generation 2 filters with technical input from Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and others. Additional separation was included between the g' and r' filters to better avoid atmospheric sky glow . In particular the Y and z_s near-infrared filters were added to ensure that the filter, and not the detector, controlled the high-wavelength cut-off. This in contrast to our z' filter, which is simply a cut-on, or long-pass filter. Lastly, out-of-band blocking was tightened from an average to absolute specification to further minimize the already small leakage. A summary of the 50% points is provided in the chart below.

APM Professional Telescopes

1m F/8 Ritchey Chrétien with dual Nasmyth Foci, Cape Town (South Africa)

Another large telescope for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO). An 1m F/8 Alt-Az mounted Ritchey Chrétien for robotic use. It has dual Nasmyth Foci. The main telescopes used for research are located at the SAAO observing station (32°22.795’S 20°48,657’E) near Sutherland in the Northern Cape, a 4-hour drive from Cape Town.

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