(c) Joost Verheyden
All reviews represent my personal opinion after extended usage of the material - I have no connections to any vendor or brand.
The 2" HuTech IDAS "Light Pollution Surpression" filter (Version D1) has become an indispensible key tool for my imaging.
I use it almost on any occasion when extended exposure times are applicable.
The filter allows me to make longer exposures with a higher S/N ration in my moderate light-polluted skies.
It removes the oranje hue of low-pressure sodium street lighting. In exceptional cases color balancing in the final picture becomes challenging but normally that is pretty straightforward.
I use the filter on my tele's with a front step filter, effectively reducing in some case the aperture. An example: the Nikon 180mm ED has a F2.8. When applying the 2" (50mm) filter in front of the lens the focal ration will be reduced to F/3,6. That is no problem since I set the aperture of the lens to F/4 anyhow, or I just leave it open at F 3.6, for increasing image sharpness especially in the edges. On several occasions (when bright stars are in the field) I had reflections, with the 200mm Nikon F/4 tele, and the 135mm F2 Nikon tele (all old pre-AIS models).
Very rarely, e.g. for fast-moving comets, introducing the filter also introduces unwanted additional exposure time. The S/N ratio may be better but due to the longer integration time required, the comet will smudge (more).
Below are some examples / with and without filter .
And these are images from the Flame/Horsehead region in Orion, which for me is at an altitude of 37° and hence in bad weather conditions already in artifical light haze.
All pics with Nikon D5100 Unmodified TS65APO F6,5 ISO800
From Left to right:
No filter/300 seconds No filter/120 seconds No Filter/60 seconds No filter/33 seconds Filter applied / 180 seconds
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