1. L-eNhance Introduction
The relentless spread or urbanization and its associated light pollution have become a growing problem for all amateur astro photographers. The current solutions to the problem can be expensive and might include the purchase of a monochrome camera, several types of narrowband filters and a filter wheel.
Optolong L-eNhance provides an economical and practical solution for amateurs. It is a dual-band pass filter which has been designed for DSLR (digital SLR), color CMOS and monochrome CCD cameras. The convenience and cost effectiveness of this filter allows amateurs to image a rich selection of astronomical images, even in bright, heavily light-polluted areas. Optolong believes the design of our L-eNhance filter is a technical innovation among filters. It effectively isolates the H-Alpha, H-Beta, and Oxygen III nebula emission lines and achieves a maximum transmission of up to 90%. The performance of this filter delivers images that superbly control the impact from light polluted skies.
Hydrogen is the largest, the most primitive, the simplest, and the oldest element in the universe. Scientists consider that Hydrogen amounts to more than 90% of visible substance in space. Our sun is 5 billion years old, but so far hydrogen is still the key matter of nuclear fusion. While the sulfur element does not have much scientific significance, so keeping H and O is meaning for exploration of life.
Therefore, we highlight H-a, H-b, O3 and O2, and reduce the signal of sulfur.
2.Spectrum and Characteristic
Blocking range: 300-1000nm
Blcoking depth: light pollution line blocking >99%
Surface quality: 60/40
Transmitted Wavefront RMS: λ/4
Outer Box: silve box
Plastic Box: PP material
Lining: imported high pressure white EVA material
4. L-eNhance Performance
Compare: L-eNhance VS no filter © Vincent Cheng
Veil Nebula Wide Field (Equipment Test) ©Ron Brecher
This is the first-light test for two new pieces of equipment: QHY367C one-shot colour camera, and Optolong L-eNhance narrowband filter for colour cameras. The huge sensor on this camera, coupled with the Tak FSQ-106, captures the whole Veil Nebula with room to spare. The L-eNhance filter did a great job under difficult conditions – this image was taken under a nearly-full Moon. I think it would do even better in a darker sky. I am also having an excellent experience using Eagle 3 Pro computer which is now being used to control everything: two imaging cameras, an autoguider/planetary camera, two focusers and two dew heater strips.
North America Nebula Region©Ron Brecher
Please enjoy this image of the North America Nebula region. I continue to be impressed by both the Optolong L-eNhance filter and the QHY367C one-shot colour camera for this type of target.
The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) dominates the upper left of this image, and the Pelican Nebula (NGC 5070) is to the right centre. Additional, related nebulosity fills the bottom third of the image. These clouds of gas are part of a huge complex of emission nebulae lying about 1,600 light years away in northern Cygnus.
In theory NGC 7000 is bright enough to see with the naked eye, but its light is very spread out making it a challenge. I have seen it with my naked eye and with low power binoculars in dark skies north of where I live. It looks like a faintly hazy, irregular patch of grey.
Everyone sees things differently in these richly textured nebulae. To me the Pelican looks like a pterodactyl. Just yesterday, my wife Gail pointed out a dragon face that I will see from now on: Look in the dark rift between the Pelican’s eye and the east coast of North America. You’ll see a small round, pink nose with two bright eyes looking out at you as if from within a dark cave.
The image below was shot with a one-shot colour camera, but I have also imaged this object in greyscale through an H-alpha filter.
Takahashi FSQ-106 ED IV @ f/3.6,
QHY367C one-shot colour camera, and Optolong L-eNhance narrowband filter,
Paramount MX, unguided.
Acquisition, and focusing with TheSkyX.
Focus with Optec DirectSync focus motor and controller.
Automation with CCDCommander. Equipment control with Eagle 3 Pro computer. All pre-processing and processing in PixInsight.
Acquired from my SkyShed in Guelph.
Waning crescent Moon, average to above average transparency and fair to average seeing.
Data acquired July 22-26, 2019.
88x10m with Optolong L-eNhance filter (Total = 14hr40m)
Image scale 2.59 arcsec per pixel
IC1805©Andrea Andreotto Maggi
Result of the latest dual setup adjustments RGB Camera 071 ZWO Nikon Lens 300mm
Filter Optolong L-eNhance
Filter L-Pro Optolong 45 Light 900 sec Ha Camera 1600 M ZWO Astronomy Cameras Telescope 70mm f5 Filter HA Optolong 18 Light 900 sec
1.25" and 2" are avaiable.