UHC light pollution filter for urban environment
Optolong UHC with narrower passband provides higher contrast. Thus it is more suitable for urban environment where you suffer from severe light pollution.
  • Description

  • Specification

1.Optolong UHC Introduction

The UHC (Ultra High Contrast) broadband filter is designed to improve the visibility of various deepsky objects. By selectively reducing the transmission of wavelengths of light pollutants, specifically those produced by artificial lightings including mercury vapor lamps, both high & low pressure sodium vapor lights and the unwanted natural light caused by neutral oxygen emission in our atmosphere (i.e. skyglow). Together with the highly transparent in main nebula emission lines at OIII(496nm and 500nm), H-beta (486nm), NII(654nm and 658nm), H-alpha(656nm) as well as SII(672nm), the filter is suitable for enhancing the contrast and details for both visual and photograghic purpose at sub-rural area with heavy light pollution.

Main Use and Performance

Suitable for color CCD cameras and unmodified DSLRs.

UHC with narrower passband provides higher contrast than CLS. Thus it is more suitable for urban environment where you suffer from severe light pollution.

UHC has a substantial red passband and offer superb views for objects like the Orion Nebula (M42).

Light pollution filter do not eliminate the effects of light pollution or increase the object’s brightness. In many cases, they increase the contrast between nebula and night sky, not brightening the nebula.

WARNING: The filters of Optolong are not designed for sun observation. DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN WITH OPTOLONG FILTER. You would be BLIND if you fail to observe the warning.


Technical Data

Sbustrate: optical glass
Blocking range: 300-700nm
Blcoking depth: OD3, light pollution line blocking >99%
Surface quality: 60/40 (Refer to MIL-O-13830A, MIL-C-48497A)
Transmitted Wavefront RMS:  ¼ λ
 Parallelism: 30s


2. UHC Spectrum and Characteristic




How to read the chart?

▲The horizontal axis is the Wavelength in Nanometers(nm).

▲The vertical axis is transmission in %.

▲The RED line shows the line of Halph. Green line shows the emmission of OIII. The artifical emission lines are shown in ORANGE. 



3. Coating Technology

·Multi-layers anti-reflection coating

·Non-cementing optical substrate coating

·Optolong L-Pro 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.

·Planetary rotation system offers precision and homogeneity of coatings ensuring high value on transmission of pass-band and Optical density of off-band.



4. Gloable Price


  UHC Gloable MAP                            Unit Price in USD dollars    
1.25"(1 1/4" mounted) $55.00
2" mounted $85.00
M77 mounted $188.00





5. Packing

Outer Box: silve box

Plastic Box: PP material

Lining: imported high pressure white EVA material

6. Optolong UHC Performance


I The Milky Way Hongkong, Cityscape shot by Vincent Cheng




II NGC2244 Rosette Nebula _by Dengyunwei

Using Optolong UHC filter




III You can see the Milky Way in Kunming City, image shot by Yule who used Optolong UHC.

See the compare.




Ⅳ M42 by Jxsky, Optolong UHC filter




V Compare iamge by astrophotographer Luocheng.


Optolong UHC features:

★1.25"(1 1/4" mounted), 2" mounted for eyepiece

★Round 77mm, 82mm mounted to screw on the objective lens

★SLR Camera clip filters: EOS-C, EOS-FF, NK-FF, Sony-FF