DayStar Filters QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter (Chromosphere)

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DayStar Filters QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter (Chromosphere)
Key Features
  • 656nm H-Alpha Filter with 12mm Blocking
  • Tuned for Chromosphere Viewing
  • Use Astronomical OTAs for Solar Viewing
  • ±0.5Å Wing Shift Tuning
Daystar Filters designed this version of the QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter specifically for viewing chromosphere details. The chromosphere's surface structure behaves differently in active regions than quiet areas, where magnetic field lines are stronger, so viewing this portion of the sun provides a constantly-changing observational experience.
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Expected availability: 3-5 weeks
$1,295.00
$108/mo. suggested payments for 12 Mos.
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SAFETY FIRST: Observing the Sun without the proper protection may result in serious personal injury, including permanent eye damage and blindness, and/or damage to equipment. Never point an optic at the sun without an approved solar filter on the front of the optic. For direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder, ensure your filter is ISO 12312-2 (also written as ISO 12312-2:2015) certified. Never use photographic neutral density filters for direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder.

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DayStar Filters DSZ4C Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Filter Properties
  • 3Optics
  • 4Recommended OTA Specifications
  • 5Power

Daystar Filters designed this version of the QUARK H-Alpha Eyepiece Solar Filter specifically for viewing chromosphere details. The chromosphere's surface structure behaves differently in active regions than quiet areas, where magnetic field lines are stronger, so viewing this portion of the sun provides a constantly-changing observational experience.

This all-in-one hydrogen-alpha filter is engineered to eliminate unnecessary components which reduced the size and weight, and enabled it to fit in a compact form factor that simply inserts into 1.25" or 2" diagonals and accepts 1.25" eyepieces. This design enables the use of nighttime telescopes for solar viewing. In addition to the tunable H-alpha filter, the Quark also functions as a 4.3x Barlow lens, with a 2-element lens system designed to be telecentric which flattens the field of view and reduces parallax, and optical coatings that are optimized for the 656nm H-alpha wavelength.

While there are no OTA aperture limitations, Daystar recommends the use of UV/IR cut filters or front-mount energy rejection filters on OTAs over 80mm of for long-duration solar viewing sessions. For best results, they suggest using refractor-style scopes with focal ratios between f/4-f/8, and you can enjoy full-disk viewing with focal lengths up to 450mm. The filter is powered via a micro-USB port, and Daystar includes a power cord and an AC adapter to meet the high-power requirements of 5 VDC 1.5A. To enable its use at home and abroad, a set of international outlet plugs is provided with adapters for the US, UK, EU, and Australia.

Filter Properties

  • Hydrogen-alpha bandpass
  • Integrated 12mm blocking filter
  • 20mm clear etalon aperture
  • Tuned to 0.5-0.3Å for viewing chromosphere details
  • Tuning knob allows for ±0.5Å wing shift for Doppler-shift compensation
  • Markers at every 0.1Å for reference and repeatability
  • LED indicators for power, warming, ready, and fault

Optics

  • Integrated 4.3x Barlow lens
  • Lens and optical coatings designed specifically for 656nm H-alpha wavelength
  • Two-element telecentric lens design keeps light waves parallel to flatten the field of view and reduce parallax as magnification increases

Recommended OTA Specifications

  • No aperture limitation
  • Best performance with f/4-f/8 refractors
  • Full-disk viewing on refractors up to 450mm focal length
  • For apertures over 80mm (3.1"), or for long-duration solar viewing, an UV/IR cut filter should be used for energy rejection
  • Not suited for off-axis applications

Power

  • 5 VDC, 1.5A micro-USB port
  • 90-240 VAC wall adapter
  • Set of international outlet plugs for US, UK, EU, and Australia
UPC: 702730990728

DayStar Filters DSZ4C Specs

TypeHydrogen-Alpha
Filter Factor0.5 - 0.3 Å
ApplicationChromosphere viewing
SizeDrawtube side: 1.25"/2"
Eyepiece holder: 1.25"
Multi-CoatedYes
Power Requirement5 VDC, 1.5 A
ConstructionAluminum alloy
Dimensions5.7 x 2.8 x 2.2" / 14.6 x 7.1 x 5.5 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.02 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.75 x 4.35 x 4.15"

DayStar Filters DSZ4C Reviews

The Good, bad & not sure yet...

By James Hunsucker
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-24

Was really excited to get this filter.� It's a solid build, except the copper ring that holds the camera/eyepiece is a little weak.� My first outing was 80% trying to line up the sun (once you get it pin-point in the middle, the motorized mount should keep it locked in).� The hard part is trying to get it solid in the middle, just a fraction off on a 4" OTA (600mm) was enough to miss seeing it all together.� I was hoping to use my DSLR (Sony a6300), but deep inside the manual it said that type of camera would only offer 1/4 sensitivity and 1/2 the resolution of a monochrome chip camera (think astro camera that needs a laptop to use).� So that was a bummer, but I still got a few shots with my mirrorless camera.� Get'n the right exposure wasn't fun, lots of trial and error.� The one that I posted was actually over exposed to bring out the detail, otherwise it would just capture a red ball.� ISO 100, f/6.5, 0.5 second.� Stacking pictures helps with the detail!� This was a single shot (my 5 stacked image was too large to download).

Better than my dedicated HA Scope

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-24

After reading all the reviews I decided to pull the trigger so that I can get more Aperture without buying a whole new HA scope.� I was worried that it would be difficult to get going, or focus etc.� My worries were unfounded.� This thing works great.� I'm having better views in my 80ED Apo than I did with my dedicated Solarmax II 60.� I think I'll try it in my 127ED Apo next.� The warm up times aren't bad.� I just turn it on about 5 minutes before I'm about to take my scope outside and by the time I'm setup it's good to go.� Sold the Solarmax.� No longer need it now.

Great Views of the Sun in H-Alpha

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-09

Have had a great time using this filter for observing the Sun. More so, now that I have a mount that will track the Sun automatically (Celeston AVX). I am using this filter with a Televue Pronto, and while DayStar recommends using a Televue 32mm Plossl eyepiece for best results, I was not happy with the results when using this eyepiece. The image kept blacking out and it was too difficult to find the sweet spot to keep the image visible. I wound up using a Vixen SLV 25mm eyepiece, which worked much better in my scope with this filter. The Chromosphere model yields nice views of prominences too.

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