DayStar Filters Sodium QUARK Na D-Line Eyepiece Solar Filter (1.25")

DayStar Filters Sodium QUARK Na D-Line Eyepiece Solar Filter (1.25")

DayStar Filters Sodium QUARK Na D-Line Eyepiece Solar Filter (1.25")

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Product Highlights

  • 12mm Blocking Filter
  • 5895.9Å Wavelength
  • Use Astronomical OTAs for Solar Viewing
  • ±0.5Å Wing Shift Tuning
  • Fully-Baffled Telecentric 4.2x Barlow
  • Optical Coatings Tuned to Sodium 589nm
  • Use with f/4 to f/8 Refractor OTAs
  • No OTA Aperture Limitations
  • Rear-Mount UV/IR Cut Filters Recommended
  • 5 VDC, 1.5A micro-USB Port
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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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  • 1Description

Daystar Filters' Sodium QUARK Na D-Line Eyepiece Solar Filter is built to use a traditional nighttime astronomical OTA for solar observation. It departs from traditional K-line tuned filters, and focuses on the 5895.9Å D-line wavelength. This wavelength is very narrow but also very bright, so a specialized filter is required to isolate it. Na D-line is a low excitation line emitted when the low chromosphere is heated, usually at footprints of flux loops passing through a flare, as sodium D line reflects the lower chromosphere it shows impulsive-phase flare eruption kernels. Visual and photographic images will also reveal sunspot detail, plague, and granulation, but are much brighter and more easily visible. This configuration of the QUARK is not suited for off-axis application.

With its integrated 12mm blocking (21mm clear aperture) filter there are no OTA aperture limitations, but Daystar recommends the use of refractor-style scopes with focal ratios between f/4-f/8, and you can enjoy full-disk viewing with focal lengths up to 450mm. Daystar further recommends the use of a UV/IR cut and objective Energy Rejection Filter (ERF) for safety. Built into the system is a 2-element 4.2x Barlow lens to boost the power of any eyepiece used with it, and its telecentric lens configuration ensures consistent image size and magnification across the entire field of view. Additionally, the Barlow lens is fully baffled to absorb scattered light to enhance contrast.

This all-in-one filter design enables the use of nighttime telescopes for solar viewing, and is engineered to eliminate unnecessary components which reduced the size and weight. This streamlined form enables it to accept 1.25" eyepieces, and comes with a 1.25" snout - with an optional 2" snout available for use with larger drawtubes. 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
  • Tuned to sodium Na D-line 5895.9Å wavelength
  • Use to view impulsive-phase flare eruption kernels, sunspot detail, plague, granulation
  • Integrated 12mm blocking filter with a 21mm clear filter aperture
  • Tuning knob allows for ±0.5Å wing shift for Doppler-shift compensation
  • Markers at every 0.1Å for reference and repeatability
  • Optical coatings are engineered for the Na D-line 589nm wavelength
  • Internal baffles improve image contrast
  • Compatible with yellow glass ERFs — red filters will not pass Sodium
Use and Handling
  • Use traditional astronomical telescopes for solar viewing
  • Standard configuration: Accepts 1.25" eyepieces and astrophotography adapters/accessories
  • Integrated 4.2x Barlow lens to effectively boost the magnification of any eyepiece used
  • Telecentric lens configuration ensures consistent image quality across the field of view
  • Includes a 1.25" snout, with an optional 2" available to fit larger drawtubes
  • LED indicators for power, warming, ready, and fault
Recommended OTA Specifications
  • No aperture limitation
  • f/4 to f/8 refractor OTAs in full aperture
  • Full disk viewing on refractors with a focal length up to 450mm
  • Rear UV/IR cut filters recommended
  • Not suited for off-axis application
  • 5 VDC, 1.5A micro-USB port
  • 90-240 VAC wall adapter
  • Set of international outlet plugs for US, UK, EU, and Australia
UPC: 724696425700
In the Box
DayStar Filters Sodium QUARK Na D-Line Eyepiece Solar Filter (1.25")
  • Plastic Case
  • USB Power Cord
  • Wall Outlet Power Adapter
  • Set of International Plug Adapters
  • 1.25" Drawtube Snout
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Type Sodium Na D-line
    Filter Factor 5895.9 Å wavelength
    Blocking 12 mm
    21mm clear aperture
    Size Drawtube side: 1.25"
    Eyepiece holder: 1.25"
    Multi-Coated Yes, tuned to 589 nm wavelength
    Magnification Internal 4.2x Barlow lens
    2-lens telecentric configuration
    Power Requirement 5 VDC, 1.5 A
    Construction Aluminum alloy
    Dimensions 3.6 x 2.8 x 2.2" / 9.1 x 7.1 x 5.5 cm
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