DayStar Sodium Filter assemblies

DayStar is proud to offer Sodium Na- D line (5895.9Å ) filtering systems. For visual and photographic studies.  Sodium filter assemblies are designed for sub-angstrom observations with single-cavity design. Sodium lines are very narrow, but very bright. A very narrow filter of < 0.5Å is necessary to properly isolate the line from the continuum. The resulting image depicts high detail in granulation, supergranulation and P-modes.

<Sodium also shows impulsive-phase flare eruption kernels. Na D is a low excitation line emitted when the low chromosphere is heated, usually at footpoints of flux loops passing through a flare, as sodium D line reflects the lower chromosphere. Visual and photographic images reveal type image as Calcium, revealing granulation, but are much brighter and more easily visible.

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University series filters are designed to operate unheated on the lower of the two Na D emission lines; and can be heated to accomplish transmission on the higher of the two Na D lines, making doppler studies possible by photographing in each line and derriving difference images after subtracting an average solar velocity image. This process is referred to as a dopplergram velocity image, reveals the surface motions associated with supergranulation.

These filters have until now been primarily used for research purposes only, performing doppler and supergranulation studies. Narrow bandpass Na D line filters have also been used in deep-sky observations of IO, but with significantly larger apertures.

DayStar Sodium Filter assemblies
0.4Å Single cavity Amateur T-Scanner filter system
- suitable for visual or photographic observing
0.4Å Single cavity University series filter system
- suitible for photographic and visual observing
Photo by Greg Swaim
DayStar Filters 0.4Å Sodium D line filter
Short lived solar flare flashes in Na D line:
Photo by Greg Swaim
DayStar Filters 0.4Å Sodium D line filter

* Note. These systems require an energy rejection pre-filter and F/30 focal ratio for onband operation.  Standard yellow glass DayStar Energy rejection filters provide sufficient off-band energy rejection, as do dielectric 'hot mirror' coated pre-filters.

* HALF-BANDWIDTH: The term half-bandwidth refers to an optics industry standard of measure.  On a chart depicting the peak where light is transmitted, that peak's width is measured at the point 50% between zero and full transmission. This term is called half-bandwidth.

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