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Astrodon Photometrics - Sloan Filters

 

INTRODUCING GENERATION 2 IMPROVED FILTERS

(Available June 20, 2012)

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) filters were  designed by Fukugita et al. (Ast. J., 411/4, April 1996, p. 1748-1756) to include five mostly non-overlapping filters covering 300 nm to the sensitivity limit of silicon CCD cameras near 1100 nm.  They combined colored glass filters and short-pass dielectric coatings to steepen the low wavelength side of the bandpass. The [O I] skyline at 557.7 nm occurs between the g' and r' filters, and is thus reduced.

The SDSS photometric system is the most common filter set used today.  The Hubble Space Telescope is equipped with an SDSS set that provides a large reference database for research.  Much of photometry up to magnitude 23 will be done in this system with meter-class telescopes.  The upcoming large collaborative survey projects (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope - LSST; Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System - Pan-Starrs) will also use SDSS filters. 

NEW!  Astrodon introduces Generation 2 Sloan filters based upon ongoing input from research organizations.  The changes include:

  1. Better out-of-band blocking from Tave<=0.1% to Tabs<=0.03%. This is espeically significant for the u' filter
  2. Different 50%T points for the r' and i'
  3. Introducing the z_s filter (826/920nm) with a long wavelength cutoff
  4. Introducing the Y fllter (950/1058nm)
  5. An improved z' filter  (>820nm) will still be offered
  6. All filters come edge-blackened to reduce stray light reflections 

The following is a summary of the 50% transmission points of a variety of SDSS filters from the Large Filter Consortium. The original Astrodon Photometrics Sloan set and the new Generation 2 set are included for comparison.

The Astrodon Photometrics Sloan filters use only dielectric coatings to achieve steep cut-on and cut-offs and peak transmissions in excess of 95%.  

  WIYN DES LSST Pan-Starrs Fukugita Astrodon

Astrodon

Gen2

u'           320/385 320/385
g' 402/550 400/550 402/552 402/552 410/551 401/550 401/550
r' 560/710 560/710 552/691 552/691 556/695 555/695 562/695
i' 700/820 700/850 690/819 691/818 690/850 690/820 695/844
z_s             826/920
Y             950/1058
z' 830/980 830/1000 818/922 818/922 841/982  >820
>820

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following is a spectral compilation of actual scans of the Astrodon Photometrics Sloan Generation 2 filter set.

 

 These filters are parfocal with all Astrodon LRGB and narrowband filters.

Specifications:

  • 50% transmission points provided above (+/- 3nm typical)
  • Peak transmission guaranteed > 95%  (>90% for u')
  • <=0.03%Tabs out-of-band 300 - 1100 nm
  • Striae-free, single fused silica substrates
  • 1/4-wave propagated wavefront prior to coating
  • <0.5 arcminute substrate parallelism
  • 3.000 +/-0.025 mm substrate thickness
  • 1.25" mounted
  • 49.7 mm dia. unmounted
  • 49.7 x 49.7 mm square unmounted
  • Other sizes up to 145 mm square on a custom basis (see below)
  • Proud supplier to Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescopes, AAVSO and research organizations and universities worldwide
  • Proudly made in the U.S.A.

 

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We are now offering close-outs of Gen 1 Sloan filters at significantly discounted prices while quantities last.  See "Close-Outs".

AAVSO Gen 1 Test Results

AAVSO (APASS)
Photometric All-Sky Survey
Combining Sloan and
Johnson/Cousins Filters

Taking Apart 1.25" Filter Cells, Cleaning Filters and Solution to Fitting into SBIG Filter Wheel

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1.25" Gen 2
Mounted u'

(u'2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted u'
(u'2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted u'
(u'2-50S)

$440

1.25" Gen 2
Mounted g'

(g'2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted g'
(g'2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted g'
(g'2-50S)

$440

1.25" Gen 2
Mounted r'

(r'2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted r'
(r'2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted r'
(r'2-50S)

$440

1.25" Gen 2
Mounted i'

(i'2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted i'
(i'2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted i'
(i'2-50S)

$440

1.25" Gen 2
Mounted z'

(z'2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted z'
(z'2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted z'
(z'2-50S)

$440

1.25" Gen 2
Mounted z_s

(z_s2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted z_s
(z_s2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted z_s
(z_s2-50S)

$440

1.25" Gen 2
Mounted Y

(Y2-27R)

$200

50mm dia. Gen 2
Unmounted Y
(Y2-50R)

$400

50mm sq. Gen 2
Unmounted Y
(Y2-50S)

$440

1.25" mounted Parfocal
UV-Blocked Clear
(C2_27R) 

$150

50mm dia. Parfocal
UV-Blocked Clear

(C2_50R)
 

$270

50mm sq. Parfocal
UV-Blocked Clear
(C2_50S) 

$320