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    Default Filter size for use in wheel



    I've been looking at monochrome cameras and filter wheel's. ZWO has kits for the ASI1600MM with filters in either 1.25", 31mm, and 36mm. The sensor is 22mm diagonal. Why would you need the larger (and more expensive) filters?
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    Default Re: Filter size for use in wheel

    The larger the filter, the less vignetting...
    I'm going to assume that they all fit in the same housing???
    (Not sure how that would work...)
    My sensor is almost a full 48mm Diag. I have to use 2" filters
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    Default Re: Filter size for use in wheel

    What telescope are you using with it?
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    Default Re: Filter size for use in wheel

    With an f/4 scope (wide light cone), I am using 36mm filters for my Atik 383. I am not getting too much vignetting.

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    Default Re: Filter size for use in wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by jimminCT View Post
    I'm going to assume that they all fit in the same housing???
    (Not sure how that would work...)
    They have different 'wheels' some wheels, 2" for instance can only hold 5 filters, other smaller wheels can hold 6 or 7 or so.

    You can actually get additional wheels for different filter sets.
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    Default Re: Filter size for use in wheel

    The wheels are appropriate to the filter size.
    How do you determine what size you need to avoid vignetting? I would prefer to avoid trial and error considering the cost.
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    Default Re: Filter size for use in wheel

    Quote Originally Posted by JudeHey View Post
    How do you determine what size you need to avoid vignetting?
    I guesstimated. The light cone at f/4 is 14 degrees wide. My camera sensor has a 22mm diagonal. I guessed that a 36mm filter would be wide enough to allow that 14 degree cone into the corners of the image frame without too much being cut off.

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