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Thread: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

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    Default New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters



    So it seems that TeleVue introduced a new line of Bandmate nebula filters (UHC, O-III & HB) at NEAF this year. I'm very curious to see some test results and hear some real world / in the field reviews and impressions. Knowing TV, they probably wouldn't introduce a new offering it couldn't fully compete with the current crop from the "top shelf" optics manufacturers. There is a mention of Atronomik doing the testing, so I wonder what the full level of their involvement is in the overall process of this new line.

    Tele Vue Optics: Bandmate Filters
    Tele Vue Optics: Bandmate Filters

    Edit: It appears they may be actually manufactured by Astronomik, though this is just speculations from what I gather in the reading.
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Thanks for this good news!
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Sounds promising!
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    I'm very curious as to how they compare directly with the Astronomik offerings. It sounds as if they could offer a tighter / narrower bandwidth. I would love to see some comparative FWHM numbers.
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    I'm very curious as to how they compare directly with the Astronomik offerings. It sounds as if they could offer a tighter / narrower bandwidth. I would love to see some true FWHM numbers.
    Yes. That and the price are the interesting questions. No worries here about quality.
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Looking at Agena, they seem to be on par with the Astronomik and Lumicon offerings price wise in both size formats. https://agenaastro.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bandmate
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    Looking at Agena, they seem to be on par with the Astronomik and Lumicon offerings price wise in both size formats. https://agenaastro.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=bandmate
    Decent prices. An S II would be nice.
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    Decent prices. An S II would be nice.
    That's a thought that crossed my mind as well, would TV be also venturing into the more specific CCD filters that Astronomik specializes in. TV have been aiming a bit more to the AP market the past few years with the new refractor models. Personally I think it would be a no-brainer to make the same offerings with the TV brand recognition and reputation. Hopefully just a different rollout announcement.

    According to Don @ eyepicesetc, he understands that the Nebustar (UHC) will have a zero red transmission, unlike the Astronomik UHC. But the Oiii & HB should be almost identical.
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderwerX View Post
    That's a thought that crossed my mind as well, would TV be also venturing into the more specific CCD filters that Astronomik specializes in. TV have been aiming a bit more to the AP market the past few years with the new refractor models. Personally I think it would be a no-brainer to make the same offerings with the TV brand recognition and reputation. Hopefully just a different rollout announcement.

    According to Don @ eyepicesetc, he understands that the Nebustar (UHC) will have a zero red transmission, unlike the Astronomik UHC. But the Oiii & HB should be almost identical.
    That might cure my problems with UHC filters. Thanks for keeping on top of this.
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    Default Re: New line of Tele Vue Bandmate nebula filters

    Hello Frankie,

    this is both surprizing and not surprizing for myself, the aged filters freak.

    Astronomik and Baader are using for their filters the Schott glass materials and the Swiss Leybold technologies for the deposition of the multilayers, as available on site in Germany.
    Baader sells some of their filters under other brand names, Astronomik possibly as well (?).
    Both Gerd Neumann and Thomas Baader are filter freaks.

    Surprizing is that Tele Vue looks like taking the astronomy filters more seriously.

    Thanks for the very interesting info,

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