Mars & Planetary Filters
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Tele Vue offers contrast enhancing filters specifically designed for viewing Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Why multiple filters? Traditionally, standard colored filters have been used to bring out detail on the planet's surface. The main drawback is the artificial color imposed on all planetary features. These complex filter designs are made possible by Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) technology.
The Bandmate™ Mars Type-B filter is a high efficiency, single band dielectric coating that achieves penetrating views of the Martian surface. The surface appearance is similar to that of the popular #21 filter. However, the Type-B features a broadband anti-reflection coating on one side and filter coating on the other that makes it far more efficient.
We all know you can't have your cake and eat it too, but the Bandmate™ Planetary filter lets you at least have a good taste! The Planetary is a dual band filter with different dielectric coatings on each side of the substrate. The effect is to enhance detail while maintaining a more neutral color balance that particularly enhances viewing Jupiter and Saturn.