What step down adapter is suggested from a 52 mm to "-- mm"?
For adapting any cell mounted Baader 2 inch Filter onto a camera lens with 52mm front filter thread you will need:
#2408166 Baader DSLR 2" Filter-Holder M48/SP54: http://www.baader-planetarium.com/en/baader-dslr-2%22-filter-holder-m48sp54.html
#2958052 Baader Lens-Adapter-Ring SP 54/ M52: http://www.baader-planetarium.com/en/baader-hyperion-dt-ring-sp54m52-for-dtadapter-iiandiii-and-hyperion-eyepieces.html
Based on the SP54 thread, we offer many more adapters for various camera threads, our so-called Hyperion DT-rings. http://www.baader-planetarium.com/de/catalogsearch/result/?q=sp54
Is an additional infra red cut filter needed for visual and ccd use?
For visual use, you must always use an additional filter behind the Herschel wedge and the ND3 - this may be the Solar Continuum (which is included with the Herschel), another ND-filter or the single 2" polarizing filter #2408342. This filter can be mounted either inside of the 2" eyepiece or in the 2"/1,25"-reducer; if you rotate it, you can change the brightness according to your needs by rotating the eyepiece/adapter.
An additional IR-cut-filter is not necessary for visual use if you use the filters included with our Herschel wedge; it *may* be helpful to achieve sharper images with a CCD if the camera does not have an integrated IR-filter - but then you will usually need the filter for deep-sky-photography, too.
Both thread sizes come with our proprietary pitch - which is not the same for the female and male threads.
This is our own proprietary "emergency solution" for uniting a world were manufacturers all over the world copy from each other - to the point that there are almost a dozen different pitches in use for male and female threads. Traditionally US-companies used to do a UNF-based pitch and the rest of the world went for metric threads - but these do vary from 0.5 to 0.75.
For this reason it does not make sense to publish our non standard pitch because our pitch is made to cope with all existing metric and US-pitch standards - and as said - our solution has evolved from sheer necessity. It is a mixture of a queer pitch and under-/over-dimensioning . We will not want to declare this as a standard and get bashed up for it. It works for us and is a result of 20 years adaptation to fit our filters onto all crazy threads we have seen. And inspite of this - every now and then there comes another "dragonboat-eyepiece" were even our filters may not fit...
Important Information for Observing the Sun
Polarizer and neutral density filters need additional filtering (for example, Baader Herschel Prism or Baader Astro Solar Safety Film) before the eyepiece of the telescope for observations of the sun. Using without the appropriate filters can cause damage to the these filters and eyesight.
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