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Fluorite Flatfield Converter (FFC) / 3x-8x

# 2458200

€ 632.64 Price excl. German VAT tax (16%): € 545.38

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  • Apochromatic, multi-coated fluorite lens system
  • 10-times higher line resolution than the world best projection eyepieces
  • The FFC fits on every T-2 thread and in every 2" focuser

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Two Questions: Will this Barlow be effective at 2X? How can this lens provide up to a 90mm diameter image circle when the lens itself is only 42mm(?) in diameter and the light path is convergent, not divergent, between the lens and the image plane?
Question by: Nick D. on Feb 9, 2018 11:44:00 AM | 1 Answer(s)
There’re some discussions about FFC on the web, it seems to designed for photography, do you know anyone using it in visual?
Question by: Anonymous on Oct 9, 2017 8:36:39 AM | 1 Answer(s)
I'm considering Baader FFC for magnifying Venus image through U-Venus filter. Is this better transparency with UV around 350nm wavelength than the other conventional ones such as your VIP 2x barlow.
Question by: Kazuhiro Yamada on Jan 13, 2020 5:29:00 PM | 1 Answer(s)
I just bought a Flat Field converter, and I'm trying to understand the drawing, about focusing distances.
I understood that for magnifying 4 times (as exemple), I have to set camera, or his schip, at 150mm from the FFC. this part is ok.
but my question is for the other side. what does that mean "focus of telescope without FFC? the different distances given in the drawings, are they distance I have to put in front of the FFC? between the telescope and the FFC?
Thanks for your help.
Question by: fabien landrivon on Aug 25, 2020 10:16:00 AM | 1 Answer(s)
What is the Strehl ratio of the FFC at 393nm? I know this is not designed for solar use, but I really need a corrector optic for the calcium k-line wavelength because almost all telescopes have zero correction below 400nm. I would like .95 strehl or greater at 393. anything less than .9 is unacceptable. I do have suitable energy rejection filters and a thermal shield, so there will be no exposure damage thresh hold. You guys make a hydrogen alpha imaging telecentric but do not make a k-line telecentric, and there are none on the market. I must either make one myself or find an optic somewhere.
Question by: apollo lasky on Feb 13, 2018 7:14:00 PM | 1 Answer(s)
I have a zeiss APQ 150/1200. can I use this together with Zeiss binocular?
Question by: Val A. on Aug 31, 2020 7:39:00 PM | 1 Answer(s)
If I use the FFC with an F/4.5 Newtonian (16") will I also need a coma corrector for imaging on a full frame sensor or can I use the FFC on its own.
Question by: Roy Foreman on Nov 18, 2019 2:15:00 PM | 1 Answer(s)
What happens if i place the fluorite flat field correcter 250mm AFTER the research grade 3x telecentric? Would my telecentric beam become 9x?
Question by: Apollo Lasky on Nov 28, 2018 4:55:00 AM | 1 Answer(s)
Can the FFC be used with a flattener. How would it work since the distance between the flattener and image plane is normally fixed?
Question by: mike on Aug 31, 2019 12:06:00 AM | 1 Answer(s)


Baader FFC – 2" / T-2 Fluorite Flatfield Converter

The CaF2 Fluorite-Flatfield-Converter can be combined with every optical system for photography and visual observations as best and most sophisticated barlow lens in the world

  • apochromatic, fully multi-coated lenses (note: w. multicoated Fluorite-lens faces
  • Resolution in lines is 10x higher than that of the best projection eyepieces
  • 90 mm image circle for medium format cameras

For almost 20 years (as well as 20 years ago already) our customers had asked again and again: "Do you have a barlow lens or projection eyepiece – but with a flat field – which can be used with medium format (6x7 Pentax) cameras for imaging sun, moon and planets, but without the typical loss of sharpness?"

This bothered us back in those times , and finally one of the designers of the Zeiss APQ lenses calculated the ultimate projection system with a flat image field in 1997. To actually make this design become reality, extreme types of glasses were needed. In this case, two multicoated fluorit-lenses - at that time and until today - a nightmare to produce.

The result was an optical system with an unmatched sharpness, with a ten times higher resolution of line pairs than a Zeiss Abbe eyepiece. Even so the days of emulsion film cameras are long gone, this lens system has persisted to be "the sharpest barlow ever made".

By changing the distance to the camera sensor, you can vary the magnification between 3x and 8x. The optimum line resolution is set at 4x magnification, then you have the full sharpness over an image circle of 90 mm diameter. On the axis, the sharpness is only limited by your telescope – even at a magnification factor of 15x. We have tested this at an AstroPhysics lens telescope. Slowly slowly even the large diffraction limited field of 90 mm will become of importance again - with the advent of ultrafast and giant CMOS-cameras covering a field of 70 mm in diameter.

The FFC can be connected onto every T-2 thread and its 2" main body likewise fits into every 2" eyepiece clamp. With the help of our Astro T2™-System and the M 68-System you can connect it onto a whole world of telescopes.

For best results, you need to keep a certain distance to the original focus point. Please take a look at the PDFs in the Dowmload-section for technical information

Customer statement: The FFC on a Carl Zeiss APQ 130 - Januar 2004

When you are observing and photographing planets, the power and quality of each part in the chain is very important. The result is heavily influenced by design, material, polishing quality of the optical surfaces and the utmost in suppression of straylight. Even small optics can then deliver very good results.

About two years ago I had used the Fluorit-Flatfield-Converter by Baader for the first time ans was positively surprised. I could achieve a better contrast and resolution with the Baader FFC than with normal barlow lenses of good quality.

I use the projection system with up to 8x magnification for taking photos of the planets. This is a rather long setup, and the price seems high, too. But it is well worth the money if you take a look at the build-quality and the achievable results. During the Mars-opposition in 2003 I could take some images with the APQ 130 and the FFC. For such a relatively small telescope, I think they are really pretty good!

Best regards
Dr. Harald Michaelis

How to use CaF2 optical systems. FFC-warning about possible loss of warranty:

The Baader-FFC contains lenses which are made of real Calziumfluorite-crystal. CaF2 has got an impressive refractivity which enables construction of the ultimate lens system that can deliver an incredible amount of sharpness across a very broad spectral range. No other barlow lens design can combine a similar sharpness with such a large image.

Unfortunately, such sophisticated optics are very sensitive to tension caused by temperature differences.

Under no circumstances must CaF2 be exposed to sudden or high changes in temperature. Do not use it for photographing the sun – the fast and high changes in temperature could destroy the Fluorit-lenses. Defects caused by thermal stress can be detected and measured here in house and are explicitly excluded from the warranty.

Also avoid fast changes in temperature during night-observation/imaging. Never use any Fluorite-lenses (especially not in the front lens of a telescope) at -20°C and then all of a sudden put it it into your living room at +20°C or more! In such a case, the resulting severe temperature stress just as well can be detected, when the lenses end up damaged.

Every CaF2 optic needs time to adapt to the surrounding temperature. To do so, for example bring the optical system into the outside in an insulated box and allow it to cool down inside that box over the time of an hour. Keep the box closed but outside. After the imaging session put the FFC back into the same box and allow it to gradually warm up inside that box while bringing it inside the house. Keep it there for at least one hour until you open the box and check that any moisture can dry out.

Please do not use the FFC, if you can not supply the environment and time, to treat this high-end optical system in the way it demands.

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Additional Information

EAN Code 4047825009999
Manufacturer Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458200
Weight (kg) 0.239
Inner Connection (lens sided) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
Outer Connection (lens sided) Barrel, 2" (50,8mm)
Outer Connection (eyepiece/-camera-sided) Thread, T-2 (M42 x 0,75)
Magnification (x) 3x - 8x
AR-Coating High transmission multi-coated (HT-MC)
Optical Design Barlow
Speciality Field Flattener

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