Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm SII&H-beta Filter 2" Mounted

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Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm SII&Hb Filter


The ALP-T dual band 5nm SII&Hb filter is a dual line-pass filter, which lets the deep red Sulfur-II line and the blue Hydrogen-Beta line through and is used with one-shot color (OSC) cameras such as DSLR's or astronomical OSC cameras. It is a significant addition to the popular Antlia ALP-T dual band 5nm Ha&OIII filter and enables false-color images and narrow-band nebula images using OSC. When capturing data with this filter, the nebulae are recorded with greater contrast against the background than without it.

The combination of these two dual band filters allows extreme narrow-band images with OSC cameras by capturing the spectral data from 4 channels i.e. Ha/OIII/SII/Hb. The spectrum of these four channels can be separated and recombined into various colour palettes in your post-processing. The resulting images can be used for luminance contrast enhancement of traditional RGB-balanced images or creation of images in various popular false-color palettes such as H-O-Hb, S-H-O, H-S-OHb, H-O-O etc.

Why design SII&Hb bands pass instead of OIII&SII bands?

The filter is dedicated to capture H-beta and SII emission lines. We know that SII is singly ionized sulfur that emits light in the deep red part of the spectrum, beyond H-alpha, but the contribution of H-beta to emission lines in nebulae is frequently overlooked, even though it is the second most common Hydrogen emission after the H-alpha line. Capturing more OIII will boost the existing signal but does not give more information. However Hb has the potential to reveal structures not seen using OIII. The design is to capture the H-beta emission line in the certain nebulas that contain some blue spectrum, this cannot be captured by H-alpha, SII and OIII filters. Greater and richer details will be captured in many nebulae images to achieve results with a superior signal-to-noise ratio.

It is generally accepted that the OIII signal is a relatively weaker contributor to nebulae images. The OIII bandpass sensitivity is an important consideration for any nebulae filter. Most colour cameras (OSC) use a RGGB Bayer pattern. The allocation of twice as many green pixels as compared to either red or blue pixels, enables a much-improved capture of the OIII signal. Furthermore, higher OIII signal can be achieved by additional exposure using the Antlia ALP-T Ha&O3 filter, then isolating the GB channels, followed by synthesis of an OIII channel to add into your stack.

In the situation where you may only want to add SII to your Ha&OIII data, then it may be preferable to buy one SII narrowband filter and achieve a cleaner SII spectral emission. However, our new filter design (SII&Hb) includes the H-beta emission line which provides a distinct improvement in nebulae contrast and improved feature separation in Hb areas.

Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm Ha&OIII filter: Dual band filter with a very narrow passband of 5nm in OIII and H-alpha to achieve a higher signal-to-noise ratio. The resulting contrast improvement for OSC is impressive.

Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm SII&Hb filter: Dual band filter with a very narrow pass band of 5nm H-beta and S-II. This filter is ideal for increasing contrast of nebulae that emit in the sulfur and H-beta range using OSC. It provides additional feature separation and isolation in Hb areas.

The advanced multi-coatings on Antlia ALP-T dual band filters effectively isolates the red, Ha line, blue-green, OIII line, deep red SII and the blue H-beta lines from emission nebulae, with almost total suppression of optical density (OD)4.5 on unwanted wavelengths from light pollution, moonlight, and airglow. The result is that both the ALP-T dual band 5nm Ha&OIII and SII&Hb filter creates a superior signal-to-noise ratio and better contrast in your OSC images.

The main features and application

Passes SII 672.4nm line and H-Beta 486.1nm line;

Engineered specifically for use with DSLR, CMOS, and CCD color cameras;

Ultra FWHM 5nm allows for increasing in exposure time;

Recommended to be used with ALP-T Dual Band 5nm Ha&OIII filter to create images with better signal to noise and better isolation between the 4 channels;

Suppression of optical density (OD)4.5 on unwanted wavelengths improves signal-to-noise;

Extremely steep bandpass and blackened edges of unmounted sizes to minimize internal reflections;

Ideal flat-top and moderate bandpass reducing spectrum down shifts;

Ion Gun Assisted Deposition coating technology on the double-sided polished substrate making it the most consistent and accurate light pollution suppression filter;

Designed to suppress artificial lighting from Bortle scale 1 to Bortle scale 8;

It can also be used as a narrowband filter for monochrome cameras to save imaging time;

Near IR (NIR) is blocked up to 1100nm.


It is advised to use with Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm Ha&OIII filter.

Post processing guidance of Antlia ALP-T dual band 5nm filters(Ha&SII dual bands and SII&Hb dual bands) please chick to Youtube:

ALP-T Dual Band 4 channals combination sample image

ALP-T SHOb integration sample.jpg


Technical Specifications:







CWL (Central Wavelength)



Peak Transmission





Filter Thickness



Spectrum Curve:

ALP-T dual band 5nm SII-Hb spectrum curve.jpg

Sizes and MAP Prices:


Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP)

Mounted: 2’’

US$350.00 for ALP-T dualband 5nm SII&Hb filter, 1pcs.

US$690 for ALP-T dualband 5nm Ha&OIII and SII&Hb filters set, 2pcs.

Other sizes

Availability is to be confirmed


Filter Ring:

2’’ (M48*0.75)

Ultra-thin filter cell to minimize vignetting by maximize possible clear aperture

Black Anodized Finish

Laser Engraving No Fading


Not Recommended:

Solar imaging

Night visual observation


Not Permitted:


Serious eye damage will result if you fail to observe the warning.


Why design SII&Hb bands instead of SII&OIII?

To reveal structures not seen by OIII,Ha and SII

More OIII signal can be got by longer exposure of ALP-T Ha&O3 filter

2 ALP-T filters captures the spectral data from 4 channels i.e. Ha/OIII/SII/Hb

To create images in various palettes such as H-O-Hb, S-H-O, H-S-OHb, H-O-O

Better SNR and contrast


It is advised to use with Antlia ALP-T Dual Band 5nm Ha&OIII filter.

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