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The ADC Mark III corrects the dispersive effects of earth´s atmosphere. You will get sharper images of planets and moon.

The Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector UV is a revolution in observing and imaging objects.

? Through the use of 2 high quality minimum 1/10 lambda fused silica prisms, it corrects the false colour introduced by the earth´s atmosphere.

? When used for planetary imaging, it changes the clarity of the image dramatically, particularly in the luminance channel when LRGB imaging.

? Adaption is simple through T2 thread on camera side and M48 thread on telescope side

? You can use the ADC for visual observing and photography

? You see the result very clear through the eyepiece

? Very well suitable for Venus, as prisms are UV transparent

So what is it?

An Atmosperic Dispersion Corrector or ADC, is a clever little device which corrects the disperse effects of the earth´s atmosphere on light rays. Put simply, when you view a bright object such as a planet with a telescope, you will often see colour fringing. So a large object like Jupiter may have a red and blue fringe in addition to being distorted. This is caused by the effect the earths atmosphere has on the light from the object as it passes through it. The atmosphere is basically acting like a prism. This effect changes depending on how high the object is above the horizon. The lower it is the greater the effect. Because in northern Europe bright objects like planets are never that high, so we suffer from the effect more.

An ADC corrects this dispersion effect, allowing you to see and image objects free of these distortions and aberrations. No more waiting for an object to get high enough in the sky for it to offer an acceptable view. Now you can view it anytime with crystal clear quality.

How does the ADC work?

As we mentioned, when light from the planets or stars passes through the earth´s atmosphere, it is "refracted", (deflected at an angle which is dependent on its wavelength). This effect, similar to a prism, causes a significant colour shift known as chromatic aberration. This is very detrimental to both viewing and imaging these objects.

The ADC, or atmospheric dispersion corrector, is an opto-mechanical accessory which corrects this by using the chromatic superposition of two counter rotating prisms. Its simplified operation is described by the small diagramm above.

Rotating the lever around the axis of the ADC rotates the whole prism system, rotating the lever around its axis adjusts the compensation.

Different wavelengths are affected more by the dispersion effect than others. The ADC makes it easy to compensate for the effect simply by adjusting the levers.


When colour imaging a planet without an ADC, you will end up with colour fringing and distortion. Even if the appearance of this fringing and distortion is removed in processing, it has led to a loss of resolution in the image which cannot be recovered. When mono imaging, the taking of individual red, green and blue images and overlaying them helps to compensate somewhat for the image shift. However to maximise resolution of the image a luminance image should be taken. This will suffer from the same issues as a normal full colour image. The improvement to this can be seen in the pictures above.

By using an ADC the distortions and image shift problems are eliminated resulting in a massively more detailed image. When processed further, this results in a final image which is dramatically improved.

A special feature is the use of fused silica for the prisms. As this material transmitts ultraviolet radiation, it is possible to take UV images of, for example, the Venus and get more details.

The new ADC MarkIII offers:

? one knob adjustment for orientation and correcting power
? new high performance AR coating all surfaces
? 2,5° angle deviation instead of 2° on old one

still included:

? Aluminium high quality male T2 and female M48 threaded caps 🙂
? lever made of stainless steel and soft CNC plastic tightening knurls
? knurled body for easier use
? high level of axial accuracy with perfect threads alignment
? high level of aluminium flat black anodizing
? PETP prism tignteners for no optical stress
? optics surfaces better or equal to L/10 all surfaces and fused silica substrate

Important hint for operation:

For the correct effect, the corrector has to be properly aligned to the horizon. Usually, this is the case if the lever from the corrector is parallel to the horizon as seen in the focuser.

Turning the levers around its axis will rotate the prims so that their effects do not cancel each other out. If the image deteriorates, the lever has to be turned to the opposite direction.

Please take into account that the direction of the horizon changes during the hours when using an equatorial mounted telescope. Of course, this has to be taken into account.



Thread camera/eyepiece side:T2 maleThread telescope side side:M48 femaleDimensions (HxD):30x50 mm (25 mm height without male thread)Optical Aperture:24 mm usableOptics:2 PrismsOptimal working distance:50 mmOptimal focal ratio of the telescope:f/20 to f/10Deviation Angle Edge:2.5 degreesSubstrate:Fused silica (transparent for UV)Surface Accuracy:1/10 ptvAnti-Reflective Coating:FMC - reflection of 0.5 percent 300-700 nm (ADC-UV)Lateral Surface:Blackened for improved contrast

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Shipment details
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We ship from Germany. For this reason you will need to pay import taxes for the item. The taxes are not included in the purchasing price and are payable directly to the shipping company. If you wish to know in advance how much the taxes and duty charges will be please ask your local customs office!





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