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    Hi, being new to astronomy, Iím slowly collecting little bits of kit to supplement my arsenal. So far, the only filter I have is for the moon. Iíve added the 3 Meade filter sets to my Christmas list, but if Iím really honest, Iím not sure if I need them or what I would need them for? Also, if I had to put the 3 sets in order of preference, which should I choose and why?

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    Hi Bono ...If you have the moon filter i would leave it at that ... Most users (myself included) have thought they needed the filters , Bought them , used them once or twice and left them in there eyepiece case ... Instead of the filter set i would ask for one of those battery jump boxes to run the scope off of , or mabey a set of dew heaters ...
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    classic Big-mac , Meade eye pieces with a few odd balls thrown in ...
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    I agree. I have a filter set for my C-90 that has been gathering dust for years. I have used the moon filter a few times. I tried out the others to see what they would do, and when it turned out that the answer was "nothing interesting or useful", I put them away.

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    Other than some trippy images of Jupiter I have never found any real value in them

    Wratten filter 15 is great for accentuating surface features on Mercury....good luck with finding any surface features to accent in the first place lol
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    So what are they supposed to be used for? I'm getting an eyepiece and filter set for christmas but don't want to waste money.

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    if you are getting an ep kit for xmas,could i suggest
    this:
    a surprisingly good value kit for the money.
    the only filter is a nd moon filter,the barlows is 1.5X/2X,so you have
    a great choice of power combinations.
    those colour glass filters from celestron etc tend to catch beginners
    who really think they are a neccessity rather than an extra,which,as
    you have already noticed,pretty much no one who has them
    uses them.
    it also ups the price of the ep/filter kit.
    hope this helps.
    clear skies,

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    @bono.
    i see by your sig that you already have
    a set of meade 4000 ep's.
    what ep kit are you looking at?
    the reason i ask is that the generally available
    kits are going to be no better than what you already
    have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyp180 View Post
    @bono.
    i see by your sig that you already have
    a set of meade 4000 ep's.
    what ep kit are you looking at?
    the reason i ask is that the generally available
    kits are going to be no better than what you already
    have.
    clear skies,
    I was only after the filter sets as I already have the ep's, which didn't come with filters. I was thinking of the 3 filter sets by Meade. They are #1, #2 and #3 and each have 4 filters in them for about £30 a set. BUT, there's a clear consensus that I don't need them, so they're off the list. Everyoneís advice is invaluable and I agree, itís easy to convince beginners that all sorts of things are needed and I can be a consumers dream!

    Just out of interest, what are dew heaters?

    Thanks - Bono
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    Just out of interest, what are dew heaters?
    they are a strip that fits to a dew shield or ep etc to prevent
    dew from forming on your optics and spoiling viewing.
    and my error bud,i have noticed i was answering mattythe sharks question
    with my last post.
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    I have an idea, just ask everyone that has them and don't use them, if they will give them to you. They would easily fit in a envelope and cost less than 50 cents to mail them to you. I was thinking about doing the same thing. If they get broke, it only cost less than 50 cents.

 

 

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