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    Default Can anyone help me figure out the different filters please.



    Hi everyone!
    I bought a nextstar 6se with a filter and eye pieces kit. I'm having a hard time to figure out which filter is for what. The kit I bought is Celestron with No.21 orange, No.80A blue, No.12 yellow, No.25 red, No.56 light green, No.58 green. Could anyone help me figure out which # is best for what or do I need to buy better ones for certain specific viewing.

    I would greatly appreciate it
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    Okay the colored filters are really important for entertaining kids, throwing at stray dogs or cats....the suggestions are boundless as long as it pretty much has nothing to do with a telescope

    You might find the UHT filter useful on some objects that's a real suck it and see type thing. The Moon filter probably doesn't need any explanation
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    Filters and There Uses - The Galactic Fool

    This is a good summary...
    for most people the color filters are never used. Those really have value of very detailed observations of the planets..
    Sketchers might want to use them.
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    The Moon filter works good with the Moon, Venus, and sometimes Mars. The blue filter can be usefull with bringing out some of Jupiters bands. The rest are kind of useless. The Moon filter is the only one I really ever use.
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    Go ahead and get your moneys worth experimenting with them. You'll probably come to the same conclusion as everyone else, that they are pretty useless. I've used colored filters on the moon when its too bright for the moon filter that came with the kit.

    If you want to talk useful filters for the 6SE, you'll need to step into the controversial realm of nebula filters. I've had success with nebula filters on my 6SE. But you'll also hear from people that will tell you not to waste your money. Do plenty of research before investing in any filters. There are plenty of stickies and old threads here to dig through. The search function is your friend. Good way to spend your cloudy nights!
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    that was useful and funny at the same time.

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    Hello Sylvie,

    regarding the colour filters, I mean the cheap sets, all you can do with them is to decorate your X-mas tree. They are all just flame polished, and uncoated gfancy glass - increasing some colour contrast but loosing frequently some of the sharpness when viewing the tiny planets.
    The interference RGB filters with the proper quality cost furtune.

    The Moon filter protects your eyes from the nearly hurting brightness of the Moon.

    The nebular filters are helpful, but again the good ones are expensive, and you may get hooked like myself, and spend quite a lot of money on them.

    Anyway, should you wish more details, don't hesitate to ask,

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