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    Default TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light



    Well I've taken the plunge and just ordered a Televue Bandmate OIII filter along with "my last" 2" EP- the Meade 56mm Plossl. First light scheduled for the next new moon.

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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    Hello Dave,

    looking forward to your reportson how your OIII is performing,

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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    My EP and OIII filter are in hand, so of course the skies are cloudy.
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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    I am looking out for your post.

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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    Finally got out this morning to try out the filter. I wasn't overwhelmed by the effect, the filter dimmed the stars allowing the nebula to be more noticable. I'm sure the view would be more impressive with a larger aperture scope. I will like to see how it fares at high elevation.
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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    Hi ETTS,

    Thanks for the the post. I got a couple of filters (UHC & OIII) a week ago and had a chance to try them out on Friday. I was underwhelmed. I'm thinking I'm just not as discerning at the EP as some observers but the cost-to-benefit to me is not really working with a single night of good observing. I still have to hit the veil and North American nebula but IMO after one night, they are on the same plane as government cheese.

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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    I'm looking forward to using my Televue OIII. The first one was damaged in shipment, and the second one arrived just in time for torrential rain this last new moon weekend. I had a friend loan me one last summer to view the Veil Nebula through my 14" F4.6 dobsonian and the difference was night and day. It made it pop out with lots of contrast, and I of course immediately had to have one. I have heard that the OIII filter is good provided that the aperture is there to support it. Not sure where the breakeven point is though...I will try it on my 10" F/5 and see how it performs with the lesser aperture
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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    Geno let us know how you like it in your 10"...I was thinking of buying a OIII for my 10" dob as well.

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    Default Re: TeleVue Bandmate OIII First Light

    Quote Originally Posted by genogeno9999 View Post
    I will try it on my 10" F/5 and see how it performs with the lesser aperture
    I'd love to hear that report.

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