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    Default Eyepiece/Filter sets



    I think my next addition with be an EP/filter set, but which one? [the first was a USB CMOS camera]
    The Meade has one more ep, the Celestron is less $ w/one(?) more filter.
    The price of a single EP makes them = in my mind!
    Also, what other filters might I want to add to this set?
    My interests have always been the planets J&S, and of course the Moon.
    Until now I have never had anything with this kind of viewing power with goto and tracking!
    The Universe is at my fingertips. With the added magnification, Nebula (in color) and Galaxies await.
    Any input on the best "multi-purpose" filters would be of great interest, to me.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    Moon filter is all most people have ,
    ,the colored ones I read are for bingo chips at the local VFW ( dont buy them)
    maybe a light pollution filter(do your homework here)

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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    I'll agree that the colored filters are pretty useless. I have the Orion Premium kit. The moon filter is great. If you look at a full moon you'll need a moon filter of some kind. The colored filters didn't do anything for me. I still try and play around with them on planets, but I find the unfiltered view to be much better for me. What kind of Telescope do you have?? I've used a narrowband LP filter on my scope and I didn't like it. I think my telescope is too small to benefit from light pollution filters. If you have an astronomy club in the area, I'd try to borrow a few filters before you buy. Just my opinion.

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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    Quote Originally Posted by mike1959 View Post
    With the added magnification, Nebula (in color) and Galaxies await.
    You usually want less magnification for galaxies and nebulae, not more.

    I recommend against filter end eyepiece sets. The majority of the filters are next to useless. The eyepiece set will likely include several that have an inappropriate focal length for your scope. If you have a fast scope, they are likely not of sufficient quality. You'd be better off selecting individual eyepieces.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    I agree with keith & buy your ep one at a time.the more you pay the better.

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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    I have colored filters and I find them fine for most planets. The best filter I would have to say for most/all planets is the #82A or the #80 blue. I've used light blue, yellow, orange and green on Jupiter and each of them brought out something I didn't see before. I would recommend #82A, best one I've used so far.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    A neutral density (ND) filter is good for the moon (and sometimes they'll just call it a "moon" filter). It's sole purpose is to just block a percentage of the light. They come in various strengths. I prefer a 3-stop ND filter. Each stop blocks 1/2 the light. So a 2-stop filter would block 75% (1/2 of 1/2) and a 3-stop blocks 87.5% (1/2 of 1/2 of 1/2).

    I own a few filters for looking at deep space objects in light polluted skies, but my favorite is the Oxygen III (OIII). Just be warned that most deep sky filters (I'm speaking generically) block a lot of light and work better in scopes with large apertures (in small apertures they can block so much light that they aren't enjoyable to use.)

    One of the members of my club was showing me his Baader Planetarium "skyglow" filter. I don't own this filter personally, but I did feel that it did a pretty decent job of improving contrast on planets.

    As for eyepieces, that depends on what eyepieces you already own. I see your profile says you have a Meade LS-6. That would have included the Meade 26mm plossl (it doesn't seem to matter what Meade scope you buy... they always include the _same_ 26mm eyepiece.)

    On your scope, you can, "in theory" use an eyepiece down to about 5mm... but you probably wont enjoy the view from anything with a focal length less than 10mm.

    Eyepieces tend to be highly personal choices. Some people want long "eye relief" (meaning you can see through the EP even if your eye is a bit farther away -- which is handy if you view while wearing glasses.) Some people prefer wider apparent field of view eyepieces... a plossl has roughly a 50º apparent field of view.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    For DSO I would say a OIII and a UHC, also a moon filter.
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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    Thank you ALL for the input.
    I have been looking at the spec's on the OIII, so maybe one of those and a zoom EP.

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    Default Re: Eyepiece/Filter sets

    color filters suck, a VP would come in handy for the moon, id rather have a UHC bofore an 0III, dont expect to see any color though as you mentioned, for the planets i think the baader moon and skyglow excels, depending on your aperature, faint fuzzy galaxys would look better at higher mag, not sure id want a zoom EP

 

 
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