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    UHV nebula filter? I'll be showing it to the "general public" and not taking pictures.

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    go for the coloured filters, every colour show a different detail on Saturn (and Jupiter), try first yellow (#11,#12,#15) they all have high light transmission (around 75%) so they work also on small aperture, also light blue (#80A, #82) has high transmission, if you have 6" or more try also red, blue and green filters..
    Green #58 is the best, IMHO, it's high rejecting and gives high contrast to small cloud details.. but you need some 8" aperture to full appreciate.

    try also nebula filter and uhc, but i suspect they aren't usefull


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    Everyone is different. Some like one filter, some like another. I think a lot of people like the light blue filters for a general all around first planetary filter. This would be a good time to attend a club meeting or find someone close who uses filters. I was always curious about filters and a friend let me borrow his collection for a week. At the end of the week, I understood things (both good and bad) that I could never have understood by reading alone.
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    Would help to know what you are viewing it with?... below a certain apeture Saturns belts dont show much structure... and above a certain apeture the belts dont show much structure (compared to jup')

    I wouldn't use a moon filter unless you want to dim the object(some folks do find it's brightness 'iritating'), maybe a variable polarizing filter instead so you could knock it down to 'just right', then maybe a good LP filter will help a tiny bit if lp is a problem. Over the years I've heard that a green (as mentioned by zk vastar) gives good results, and others favor a light yellow, med yellow, or yellow green(I dont have r#'s)

    It's worth trying several and they aren't expensive. I have about 10 or so I keep in the case and try out at times.

    I have this link saved from another site for info, "YMMV" - your mileage may vary...

    Last year for the first time ever I saw moon shadow transits on Saturn (I believe there are some visible this year as well), it's angle to us is making it possible, also great to see the poles and banding so straight on... so though the rings aren't quite the show as they are when more 'off axis', it's still to see.

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