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    Default Polarizing filter



    Not sure if this goes in the eyepiece or accessories section but here goes... I just started using my new scope and I got a filter kit that came with my eyepieces (Zuhmell kit) I noticed one was a polarizing filter and I wondered if these are helpful or not and in what capacity? I am familiar with polarizing filters from basic photography but what can I expect with it on the scope? Is it mainly just for better contrast or are there other uses for it? I am interested in looking at some nebulae and galaxies if possible through my meager 60mm refractor and was wondering if this filter will help any? I searched previous threads but could not find anything specific enough on these. As for all the color filters that also came with the kit does anyone find these helpful with Jupiter and if so which ones?
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    Polarizing filters are for cutting the light when viewing bright objects, moon, jupiter.
    I just ordered one from Telescopes.com for $20 on sale. It is a set of 2 that can be rotated against each other to vary the transmission.
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