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RocketScientist
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5715534 - 03/05/13 10:40 PM

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How are the Celestron OIII and UHC filters? Also placed the Meade lunar/planetary 4 filter set in the cart. Are these any good too? I know I will rarely need the color filters but it does come with the 13% moon filter and the price is under $30.




I think you'd get a lot more benefit from a $40 Zhumell UHC filter than from a set of color filters, unless you are strictly Moon-and-planets and never look at nebulae. You don't need the more expensive makes of narrowband filters unless and until you decide that's an area where you want to focus more of your $$$.


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newtoskies
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: RocketScientist]
      #5715688 - 03/06/13 12:35 AM

Thanks, I'll check into the Zhumell filters. I want to leave as much left over from what I have to grab a used 10" dob when one pops up.

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RocketScientist
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5715694 - 03/06/13 12:42 AM

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I want to leave as much left over from what I have to grab a used 10" dob when one pops up.




Good plan. I would never part with my 10" Dob; it's the core of my telescope set.


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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: RocketScientist]
      #5715986 - 03/06/13 08:54 AM

Truthfully, get the 10" first....filters can help, but only the scope can bring in the fuzzies. I'd rather see the Lagoon Nebula in my 10" dob and 24mm eyepiece, then with a smaller scope filterd to the hilt......without the aperture to pull in the fuzzies, the filter is just a colored piece of glass. Not that I won't get filters down the road, but I'd go for the base equipment first....just like a house...build the foundation first...then accessorize....

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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5716269 - 03/06/13 12:06 PM

Yeah I think the 10"dob is a must, especially for the lp around here. I keep checking the classifies here and CL, nothing yet.

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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5716305 - 03/06/13 12:30 PM

By the way, how's that XLT working out for you....loving mine...

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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5716318 - 03/06/13 12:42 PM

Haven't gotten a chance to take any scope out the past few weeks...too cloudy. last night we had a few hours of nice clear skies, but oof course I had no time...argh. Hoping to take the XLT out this weekend.

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Paco_Grande
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: newtoskies]
      #5716320 - 03/06/13 12:45 PM

Speaking of 10" dobs, I, too, am looking for a used one. Would like to trade by CPC800 for one. So my "buy next" list has a few items left on it as well. lol

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Jon Isaacs
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5716479 - 03/06/13 02:04 PM

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I'd rather see the Lagoon Nebula in my 10" dob and 24mm eyepiece, then with a smaller scope filterd to the hilt......without the aperture to pull in the fuzzies, the filter is just a colored piece of glass.




The Lagoon Nebula is quite bright and contrasty without a filter. There are other nebulae, the Veil, the California, the North American, the "Heart" and "Soul" nebulae, these require filters and some are best viewed in a small scope.

jon


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Kraus
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5716651 - 03/06/13 03:24 PM


I use an ND-25 moon filter coupled with a #80A blue and a #15 yellow-orange filter. The craters and rills give up their depths. Two hours I spend just looking. I'm awed by even the moon.


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GOLGO13
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: Kraus]
      #5716879 - 03/06/13 05:17 PM

actually the moon has the most detail and is still my favorite object to observe. always a crowd pleaser.

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Kraus
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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #5717098 - 03/06/13 07:18 PM


Yup. Extended viewing an object reveals many awes.

Near two hours of looking at Jupiter, I eventually saw a moon peak out from behind Jupiter. Or maybe I saw the moon depart out from the front of his disc. I'd have to check records.

Last Spring, I could see Saturn's shadow cast on the ring. Check S&T planetary section, March issue, page 46. They show the shadow, when visible in their picture. Astronomy magazine never does.

Did I just make a plug for S&T?


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Re: What to buy next...a list new [Re: csrlice12]
      #5722341 - 03/09/13 01:29 PM

I agree. I've just purchased three sunglasses in different colors to test them out. Also got some colored glass lenses for those hot small spotlights used in ceilings, from Home Depot. Trying to work out a system of flipping different colors in front of the ep to cut down on the trial-and-error time-wasting filter handling part of observing.

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