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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6035966 - 08/20/13 08:04 AM

Good info... I need to add an OIII and UHC at some point .

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6044728 - 08/25/13 06:28 AM

Hi Tony,

Saw your comments in the "hope some of you" thread. Same here in Yorkshire I'm afraid. Not had a sniff of a clear night since my last report. Cloudy skies and heavy rain have been the order of the day.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6044878 - 08/25/13 09:54 AM

Hi Peter, Sounds like you had those darned clouds too! At around 11 PM I checked and to the west I got a nice visual view of Arcturus peeking through a small cloud break. I got up last night around 3 am and it had cleared quite nicely but I was to tired to set up Maybe it will be clear for us tonight!

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6046810 - 08/26/13 11:30 AM

Thought I'd ask this here instead of starting a new thread since it relates to visual astronomy with a NexStar. In looking at filters like O-III and UHC, Lumicon seems to be at the top in performance and quality. What about Baader filters? They're less expensive than Lumicon but do they seem to perform as well? I'd like to add an O-III and UHC 1.25" filter to my observing tools. I look forward to any comments on experience with Baader, or for that matter, any other brand too....

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6046985 - 08/26/13 01:08 PM

Hi Tony,
I went for the Castell UHC filter

http://www.365astronomy.com/castell-uhc-deepsky-filter-for-2inch-eyepieces-p-...

which is far from the dearest. On the nebula I have used it on so far, (limited in number due to lack of observing time), which include M16, NGC6888, M27, NGC7009, and M42 the view of the objects was greatly enhanced. Some that I could bearly see without the filter in place, i.e M16(Eagle Nebula) and NGC7009(Saturn nebula) were much brighter and showed some structure. They become objects that you can spend some time on with different magnifications etc. M27 and M42 were outstanding through the filter. Now thinking of adding the Castell O111 filter to my collection.
I have no experience with any other UHC filters, but I am more than pleased with the one I have and have no thoughts of changing it for one of the dearer branded filters.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6047007 - 08/26/13 01:24 PM

Hi Peter, Thanks for the reply on filters. Sounds like yours works well. I've only got the Orion Skyglow and it doesn't perform well enough from my experience. I see a few listed on CN sometimes but I guess I need to do a little more research. I know that one guy here on CN has done an in depth thread and I've read it and that is why I'm looking at these two types. I'm just not familiar with the brands other than Lumicon, Baader and Orion. We have lots of clouds today and we have a chance for rain today. Boy we really need it for the yards! Thanks again and hope you have a good day....

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6047023 - 08/26/13 01:37 PM

Thanks Tony. From what I've read, I don't think you'll go far wrong with either a Lumicon,Baader or Orion filter.

Got my fingers crossed here in Leeds, clear skies as of 18.30. Dark enough around 21.00.

Good luck with the filter.

Regards. Peter.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6047519 - 08/26/13 06:46 PM

Peter - Hope it is clear and dark at your location! Look forward to a report if it is. I have been wanting to catch some good doubles. It's still cloudy here and looks like some rain on the radar! have fun ...

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6047566 - 08/26/13 07:25 PM

I have an ultrablock from orion and it is an excellent uhc filter

As for oiii filters baader and celestron are the same so go on price.


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: coutleef]
      #6047604 - 08/26/13 07:57 PM

François, Thanks for the reply! I didn't know if the Orion UltraBlock was similar to the UHC but it sounds like it is. I see those in the classifieds sometimes. Baader seems to be good from what I've read too. Thanks for the info...

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6047612 - 08/26/13 08:04 PM

Agena Astro also has a selection in both 1.25" and 2".

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Arctic_Eddie]
      #6047671 - 08/26/13 08:43 PM

Thanks for the info on the website. I'll check it out 73's de KM5JH

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6047846 - 08/26/13 10:27 PM

Don't overlook Astronomik filters, very rugged, scratch resistant coatings. I have a Lumicon OIII, Orion ultrablock, and an Astronomik Ha. All work great. I just ordered an Orion Skyglow imaging filter to help with LP.

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: hopskipson]
      #6047948 - 08/26/13 11:21 PM

James, Thanks and I'll check out the Astronomiks too! Tony

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6049448 - 08/27/13 06:51 PM

Peter, How did it go? Did you keep the clear skies and were you able to get some viewing in?

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6050094 - 08/28/13 06:06 AM

Hi Tony,
Thanks for enquiring. The skies turned very mirky making seeing conditions almost impossible. No stars were visible below about 50deg. Thought about Cygnus but it was too close to Zenith for comfortable viewing. Finely settled for Cassiopeia but only manage 35 minutes or so before the mirk became all invasive. Still, it gave me an hour out.

Sorry for the late report, been a bit hectic, in a nice way, around here.

Hope you and everyone else do better in the coming days.

Regards. Peter


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: Peter9]
      #6050340 - 08/28/13 09:52 AM

Peter, Sorry that those clouds started edging back in on you and cramped your viewing. At least you got a bit of viewing in! I'll be out of town this weekend so no observing for me. I plan on taking some astronomy reading along though! Maybe it will slow down a little for you... Cheers

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6058931 - 09/02/13 09:55 AM

Hi,

For any U.K members who may be interested, there's a used 3 bay Sky Shed P.O.D for sale listed in U.K Astronomy Buy and Sell. It is priced at £1500 which, in my opinion, is a bargain. It's not mine BTW. Can't see me ever parting with mine. nor have I anything to do with the vendor.

Why not take a look.

Regards. Peter


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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. new [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6058962 - 09/02/13 10:20 AM

After researching this a bit and talking to some local astronomers, I ordered the DGM NBP. Should be in next week and I'm anxious to give it a try. I'll add an OIII at some point and call it quits with filters. We were out of town this labor day weekend and didn't get any observing in. Turned out it was pretty cloudy anyway...

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Re: Visual Observers Reports and Discussions. [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #6059119 - 09/02/13 12:03 PM

Good for you Tony. Lets know what you think of the Narrow Band Pass after you've used it a couple or four times.
I'm still hanging fire on the OIII until I've used the U.H.C a few more times.

Regards. Peter.


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