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Re: Viewing the moon [Re: DTH]
      #6148507 - 10/20/13 02:19 PM

Baader Moon and Sky Glow filter.

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rnc39560
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Re: Viewing the moon new [Re: DTH]
      #6148528 - 10/20/13 02:41 PM

I too enjoy the views of the moon before sunset! Then I switch my observation to DSO and planets well after dark.

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Re: Viewing the moon new [Re: rnc39560]
      #6148720 - 10/20/13 05:03 PM

I sometimes use a variable polarized filter.

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GeneT
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Re: Viewing the moon new [Re: ve1drg]
      #6148776 - 10/20/13 05:49 PM

I can have migraine issues, and looking at a 3/4 moon or more without a filter can initiate a headache. I use both neutral density and polarizing filters on a bright moon. Both work quite well. If you can stand viewing without a filter, then I recommend you don't use one.

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Re: Viewing the moon new [Re: ve1drg]
      #6149168 - 10/21/13 12:48 AM

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Wondering if most people use filters of any sort when viewing the moon.
I have discovered that the moon is very bright and perhaps a filter might calm that brightness down. And possibly might even enhance the view?




Yes - it is bright! And you can use all that light to your advantage. When you're observing the Moon between 1st Q and full, the addition of white lights suppresses the eyes' tendency to dark adapt at night and, in fact, causes the eye to use normal type scotopic vision, which is of much higher quality than dark-adapted photopic vision.

I do it & sit comfortably in a light room (observatory) with a cuppa joe & my Rukl's Moon Atlas on the table.




Some good info: http://www.visualexpert.com/Resources/nightvision.html

http://www.kirchdorferweb.com/astronomy/fwas/fwasweb/beginner4.html


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Re: Viewing the moon new [Re: Starlon]
      #6149215 - 10/21/13 01:35 AM

I am not sure on the bright moon problem unless trying to frame the moon within the FOV of a long FL eyepiece. Jacking up the magnification considerably dims our nearest neighbor.

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