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Oct 30 2009 06:15 AM | Guest in Astronomical Filters
My interest in astronomy started when I was 15 and saw Haley¡¯s comet through a pair of Bushnell binos. I had always wanted to buy a telescope but growing up in light and particulate polluted Bombay (now Mumbai), I gave up all notions of pursuing the hobby
Mar 29 2005 03:34 AM | Dave Novoselsky in Astronomical Filters
Markus just sent me a rather interesting item on the basis of, "test it, and if you like it, keep it and send me a check. If you don't like it, send it back to me." The sheet that accompanied the small box says this is a "BAADER PLANETARIUM MOON & SKYGLOW FILTER." The literature says that it is a 1.25" filter designed to thread into a standard 1.25" eyepiece and "not a simple colored filter" but a "selective contrast filter" intended to block "in the visual spectral ranges" light from sky and street lighting. It is also said to increase contrast on lunar and planetary observing but preserve "bright-dark contrast." Markus said that, unlike most color filters, this filter is optical glass, not simple colored glass, and has "flat-parallel polished surfaces."