I noticed you mention your eye not used distracting you. "my non-used eye less distracting," I'm just curious if you ever thought about using an eye patch to help you with this. I have a similar issue finding my eye not in use causing me to sometimes break my focus of the object in the eye piece. Also I find with long secessions at the eye piece my non-used eye get more difficult to keep closed. Also when I would look at something not in the ep, then go back to the eye piece it would take me 3 or 4 seconds to get settled back to that comfortable spot and position again.
They run between $3 and $6 depending where you pick one up from. I like the one I get at the drugstore best as they are softer, but it's a comfort and personal preference thing. I realized immediately upon wearing it at the eye piece I was much more relaxed (my face and eyes were). I found during my first use with one that it became much easier to see detail that took my longer to see. This is due to not having to close one eye and move my head back and forth to get that happy spot. With the eye patch on I just look into the ep with both eyes open. It feels much more natural, don't know why I didn't try it sooner.
I set up my equipment with my observing eye covered by the eye patch. This way by the time I'm set up I just slide the eye patch over to my other eye. My observing eye is pretty well dark adapted. It's a little bit of a head start for the night.
As far as a hood goes, I just use a towel. Sorry I cant give you any advise on one or what type to look into. I would seriously give the eye patch a try. Once you find a hood or similar that works well for you, combined with an eye patch your time at the telescope each night will become longer and more relaxed.
Edited by Allanbarth1, 21 March 2018 - 12:26 PM.