I read online that this was possible but I ignored all the warnings and I did this anyhow, I'm such a noob.
The other day I got the telescope out and got it all setup. I got a 17mm eyepiece I wanted to try out.
I stick that in, I get it lined up, look though and bam, blinding light piercing my eyeball. I look away and I see a huge moon shaped ball everywhere. My previous slight adaption to the dark night vanished and I was essentially blind, for a few seconds.
Heh But really, it was a full moon, or nearly so, so pretty bright. I have a 8mm and 6mm I've used but they're so zoomed it you have to walk around the moon - which is totally cool. But I wanted to see the whole moon in the view finder and tried out a 17mm (70x) and it was perfect. Really cool and the kids where probably more impressed with that than the 6mm since they get a better sense of what they're looking at.
But, it's bright. I enjoyed looking at it but it was a shock to my eye and I definitely saw a big moon sized spot in my vision for awhile after.
So I want to get a filter so I can do this again without going blind. I'd prefer a quality one as I expect this is something I would keep forever, and I like to buy things once. Any recommendations or advice on the different types (remember I'm a total noob) and what to even look for?
I want a 2" model and just enough to take the blinding edge off, I donno if that's a 50%, 25% or what.