I finally had First light with my new NV device without a bright Moon. For other Newbys one piece of advice that I give you is buy the best tube you can. The first wonderful aspect that I noticed is I could turn down the gain till there was almost zero scintellation before losing resolution. I tried all the filters that I had 7nm, 12nm Ha Longpass filters and both the 610nm and 542 IR Longpass filters. The 7nm Ha and the 642nm were the ones that worked the best by far. Thank you Bobhen, and Mazerski, you were on the spot here. I know now that I need to try a shorter wave length Ha and a 685nm filters.
Mazerski, you are right M42 does "looks wicked with the 642 IR Longpass filter".
I stayed out under the stars pretty much all night even though I had to work today. I just did not want to call it quits. I am sort of grateful in a odd way that tonight is cloudy, I need the rest. Sunday night is going to be clear skies and I am waiting with the kind of anticipation that a child has on the night before Christmas.
Night Vision Astronomy does present one huge problem. You very quickly begin to notice that all of your Celestial visual references are useless especially when viewing open clusters. I know exactly what M36, M37, M38 and other clusters look like through conventional eyepieces. They look totally different, nearly unreconisable with Night Vision, lost in a sea of stars. What a wonderful problem to have. Another good thing that happened was I finally found somthing that my C8 Edge HD scope was good at. It has been sitting around unused for quite sometime now, having fallen out of favor for refractors and the Dob and it was nice to be using it again.
Thank you everone for your help and guidance, it is much appreciated.
HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro