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  1. Hello my first question (takes deep breath) I’m looking at buying a moon filter I have a nexstar 6se, now it’s possible I’ve had an information overload but I’m sure I read or watched a video that said SCT type scopes dim the light of the image because of the design with that said the standard density of a moon filter I’m looking at (Baader Neutral Density Moon filters) is 0.9. Because of image being dim (if that’s correct)would I be better off getting a filter with 0.6 density to avoid the image being too dim. i know the filter is there to help your eyesight etc ive had the scope for a couple of days and haven’t actually used it during the night yet so I have no idea how bright the moon would be. Any advice would be much appreciated even to tell me I’m barking up the wrong tree Andy
  2. Probably a stupid question... Heyyy soo i am a begginer and about to buy my first telescope.A Skywatcher 200 p. I ve just though of something , Since i know filters can be stacked i ve been wondering if i could take visual RGB filters and stack them.Specifically blue green and red in order to create a visual full colour image ,like photography. I know its probably a stupid question because people all over the world would have done this by now .But i m just curious. -Kronos
  3. I can't find any clip in Light pollution filters for Nikon cameras, specifically my trusty D90. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on one? it's been suggested that I just get a cannon already and I might in a few years but not now! I have found this Optolong UHC Ultra High Contrast Filter - Nikon D5000, D5100 Clip filter, but I don't know if it will work with a Nikon d90? any advice would be appreciated! cheers
  4. Looking at getting a light pollution filter, for my camera as I'm in a bortle 5 area and not currently using any filters. I've been looking around and the clip in filters are way out of budget, for now, so I've been looking at the Hoya filters and the red intensity filters. Then I saw these from Globe (Link Below), and thought maybe it's too good to be true? All those filters for the price of one Hoya? Has anyone used these before what do you think? https://mygobe.com/uk/52mm-collection-filter-kit-1peak.html?fbclid=IwAR3Uqu_TDPx-uxun3SGnDl8CqFQ-8kGgooW62Ux3gSNJ9PitQJj1RQn3_NY
  5. I really struggle when viewing nebula as they appear really, really faint and barley distinguishable (expect M42, M43 due to shear size and brightness) this is due to heavy(ish) light pollution, I have seen there are a couple of filters that claim to reduce light pollution and or improve visuals of different types of nebulae. Do these filters work? And which one will (if they do work) work best for my scope (the standard 8" SW dob 1200/200)?
  6. todd8137

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    Hi all was out last night the 9th and was just viewing around 21:30 seeing was brill so a bit of moon as Jupiter was bounce ing all over the place try in to get focus with the rgb was terrible , That said I pointed at the moon ,and the boil was evident and I ran a few test vids could not get tight focus Here's the kit C9.25" sct Dmk 21 mono Ir 740mn pass filter Cgem on pier 30fps Average 1200 frames best 90% stacked
  7. Hi I will buying a Celestron 11" HD cassegrain and to save I need to buy most of the needed equipments since they are 2x -2.5x price in Asia and i would not want to end up with things I dont need. For eyepieces will a combination of Ethos 13, 17, 21, Nagler 31, Panoptic 41 or William swan 40 and a TPO 50mm. Any suggestions please? Im not really well versed yet with filters for planets and deep sky and other than sky viewing I will be using a Nikon D5500 for astrophotography and maybe buy a simple webcam. Any suggestions? Im also considering getting a JMI dual speed motored focuser....Any suggestions? I hope with your suggestions I can gather most of what I need since I will be bringing them home to Manila Philippines where there no astronomy stores. Thanks in advance.
  8. I am searching and researching for another filter. Usage: a) to bring forth details from stars and clusters, mostly DSO objects (stars, clusters, galaxies, nebulae); and b), to provide clearer details on nebulae. So my question to all of you is, what kind/brand of filter helps you achieve the above? Note: my principal interest here is Astro-Photograhy vs. visual. I already have a Celestron O-III filter, and a Solomark UHC. I am looking to add a 3rd filter that will help me pull details from most DSOs. Not all filters may provide all solutions, so there may be the need to consider 2 (two) additional filters to add to my collection. So, what do you use and how happy are you with the outcome? I am interested first in filter type, and second in who provides it. Thanks for your replies. I am fortunate with clear dark skies here (ie, an LPR is unnecessary, beside I have one... maybe two.) OOPS! I think this belongs in a different forum, my bad!
  9. I currently have an ultra high contrast filter - Zhumell High Performance UHC - and have had some luck seeing additional features in larger objects while using it. I was thinking about purchasing an Oxygen-III filter also, but wonder just how different is the O-III compared to the UHC? Is it worth the money to have both in my filter collection? My scope is only a 130mm, and I would love to see additional details while finding and viewing DSOs such as Dumbbell and Ring nebulae, see more details in Eagle, Trifid, etc. It would be awesome to find something that would also enhance galaxies too (M31, M33 etc.). Does anyone know if an O-III filter will perform better than my current UHC filter?
  10. Good morning, I'm close to purchase the ASI1600 with the filter wheel and OAG. I have a couple of questions about the filters: Is it worth to go for the Baader LRGB? Or can I go for the ZWO ones (maybe are Optlong?). Some bad reports on the L filter on the later. For narrow band I was thinking on the Astrodons: 5nm Halpha, 3nm OIII and SII. I don't want to go for the 3nm Halpha and the same NII... not high polluted area, less filters. Am I right? Always looking for a balance price-caracteristics. About the size, 31mm unmounted. Thanks so much for your help, Aleix
  11. Hi there, I have a DMK21AU04.AS mono camera which I wanted to start using for planetary imaging & I was wondering which filter I would need. I already have a IR pass filter but I was wondered if a IR/UV cut filter would be better? Any advice is appreciated. Cheers, Jeff
  12. Whilst using my canon with a 200p newt via the usual ring-adapter to focuser prime-focus, I want to add a light-pollution filter but cant figure out if I can use the 2 inch ep type nebula filters between the camera and scope or would need the more expensive 'clip' CLS filters. I dont use a barlow or a barlow type t-adapter - or any other filters - and have the 2inch adapter that comes with sw 200p scopes, but still not sure exactly how either type of lp filter fits between the cam and scope, anyone know how they are attached and what type I can use? Regards Aenima
  13. I'm selling my 1.25" baader H-alpha 7nm filter. I purchased it on amazon several months ago, but have never actually used it, as my CCD didn't work. (Its just been put in a filter wheel but never used!) As such it is in perfect condition. Price £75 including delivery to a UK address. Payment via Paypal (buyer pays fees), Paypal friends, or bank transfer Any questions, please ask.
  14. Reading the forums, it seems certain filter types are best suited to certain DSOs, in particular different nebulae. If OIII filters are good for most nebulae, which nebulae benefit more from other types? If UHC filters help with contrast for galaxies & fainter DSOs, are there certain suffixed types better than others. Hydrogen Alpha, Beta & various other filters, get mentioned. What are those for?
  15. Before I continue, I do know ND is neutral density. But my question.... It seems to be common knowledge that a filter of level ND 5 is needed when viewing the sun. My ND filters for my camera are ND 2,ND 4, ND 6, and so on. So can I use one of these to view/photograph the sun? If not, what is the difference between my ND camera filters and the other ND filter/film sheets everyone bought for the eclipse? I'm sorry but I am new to any photography with telescopes. It's almost embarrassing to say it's been in storage. So, Thank you to anyone and everyone that can help!
  16. I'm thinking about buying a filter to improve the contrast on DSO's in my new 12". The question is, is there really a big difference between the UHC filters (baader, SW, etc) and the OIII filters? Will the OIII limit me to a certain amount of objects such as M27 and the veil? Thanks!
  17. Are the Baader LRGB filters parfocal with their narrowband filters, the Ha, O3 and S2 ones? I have Astronomik LRGB and Baader narrowband in my filterwheel. The narrowband filters need refocusing after LRGB which means I can't include then in an imaging sequence. I haven't managed to get autofocusing working in Maxim dl yet. I bought the LRGB first for a previous camera and then couldn't afford the 3nm Astronomik narrowband when I upgraded.
  18. Torn between which 2" filter would best suit my scope for things like dumbell and cygnus loop. I have a moon filter coming already as the moon is blinding. The scope is a 127mm apochromatic ED triplet refractor, f/7.5 (fl=952mm). Although not f/10, it should still have high contrast(obviously I have not had it out yet). Have 2" Meade UWF EPS and some other 1-1/4 EPs). Am hesitating to get the UHC filter over an OIII. Hoping for some input here, and perhaps recommend brand. I know the baader ones are supposed to be high end, but have heard they are not much if any better than a celestron O3?
  19. I have 15mm Vixen LV EP which I bought off Astroboot a few months ago. It's a great EP for viewing with, and used it mostly for whole sun views of the Mercury transit yesterday. My issue with it is I have some coloured filters that I use for mostly planetary views (although I used them yesterday too on the sun to aid views etc), but some of the filters I have when I screw them in to the EP either won't go in correctly, or get tight halfway in when threaded in. I've checked the internal thread on the collar of the EP and that seems OK, with no obvious burrs, or signs of cross threading. I've also tested out the filters that has this issue with the 15mm EP in all my other EP's and don't get any issue when I thread them in to those EP's at all. I think the issue maybe the black paint/coating applied to the thread on the EP is making it tight for the EP's themselves, and due to manufacturing tolerances in sizes some filters will thread in OK, and others don't. My question is is there a simple way to get rid of the black paint in the EP metal collar (only the first 3mm where the filter screws in). If I got some paint stripper and sat the collar in a dish containing some 3mm of solution will this dissolve the paint away OK? The only other issue with the EP is on most of my other EP's the metal collar that the filters screw into can actually be unscrewed from the EP itself. On the Vixen EP if I try to unscrew the collar it also starts to unscrew some of the lower lenses in the EP, and so don't want to unscrew the collar if this might damage the EP by dislodging any internal lenses or other components of the EP itself. Anybody ever tried to clean away this black paint on their EP's before succesfully if they had similar issues? Any advise is welcome.
  20. Which filters for my DMK should i go for ? These ............ http://www.firstlightoptics.com/rgb-filters-filter-sets/baader-lrgbc-ccd-filter-set.html OR These.............http://www.opticstar.com/Run/Astronomy/Astro-Accessories-Telescopes-Baader.asp?p=0_10_5_1_9_130 I have been advised to get a Baader UHC-S Filter but is a Baader Neodymium Filter worth getting as i have a 'bog standard' SW 1.25" LP filter ? & i also need a C/CS to T-thread Adaptor to attach to my wheel as well which i have now found.
  21. I posted this in the Imaging section by mistake very sorry. Hi everyone on this sunny Sunday :-), i was going to order my new bits last night:- DMK 21AU618.AS Opticstar Manual Colour Filter Wheel (it has 5 positions plus 3 adapters) a powered is too expensive at the moment for me at this time. I then realised how many filtters there were & i need some advice for the correct ones for me, i will be imaging Planets, DSO's through 600D & probably Solar & Lunar. Can you use some of the filters for Planets & DSO's ? Found these so far:- 1) Filters - Opticstar 1.25" High Transparency LRGB Imaging Filters £99.00 Specs :- High transparency filters are placed within a thin metal ring with a full 26mm clear aperture that threads into the barrel of any standard 1.25" eyepiece or filter wheel that can accept 1.25" filters. Each filter is threaded at both ends to accept another filter if required. Filters come inside individual plastic cases with a transparent window. All filters are IR blocked which is important when imaging. Filter Transparency: Clear: 95% (with Infra Red Block) Red: 94% (with Infra Red Block) Green: 92% (with Infra Red Block) Blue: 91% (with Infra Red Block) OR Opticstar 1.25" LRGbB Imaging Filters £39.95 (seemed too cheap) OR Baader RGB Filter Set with IR Cut £73.00 from FLO's site :- ' An affordable set of quality absorptive 1.25" filters with high transmission. Includes Red, Green, Blue and IR block' OR Baader RGB Filter Set with IR Cut CCD SET £198.00 from FLO's site :- 'A NEW line of premium quality Baader LRGBC filters that compliment Baader's narrowband emission line filters (H-beta/OIII/H-alpha/SII). Elaborate anti-reflection coatings, planeoptically polished to 1/4 wave and parfocal. Note: The LRGB filters include IR-block coatings so the clear filter is necessary if you wish to image the full spectrum, including IR, otherwise you need only order the LRGB filters. All the filters, including the clear filter, are very nearly parfocal so there is little or no need to refocus between filter changes.'
  22. Hi All, About to buy my first real scope and mount. I'm wondering if I can put upon you good folks to ask for your recommendations for the items in the title that will match up with and compliment the equipment I'm about to buy. Top of my list at this moment is the SW EQ6 Pro with either the Explorer 250PDS or 200PDS (depending on the all the other items that need to get to at least make it usable fairly usable to start with and how that affect the overall budget). If I have to (for cost at this time), I will drop to a SW HEQ5 Pro with the 200PDS. Fortunately, my girlfriend/partner loves the night sky but I know she will want to see 'results' in the EP straight away and will want to mainly look at our Solar system and the Moon (not that I don't) but she hates the cold and has limited patience for waiting to see anything deeper than those for now. Myself, apart from the above of course, would like to go deeper but also include astrophotography once I have got myself up to a decent level of familiarity with the kit. I have a humble Pentax K20D DSLR and my very old Pentax Spotmatic F (Wet film) camera (It's been with me for a long time and still gets used once in a while). I would very much appreciate your collective wisdom regarding the title items and fitting my DSLR (primarily) to either of the two OTA's above. What is the minimum I need to get, make/models that will get me going and that will complement each other and the system without having to take out a second mortgage just yet ;-) and get me off to a fairly good start. I'm sure you have all had these questions before and I apologise if your first thought is "not again" :-) ... It's just that I have been lurking in the background of the site for a few weeks now reading up as much as I can and trying to pull a list together but my brain seems to have turned to fog now and after reading something earlier to day of EP's and Barlow's and that the optics in them (for want of a better word) should be in 'harmony with each other and the system, I've completely lost where I thought I was going and then also the subjects and threads that I had been using to 'guide' me elsewhere on SGL. Many thanks in anticipation. Kind regards, Chris.
  23. I know that astrophotographers can use diffraction gratings and filters to image a star's spectra. However, is there a filter or eyepiece that a visual observer can use to see a star's spectra? Like, look through an eyepiece and instead of seeing points of light you see each star's spectra? Or am I going stir crazy from a lack of observing ?
  24. Hi everyone on this sunny Sunday :-), i was going to order my new bits last night:- DMK 21AU618.AS Opticstar Manual Colour Filter Wheel (it has 5 positions plus 3 adapters) a powered is too expensive at the moment for me at this time. I then realised how many filtters there were & i need some advice for the correct ones for me, i will be imaging Planets, DSO's through 600D & probably Solar & Lunar. Can you use some of the filters for Planets & DSO's ? Found these so far:- 1) Filters - Opticstar 1.25" High Transparency LRGB Imaging Filters £99.00 Specs :- High transparency filters are placed within a thin metal ring with a full 26mm clear aperture that threads into the barrel of any standard 1.25" eyepiece or filter wheel that can accept 1.25" filters. Each filter is threaded at both ends to accept another filter if required. Filters come inside individual plastic cases with a transparent window. All filters are IR blocked which is important when imaging. Filter Transparency: Clear: 95% (with Infra Red Block) Red: 94% (with Infra Red Block) Green: 92% (with Infra Red Block) Blue: 91% (with Infra Red Block) OR Opticstar 1.25" LRGbB Imaging Filters £39.95 (seemed too cheap) OR Baader RGB Filter Set with IR Cut £73.00 from FLO's site :- ' An affordable set of quality absorptive 1.25" filters with high transmission. Includes Red, Green, Blue and IR block' OR Baader RGB Filter Set with IR Cut CCD SET £198.00 from FLO's site :- 'A NEW line of premium quality Baader LRGBC filters that compliment Baader's narrowband emission line filters (H-beta/OIII/H-alpha/SII). Elaborate anti-reflection coatings, planeoptically polished to 1/4 wave and parfocal. Note: The LRGB filters include IR-block coatings so the clear filter is necessary if you wish to image the full spectrum, including IR, otherwise you need only order the LRGB filters. All the filters, including the clear filter, are very nearly parfocal so there is little or no need to refocus between filter changes.'
  25. Hi, when I get my 130p I would like to do some solar viewing after seeing many posts on the forum looks quite interesting. I would like to know what’s the best type of filter there is to use. Also do I need any filters for the eyepiece it self? And do I need to buy anything to keep my scope and myself safe? For example a cover to put on over the scope to keep it from heating ? I was looking at this https://www.firstlightoptics.com/solar-filters/astrozap-baader-solar-filter.html sky and telescope done a article and mentioned the Baader to be the best one is this the one they are talking about? ( apologies if this has already been mentioned and if it has please link the thread) Sorry if these seem obvious answers but want to make sure and be as safe as possible
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