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Neptune38

My first proper view of the moon

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Hi all, got my first proper view of the moon this evening, and wow , it looked superb through my 25 mm EP, but I can now understand why you guys invest in moon filters, I was temporarily blinded when I took my eye away from the EP. I manged to get a pretty decent snap from my phone camera, will try and upload it from my phone, just had a go but it wouldn't let me for some reason.

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You don't always need filters, some cost more than eyepieces alone?

Sunglasses work well, as does thin cloud layers!

On my scope I often leave the dust cap on and remove  only the very small 2" cap ( if affects the specifications of my scope) but does not affect what I want to see, but the glare is sufficiently reduced. 

The blindness from the Moon is only temporary too, unlike looking at Sunlight which is damaging if not filtered?

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........was just going to mention, its not in your gallery?

I have a couple in mine, using HTC Desire.

I have also found in my shed an xbox camera...looks like it can be converted to fit my focuser, and even though I have a non tracking Dobsonian, I would have thought that any video image can be broken down into stills, stacked and imaged to create a decent image......worth a try sometime in the future as a project. 

I've even strapped a Nikon onto the focuser, more testing required with the DSLR.

Keep at it

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........was just going to mention, its not in your gallery?

I have a couple in mine, android and Nikon!

Yes, it is in my gallery, i just had to work out how to access it from the SGL site.

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When the moon is full, my ND09 filter is a must, the moon is just too bright without it (and even with it). The difference is huge when compared to (roughly) half moon which I find comfortable to observe without any filters.

 

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