murphcc1 wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:18 pm
Yea thats what I got with the scope.
Any suggestions for a better kit?
To be very honest, I do not recommend eyepiece/filter kits. Since it came with the scope and you didn't buy it separately, then obviously you won't be returning it. The biggest problem with kits is that they provide some very short focal length eyepieces, which with your f/
10 scope pushed the magnification up pretty high. Also the eye relief in shorter focal length plossls get awfully tight.
I am running under the assumption that it came with 32, 15, 9, 6 and 4mm eyepieces or something similar? The 4mm would be really pushing it except for those ultra-rare nights when seeing is unbelievably stable. Even the 6mm might be problematic at times because of conditions. While these are a very basic eyepiece design, the good side of that is that your f/
10 optical design is much more tolerant of more basic eyepiece designs than is my f/
5 and f/
4.5 dobsonian reflectors.
I am also running under the assumption that the filters in question are colored filters? If so, I am not a strong fan of those. Then again, I rarely observe the planets or moon, being a DSO
guy (galaxies in particular). The filters included in these are again of the most basic quality. True planetary observers swear by filters because good ones can pull out some of the more subtle details. Personally I simply never liked the colored tone they add to the image. I had difficulty warming up to a blue Jupiter through a filter.
For lunar observation I personally recommend a variable polaraizing filter, such as the one linked below (either 2 inch or 1.25 inch as needed):
https://agenaastro.com/bst-2-variable-t ... ilter.html
https://agenaastro.com/bst-1-25-variabl ... ilter.html
I do utilize filters, but mine are of the nebula and line types (narrow-band, O-III, HaB) for improving contrast with various types of nebulae. All mine are 2 inch since my scopes all have 2 inch focusers. I merely screw them into the bottom of the 2 to 1.25 adapters so they will work with my 1.25 inch eyepieces, or directly into the bottom of the 2 inch models.
Hope that gives you some food for thought.