Last updated: 30 September 2003
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2003 19:05:08 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (dan hester) I had such good success with a wild idea that I thought you might want to know about it. Here in Wilmington, needless to say we have quite a bit of light pollution. I happened to dig out an old Hoya glass uv filter for a 35mm cam. The box said the filter helped cut unwanted haze caused by pollution and dirty air and give sharper pics....so...when I set up my ETX 125 last night...I tried it. I simply placed it over the eyepiece... It wasn't my imagination...it did work! I noticed quite a contrast boost on Mars and the Moon. So I got out my filter set and took out a green filter that I could never seem to find a good use for. I took the filter out of the housing and hot-glued the larger uv filter right on top of it. Then I got out my Wife's old glass grinder for her stained-glass projects and carefully cut the larger uv filter to the exact size as the green one...inserted it into the filter housing...and tonight..i tried it. I couldn't believe the difference...I guess its somewhere between a nebula and light-pollution filter. I tried Mars with and without the filter...it was definately better with the thing. So was the moon...and messier objects stood out markedly better than without the filter. Maybe we don't need to pay 60-to-80 bucks for a little piece of glass...just go to your friendly photo shop and pay 10 bucks...I bought a couple today at the local pawn shop for five dollars each. Happy seeing. Dan dan hester
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