Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:55 AM
I live in a small 2-story house on stilts on the intercoastal waterway about 3 blocks from the beach on the west coast of Florida. When I got my scope (8se) last month my plan was to set it up on my small balcony (3rd floor) which would give me unobstructed views and would allow me to easily carry the scope and tripod through the glass door for inside storage.
This turned out to be a disaster. Who knew that a house could shake so much !? Wind was the culprit. I knew the house had some shimmy in high winds (we get alot of that down here), but I had no idea the gentle sea-breezes would produce so much vibration. Jupiter would literally jump out of view with a 9mm eyepiece.
I have since been hauling the scope/tripod/stool/power-pak/eyepiece case down three flights of stairs (2 trips) to the stability of my back yard where the house provides some wind break but also obscures 1/3 of the southern sky. But hey, the vibration is pretty much gone so it's worth it! The trips up and down however are getting old.
I have a garage where I could store the equipment and eliminates the stairs but my question is this: Is the warm, humid, salty air dangerous for the optics and/or electronics of the scope? As I type that it seems like a stupid question, but I know there must be others out there that have had storage issues. Does anyone keep their scopes in similar situations. Any advice on how to ameliorate the effects? Or is this just inviting disaster?
Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:53 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:50 PM
I would not store my equipment in such a place you describe unless it was moisture controlled. Maybe box off a tiny storage room and install a very small wall A/C unit?
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:40 PM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:40 AM