telescope care opinions
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:33 PM
1) I know it sounds anal, but do you guys ever wax the outside of the optical tube of your scope to keep it protected and shiny new?
2) How many people store the scope outside to forego getting it acclimated to outside temps? My old scope is an ETX 125, and that's easy to leave set up in the house, collapse the legs, and plop it outside. The LX is pretty heavy though, and takes a good hour or two to get ready for viewing. Yet I am afraid of condensation and such leaving it out as I live in a weather zone with some fairly extreme temperature variances, and kids with basketballs and dirtbikes.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:51 PM
yes many have used carwax on their beloved (and expensive) scopes.
and some leave theirs outside with various ways to try to keep them dry with anything from a plastic shed to covers from... is it Astrozap? no, there is another name brand cover that many swear by through hurricanes with but I at the moment cannot think of it. they put lights, drying packs, fans, heaters, and all other kinds of ways to try to prevent condensation.
as far as the kids with basketballs and dirtbikes are concerned... get a pittbull and train him to love HIS scope.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:22 PM
Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:08 AM
Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:10 PM
Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:26 AM
Not really a problem as it does not get that hot
as I keep it under 105 degrees without much effort
I no longer even bother to cover my scope ...we had a "stink bug" convention locally a few years ago and when I uncovered my scope I disrupted a major large committee meeting of the darn things..
I do dust it off with a California Duster rather frequently and wipe it down with a Car Detailing spray... (it has to look good if I expect it to show me objects that look good lol )
Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:38 PM