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#1 Aquarist

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:52 PM

Does anyone use telescope covers in your observatory? Telegizmos or similar? If so, which one(s)?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

I cover the mount & scope with bath towels. They wick dew from the instruments.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:31 PM

I use an Orion Scope Cloak to cover my telescope inside the observatory. It works well at keeping the dust off the scope when our desert winds kick up.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:52 PM

I use a Blanket

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:34 PM

Just anyold Blanket?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:03 PM

For the past 12 years ... I've used an old cotton bed sheet to cover my 12" SCT. It's a light weight and breathable material ... yet keeps the dust and dirt off the scope.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:14 PM

A Bed sheet sounds terrific.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:18 PM

Yes, I use a TeleGizmos on my 16". I have the one that fits when the scope is in the horizontal position.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:23 PM

Just anyold Blanket?

Ya any old blanket will do , Just to keep the dust down . I also keep ALL my Caps on my Scopes , I was also told to bring in my EPs Not to leave them in the Obs .

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:27 PM

I've defineteley got a ton of anyold Blankets and anyold Bedsheets around :lol:
Good to know!!!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:29 PM

I use a barbeque cover. Lined on the inside and waterproof on the outside.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 10:19 PM

I was also told to bring in my EPs Not to leave them in the Obs .



I have mine in an excellent case that seals tightly. I have always left them in the dobservatory. :shrug:

That's my idea of an observatory; not to have to lug things back & forth for viewing. :)

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:08 AM

I use a bed sheet too, it can be washed if it gets pollen ect on it. I keep all my eyepieces in the obs also.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 05:53 AM

I use a shower curtain, the cloth style.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:14 AM

Another bed sheet here also.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:04 AM

If you don't use something along the lines suggested above you will be cleaning massive amounts of pollen off the scope and mount on a regular basis (around here at least).

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:18 AM

I use the cotton sheet because it can breath, a tarp ect would trap moisture underneath

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:55 AM

Ditto on the old bed sheet....use to use plastic backed heavy curtain but i think it needs to breath while keeping *BLEEP* off :grin:

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:00 AM

For the past 12 years ... I've used an old cotton bed sheet to cover my 12" SCT. It's a light weight and breathable material ... yet keeps the dust and dirt off the scope.


This is what I use.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:04 AM

I bought a bunch of bedsheet like cloth and sewed a big bag to slip over the top, just to keep dust off. I use end caps and tube caps and such also.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:36 AM

That's a good idea. Around here you get pollen, dust, dew, and rust spores :rant:

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:51 AM

I was also told to bring in my EPs Not to leave them in the Obs .



I have mine in an excellent case that seals tightly. I have always left them in the dobservatory. :shrug:

That's my idea of an observatory; not to have to lug things back & forth for viewing. :)

This is the same thing I thought, I started a Topic about this a while back and most people here at CN said to bring them in :shameonyou: Not to leave them in the Obs, Something about Gases from the rubber that deteriorates , My memory's not that good , Maybe some one can post in and explain it again , But I guess if you control the Temp, leave the AC on at all times where it don't get that hot it's OK , Then it would be like inside your house. I turn on the AC in my Obs very rarely $$$ , :shrug:

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 09:58 AM

I don't have air conditioning in my observatory; but have always left my eyepieces in my Doskocil air tight case. I must have missed that thread; as I've not heard of the rubber outgassing on the eyepieces. In my situation, I will continue leaving them there, year around; works for me! :)

Update: Here is your Thread.



Again, for the past 6 years, I've left all my equipment in my observatory, with no bad results. :shrug: It's whatever makes a person feel comfortable, for me just unlocking the door, and not having to lug any equipment (except my tablet), is my comfort zone. :)

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:16 AM

@megabusa, the only clear threat voiced I that thread was from pick-n-pluck type foam where there is clear evidence of particle shedding, and suspicion of outgassing. I keep my eyepiece lens caps on so whatever effect there might be isn't going to touch the glass. My observatory is insulated so there is a minimum of temperature swings in the scope room and warm room. Once I get the humidifier and AC/heater in place I'll feel safer :-)

Also, folks with extreme ambient temps; sub-zero to +100F, had the most angst over deterioration of rubber, such as the eyecups.

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 11:21 AM

Yep That's it , It's kind of funny that I'm fairly good on building stuff like Obs - houses & things , I'm a old Ship builder from S.Louisiana , I also built a lot of the Floating Docks in Lakes out West :smash: But when it comes to things like Out Gassing and Stuff like that, I don't have a Clue :thinking: I ask Questions because of $$$ ,If I get it wrong I don't have the $$$ to fix it :nonono: I just do what I'm told . :lol:

By-The-Way Thanks for bring back up that old Thread . :waytogo:






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