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Dan McConaughy
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Reged: 11/11/06

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Warm Eyepieces
      #5625466 - 01/15/13 11:46 PM

What are the benefits of keeping eyepieces warm? Are there any disadvantages?

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Scanning4Comets
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Reged: 12/26/04

Loc: Ontario, Canada
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Dan McConaughy]
      #5625489 - 01/16/13 12:06 AM

Keeps dew off them.

Cheers,


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Starman1
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Reged: 06/24/03

Loc: Los Angeles
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Dan McConaughy]
      #5625492 - 01/16/13 12:07 AM

Well, actually warm might not be a good idea if you're going to pull them out to use at 0F. But warmer than the dewpoint/frostpoint is not a bad idea so the proximity of your warm, moist, eye doesn't cause immediate fogging.
You can accomplish that by merely keeping them in a case until used.


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Astrojensen
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5625620 - 01/16/13 03:47 AM

If you're outside for a few hours or so, you'll need some kind of heat source in the case. I always observe from home and have many eyepieces, so I usually keep a couple inside, on top of the electric heating element. Nice 'n toasty! And stay free from dew for a while.


Clear skies!
Thomas, Denmark


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SteveTheSwede
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Reged: 09/28/09

Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Astrojensen]
      #5625623 - 01/16/13 03:53 AM

When I observe from home I also keep them idoors (though not on a heater ). Also I tend to keep 2 ocular in my jacket pockets which keep them warm enough in the winter. Of course you need lots of pockets if you use lots of eyepieces.

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Sarkikos
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Reged: 12/18/07

Loc: Scotophobia, Maryland, USA
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: SteveTheSwede]
      #5625704 - 01/16/13 07:01 AM

I've never bothered to heat the eyepiece case. Doesn't seem necessary to me. In fact, I don't think it is necessary. I've never seen an eyepiece fog up in transit from case to focuser. I keep the case closed until I need to take an eyepiece out. When one is in the focuser, I wrap a dew strip around it. If I take an eyepiece out of the focuser but I plan to use it again soon, I put it in the focuser rack with a cap on top of the eyepiece. No dew problem at all.

Mike


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5625745 - 01/16/13 08:14 AM

Quote:

I've never bothered to heat the eyepiece case. Doesn't seem necessary to me. In fact, I don't think it is necessary. I've never seen an eyepiece fog up in transit from case to focuser. I keep the case closed until I need to take an eyepiece out. When one is in the focuser, I wrap a dew strip around it. If I take an eyepiece out of the focuser but I plan to use it again soon, I put it in the focuser rack with a cap on top of the eyepiece. No dew problem at all.

Mike




I have never tried heating my case, I just keep it closed. Maybe it would help when it's cold and it's close to the dew point and the eyepieces are fogging up. Generally it is so dry that I see static electricity sparks whenever I touch anything but sometimes eyepiece fogging is a problem, particularly with friends. Seems less cumbersome that a dew heater.

I suspect Thomas on his island in the Baltic sea and Steve the Swede probably see colder conditions that most of us do so maybe they are onto something.

Jon

Edited by Jon Isaacs (01/16/13 08:15 AM)


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Dick Jacobson
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Reged: 12/22/06

Loc: Plymouth, Minnesota, USA
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5625786 - 01/16/13 08:51 AM

I keep my eyepieces in a little 6-pack or lunch sized Coleman cooler. This keeps them reasonably warm, dry, and clean without an additional heat source. I made a little rack out of hardboard with six 2-inch holes to keep the eyepieces standing upright. An alternate rack has four 2-inch and three 1.25-inch holes. The rack sits in the bottom of the cooler supported by four bolts. If you need additional heat you could throw in a chemical hand warmer, but I haven't found this necessary.

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Sarkikos
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Dick Jacobson]
      #5625809 - 01/16/13 09:04 AM

A dew heater with dew strips is essential here in dewy Maryland, unless you want to bother with constantly wiping off the lenses or blasting them with a hair dryer. Dew will form eventually most nights on eyepieces when they are in the focuser. That's where the dew forms. I've never had an eyepiece dew up in the case.

In my area, you could go to the trouble of keeping eyepieces nice and toasty in the eyepiece case. But what's the use? You put one in the focuser, and on many nights, that eyepiece will be dewed over within an hour or so anyway. Heating the case seems like an exercise in futility to me. I would not bother with it. You want heat at the eyepiece while it's in the focuser! Heating it anywhere else is a waste of time.

Mike


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t.r.
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5625817 - 01/16/13 09:09 AM

Oh, I thought the topic was about "coffee tones" again!

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Sarkikos
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Loc: Scotophobia, Maryland, USA
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: t.r.]
      #5625820 - 01/16/13 09:12 AM

That's what I thought, too. Otherwise I might not have bothered.


Mike


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kevint1
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Reged: 04/19/11

Loc: West Michigan
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5625830 - 01/16/13 09:19 AM

I was out the other night in cold weather. The scope and eyepieces went from about 60 deg F to 20 and the scope needed quite a while to cool down. I set up the scope and went inside to keep warm. When I went back out and opened the eyepiece case the eyepieces were still warm. I was wondering do eyepieces experience the same cool down issues as refractors? If true, wouldn't this apply when keeping them warm inside the house and bringing them outside when observing?

Thanks,


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csrlice12
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: kevint1]
      #5625878 - 01/16/13 09:46 AM

Only here will you find that part of your equipment must be cooled, while other pieces must be heated....

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dan_h
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5626388 - 01/16/13 03:23 PM

Quote:

In my area, you could go to the trouble of keeping eyepieces nice and toasty in the eyepiece case. But what's the use? You put one in the focuser, and on many nights, that eyepiece will be dewed over within an hour or so anyway. Heating the case seems like an exercise in futility to me. I would not bother with it. You want heat at the eyepiece while it's in the focuser! Heating it anywhere else is a waste of time.

Mike




In this area, if you stick a cold eyepiece in the focuser and place a dew strap on it, you will have to wait for the eyepiece to warm up before you can look through it or it may very well fog up with first peek. Won't happen if the eyepiece case is heated. I get similar problems with my binos on many nights if I don't store them in a heated location. They may stay nice and clear right up to the moment I put them close to my eyes. Then they fog up almost instantly.

(The secret to successful ice fishing? Keep your worms warm!)

dan


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stevetaylor199
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Reged: 09/21/11

Loc: SE Wisconsin
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: dan_h]
      #5626665 - 01/16/13 05:42 PM

I have the same problem as Dan, and it's really annoying me. I'm willing to use a dew heater for my objective, finder, hand controller, etc, but I find them a bit cumbersome on many eyepieces. I've got to find a way of keeping them warm - vest pockets aren't good enough in the winter, and I guess be disciplined enough to wrap them in dew heaters. (Because you can never have enough cables hanging around. )

The only other thing I can think of that could help reduce eyelens fogging under my eye is to use eyepieces with large eyelenses and/or lots of eye relief.


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Starman1
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5626740 - 01/16/13 06:26 PM

And remove the eyecups to keep air circulating between your eye and the eyepiece.

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rfic1
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Starman1]
      #5626755 - 01/16/13 06:33 PM

For years I have been placing hand warmers in my eyepiece case. Works great.I put one or two in the case depending which size case I use. They are cheap, usually $1 for a pair and can be found at lots of stores. You can also buy them in bulk.

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Sarkikos
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Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: rfic1]
      #5626928 - 01/16/13 08:14 PM

I attach dew strips to three points on my scope: Telrad, optical finder eyepiece and the eyepiece that's in the focuser. You can get different widths of dew strips for eyepieces and even a special double-pronged attachment to fit under the Telrad's window. I don't find them cumbersome at all, just a bit of a bother to set up in the evening. But if I'm going to be at my dark site for five or six hours, dew control is a necessity.

For the finder's objective, I've made a dew/light shield out of black foam sheeting, ProtoStar and Velcro. Doesn't make sense to wrap a dew strip around a refractor's objective when passive dew control is sufficient. That simple dew shield keeps the dew off my finder's objective all night.

I tried something similar for my Telrad, but it obstructed the view. IME, active dew control is needed for a Telrad.

Mike


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stevetaylor199
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Loc: SE Wisconsin
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5627053 - 01/16/13 09:31 PM

Thanks for the tips gents!

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bigdob24
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Loc: Central Illinois
Re: Warm Eyepieces new [Re: stevetaylor199]
      #5629610 - 01/18/13 10:17 AM

I agree with the hand warmers.
I put two in my eyepiece box and keep the lid closed when not grabbing an eyepiece.
Its good for the whole night , I also have a dew strap at the scope for when they are in the scope.
Dan


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