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wsuriano
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Dew Strap Placement new
      #3587301 - 01/27/10 02:14 PM

I just ordered a dew controller and dew straps for my imaging scope and guide scope. Both have built in dew shields that I have extended fully. So, where do I put the straps? Just behind the end of the dew shield on the OTA? Or do I put them on the back of the dew shield itself? Or part way out on the dew shield? Does it matter?

Bill


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sailor70623
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Re: Dew Strap Placement [Re: wsuriano]
      #3587309 - 01/27/10 02:17 PM

Put them right where the lens is. The idea is to warm the lens, not the inside of the scope. Depending on where your dew shield sets, it may be on the dew shield, or just below it.

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John J
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Re: Dew Strap Placement new [Re: wsuriano]
      #3587343 - 01/27/10 02:37 PM

I mounted mine at the very back end of the fully extended dew shield, just before it tapers down to the ota. This will still heat the objective and the air in front of it enough to prevent dewing / frosting.

JJ


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Midnight Dan
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Re: Dew Strap Placement new [Re: John J]
      #3587546 - 01/27/10 04:05 PM

All the dew heater manufacturers recommend placement just behind the front cell of the OTA, on the OTA body itself.

-Dan


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Kenny2004
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Re: Dew Strap Placement new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #3588255 - 01/27/10 09:33 PM

Probably best results would be on the OTA and not on the dew shield. You want to make sure the heat gets dissipated to the lens. If you put it on the dew shield then the heat will be mostly concentrated mostly there and also create hollow heat trap around the front objective lens within the housing of the dew cap. Not very effective for dew moisture prevention.

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wsuriano
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Re: Dew Strap Placement new [Re: Kenny2004]
      #3588955 - 01/28/10 08:36 AM

Thanks guys! That really helps.

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coutleef
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Re: Dew Strap Placement new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #3589039 - 01/28/10 09:25 AM

Quote:

All the dew heater manufacturers recommend placement just behind the front cell of the OTA, on the OTA body itself.

-Dan




Like Dan wrote. It works wonders for me in dew country.


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Re: Dew Strap Placement new [Re: sailor70623]
      #3590122 - 01/28/10 07:15 PM

Quote:

Put them right where the lens is. The idea is to warm the lens, not the inside of the scope. Depending on where your dew shield sets, it may be on the dew shield, or just below it.




This isn't the way it works. The lens is typically isolated from the cell, and heating the cell is a near impossibility in any case. When you do heat the cell, because the lens usually has a cork shim or some other insulation from the cell, the way you are heating the lens is by heating the air behind the cell so that it rises to the cell.

This is horribly inefficient. Correct placement is on the tube behind the lens so that the warm air in the tube rises to heat the lens.

May sound awful but that's the way it works.

Greg N


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