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#1 Mark F

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:38 PM

I hope I am posting this in the right place.  I did a search and didn't find anything.

 

I plan on storing a couple of my telescopes in a portable storage shed in my yard.  It is unheated. un A/C.  I am not to concerned about cold, but since we live in Texas, I am worried about HEAT.  Temps in my area gets to 100+ and I am sure in the portable shed 120-130.  I plan on storing my Celestron NexStar SE 4 inch Go To Maksutov, and elestron 21088 Omni XLT 102 f/9.8.  

 

Could there be any chance of damaging the optics/electronics from the heat?



#2 otocycle

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:39 PM

Hi -   storing those scopes/mounts should be OK if you take some precautions:

 

1)  Shed should be vented to keep high temps down

 

2)  Remove any batteries from mount bases or finders

 

3)  Seal with poly bags or scope cases to keep moisture away from optics and electronics (condensation, fungus & mold)

 

4)  Keep critters / insects out of the shed with strongly scented dryer sheets or other similar offensive products.

 

I store scopes in a shed, but keep wired handsets and DSCs in the house.


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#3 macdonjh

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:29 AM

I also live in Texas and store everything outside now.  I haven't have any problems.  I keep all my scopes in zippered bags of some kind (nylon duffel bags or a custom canvas bag for my refractor), and keep loose covers over my mounts to keep dust at bay.  Everything is vented to keep as close to ambient as possible.  Dew isn't a problem since there is a roof over everything.  I do; however, need to clean the contacts on my hand controllers and get some contact preservative on them since they are, after three years, starting to corrode.  Perhaps otocycle has the best solution for electronics: store them inside (or maybe in a Pelican case with some desiccant).

 

Remember, even the Keck scopes stay outside...


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#4 epee

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:46 AM

The same except my shed is a two-car garage. Ventilate the shed, cover (especially the mount bearings) with a breathable fabric (the last thing we want is to trap moisture; I use old sheets and pillow cases), remove all batteries, take hand controllers indoors, carefully coat screw heads with a light metal preservative (Frog Lube paste is probably the best), and seal all optical and electrical holes to dust and bugs.


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#5 izar187

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:50 AM

My experience is the same as others. Dry and well ventilated is key. Including the suggested breathable scope covering.



#6 Myk Rian

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 08:02 AM

Desiccant bags. Get a bunch of them.

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#7 Mark F

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 02:47 PM

Thanks everyone.  I'll put the suggestions to good use.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 03:33 AM

I use old sheets and pillow cases

I hope you remembered to wash them first!  tongue2.gif   lol.gif



#9 epee

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:33 AM

 

I use old sheets and pillow cases

I hope you remembered to wash them first!  tongue2.gif   lol.gif

 

Yep, not that it matters now. My "scope shed" looks like a "Scooby-Doo" haunted house....



#10 Mark F

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:41 AM

 

 

I use old sheets and pillow cases

I hope you remembered to wash them first!  tongue2.gif   lol.gif

 

Yep, not that it matters now. My "scope shed" looks like a "Scooby-Doo" haunted house....

 

 

Light starch?  



#11 aeajr

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 01:11 PM

I am not in Texas, I am in NY on Long Island.  A bit damp here.

 

All my astronomy stuff lives in a well ventilated unheated garage.  I would guess it can get to be 120 to 130 on a hot summer day.  No problems so far.   




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