Not sure if this is the correct place for this topic but I think I'm going to start participating more on these forums.
All I'm wondering is if it would be a bad idea to take a metal collapsible Dobsonian and use it by the ocean? I have a shroud and a little guard behind my secondary mirror to block out light, however both sides are exposed.
The spot I'd be looking to use is sort of a jetty that is actually a parking lot surrounded by ocean water, I will not be taking it by the sand or anything but simply in the parking a lot away from the water. The water around the area itself is calm so there will be no fear of splashes however I am curious to as if the wind would cause significant damage to the optics or even the metal body of the scope.
Has anyone frequently used their equipment by any ocean or exposed it to ocean air? My thoughts are that I'd be fine I would just need to give it a quick wipedown afterwards and maybe use some optical cleaner to get any salt film that may of found it's way on the glass. Kind of a pain but I am fully willing to do it.