So, being from Northern California for all of my observing since I first got started in this wonderful hobby, I never encountered the intense humidity of Houston area (I am not including the area of Northern Alabama I grew up in...didn't have equipment back then)...
How does one prevent dew, condensation on optics and mirrors? My equipment gets stored inside when not using and I have experience in letting the optics come up to ambient temperature in my previous area(s) of observing, but now...wow! Humidity is nuts and it's only June LOL
Would like to learn the tricks of the trade in fighting dew and condensation in my new, adopted area - for as cheap as possible...not a whole lot o'cash right now for new, ancillary equipment...
What I've got:
50mm refractor - thinking one of my cotton or silk scarves draped over the optics while it's coming up to ambient temp will do the trick
80mm refractor with dew shield - same as 50mm - but the StellarVue will get the Hermes silk scarf
6" table top dob - no clue
12" Orion dob - haven't hooked up electronics for auto star hopping and doubt I'll will - I like to star hop manually - really no clue!
I have a multi-temperature hair dryer and a really good general usage fan - would these be useful?
Thanks all for any and all help!!!
Clearest of skies...St.