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Jun 23rd, 2009 at 4:14pm
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Anybody got any tips on cleaning optics? I've tried to give my binos and scope a good clean with warm water, cleaning cloth etc but they still seem to have smudges on them, especially round the edges? anyone got any tips?
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 23rd, 2009 at 5:42pm
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You need to take the grease off.  Hot (rather than warm) water helps with this.  You can also try isopropal or some other solvent but check that it's ok for your coatings.

The spray on optical cleaner from optomistrists is good.  Rinse with hot water, shake off drips, squirt with optical cleaner, wipe dry with CLEAN microfiber cloth.

Cotten buds are good for getting the sand off the edges of the scope.  A brush is better.
  

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Re: Clean Optics
Reply #3 - Jun 24th, 2009 at 12:09pm
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MassiveAttack wrote on Jun 23rd, 2009 at 5:42pm:
You need to take the grease off.  Hot (rather than warm) water helps with this.  You can also try  or some other solvent but check that it's ok for your coatings.

The spray on optical cleaner from optomistrists is good.  Rinse with hot water, shake off drips, squirt with optical cleaner, wipe dry with CLEAN microfiber cloth.

Cotten buds are good for getting the sand off the edges of the scope.  A brush is better.


I tryed isopropal on one of the old 6x6 camera lenses once, remember the ones that kind of popped up and you look down into. Turned out be a hard plastic compound and not glass.. Well what a disaster, melted the shole thing on the surface and turned it into a blurred vision feature.
  

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Reply #4 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 5:04pm
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Seriously, lens pens are $20 at camera shops and work a treat. One end has a brush and another has a cloth circle with some sort of cleaner embedded in it. I always have one with me.
  
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Reply #5 - Jun 25th, 2009 at 11:53pm
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Hey guys, thanks. Yup I'll grab one of those, cheers Vulcan.
  
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Reply #6 - Jun 26th, 2009 at 8:51am
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Good point on the plastic lenses.

I have a lense pen and use the brush part.  I can't see how the cleaner end will stay clean and sand free long term.  Micro fiber cloth (that you wash occasionally) seem like a better idea to me.
  

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Reply #7 - Jun 26th, 2009 at 10:46am
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Best advice I have ever had is warm soapy water. Just a drop or two of dishwashing liquid in a small basin of water that is just hot enough that you can comfortably hold your hand in it.

It will be gentle enough not to damage anything, and will cut through the grease and gunge.

A soft cloth or some soft paper towel is all that you need to do the job.

Don't rub, though... the last thing you want to do is grind sand into the lenses!
  

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I've always been told to avoid dishwashing liquids for optics.
  
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Vulcan wrote on Jun 26th, 2009 at 1:28pm:
I've always been told to avoid dishwashing liquids for optics.



I think part of the problem is that people use far too much of it - which is why I mentioned using only a drop or two.

This is definitely a time when less is more!
  

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Reply #10 - Jul 7th, 2009 at 8:06pm
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you can buy disposable lens tissues from camera shops, rip one off and clean then throw away.
  
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Reply #11 - Jul 10th, 2009 at 8:26pm
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Doe's washing it with cleaner etc not rub off the waterproof coating???
I have been rubbing mine when it was wet out in the bush and now it fogs up pretty much every time it gets damp.Any ideas how to stop it?
  
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Reply #12 - Jul 11th, 2009 at 8:35pm
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Buy a Leupold and move to the East coast Rueben!  Grin Grin Grin
  

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Benelli boy wrote on Jul 11th, 2009 at 8:35pm:
Buy a Leupold and move to the East coast Rueben!  Grin Grin Grin

It is a Leupold!!  Embarrassed
I'd move to the eastcoast but I don't think I'd get away with borrowing Mums car and cruising the forestry roads with the mutt on the bonnet over there  Grin Grin Grin
  
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Re: Clean Optics
Reply #14 - Jul 12th, 2009 at 10:22am
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Benelli boy wrote on Jul 11th, 2009 at 8:35pm:
Buy a Leupold and move to the East coast Rueben!  Grin Grin Grin

It is a Leupold!!  Embarrassed
I'd move to the eastcoast but I don't think I'd get away with borrowing Mums car and cruising the forestry roads with the mutt on the bonnet over there  Grin Grin Grin

jeeze don't you let the girlfriend ride in the car!
Seriously tho if you have a loopy fogging up send it away to get fixed or replaced.
  

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