Misting scope lens

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  1. Chris Coombes

    Chris Coombes The specialist

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    It's that time of year again

    Does anyone know of a good product,or spray,that will not damage the lens off our scopes,

    Thanks

    Chris
     
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    Assuming it's the outside?

    A certain amount of misting by breath can't be avoided except by not breathing on the lens. But dirt on the lens or grease from fingers makes it far worse.

    I'm using lens cleaners from Tescos... just these little wipe packs. They work pretty well and are cheap. But you have to ensure your lenses are free from grit, otherwise you'll rub the grit into the glass and score it forever.

    http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=267830991

    That removes all the grease that attracts moisture for me.

    I use a blower in the field so I'm not rubbing lenses unless I'm in a sterile environment where i can use a blower and brush and do things more carefully with a very soft micro fibre if needed. It blows any rain drops and moisture off without wiping being needed, and can get inside the scope enhancer without moving it.
     
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    Lee67 Dink ! ...****'

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    A little trick I used to use whilst motor biking was to rub in a small drop of washing up liquid onto visors to stop them misting up in the winter months...and it worked a treat, not sure but don't see why it wouldn't work on scope glass...
     
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    Ditto on the air blower. I bought a larger one from Jessops and then they closed down next day ... I blame myself for not buying two. A blower is the best way of getting rain drops off as well. Nothing else can avoid mud, grit, etc and lens caps are great until the wind blows some wet in them.

    A blower is handy too as you can help out the other shooter on the lane.

    PCPs have loadsapuff but nobody has come up with a simple lens cleaner adaptor to use some of it :)
     
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    It is the outside Rob,
    And what sort of blower have you got, ? :D:)
     
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    If you are only talking misting then one of those cheap mini fans that take 1AA battery are brilliant for the job, you can even trim the blades down if you want.
     
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    One of these...

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    It's called a rocket blower.

    The bulb is 3/4 size of a fist, so it's a bit lumpy to carry around in your pocket. But I usually find some place to stuff it if i'm not carrying a bag.
     
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  9. Chris Coombes

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    I bet you have a good place ,knowing you rob. :D
     
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    That's the posh version of what I suggested :rolleyes:;)
     
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    Thanks people for all your help.

    Chris
     
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    I have just spent an hour chasing next door CAT around the garden ,but I couldn't catch the bar steward.

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    I hope it doesnt smell like the real stuff!
     
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    Have just ordered some Cat Crap,will let your all know how I got on,there is a free peg for your nose :D

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    Just to note - sometimes it is easier to add something than remove it later. Maybe test on an old scope or one you were going to put up for sale (suitably described)…. Connor will be along to moderate that!

    Some US friends (hunting types who enjoy the wilds) recommended "Clarity Defog it" wipes which are re-useable. Quite cheap in the US but extortionate on .co.uk for your major on-line shopping site. If you have someone in the US who can send some you will save a lot, but still the lens needs to be spotless before you apply the wipe. Supposed to last several weeks.

    I have a pack of 3 but haven't used them - I just use a Rocket Blower!
     
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    Think it could be very corrosive on the scope, would not want to take a chance ???
     
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    Rubber seals

    Washing up liquid used to get used a lot in the building trade,one use was for fitting soil pipe into fitting with rubber seals.
    That was until they found out it rots the seals.
    As for the cat crap,i tried it a few years back and found it caused me all sorts of problems with ranging.
    It needed a lot of rubbing to get the smears out and i used it recently on a paint ball mask and it still steamed up.
    Chris you need to learn to breath like Pop Eye out the corner of your mouth:rolleyes::D
     
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    Bear in mind, u are rubbing a very small dot in until it's dry...no residue is left ' can't honestly see any problems, but don't quote me :D;)
     
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    Hello mate
    O well that's another £7 wasted :eek:o,might go with Mr Dutton idea ,I have a Fan knocking. about somewhere , or I will try Robs blower .
     

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