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Cleaning binocular objectives

Old 07-16-2005, 02:44 PM
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Default Cleaning binocular objectives

Well I got my Monarchs, I'm really happy with them but I am now wondering how durablethe coatings on the objectives are for the purpose of cleaning. I know that with really high end telescopes you want to avoid cleaning the objective unless absolutely neccessary. I have seen used scopes listed for sale as never having the objective ever touched. Hunting binocular objectivesare different though, they are gonna get wet and possibly even a fair amount of duston them. What do you guys use to clean your high end binoculars?

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Old 07-16-2005, 03:12 PM
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A lens pen

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Old 07-16-2005, 05:04 PM
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Default RE: Cleaning binocular objectives

I always run mine under water to remove debris from the lens surface then let them air dry. I will use a ball syringe(basically like a turkey baster just smaller and produce a nice little air flow) to remove any further debris. I use q tips to remove the debris from the egdes on the objective. To clean I use good qualitylens solution and silk cloth from a eyewear store. I do this with binos, spotting scope, rifle scopes and rangefinder..no probelms.

Lens pens areokjust make sure you have removed any debris prior to using it with the brush endor other methods and check the felt tipto ensure it is ingood condition.
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:40 PM
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I like skeeter's technique. I generally run mine under the tap as well though I have seen many folks suggesting shooting compressed air over the lenses before running them under the water. Air drying is fine but I occasionally use a soft cotton cloth as well.
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Old 07-17-2005, 07:12 PM
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i still havent found the proper way to clean. last time i asked i was told tap water can have enough mineral in it to scratch and if you run it under water it can cause fogging and droplets inside the glass. i always used a lens pen but i was also told that if you dont get all the particles off the glass before rubbing it around its like rubbing in sand paper to your glass. the only thing i do now is fog it with my breath and blot the big stuff off with lens paper as im afraid to do much more.
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:20 PM
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I like to use canned air to remove the coarse crud on the lense then i switch to a lense pen, afterwhich i finish off with a lense cloth and bottled water ever so carefully (no solutions for me). I use Tasco EXP binoculars ($459.00) so i too do not want to harm the finish on these babies!!
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