[CT Birds] Cleaning Binoculars
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Mntncougar at aol.com
Sun Apr 18 16:21:36 EDT 2010
I will second the idea of carrying a lens pen in the field. I have 1 in
my pocket at all times when I am birding. The brush does a good job of
removing particles from the lens, and the buffing pad (combined with a little
moisture from your breath) will take off most oily fingerprints and small
spots from tears or etc. Generally, I use a microfiber cloth (and breath) to
remove as much as possible before I use the buffing pad. I have used the
"licking" method a few times to clean major messes (mayo and mustard from
my sandwich, etc.) from the lens, but I would avoid that whenever possible.
Saliva is a fairly good solvent, but it also contains the remains of
everything you have eaten in the last few hours, which could put down a pretty
good film on the lens. I use a little cloth pouch like Spudz, which is
attached to the strap of my binoculars, to carry a microfibre cloth, and I have
one at all times on every pair of bins I take to the field. Periodically
I take the pouch off of the bins and turn it inside out so the cloth is
completely exposed. I don't use a detergent, but I rinse the cloth thoroughly
with very hot water to remove any residue from whatever I have cleaned off
the lenses. I have not used or seen ROR, and Amazon does not carry it
yet, but I do carry a bottle of lens cleaning spray such as you can get at an
optical store. I have a spray bottle of Zeiss cleaner that I got from CMBO
in Cape May. I apply it to the microfibre cloth first, then clean the
lens. I am amazed how much debris can accumulate on the lenses of my bins in
just one day of birding.
From: mardi1 at optonline.net
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: 4/18/2010 1:22:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [CT Birds] Cleaning Binoculars
James et al,
I agree with some of what Jerry and Frank have suggested but would go
another step to to add to the
thread of conversation.
Coming out of the field I always take the time to clean my equipment.
its always best and highly suggested to keep your optics (no matter
what they are) as
as clean and in good shape as you possible. They will last & hold up a
First, I look over my equipment entirely. Then use my trusty Hakuba
LensPen KA-LP1-Lens cleaning tool.
I carry one with me, have one in the car and at home. This small,
convenient-to-carry LensPen has a retractable
soft brush to whisk away dust particles on one end, a cleaning tip on
the other that can remove smudges from
optical lenses. The cleaning tip replenishes by twisting it into the
cap. Together these tools are effective and
easy to use for cleaning camera lenses, binoculars, scopes and other
optical equipment, even getting to hard
to reach edges with the cleaning tip. This LensPen is
approximatelyfive inches long. Do not use the LensPen
on wet surfaces. I would use this type of pen instead of Q-tips as
they leave other particles on the lens.
It costs around $8-10.00 Dollars
I always have at least 2 clean Microfiber Cloths with me in the field,
including for cleaning at home. I think there are the best type of
cloth to use for optics. Other materials just won't be as effective
and again they will leave particles on your lens $4-15 Dollars. Comes
in many sizes. I also agree with Jerry, It is very important to
regularly clean the cloth
otherwise you'll just be smudging the lens big time. Thats a no no!
ROR Lens Cleaner (Residual Oil Remover) is as Jerry said by far the
best to use. $8-10.00 Dollars
All these items can be bought in CT and other locations
Camera Wholesalers Inc. 877-322-6372. or 203.357-0467.
Milford Photo: 800-221-8086. or 203-882-3415.
Hunt Photos: 800-221-1830. www.huntsphotoandvideo.com
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