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    Default How do I store my telescope?



    Hello, I have ordered my Orion XT6 and im wondering, how do I put it in a safe place when im not using it? I have air conditioning so I don't think there's a problem with the humidity, but I want a safe place to put it, I know I have to keep it out of sunlight, but where should I put it? In the living room? Or I just put a cover in my telescope and leave it outside?
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    Default Re: How do I store my telescope?

    If you decide to leave it outside, I would put it in a garage or some place like that and definitely cover it up to keep dust and weathering off of it. I kept my dob in the living room and my wife hated it. A back room or closet would probably be best. That said, outside covered shouldn't harm the scope if it's in a safe place.

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    Default Re: How do I store my telescope?

    OUTSIDE ???? Not on your life..

    At least NOT UNLESS it is in a building...(garage / shed etc...plus being covered ) that is asking for not only dust and dirt but also for ants and various bugs etc...
    Cold is not going to bother it and a 6 inch Dob wil not have any electronics so Heat also should not be a problem Moisture is a killer...

    The base IF not particle board can be left outside IF it can not get wet...

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    Default Re: How do I store my telescope?

    Hi, Needs to be somewhere safe from dust and insects, damp, too much heat, too much cold, unwanted sticky fingers or paws and also be easily accessible. Even in good conditions I wouldn't want to leave a scope outside except to acclimatise for use. An observatory - now thats another matter.
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    Default Re: How do I store my telescope?

    Just about all commercial dobs with solid tubes have a base made from particle board, which will warp over time if it absorbs too much moisture, meaning it's not a good idea to leave it outside. In the garage, a storage shed or closet would be ideal, with the focuser capped and both ends of the tube covered (shower caps work well).
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    Default Re: How do I store my telescope?

    I kept my XT8 in an unheated/unairconditioned storage room for over 2 years with no problems.
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    Default Re: How do I store my telescope?

    Leaving it outside on a solid dry surface under a scope coat can be very convenient - mine often stays out for several days at a time and so far no problems. However, i have tried to moisture proof mine a bit. I coated all bare particle board surface with yacht varnish before assembling and painted over all edges as well. I also painted the cheap metal screws with rust proof paint.

    With the plastic cap on the OTA i also leave a 100g bag of desiccant suspended in there to absorb any excess moisture.
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