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    What's everyone else here do to clean their equipment? What do you use?

    I have a lens pen for cleaning my stuff. The brush works great the pen part I think makes some of my stuff smudgy, so I plan on using a microfiber cloth to wipe them down better.
    I read somewhere you're not suppose to use eyeglass cleaner on telescope stuff, why is that? I would think that would help clean them down more but I'm not gonna risk it.
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    I use Dr. Clay's Cleaning solution from OPTCORP.

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    I use "Zeiss wipes" ...Safe for coated optics and relatively inexpensive as well ...
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    Homemade DrClays, and the LensPen.

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    Usually I spit on mine and then wipe it with my T shirt.

    No not really, just kidding!

    I have used the Zeiss eyeglass wipes, and the lens pen. Never had any problems. You do know that Al Nagler uses Windex and a paper towel! or so I have been told.

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    I like to use this stuff, Eclipse (if it's ok for Hoya it's ok for me) just recommended it somewhere else here for CCD and lense cleaning - it's fantastic, and the lint free no scratching wipes are perfect...

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    Usually I spit on mine and then wipe it with my T shirt.
    Ok, in the same vein, how do I clean off the coffee I just spattered all over my screen?
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    Scotch Brite works pretty well...I prefer it to steel wool for fine optics.

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    I have been wondering what I should use as well. I have read that regular optics cleaner (like the kind used on microscopes) works well. I have used the pink watery kind in my microbiology lab. I read that the lens cleaning paper (the kind that feels like 1 ply TP) works really well too. If this can be confirmed I think I'm gonna buy some. I need something. I think I might end up getting the pen cleaner as well for quick touch-ups.
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    Seriously...you can do real damage to astronomical lens coatings with using the wrong stuff. Generally, photographic lens cleaning stuff is NOT recommended.
    You can make a lifetime supply of DrClay's formula for about 4 dollars. If you can't get the Kodak Foto-Flo that is recommended you can use one TINY drop of plain Ivory liquid dishsoap. No more. One tiny drop to about 12 ounces of final product.

    The "kimwipes" that are often found in optical labs and microscopy labs are too abrasive for telescope optics. Genuine, unscented, Kleenex brand tissues are the softest and best for drying and buffing; lint-free "cotton replacement" cosmetic pads from the makeup department are the best applicators for the cleaning liquids.

    The LensPen is great for small areas. Always brush the dust off first, and always check to make sure that the cleaning pad is actually in place on the rubber cup of the LensPen. Sometimes they come off and if you are rubbing just the rubber onto your lens...well, you aren't going to be happy with the result.

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