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    Default Best way to store a refractor ?



    How should a refractor be stored?

    On a tripod or dismounted.

    With a diagonal attached or dismounted, horizontal or vertical- lens end up or down, with the focuser extended or retracted all the way in, with desiccant packs, with a finder scope-mount attached or separated.

    And the eyepieces? should the eyepieces be laid horizontal or vertical.
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    I don’t know, but have the same question for Cats and reflectors? Or does it matter at all with current telescopes?
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    Any way you like just be sure all dust caps are in place.
    Desiccant packs are always good to use to help prevent fungus growth.
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    Some folk recommend storing Cats facing upwards, just in case any of the grease from the moving mirror mechanism decides to drip on the secondary or the corrector plate. That may be more of an issue if you're somewhere hot... Here in the UK, I've always stored my alt-az N11GPS on the tripod with the tube facing
    down and haven't had any problems.

    I'll recommend against storing small maks where there's a baffle glued on the back of the meniscus plate in the car boot (trunk in the states I believe) in hot
    sunny weather - you may find things get hot enough to melt the glue holding the baffle on, leaving you with melted glue running across the secondary spot and
    a loose baffle rattling around inside the tube...

    For refractors, If the focuser extends far enough out to show a greased bit of the rack or whatever, it's probably sensible to rack the focuser in for storage.

    I usually make sure that the OTA is sealed where possible, both for fracs and cats. Don't want insects or dust or whatever wandering in.

    For a refractor, I'd recommend against storing it with the objective down - that way, if there's any loose crud or dust it'll end up on the back of the objective
    lens inside the tube where you usually can't get at it easily to blow it off. I tend to store mine sideways.

    Depending on your location, dessicant packs may be a good idea if you're somewhere humid.
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    This is a very interesting topic but its all comes down to the person in the end . Im a dust cap and dessicant guy myself but thats where it ends. Its just so difficult. You get all your gear wet , its late , your tired, just how clean and dry can you get it and just how clean are your cleaning clothes etc and on top of that your too damn scared to touch the eye pieces and lenses. In my case all my gear is in original boxes and its all slowly getting grubbier . I think half my reason for not investing in more gear revolves around my reluctance to have more to look after ... Lazy ah , hmmmmm. Yep a single guy whose universe and money revolves around the hobby or old and married with seven kids and a few other hobbies , I'm sure we all slot in there somewhere... damn wheres my cleaning clothes, its raining and I've nothing better to do today... but I'm sure something will pop up . Phill
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    To poor to buy a case or bag, just put it back in the box it came in, keeps the dust off.
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    A telescope should be stored on it's mount. Ready to go at any urge to stargaze. I keep my Meade 120 f/8 on an Orion Versago II mount.
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by refractordude View Post
    A telescope should be stored on it's mount.
    I totally agree! And I've told that to my wife repeatedly. See, I've got these 4 refractors and a Mak and a couple of binoculars sitting in cases that really should be sitting on mounts instead. She points to the 4 refractors, an 8" SCT, a couple of Dobs, and a couple of sets of binoculars that are sitting on mounts already and says "That's enough!" But again I say, a scope should be stored on it's mount and nothings going to change my mind about that as long as I still have some space in the garage.
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    I store mine in cases, on mounts or standing on end (caps on of course) with no issues.
    For telescopes with 2" and larger focusers a stainless steel tea ball filled with dessicant helps keep humidity under control when the telescope is not in use.
    For 1.25" focusers go to a photo shop and get a couple of 35mm film canisters.
    Poke pinholes through the side of the canister and the place it in the focuser.

    EQ-1 and EQ-2 sized mounts I would not store the telescope on them as they are not very well built and if the telescope is to heavy for the mount it may damage the gears.

    For Maksutovs store them lens down, the secondary light baffle is glued in place since the corrector is silvered instead of having a mirror like a SCT.
    Keep it in a reasonably cool place and you should never have issues with the baffle moving.

    SCTs, well there is no cure for those so treat them as a regular telescope
    If putting in storage for some time, store with the corrector up.
    And remember occasionally to fully move the mirror full in and out a couple of times to keep grease fresh and pliable.

    When placing dessicant packs for refractors DO NOT place a pack between the objective and lens cap.
    There a few pictures of some expensive refractors with the plastic melted to the lens.

    Some of this is a repeat but the important things are worth repeating.

    PS: I do not leave eyepieces or diagonals in the telescope while storing, cap them and store them in a case/ box with dessicant packs as well.
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    Default Re: Best way to store a refractor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    PS: I do not leave eyepieces or diagonals in the telescope while storing, cap them and store them in a case/ box with dessicant packs as well.
    You just freaked me out with this.

    I ran out to the shed, pulled all my diagonals, capped everything off, and brought them into the house.

    I have a lot of diagonals.
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