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    Whats the best way to clean the my eyepieces?

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    Well, it depends.

    If it is just some light dust you can use one of those bulb type blowers (not the one with the brush on the end!). I use this to get 99% of most anything off. I have also used a new clean q-tip. (one per swipe) Don't rub it on the lens just lightly touch the surface if you need to loosen some specks of dust. Smudges are another whole story. The most important thing is NOT to clean them if you can. It was recommended to me to attempt to keep cleaning to a minimum. The coatings on the glass are very fragile and best left un-touched. Hopefully some others on the forum may have suggestions for smudges as luckily I haven't had to deal with any in the 5 years I have been involved in the hobby.
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    I put mine in the dishwasher. The cascade rinsing agent makes them sparkle like new!


    ...Just kidding.


    Seriously, I use a microfiber cloth to erase any smudges, and blow off dust with one of those canned air dusters (they last a long time if you use them sparingly.)
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    I use a lens pen and compressed air
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    [QUOTE=sevenhelmet;571356]I put mine in the dishwasher. The cascade rinsing agent makes them sparkle like new!

    LOL. Works well on filters too.
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    The first thing my grand daughter did after looking at the moon last night was...poke the eyepiece! Good thing that scope is going back to Meade for a warranty fix! I wiped it with my t-shirt! :-O
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDJollyMon View Post
    The first thing my grand daughter did after looking at the moon last night was...poke the eyepiece! Good thing that scope is going back to Meade for a warranty fix! I wiped it with my t-shirt! :-O
    Great Idea's What about a kit used to clean eye glasses.

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    [quote=dmbryan;571371]
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    I put mine in the dishwasher. The cascade rinsing agent makes them sparkle like new!

    LOL. Works well on filters too.
    LOL you should see what it does to corrector plates!!!!!!

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    I've got some pretty soft lens cloths for eyeglasses?

    My Meade manual says:
    when absolutely necessary to clean organic materials (fingerprints), use a solution of 3 parts distilled water to 1 part isopropyl alcohol can be used. (maybe one drop biodegradable dishwashing liquid per pint)
    And....soft white facial tissues.
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    Carl Zeiss makes disposable lens cloths in individual packets ...They are called "Zeiss wipes" and available fairly cheaply in bulk quanitys off of amazon.com ...Coming from Carl Zeiss they should be a dependable product .....I have used them on coated optics and they are safe ... It even says on the package "safe for coated optics" .....I had heard canned air is not safe for optics because of the propelents in them ...

    As far as pete's recomendation for distilled water and isopropyl , It should be a quart of liquid to a drop of dish washing liquid ....
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