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What is the right way (and maybe just as important - the wrong way) to clean your optics?
 
I'm curious what the experts are doing both at home and in the field.  I want to be sure I'm using effective methods/products that won't damage anything.
 
If this is already covered in detail I'd appreciate a pointer.
 
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First, I use a lens bush to lightly "wisk" the lens. Then, I clean with the Zeiss lens cleaning wipe pads. 
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lens pen works great
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The lens pen works great and I always have one. I sometimes use a pre-moistened lens wipe if there are smudges on the lenses.
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Check out http://www.opticstalk.com/cleaning-scope-lenses_topic25504_post357771.html

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The compressed air that Jon mentions can come from something as simple as a bulb syringe. 
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300-grit sand paper, then wet-sand to a smooth shine.

WRONG WAY!

Air to remove loose particulates, then lens paper with an purpose-made optics cleaning solution, always in circular motion, never with force.

And in the field: bulb brush to remove debris, then Zeiss pre-moistened lens paper.


The trick is not to get too aggressive.  Many people try to get that chemically sheen off the lens, only to find that they just stripped off the lens coatings.

In truth, the bulb brush does the overwhelming majority of the work, unless you are hunting in rain, then the lens paper plays more a part.

If you have a muzzle brake with holes on top, plan on removing lots of particulates from the objective.
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Wrong way – spit and wipe with shirt tail; I have seen it done.

The biggest mistake that I see is the scope (usually attached to the rifle and stored without lens covers so it accumulates an ungodly amount of dust.  Then cleaned by the above method.

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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

 
 
If you have a muzzle brake with holes on top, plan on removing lots of particulates from the objective.
 

Use camera lens filters (UV haze filter) to protect the objective lens from blow back from a muzzle break.  It is cheaper to replace a lens filter than an objective (or whole scope) and it is also easier to clean.

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Originally posted by bookworm bookworm wrote:

What is the right way (and maybe just as important - the wrong way) to clean your optics?
 

I'm curious what the experts are doing both at home and in the field.  I want to be sure I'm using effective methods/products that won't damage anything.

 

If this is already covered in detail I'd appreciate a pointer.

 

Thanks!


I asked the same thing a while back. After reading the links the folks here and watching a couple videos on you tube. I use common sense...

Air.
Water.
Zeiss cleaning solution and a lint free wipe. (I have a lot of extra kim-wipes at work)

On my elcheapo scopes I will flush with water, touch up spots with a qtip and call it good. Just don't want to touch the lens with any particles of whatever on it. Or use chemicals that would screw with the coating.
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spit+t-shirt on our acogs and comp M's

always worked but it was on the taxpayers dime
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Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

First, I use a lens bush to lightly "wisk" the lens. Then, I clean with the Zeiss lens cleaning wipe pads. 
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Here we go-

- "my wife bought me a Hensoldt Zeiss and I know exactly what you mean when you say lens bush"...

KB probably thought he was the only one with a lens bush...

j/k remove if necessary I am in a mood today.  Just joking Mr. D
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Originally posted by jjrgr21 jjrgr21 wrote:

spit+t-shirt on our acogs and comp M's

always worked but it was on the taxpayers dime

Very true, but you cared little for keeping expensive coatings intact.

In a pinch, shirt+spit: absolutely.
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yeah, if it was mine. it'd make my skin crawl
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Originally posted by 338LAPUASLAP 338LAPUASLAP wrote:

Here we go-

- "my wife bought me a Hensoldt Zeiss and I know exactly what you mean when you say lens bush"...

KB probably thought he was the only one with a lens bush...

j/k remove if necessary I am in a mood today.  Just joking Mr. D


She also approved a Winchester 1885 in .300 H&H Magnum yesterday... 
I was going to pass and she said "you don't have one of those,  do you?" I said, "no".  She said... "then you probably need one"...  

So, I ordered it...
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Thanks for the inputs.  I have a couple follow up questions...
 
Lens pens - everyone agree they are ok to use?  I'm always a little hesitant to rub that chamois on the lens for fear of a particle getting in between and scratching...but it does seem like a good quick tool for the field.
 
Scope Dope - anyone ever use this stuff for cleaning and anti-fog treatment?  I'm looking for anything that might help reduce the chance of fogging.
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I try to avoid cleaning as best I can. Use covers as much as possible.
Resist the temptation to mess with them.
If you must clean , blow, brush, then use a dedicated moistened lens pad from Zeiss or B&L as stated previously.
I have used a lens pen in the field but the lens pads are easily packable too. Use the brush on the pen, then the pad.
I am somewhat afraid to use anti-fog juices on high quality coated lenses.
Maybe someone has had good luck, I'm scared to do it without a good recommendation.
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http://www.opticstalk.com/topic3291.html
 
I felt I outlined the proceedure well in this thread from way back in '06.
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Zeiss cleaning solution and a lint free wipe. (I have a lot of extra kim-wipes at work)
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IIRC, Kim-wipes contain wood fibers and that is a no-no when it comes to cleaning lenses.
 
And to the OP, I agree; I don't use lens pens just for the reason you stated. I had a few and they were sold at a yard sale. Too easy for crud to accumulate on the tip of the pen and then grind it into a lens. I guess YMMV.
 
ETA: corrected my spelling, it's been a long time since I've looked at a box.


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Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:


Zeiss cleaning solution and a lint free wipe. (I have a lot of extra kim-wipes at work)
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IIRC, Kim-wipes or chem-wipes contain wood fibers and that is a no-no when it comes to cleaning lenses.

 

And to the OP, I agree; I don't use lens pens just for the reason you stated. I had a few and they were sold at a yard sale. Too easy for crud to accumulate on the tip of the pen and then grind it into a lens. I guess YMMV.
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The guys in the lab use them on cameras and scanners and laser stuff. They come in multiple flavors.


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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by bugsNbows bugsNbows wrote:

First, I use a lens bush to lightly "wisk" the lens. Then, I clean with the Zeiss lens cleaning wipe pads. 
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??????????????????????????????? Is there something troubling with my technique????????????????????


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Just that you use a bush...Instead of a brush.
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I shoot in a quarry that is crazy dusty. Every time I come home from shooting I take my air compressor and while the tank is filling and it has minimal preasure I blow off my gun along with my scope lense. You be surprised at how well this works. I will then use a lense cloth to finish her up but quite honestly the compressed air is usually sufficient unless it has water spots from rain.
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