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Wondering how many people use a LensPen on their optics, especially their high dollar optics, and if there have been any bad experiences using one of these?  I've been using one for several years, though it doesn't get used all that much, and have never had any problems.  However, the cleaning end looks like it is now maybe drying out somewhat, and I'm a little concerned it may be a potential problem for coated lenses.  Certainly don't want to damage my Swaro binos or my good scopes.  So, I bought a new one (Nikon brand) just to be safe.  How long do these things last, and how do you tell when they're ready to be tossed?
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have one ,dont use it much. best thing is the brush for getting particals off lenses and those tiny little threds that seem to catch everything. for actually cleaning lense i use lense safe tissue or rag with a little water moisture Smile
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For high end optics I wouldn't use the lens pen.  I flood the lens with lens cleaning fluid (if it has gotten some visible dirt on it).  I then use a damp lens cleaning tissue and gently drag it over the lens.  I think the lens pen causes as much scratching as a damp t-shirt would.  For dust, I use a bulb-blower that blows air that has been ion-charged.  Optics cost too much to just wipe them off with a cloth & water.

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Compressed air, a brush, and Zeiss lens wipes.
NO lens pens on my stuff either. 
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Mine are always dusty but no scratches or smears...No wiping no pens, no clothes no touching...
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Originally posted by 338LAPUASLAP 338LAPUASLAP wrote:

Mine are always dusty but no scratches or smears...No wiping no pens, no clothes no touching...
 
So you NEVER clean your scope lenses? Like...ever?  
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A little dust doesn't effect the view much, but eventually lenses, especially on oculars, seem to get greasy. When it gets noticeable, I use compressed air, then q-tips with Zeiss cleaning fluid and work as lightly. lightly, lightly as possible - one spiraling pass out the edge and throw the q-tip away. I finish up with a Pentax cloth (and only use one side that I never touch with my fingers). A relatively fresh Lens Pen afterwards will get rid of any final streaking. I don't use one often, but the carbon black on it won't really hurt anything. Just get new ones every year or so and use them last when the rest of the cleaning is done.
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