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optics and pollen

Started by bwm1359, 04/10/2014 04:24PM
Posted 04/10/2014 04:24PM Opening Post
Has any one out there had any problems arise to their scopes due to pollen. Here in NC, it is just like a yellow fog for several weeks, and you can wash it off, and in 30 minutes, it is back covered again. I would hate to get this stuff inside of my SCTs or my refractor. That stuff seems like it can get inside of anything. About the only relief, is view after a rain, that will keep it down for several hours. It will be around here for about another month, what a bummer. It is also very bad on allergies. I was just wondering if this mess was to get inside of a telescope, what kind of damage would it cause., beside turning the lenses and mirrors yellow.
Posted 04/10/2014 05:03PM #1
Pollen with a little moisture can cause terrible damage with the fungus that eat it on the optics. They produce acid that will etch the glass and coatings and then you have serious problems.
Keep all pollen off the optics.

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