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#1 Mayhem

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 10:52 PM

Hey guys I ran out of lens cleaning solution for my scopes and camera's. It's hard to find lens cleaning solutions specifically made for High quality optics. Like expensive cameras, Rifle Scopes and Binoculars.What do you guys use to clean your scopes and binoes? Do you make your own solutions?Windex?Distilled water?Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol?Combination of all thee above?
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 05:44 AM

I use this stuff called Kleer-VU. I got it at an outdoor show. It not only cleans well, it's anti-fog and anti-static. I've also used Cat dog poop (not literally of course) or Scope Dope.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:11 AM

I use "ENDUST" for electronics it's oil free,wax free, and amonia free.It may be for LCD tv and computers .I also use it on my scopes and binoculars.NO residual film.It works great for me and a small 4.0z. bottle lasts for years.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 09:40 AM

I use a Lens Cleaner I got at Sam's Club. Got two 8 oz bottles for like 7 or 8 bucks and it works great.
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 05:44 PM

What about home made solutions?
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 06:18 PM

Truthfully I use spit and the shirt I have on that day :lol:

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 06:52 PM

I hear skoal straight Long cut has some really good solvent like properties. While wintergreen and Mint long cut can be used as a passive adhesive. I wounder how Snus works out?
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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:18 PM

sorry I don't carry any fancy cleaner in my back pack. What I do carry is some bailing wire and duck tape it can fix anything.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 07:31 PM

I use wipes like these from Sam's Club. http://www.samsclub....amp;item=144544They're cheap and I'm not wiping accumulated dirt back on my optics.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 08:50 PM

I use wipes like these from Sam's Club. http://www.samsclub....amp;item=144544They're cheap and I'm not wiping accumulated dirt back on my optics.

Thanks john this is probably what I'm going to get.Wright now I have 2 kits. that are identical. 1 for my field optics (Scope Binos) and 1 for my electronics (camera, camcorder ect)The each have a Lens pen, 2 microfiber cloths, Lens paper, and cleaning solution.The Cleaning solution winch I ran out of looks like it's just Alcohol. I've though of making my own home made solution but If my optics have a special chemical coat on them I Don't want to strip them. SO I figured I would ask to see what every one else it using.
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Posted 28 March 2009 - 08:51 AM

Those solutions are alcohol based so that they remove finger prints from the optics. I just like the individual wipes because they are handy and are disposable. That way I don't get dirt being rubbed back onto the glass. Especially when I'm cleaning a $10,000 plus lens like this one.Posted Image

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 11:11 AM

My home made formula for around the house is....80 percent water10 percent vinigar10 percent ammoniaA pro window washer gave that to me. It will cut anything for windows.

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Posted 31 March 2009 - 07:28 PM

I use a the same stuff I use on my camera lenses -- microfiber cloth. If I've got a water mark or something, I'll use camera lens cleaner and lens paper from someplace reputable (usually Adorama brand -- I buy a lot of my camera gear from them).The think you have to watch out for isn't the glass on the lens, it's the coatings they put on to help reduce glare and improve optical quality. You get too harsh with the cleaner, you can strip it off or otherwise wreck it.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 01:57 AM

Ya thats what I'm afraid of pooching the coating. Most commercial lens cleaning solutions for cameras tend to be just alcohol and distilled water, I'm not sure what ratio. I have been playing with the idea of 20% alcohol 15% windex and 65% distilled water. its the windex that scares me the most ... will it strip the coating and will it leave residue?I'm probably just going to go with what John uses.
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 06:51 AM

Better safe than sorry.

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 12:01 PM

McNett "Op Drops". Used by the military. Won't harm coatings and is also an anti-foging agent. Be very careful what you use on your fine optics. Certain chemicals degrade or remove coatings with continued use.
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