Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

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Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby ahbock » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:43 pm

Hi, would like to know how do you store your telescope when not in use, so to prevent fungus build up on the lens. Especially the humidity in Singapore is high.

Thanks.

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Re: Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby joecool1211 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:00 pm

Hi!

I try to keep the tube in a dry cabinet. That's probably the best way to keep it dry overall. This has kept my camera lenses fungus-free for more than 10 years.

Another alternative (though I'm not sure how effective) is to keep it in a plastic bag (e.g. the packaging it came with) with a big pack of silica gel.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby Airconvent » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:37 pm

Depends on the size. But a dry box is always the best. If you scope too long for the dry box, then storing it in a large plastic box with Thirsty Hippo may be another option. Disadvantage is you need to check and replace the drying agent frequently.
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Re: Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby geyes30 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:33 am

I bought a dehumidifier 3 years ago and placed it in my household shelter. I store my cameras, lenses, telescopes and more valuable books in there. It maintains 50%rh and has for the past few years. No mold problems at all.

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Re: Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby ahbock » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:48 pm

Unfortunately my scope is too long for a standard size dry cabinet. Guess I will have to wrap it in the plastic bag which came with it, and put the moisture adsorbing thingy inside. Thanks all for the input.

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Re: Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby Mibmom » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:03 pm

Well... I keep mine in several large 'Toyogo' Plastic boxes. I lined the edges to make it less accessible to air... then add in a 'Thirsty Hippo' and a hygrometer.
I also tie the lid down to make a tighter seal. You will have to change the 'Thirsty Hippo' every 2 months or so..
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Re: Storage for telescope to prevent fungus buildup

Postby geyes30 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:19 pm

Might wanna be careful with the thirsty hippo though. They become very wet over time and I accidentally tipped one over and destroyed some lenses when the dissolved calcium chloride came into contact with the optics.


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