Spotting scopes are built for the ruggedness of outdoor use, but that doesn’t mean you want to let them get wrecked by dirt. Your spotting scope can have a long life if you know how to care for it properly. Read on to learn the best way to keep your scope in top condition.
Particulates are everywhere, and if you’re outdoors, they’re going to settle on your scope’s lenses and start scattering light, making your glassing a bit fuzzy. You might be inclined to grab any old cloth and rub the lenses clean, but this is the fastest way to ruin your device. Dust particles can be harder than glass, which means you’ll be rubbing them right in and scratching up the fine lens coating, as well. There’s a right way to clean every device, but the first thing you should do is consult your owner’s manual to ensure you’re taking your model’s individual needs into account. Overcleaning them isn’t ideal for lens lifespan, either, so try to go for moderation in cleaning frequency. Then, when your device isn’t in use, make sure you cover the lens and place it in a clean, protective case. This will keep your scope looking and performing its best.
What is the right way to clean your spotting scope? Below are 5 steps to follow to ensure your scope is clean and free of damage when you’re done with it.
Never attempt to dismantle your spotting scope to clean inside it. Chances are you’ll scratch the delicate glass inside, ruin any waterproofing components, and void your warranty in the process. If you feel that the inside of your scope needs a deeper cleaning, contact the manufacturer and ask for cleaning recommendations. Having a professional perform this step is crucial to protecting the life of your scope. Remember, if you treat your spotting scope with care, it’ll serve you well for many long years.
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