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Posted by Steve/">Steve on February 2, 1999 15:54:00 UTC

Agree with Bob completely. My wife and I started the same way - Tasco for Christmas. You could do worse! Depending on where you're located, dew and frosting can be a real problem - but there's a few things you can do. The first, believe it or not, is to be VERY careful about not breathing on the eyepieces when you approach the focuser. Lots of people tend to exhale right then, and that's hot humid stuff just waiting to cause problems. Also, you can try a hair-dryer if you're within range of the house and a (good - safe) extension cord. It won't last long but can get you some extra time. This is an after-the-fact solution, not prevention. (More expensive versions are available of course...) Conversely, if you have a reflector, you might try a small fan that you turn on while you're looking at the charts or binoculars. This isn't heated, but it helps keep the optics at the same temp as the surrounding air - which helps a good bit. This is preventative. No idea if will will work with a refractor - don't have one. Hope this helps! Keep working on it - if you enjoy it look into a dew shield...

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