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How to Clean and Protect Your Binoculars
Published: Oct 19, 2020
In cleaning your binoculars, focus on the metal parts and lenses. Wipe it in a circular motion using microfiber cleaning cloths or soft lens wipes. Remove the oil from the lens by using the lens cleaner liquid.
Protect your binoculars by being attentive in the places you are going to if you plan to bring it. Bring a padded storage bag and use durable straps to prevent it from falling on the ground. When storing, always place it in a dry and cool place. Avoid putting it in direct sunlight or rain because it may result in damage to the optics.
Whenever our campers go on hiking adventures, some of them usually bring some of the essential things to complement the experience. One of the types of equipment they commonly pack is the binoculars. Just a short description, these are two telescopes that can be utilized by both of your eyes.
This kind of equipment requires constant maintenance for you to be able to use it for a long time. Of course, any stuff or gears you own needs to be taken care of to extend its quality and even, improve the performance.
Let's proceed on how to take care of your binoculars on the next topics we will discuss. We will be talking about important points you need to look at when cleaning and protecting your binoculars.
Why do you need to clean your binoculars?
No matter how expensive and durable your binoculars are, it will be of waste if you clumsily operate it. Without cleaning and protecting it, there is a huge possibility that it will be damaged or decrease quality and performance. You may not want to lose this gear early as it is very helpful on your hiking adventures.
What are the cons of unclean or unmaintained binoculars?
In our situation, our campers usually use their binoculars continuously since we are going off on different adventures while testing or evaluating camping-related products however, there are people who just utilize this in an occasional manner which results in them storing it for a long time.
Though most of us expect it to be protected inside the box, molds can form in the binocular's glass due to changes in temperature. According to one of our campers, they faced a hard time removing those molds on their equipment.
Aside from molds, grease, insects, dust, and moisture can enter and form when you store your binoculars.
Be careful when cleaning
There are occurrences that you should clean your binoculars quickly but we really advised you to be vigilant in cleaning your equipment. Binoculars are made with materials that can be easily damaged when roughly handled, especially the optics. So whenever you wipe the hard stains, do not put too much force or pressure as it may result in cracks or be broken.
Also, avoid using hard or dry wipes on the lenses and strong cleaning liquids. It can deform and damage any parts of the binoculars that are not capable of handling those chemicals. Use the proper lens cleaning liquid that comes with the binoculars when you bought it.
Tips on How to Clean Your Binoculars
Binoculars are commonly exposed to different weather and temperature. Even if you are using it frequently, it is more susceptible to dirt and any stains that may come from your hand. Let's enumerate the ways on how to clean your binoculars:
- Clean the metal parts. Wipe all of the metal parts of the binoculars to remove the stains and grimes. We suggest you invert the position to easily drop the dust while cleaning it. Be careful because you may accidentally drop it.
- Wipe the lens. The lens is the most significant part of the binoculars so wipe it regularly on a round motion. Thicken your cleaning tissue to prevent the sweat or oil from your hands from appearing on the lens.
- Remove the oil from the lens. If the oil is visible and hard to remove, use the lens cleaner then wipe it continuously until the oil is removed.
- Remove the grease. You can use a moist cloth on the rubber parts or use some silicon spray then wipe it.
- The dirt inside the lenses. Look for an expert to detach the parts for you to be able to the cleaning inside the lens. Do not open the parts of your binoculars unless you have a background about it.
Equipment to CleanYour Binoculars
We are generally using different kinds of cleaning kits for our equipment but we should also be careful because it may result in some scratches. These are some of the cleaning apparatus they usually use:
- Soft brush. Brushes can clear off the dust or dirt on the areas of the binoculars you can't reach.
- Lens cleaning tissue. A commonly soft wipe can also be used.
- A blower or mini vacuum cleaner. It can remove the dirt without touching the surface of your binoculars.
- Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. This is best for the lenses since it will not scratch the optics.
- Spray bottle. You can use this to rinse off some dirt on the optics but beware if your binoculars are not waterproof or water-resistant.
How to Protect Your Binoculars?
Even if you clean your binoculars, you still need to protect it. Without giving care to the equipment, it will be more vulnerable to damages. So what are the things you should remember in protecting your binoculars? The following are our suggestions:
- Planning to buy
If you are still in the middle of planning to get one unit of the binoculars, you should bear in mind where you are going to use it. This is a great factor to consider because it can affect the equipment whether you are going to places where rains are consistent. You may need waterproof ones. Giving attention to this can avoid damages to your binoculars.
- Be attentive to the place
There places you are eyeing to go to may not be prudent to bring your binoculars. Always remember if the place has a high possibility that you may drop your binoculars. It can break your equipment so it is best for you to be cautious about the risks.
- Use the strap
You can see that most binoculars are usually hung by the user around their necks. It is not only for the convenience of use but also, to protect it from falling. Better be using it ahead because it is very complicated when you need to use it but it is still packed inside your storage bag.
- Look for a durable strap
If you are going to buy a strap, focused on its durability and capability. There are straps that may have a weak hold of your binoculars and it can cause you to drop your equipment. Double-check every detail of the strap and the locks that grasp the binoculars.
- Use your lens caps
All of the binoculars have lens caps. They are used to protect the optics when you are not using it. Always use this if you are not actively using it to prevent the scratches and damages from the lenses.
- Always bring the storage bag
Binoculars have storage bags that you can carry around which is one of the gears that can protect your equipment. Although you may have a strap, after using it or when you are going to camp at night, there is a place for you to store your binoculars securely. That will prevent from falling or dirt coming from the surroundings.
- Use your fold-down eyecups
Some binoculars bear this feature. It is very helpful to those who are wearing eyeglasses wherein, their glasses will not become in contact with the optics. You should also fold it up when you are not using it.
- Avoid putting in direct sunlight or rain
As we have mentioned, temperature and weather can affect the parts of your binoculars. It is best to prevent it to regulate the quality. Cover it when raining because it can leak and stain the inner optics.
- Keep it in a secure place
If you are just an occasional user of your binoculars, it means that not all of the time you are going to use it, it may take a few months or even a year to remove it from the storage. It is advisable to clean or take it out regularly to prevent the formation of molds, dust, insects or moisture. Also, put it in a dry storage area or put dehumidifiers to regulate the atmosphere. In storing, inspect your cabinets or any storage if it has open holes because it allows the outside insects or dust to enter the equipment.
- Look for a professional
If you are facing problems with your equipment, do not repair it on your own most especially if you don't have any background on the methods and parts. It can lead to more damages. Seek a professional or expert who can repair it.
- Handle it with care
Binoculars may be similar to your other things that don't react if it is struggling but you should find out everything about it. Always treat like your pet. Not only you just use it but you also need to take care of it properly. That will avoid you to experience disadvantages that were caused by careless methods of handling.
Always keep in mind that best practices in taking care of your binoculars can stretch its life longer. As you continuously maintain it, the quality and performance will retain. That is the most important thing for equipment. You just need to clean and protect it to prevent damages. Treat your binoculars carefully for you to be able to use it on your next adventures.
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