Celestron Telescopes are of great importance for astronomers and sky gazers. Similarly, if you are a newbie astronomer, you might be thinking about how to take care of your first telescope and its pieces of equipment.
Everyone wants to make sure that whether their telescope serves them well or not. The only way to find out is by cleaning and managing your telescope with great care.
If you prevent your telescope from becoming messy in the first place, you will avoid serious consequences at the later stage. You might be familiar with the famous saying, “Prevention is better than cure.”
So, it is better to take care of your telescope with great diligence to avoid any serious consequences afterward.
It is kind of impossible to keep your scope in the perfect condition for many years unless you have not unwrapped it in the first place, but that would be the worst crime against astronomy if you have not unwrapped it yet!
It is undeniable that the dust and oil cover the surface of your telescope and its pieces of equipment. You need to clean your telescope and all its equipment with gentle care to bring them back to their original state.
Extra care may be needed for the large Dobsonians and Newtonian scopes because of their open tube designs.
You should be extra careful while cleaning the lens or mirror of your telescope because physically cleaning the mirror or lens can cause more damage than the small number of dust particles.
How to Protect Your Celestron Telescopes?
If you are not using your telescope and its equipment, then make sure to cover them properly. It is ideal for placing your telescope in a dust-free environment to avoid any damage to your telescope and its equipment.
Stop right there! If you are thinking of storing your telescope in your garage or shed, then I must say that it is a terrible idea. I would recommend you to store all your Celestron Telescopes in your indoor cupboard.
For protecting your scope from dust, it is ideal for keeping the reflective side of the main mirror downward because dust within the scope may fall down even if you have placed a lens cap on it.
As for other eyepieces, it is necessary to store them in sealable plastic bags and boxes if you want them to remain in good condition.
Cleaning Your Celestron Telescopes
Everything I explained in the above section was all about the prevention of your telescope from enduring any damage. This section is all about cleaning your Celestron telescopes if you feel it necessary.
First, make sure that the location where you are cleaning your telescope is clean itself. The ideal location for cleaning your telescope is your kitchen table with a bright lamp under it. The kitchen is always the cleanest place, right? (there can be some exceptions as well)
You will also require some cleaning equipment to initiate the process of your telescope cleaning. So, the following cleaning equipment is necessary for cleaning your telescope:
- Microfibre cleaning cloth for lens
- Air-blowing bulb without brush
- Cotton buds
- Cleaning tissue for lens
Disclaimer: Never use acetone cleaning fluid or nail polish remover because they can dissolve paint and plastic of the lens and its edges.
In the case of a reflecting telescope, cleaning the mirror is quite simple. You can easily wash the mirror in the reflecting telescope by placing it in a washing-up bowl with warm water and gently clean it using a few drops of washing-up liquid.
After cleaning the mirror of a reflecting telescope, rinse it with distilled water and leave it to dry. You can easily find the distilled water from the chemist.
Cleaning the Celestron Telescopes Mounts
How can we forget about the most important equipment of every telescope, the Mount? Mostly, people use WD-40 spray to get rid of the grease on the gears and protect the parts of the Mount from moisture.
It is ideal for replacing the grease you take out with the white lithium grease, which you will find at any cycle shop.
So, it was all about cleaning the mirror of your reflecting telescope. Now, you can enjoy a perfect view at night with the ultra-clean optics in your telescope.
How to Clean the Lens?
The cleaning of the lens in the refracting telescope requires a different procedure to follow. The following steps are involved in the cleaning process of the lens:
Removing of Dust Particles
First, you need to dust off any dirt or dust particles from the surface of your lens. You can use an air-blowing bulb or a clean cloth to gently dust off the loosest particles.
Never use your breath to blow off the dust particles because that will cause the moisture on the surface of the lens, and the remaining dust particles will stick to it.
So, make sure to completely dust off the dirt particles from the lens; otherwise, they will scratch the lens while you clean it.
Cleaning With Alcohol Fluid
After dampening the tissue with alcohol cleaning fluid, wipe the lens slowly from the center to the edge in a circular motion to get a better result.
Now, throw away the used tissue and grab a new one and gently wipe the surface of the lens. You should avoid touching the lens while cleaning it because your finger marks will stay on it.
In case you see any finger marks, gently wipe the lens with a new tissue again.
Protecting the Lens Edges
You can remove any water spots on the edges of the lens, due to dew or atmospheric condensation, by gently breathing on them.
Now, wipe the edges of the lens with new clean tissue. Your lens is now clean as crystal.
The Bottom Line
Protection of your Celestron Telescope is an important task which you should not avoid at any cost. If you want to prevent your telescope from any damage, then try to keep it clean and safe.