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Old 22-01-2019, 10:47 PM
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Using Moki Wipes fpr lens cleaning

Hi everyone. I just discovered some MOKI Optical Lens Wipes for sale at JB Hifi. Has anyone had any experience with this product good or bad?


https://www.jbhifi.com.au/cameras/ca...0-pack/603274/


Here is another;
https://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.c...sue-pack-of-50



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Old 23-01-2019, 10:23 AM
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I can't comment on these in particular, but most people are pretty leery about going near telescope optics with anything more aggressive than a fresh cotton ball and dedicated cleaning solution known not to damage coatings.

Cotton balls support them gently following the contour of the lens or mirror where most "Wipes" are more like tissue paper and need a bit of pressure to conform to the shape they are cleaning.
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You should not use any chemical wipes on eyepieces.
If you must clean eyepices use a cotton bud and clean water and wipe up and down not round round and round.
I also use my breath it does a good job also.
Bintel sell a good solution developed for lenses and corrector plates by astronomers.
Some of the coatings on certain brands of eyepieces are not very robust and as such will come off very quickly if wipes etc are used.
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Old 23-01-2019, 12:42 PM
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I can't comment on these in particular, but most people are pretty leery about going near telescope optics with anything more aggressive than a fresh cotton ball and dedicated cleaning solution known not to damage coatings.

Cotton balls support them gently following the contour of the lens or mirror where most "Wipes" are more like tissue paper and need a bit of pressure to conform to the shape they are cleaning.
Hello Paul,


It is interesting all the different opinions people have about cleaning delicate lenses. I find it strange that camera shops selling optical lenses more expensive than many telescopes would sell these specialised lens cleaning papers and wipes if they could damage the lenses? I recently purchased a compound microscope to study inner space as well. I did some research mostly about how to use immersion oil on the most powerful objective. The microscope users were incredibly specific about what they used to clean their objectives. One used Olympus lens wipes which I couldn't find anywhere and another used lens paper to blot off and clean the objective. Even Kimwipes, suggested in another post were frowned upon. Cotton wool and Q tips were never mentioned. A soft cotton cloth can be ised apparently. I'm sure that if the objective of a microscope is even lightly marked it would severely impact its functionality and so great care is taken. Of course these have to be combined with a blower to remove the dust and a lens cleaning fluid ( I have one from Bintel in the post) for a complete package. I have sourced some lens papers from a camera shop so I will purchase these for my microscope lenses and not to duplicate, my telescope lenses. Microfibre cloths were not recommended.


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Old 23-01-2019, 12:52 PM
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You should not use any chemical wipes on eyepieces.
If you must clean eyepices use a cotton bud and clean water and wipe up and down not round round and round.
I also use my breath it does a good job also.
Bintel sell a good solution developed for lenses and corrector plates by astronomers.
Some of the coatings on certain brands of eyepieces are not very robust and as such will come off very quickly if wipes etc are used.
Hi Ron,


Sometimes the simplest ways are best. I suppose you would use bottle or even better distilled water as tap water can have lots of impurities dissolved in it. In Broome its especially bad with silica in the water. The whitish stains left over after the water dries off are near impossible to move being resistant to acids. Thanks for the advice for cleaning motion method. I will keep that in mind. Cheers
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I recommend staying away from any wipes
Use a hurricane blower ( a big one ) to blow away dust and debris ( 4 or 5 big pumps )
Then use pure isopropyl alcohol in a small pump spray bottle , apply a small amount and use a cotton tip to gently wipe from centre to outside, repeat as necessary
Avoid using your breath as your exhale has impurities
I use an Astro torch in the dark to check surface of glass as itís hard to see in the daylight
My 2 cents ......

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Old 23-01-2019, 04:37 PM
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I recommend staying away from any wipes
Use a hurricane blower ( a big one ) to blow away dust and debris ( 4 or 5 big pumps )
Then use pure isopropyl alcohol in a small pump spray bottle , apply a small amount and use a cotton tip to gently wipe from centre to outside, repeat as necessary
Avoid using your breath as your exhale has impurities
I use an Astro torch in the dark to check surface of glass as itís hard to see in the daylight
My 2 cents ......

Cheers
Hi Martin,


I have just ordered some paper lens sheets on ebay, apparently Kodak associated ones. I have a Hurricane blower like yours and some Bintel cleaner solution still in the post. I should be right now for my telescopes and microscope. Thanks for your input. Cheers
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