How to Store a Telescope

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Store a Telescope

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Choose a location that’s safe, dry, and out of direct sunlight. Store it in its original case or find a suitable replacement. Disassemble the eyepiece and cover all open optical surfaces with protective caps. Store your telescope on its side and cover it with a cloth. When storing your telescope for long periods, make sure to rotate it occasionally.

A telescope is a cool instrument, but it can be ruined if you don’t store it properly. This guide will help you to make sure your telescope stays in the best condition possible even after storing it for a long time.

Tips for Storing a Telescope

Here are some tips on the best way to store a telescope:

Choose a location for storing the telescope that is safe, dry, and out of direct sunlight

It is important that you find a location in your home that is safe, dry, and out of direct sunlight. A good place to store a telescope would be on a closet shelf or inside the storage compartment under the stairs.

If you have an observatory outside your house, it should not be difficult to find a suitable spot there for a few telescopes. Just make sure that the area around the observatory location is closed off so that animals or children can’t access it.

The telescope should not be stored in damp areas, have a high level of humidity, or any place with chemicals, such as an attic or basement where things like paint might easily seep into the telescope optics housing.

You will need to find a dark storage space because you don’t want to expose your valuable instrument to light, which could cause it to deteriorate prematurely.

If there is one thing we all know about telescopes, they’re big, so make sure that you remember just how much room they take up when looking for somewhere safe and dry for storing them.

Store the telescope in its original case or find a suitable substitute if needed. 

It would be best if you could store the telescope in its original case. If you can’t find the telescope tube, make sure that it is stored in a well-padded and sturdy container with plenty of room to allow for expansion, as this will help avoid any damage due to excessive pressure buildup.

The most important thing about storing a telescope is making sure that no moisture or dust gets inside the instrument, which could cause irreparable damage.

If humidity levels are high, spray some canned air into openings like telescope eyepieces, focuses area, and other telescope areas before putting them away, so there aren’t any harmful vapors trapped inside when they’re not being used.

It’s also recommended that you store your telescope in a sealed container or plastic bag if you live near an ocean or large body of water.

Disassemble the eyepiece from the main tube before storing

You don’t want glass surface on the eyepieces to get scratched or damaged, so when you put them away, make sure that the eyepiece is removed from the main tube.

If you have a refractor telescope setup, then be careful not to store it in an upright position because these types of telescopes need special support brackets to keep them propped up safely if they’re stored like this for any period.

The best way to store your refractors would be by laying them flat and storing them on their side, which will also help prevent dust or dirt buildup on the lens and mirror within one’s unit.

Cover all open optical surfaces with protective caps or plastic wrap before putting them away

This will help prevent dust accumulation on the reflective surface of the lenses and mirrors, which will lead to eventual scratching and other damage.

When storing an optical tube, always make sure that it is up off the floor with nothing resting against its base because even small temperature changes could lead to cracking and warping over time without adequate support.

If you find your telescope’s housing has developed a layer of dirt or grime, then it may be necessary for you to apply some type of light oil to all sensitive metal parts so there isn’t corrosion buildup inside and out when not in use.

Store your telescope on its side so that it doesn’t collect dust and debris 

When storing a telescope, you want to ensure that the instrument is up off the floor and stored in a sturdy position so that no dust or dirt can get inside. This same storage conditions will also help prevent any damage due to vibrations from other items like furniture nearby.

The best way for you to store your telescope safely would be on its side with enough room around it, if possible, to allow for expansion when needed as this will keep the pressure exerted on it at bay without risking potential damages.

If you have an expensive model, some people might recommend storing them vertically but just make sure that they are propped against something solid such as a wall or bookshelf; otherwise, gravity could pull down one end, which could cause irreparable damage over time if left unchecked.

Covering your scope with a cloth when not in use is recommended

As noted earlier, you do not want any dust or debris to get inside your telescope, so it’s best to cover the instrument with a dust sheet or cloth when not in use.

This is especially important if you don’t have any other way of insulating your stargazing equipment from changes in ambient temperature and humidity levels which are common factors that can lead to irreparable damages over time, even with adequate storage space allotted for the device.

A simple cotton bed sheet will work, but make sure you often replace this since dust particles tend to stick to fabric surfaces easily. 

It would also be wise for you to invest in some type of protective cabinet that has an airtight seal like those used by professional astronomers because these types of enclosures help keep out moisture and dirt while still providing sufficient ventilation.

When storing your telescope for long periods, make sure to rotate it occasionally

Sometimes, there can be uneven weight distribution, leading to a lot of unnecessary strain on the telescope’s moving parts. This risk is minimized when you periodically rotate your scope to not stay in one position for an extended period. 

Also, make sure that there isn’t too much weight resting on top of the telescope assembled main tube, as this could lead to the telescope breaking down over time.

How to Store Your Telescope’s Eyepieces

If you have dust caps, then storing the eyepieces should be easy. Just place the caps on both sides of each eyepiece and then place them anywhere that is safe from children and pets.

However, the best way of storing the eyepieces is to put them inside a clean storage case. You might want to get a case with foam inside to easily customize the eyepieces’ placement, but if you don’t have one, then a hard-shell case will also work.

Always make sure that your storage case is well padded so it won’t break or scratch, and be careful when handling them because exposure to air for too long can cause oxidation, which could degrade the optical coatings over time.

Everything You Want To Store Together In Telescope Storage

Keep this all in telescope storage when not being used:

  • Refractor or Reflecting Telescope
  • Telescope lens (dust cap)
  • Telescope mount
  • Telescope cover
  • Additional eyepieces etc

If you have more space, make sure also to keep all your star charts, reading, instructions, and best practices with the telescope. This will help you remember where you left off with your stargazing session. If you are forgetful like me, this is very crucial, or you may decide it is just too much work to start back up.

The storage areas must all be in a controlled environment. Make sure not to stack things on top for easy access and to make certain damage doesn’t occur. Extreme temperatures in this spare room can really cause issues with your telescope setup.

Is the Garage a Good Place to Store a Telescope?

The garage should be a safe place to store your telescope. However, there are a few considerations. If you also use the garage to park your car, it may not be good to store your telescope there. 

The exhaust fumes, as well as the dust turbulence when you start the car, can have a negative impact on the telescope’s optics. You may end up with a tough-to-clean hydrocarbon haze from the exhaust fumes on your telescope’s optics.

Secondly, you want to make sure that your garage isn’t too humid because this could lead to mold growth over time, creating an unsafe environment for any type of equipment. 

Lastly, mice and spiders in the garage can also be a problem since they can cause a lot of damage due to their curiosity. So be sure to cover and secure your telescope correctly. You don’t want to have cobwebs all over your scope.

Can I Store My Telescope in a Shed?

A shed is a good place to store your telescope in case you don’t have enough room in the house. However, the shed must be made of wood.

Metal and plastic sheds tend to get too hot in the day and then too cold at night, which can be very damaging to your telescope.

A wooden shed will also allow for more ventilation because they have many gaps between their boards. Still, if you do use wood, it’s important to check periodically for termites and other pests that could lead to damage/destruction of your telescope.

Conclusion

Storing a telescope shouldn’t be a difficult task at all. Just make sure that the space is large enough to be rotated periodically and never stacked with too much weight, as this could eventually lead to potential damage to your telescope over time.

In addition, you should also focus on protecting the eyepieces from dust particles by storing them in cotton bed sheets or hard-shell cases.


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