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Is it more important to have a Dew Heater on the finderscope or the eyepiece. I have bought one for the main tube and am going to make one for either the eyepiece or the finderscope but not both. Most, if not all, ready made bands are for the eyepiece so that suggests that the eyepiece is more important. But is it?

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Brian

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Of the two, I'd agree with heat the eyepiece first.

however, there is another option... make an eyepiece box with an opening so that you can get your eyepiece out without opening the box to the whole night sky.  This will provide cover, much like a car port does, and should help to stop your eyepieces dewing up.  Nothing stopping you from adding a heater element to the box to heat all your eyepieces.

Personally, I've not had the need to add a heater to either the finderscope or the eyepiece.

A cheaper alternative, is to keep the eyepieces next to your body, in a pocket or similar.   That should have the same effect ;-)

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Thanks for your replies. I could make one for the eyepiece and another one for the finderscope, that would mean heating three things at the same time. I mean, how much of a problem is dew? Is it worse in the summer or winter? Making a sort of universal one for eyepiece and finderscope might be a good idea. The problem with that is I have a 9x50 finder and 1/1/4" eye pieces. Is it OK to wrap around the eyepiece a few times?

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Brian

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Personally, I used to warm a dewed up eyepiece with my hand.

I found that both the finder scope and the eyepiece could dew up from the moisture from my eyes and face. I may be wrong but I seem to have more problems with dew in winter than summer although it depends strongly on the relative humidity and dew point on the night you observe.  :smiley:

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Personally, I used to warm a dewed up eyepiece with my hand.

I found that both the finder scope and the eyepiece could dew up from the moisture from my eyes and face. I may be wrong but I seem to have more problems with dew in winter than summer although it depends strongly on the relative humidity and dew point on the night you observe.  :smiley:

But doesn't it cool down again when you put the eyepiece in?

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But doesn't it cool down again when you put the eyepiece in?

Unfortunately yes and you lose all feeling in your hands!  

Heaters would be the best option in the long term. I am currently building my own heater strips and controller - it's a nice project for a weekend.  :smiley:  :smiley:

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