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This is the current condition of the corrector plate on my RASA8. I’m sure it is not impacting on the quality of the subs, but it’s bugging me as it looks dirty and uncared for.

Plus I think there are some pollen grains on there which is not good. I have cleaned the objectives of my refractors when they were in a similar condition with Baader fluid and a clean microfibre cloth with no drama so perhaps I should just go for it?
 

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I've used Baader fluid with microfibre cloth on mine. It made no difference on my flaring issue though. 😉 When adjusting the camera orientation, I've sometimes brushed the surface of the corrector plate with a knuckle, leaving a smear requiring the baader fluid treatment. 🙂

Alan

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Would I clean that? Only if I was shooting a wedding with it! Then, only because it is expected, given the cost of wedding photography, but it won't give better images for it. 😀

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My two RASA8 looks just like yours Steve and I have made no cleaning attempt yet - from what I have read dust like that will have no impact whatsoever on image quality. But I guess it could not hurt. Maybe I should do it to celebrate the return of astrodarkness next week. I have a bottle of Baader fluid somewhere.

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Thanks for the replies, I think I will give it a clean when it comes off the mount to make way for the refractors and the impending galaxy season.

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