Caring for Your Optics

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I believe one of the most important tools that any hunter has, is their optics. I think that nearly every hunter uses some form of optics. Whether it's a set of binoculars or spotting scope, they all need good care to insure proper function and extended life.

Here are a few tips that'll help extend the life and allow for better performance of your optics.

1. Use alcohol and a piece of cheese clothe to clean the lenses.

2. Avoid touching the lens with your finger's, the oil residue is very difficult to remove.

3. Use the lens covers that came with the optics. Protecting the lenses from scratches and dust can greatly increase the life of your optics.

4. Keep them dry! Many optic manufactures claim that their product is completely fog-proof, but the fact is, many aren't. So it's better to be safe than sorry. In extreme cold and/or wet weather, many scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes will fog up. To minimize this burden, keep them dry and as warm as possible.


ManOfTheFall's picture

A badly smudged scope would

A badly smudged scope would not be good when you are trying to look at that big monster buck.

numbnutz's picture

Great advice, I dry them when

Great advice, I dry them when wet. keep them in there case when not in the field, clean with pre moisten glass cleaning wipes and so on.

For the amount of money we

For the amount of money we spend on equipment it pays to take the little steps in keeping them nice and functional

bigalwapiti's picture


If you are interested there is a great article on this in Eastmans hunting journal this month. You had some very good points.