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Mold in a tribrach

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tazsurveyor
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Hi All

I am looking for any suggestions to get rid of a bit of mold visible in the optical plummet.

( I searched under mold and mould  🙂  )

 
Posted : October 2, 2022 8:48 pm
chris mills
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If you search under mould you'll find the eyepiece!!

Sorry!

 

I've had it happen a couple of times and leaving the tribrach indoors in a warm room eventually shifted it, but there was always a slight dirtyness (presumably dead material) there ever more. Only stripping it right down would get rid of that.

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 1:00 am
tazsurveyor
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Thanks Chris. That may be where I end up. I was wondering if there was a majic remedy about.

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 1:09 am

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chris mills
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@tazsurveyor

Wait and see, one might get posted.

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 1:14 am
tazsurveyor
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@chris-mills 

I was wondering if anybody had tried an ozone generator.

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 1:22 am
chris mills
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@tazsurveyor 

Intresting thought - it might work, let's see if somebody posts to say they have tried one.

BUT, it still won't remove the dead detritus left when the mould dies - that'll still need a strip down job. At least you've learnt to dry the gear out thoroughly after use; you won't do it again.

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 1:29 am

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party chef
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Q tip up the bottom side will clear the field of view usually.

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 6:35 am
MightyMoe
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My mold guy said they use a UV light device to kill mold in duct work. I would imagine that would be a prefect solution for a tribrach. I would do it even if you believe the junk you're seeing is dead mold, to get rid of that will probably take some deconstruction. 

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 6:45 am
chris mills
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Only if the mould is on the outside of the plumb lens - I'd assumed tazsurveyor had already worked that out and the problem was that mould was still visible (as a result of some damp inside the system).

 
Posted : October 3, 2022 7:01 am

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