As binoculars are likely to be your most expensive piece of bird watching equipment, it is important to take care of them. In order for them to stay in good working condition for many years to come, it is advisable to check and clean them before and after use.
If your binoculars are not waterproof, avoid exposing them to marine or salt spray, as corrosive salt particles penetrating the unsealed components can be potentially damaging. If you think moisture has got inside, leave your binoculars in a warm place to dry, and make sure they are completely dry before putting them back in their case. Never try to open up the binoculars.
Exterior cleaning is best done with a lint-free cotton cloth or silicon impregnated cloth.
When cleaning the lens, try not to touch it as much as possible. Use a lens blow brush to remove any tiny grains of dirt, sand or salt that can scratch the lens and then wipe the lens gently with a lens cleaning cloth.
Take every care possible to avoid dropping or knocking your pocket binoculars. The most common fault with a pair of binoculars is being knocked out of alignment. It is best not to try and repair this yourself, but instead take it to a reputable supplier who will be able to fix it on your behalf.
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