Telescopes vary in their sturdiness, although they will all need to be stored in the correct way in order to function for a long time.
Reflective and refractive devices differ in their internal mechanisms, as the former uses mirrors to gather images, while the latter relies on lenses. Alignment of mirrors can be affected by knocks, although it is possible to reset these more easily then correcting lenses that have become damaged. Consequently, finding a spot in homes where telescopes are less likely to be accidentally pushed over is imperative.
When they are not in use, owners of both kinds of instrument should place them in protective hoods if necessary. Lens caps are also a good idea, as these can prevent dust settling on delicate surface, which can leave scratches on glass. In addition, caps can protect fragile parts of the scope from fingers that may appear clean, but are likely to transfer oils and particles on to lenses.
Dust is less likely to settle on telescopes if they are kept in a downward position when not in use, and this is the angle many people choose to leave devices at after using them. In addition to these basic techniques to prolong the life of the devices, it is recommended that accessories are also stored correctly. To protect telescope eye pieces and additional lenses from particles and damp, they can be placed in special sealed bags. They should also be cleaned and maintained using items designed for fragile mechanisms and accessories.
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