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Offline petevasey

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DIY Dew Heaters
« on: 14:32:36, 25 May, 2010 »
For several years now I've had a 'Dew Heater' page on my web site.  It showed how to make heaters using thin copper wire permanently wound around the end of the telescope tube.  But not so useful for small telescopes or camera lenses.

But I've finally got round to putting up instructions on a 'resistance ladder' type heater.  Transferable and more versatile.

See, in particular

Just to add to the above, here is a link to a commercial controller which also includes comprehensive instructions for DIY heaters (link in sub heading 'Heater Versatility').

Cheers,  Peter.
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Re: DIY Dew Heaters
« Reply #1 on: 17:02:36, 25 May, 2010 »
Very helpful information Peter  :urock:

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Offline Kevin Sweeney

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Re: DIY Dew Heaters
« Reply #2 on: 13:15:09, 05 May, 2011 »
Peter, a good clear write up and very useful.
In my setup I used the heating element out of a discarded electric toaster. It's basically resistance wire and when supplied with a low voltage of about 12v, can provide gentle heating.
A bit more detail can be seen on



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