Baking Desiccant

Discussion in 'STT Series' started by Darren Johnson, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. Darren Johnson

    Darren Johnson Standard User

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    I'm in the process of baking my Desiccant and am wondering from those who might have done this before, what to expect when I put it back into the camera. Will the frosting issue I have simply go away, will I need to cycle the coolers on and off for a while?


    Thanks in advance

    D Johnson
    Cuttin' Edge Observatory
     
  2. Doug

    Doug Staff Member

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    The desiccant will dry out the chamber; no additional action on your part is required. At most you would want to let the camera sit for a bit before using it, to give the desiccant time to do its job.
     
  3. Bill

    Bill SBIG Service and Repairs Staff Member

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    Right, you'll want to cover the hole in the camera while you're baking the desiccant, 350ish F for 4 hours. Get the refreshed desiccant back in the camera as quickly as you can without burning your fingers, within a few minutes of removing it from the oven. Let it work 16-24 hours before cooling the camera. You may have to do this a couple of times before entirely drying out the chamber although I think with a STT, once will likely be enough.

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