Thursday, May 18, 2006

Review - Sensorklear cleaning time

While the rocket partially cleaned the sensor, it was time for the Sensorklear to shine. Following the instructions, I started rubbing the tip gently from the center of the sensor, working my way outward towards the edges. Initially, I was concerned about exerting an inappropriate amount of pressure on the sensor, but these fears were quickly allayed and it became apparent that any liklihood of gross damage was negligible.

The only potential risk I encountered was related to the design of the shutter assembly. The Sensorklear's triangular tip frequently became caught underneath or bumped against the edge during the cleaning process. Whether this represents any significant risk, I can't be certain however, it was a bit disconcerting.

Being uncertain of how hard to rub the Sensorklear and not knowing what duration was necessary to effect a sufficient cleaning, the first attempt was rather abbreviated - a couple of quick rubs followed by a quick exit from the sensor's surface. This was followed by another couple of blasts from the rocket blower, presumedly to remove any stray particles of carbon.

The results were rather impressive - Of the remaining 14 spots which weren't affected by the initial cleaning using the blower, the Sensorklear removed all but 4 spots, the majority of which were at the extreme edges. Of note, one "new" spot appeared in the lower left hand corner. Whether this was a bit of dust introduced by the rocket blower or one of the other dust particles which was moved a bit by the Sensorklear, is unknown and the implications uncertain. Nonethless, the sensor had never been that clean even when new and was in fact cleaner than after a professional servicing about a year earlier.


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