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Hi all,
Two of the local shooting clubs around here here have late evening/night fun shoots that I have started to participate in. It is really something different shooting under the lights and I really enjoy it and the time spend with some great people. The club that shoots on Friday night is a private club but their Friday shoot is open to the public. A friend who is a member invited me but then he couldn't make it. Since the club is close to my house I decided to go anyway. Everyone there was very friendly and offered much support and advice for someone new to their type of shooting. I must mention that we were shooting trap games such as buddy shoots and Annie Oakleys but with a twist. Since the club was closed to anyone not taking part in these shoots, we were able to use the entire course. This club has two trap houses, the upper and the lower. Several of the games were shot from 35 to forty yards from the trap house being used. For some games, we would line up at an angle across the upper field and use the lower trap. In this case the hard lefts were directly away from us and the hard rights were almost like sheet high 4, directly across in front of us but 40-50 yards out. The speed on the trap machines were also turned up to max. The targets were really zipping out of the houses. During the Annies, we might have had time for up to six shooters to try each target (unless of course someone broke it) I guesstimate, the average target was being broken about 75 yards out with some out to as much as 100 yards. Needless to say, with my level of skill I was completed out-gunned. BUT I HAD A BLAST ANYWAY and will return.

Now for my question and the reason for this post. I had a lot of problems with my shooting glasses fogging up as the night went on. I had to wipe them many times and several times could not see the target due to the moisture on my glasses. I store them in my shooting bag which I keep in a closet in my spare bedroom. Do any of you know of any way to prevent this from happening?????

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for all your help.

Rick
 

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If you have a lens crafters near you they cary an anti fog spray that you spray on and wipe off and it works really well. Cost is about 1.50. Also some of the auto supply houses have the same thing for your car but it is a bit bigger and a little more pricey. They both do the same thing.
Good luck.
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A sporting goods store should have an anti-fogging cleaner for your glasses. Back when I was riding motorcycles we used to buy a product called Fog-X, or something like that, for our helmet face shields. got it at the local 'cycle shop.
GRO, didn't think about the optometrist, they should have something.
 

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I used a pair of glasses that were "Racy". they were real cool looking, wraped around, real close to the face. They did not allow air to circulate and they fogged up constantly on hot/humid days. I have since switched to the Randolph Rangers. They are away from your face and allow air to circulate, and have not had any problem since. V/R TonyG
 

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You can go to walmart and in the RX dept with Eye care area you can get a box 50 cleaners for less then 3.00 they are made by bausch and lomb. They clean and help with fog. We use them on everything I have two sons that use them during baseball (one is now wearing contacts other still little young), but they wear rec specs and play catcher and in the spring fogging glasses is a problem and these work great.
 

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TonyG has it...

Take off your ball cap...The brim is holding in the moisture from your breath and perspiration...
 

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Here's a trick I learned back in my skiing days (probably from the Smith Goggles folks), and it works: wash your glasses normally. Put a very small drop of common dishwashing detergent on your fingertips - just a small amount. Wipe the inside of your glasses with your fingertip and then polish it off with a soft rag or toilet paper. When you're done, you should see no sign of the detergent.

The soap is a surfactant and reduces the surface tension of the water. Your glasses won't fog, even in winter conditions. As far as I know, this is the main ingredient in the commercial anti-fog stuff.

The only problem with any of these alternatives is that you have to reapply it when you clean your glasses. Mine tend to bump my eyebrows as I shoot, which leaves a smear right where I want to look. I use alcohol wipes to clean my lenses between rounds when needed. I guess a clean handkerchief would work just as well without affecting the coating.

Salmoneye commented above about taking off your hat. I agree, and suggest that you also shoot without blinders when things get steamy or rainy, for the same reasons. A lesson learned in Waukesha last August at the state shoot.

Rain-X does the opposite: it increases the surface tension of the water and water runs off. I've used it on my car windows for years, and it works as advertised. You might consider that for the outside of your lenses if you think you'll have to shoot in rainy conditions. I can't think of a reason it wouldn't work on shooting glasses as well. Unlike detergent on the inside of the lenses, Rain-X doesn't need to be reapplied if you wash your glasses. Just don't apply Rain-X to the inside surfaces or you'll just make the fogging worse.
 

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One thing is to not put your glasses on the top of your head. Since you will normally sweat a little, putting the glasses on top of your head will make them fog up even with the products. Just take off your glasses in between rounds.
 

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I tried some of the Parkers anti-fog and it ate the anti scratch coating on my lenses :evil: . I switched to Randolph RangerXL when I needed to get new glasses and so far they have only fogged up once and it was a miserable hot muggy day. So I am hesitant to put any chemical on my lenses. I just use a little soap and water to clean. BTW I would not use toilet paper or any "paper" product for that matter as it is actually mildly abrasive and will degrade the lenses overtime. If it is an "emergency" use a kleenex and blot the lenses dry. Best to use a cleaning cloth on lenses.

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Eriehunter's right about the Kleenex, now that he mentioned it. A soft cotton cloth would probably be better. A comment I picked up somewhere else is to use 100% cotton instead of a cotton/polyester mix. Apparently the polyester is also abrasive and can scratch plastic lenses.
 

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Thanks everyone, I will try some of your suggestions.

Just for the record, I do not wear a cap when shooting at night. Only during the day and mostly out of respect for the other shooters. I don't want anyone to lose a bird in the glare.

Thanks all

Rick
 
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