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13 hours ago, Stuart Richardson said:

The efficient homemade lens cleaning formula I saw was 50/50 99% Isoproponol and distilled water, filtered through a rinsed coffee filter (i.e. rinse the filter first to remove the bulk of the loose fibers), then add a drop or two of photo flo, depending on how much solution you made. Some people add some blue windex...

I wonder what the coffee will taste like, though.

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