Photonic Red First Contact Cleaning Solution Astronomy STARTER Kit
Red First Contact Cleaning Solution - STARTER ASTRONOMY KIT - from Photonic Cleaning Technologies
NON-EUROPEAN CUSTOMERS, PLEASE READ THE SHIPPING INFORMATION. CLICK HERE.
First Contact™ is a one-part easy to use strip coating polymer.
It cleans and protects precision optics, telescopes, mirrors and surfaces in use, during storage, assembly and in shipping.
Paint, spray, dip or pour liquid on, let it dry and peel off the flexible, strong, resilient film. First Contact is specially formulated to minimize surface adhesion and yet clean surfaces safely and effectively while leaving zero residue. Safe. Accepted. No residue.*
It is an inert, non-toxic polymer system designed to remove dust, fingerprints, residues and contaminants from delicate, sensitive, and precision surfaces without scratching or damage. First Contact™ Polymer film also protects optics from physical and chemical damage in assembly, shipping, use and storage.
First Contact Polymer™ Solutions safely clean and protect nanostructures, precision surfaces, optics, glass, fused silica, silicon, crystals, non-linear crystals, metals, Ge, ZnSe, NaCl, KBr, KRS-5, first surface mirrors and precision aerospace surfaces. First Contact™ Polymer also cleans and protects diffraction gratings, phase masks, and pinholes! Smooth or rough, flat or curved; AR and reflective coatings, all surfaces can be safely, easily cleaned and protected with FIRST CONTACT™. The fluid solution conforms to any contour, including nanostructured features, dries, and then the polymer film releases easily.
*NOTE: Certain coatings have inherently poor adhesion, especially if manufactured without effective substrate preparation. Always test a non-critical section first, especially with gold and silver coatings. That being said, we and our customers have successfully protected and cleaned lots of gold and silver mirrors and gratings including those on the WM Keck Telescope and the Gemini North Silver. While we routinely clean diffraction gratings, the old adage about gratings still holds - don’t touch them unless you have to!
RFCAST Red Starter Astronomy Kit contains sufficient polymer to clean telescopes with an 8" primary or smaller. It includes:
- 1 x 15 ml Red First Contact Applicator Bottle
- 1 x 29 ml Red First Contact Polymer refill bottle
- 2 x 29 ml Red First Contact Thinner bottles
- 15 First Contact Polymer Peel Tabs
- 1 x 5ml pipet
- 12 mm Solo Fan Brush (FCB1)
- 1 x Small spray bottle
- 2 x Small spray bottle heads
- Sample mesh and floss package
Why does this kit come with a thinner whilst other kits do not?
The thinner is used to thin the red polymer solution so that it will be sprayable. This technique was developed many years ago when one of the professional astronomy institutions wanted to clean their large 2.5m telescope mirror and they found it impossible to do by spreading the polymer by the applicator by hand. Spraying makes it possible to cover large surfaces. It is recommended to use these from around 8" - 10" size and above. Please read and follow the instructions very carefully.
First Contact Polymer Lifting Techniques. Click here to download the PDF file!
Protecting Sensitive Surfaces Before Spraying. Click here to download the PDF file!
Detailed instructions can be found on the manufacturer's website: Click here for Photonic Cleaning Technologies Instructions
Net weight / Volume: 102g / 102ml
Gross weight: 250g
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: APPLICATION AND REMOVAL OF FIRST CONTACT POLYMER
WATCH ON YOUTUBE: Applying First Contact Polymer with a 2.5 oz Sprayer
UN1170 - ETHYL ALCOHOL SOLUTION! SHIPPING IS TO UK AND EUROPEAN UNION ONLY VIA ROAD SERVICE!
(Exceptions apply. We cannot ship to European destinations where there is only ferry or air service available.)
(If you are from outside the European union, please find your local dealer and buy the air duster from them. We can supply some Photonic Cleaning accessories worldwide, but not the flammable products. )
We cannot send it with a cheaper postal mail service due to postal restrictions, therefore SHIPPING IS POSSIBLE ONLY VIA INTERLINK EXPRESS, HENCE THE HIGHER SHIPPING COST.
Max 1 litre in one parcel!
(Basically, you may order more than 1L, but those will be packed in separate boxes, so you'll receive two or more boxes...this will make no difference to the shipping cost when delivered in the UK, but it'll make shipping more expensive when delivered to Europe. We'll contact you if there is a surcharge.)
The below information is only an extract from the SDS Safety Data Sheet.
You can download the complete SAFETY DATA SHEET here: Click here!
Shipping: ADR: UN1170
UN proper shipping name: ETHYL ALCOHOL SOLUTION
Transport hazard class(es): 3
Packing group: II
Environmental hazards: no
Other ecotoxicological advice: Do not discharge product into the environment without control.
Special precautions for user: Tunnel code: D/E
Handling and Storage
Precautions for safe handling
Ensure thorough ventilation of stores and work areas. Observe Label precautions.
Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures
Breathing protection required. Avoid contact with the skin, eyes and clothing.
Protection against fire and explosion:
Vapors may form explosive mixture with air. Prevent electrostatic charge - sources of ignition should be kept well clear - fire extinguishers should be kept handy.
Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities
Suitable materials for containers: carbon steel (iron), Stainless steel 1.4401, Stainless steel 1.4301 (V2), aluminum, tin (tinplate), glass, zinc coated, polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon. Protect from light.
Further information on storage conditions: Keep container tightly closed and in a cool place.
Body protection must be chosen depending on activity and possible exposure, e.g. apron, protecting boots, chemical-protection suit (according to EN 14605 in case of splashes or EN ISO 13982 in case of dust).
General safety and hygiene measures
Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practice. Wearing of closed work clothing is required additionally to the stated personal protection equipment. Avoid contact with the skin, eyes and clothing. Do not inhale gases/vapors/aerosols. Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Store work clothing separately.
Conditions to avoid
Assessment of irritating effects:
May cause slight irritation to the skin. Eye contact causes irritation.
The product is stable if stored and handled as prescribed/indicated.
Vapours may form explosive mixture with air.
Corrosion to metals: Corrosive effects to metal are not anticipated.
Formation of flammable gases: Forms no flammable gases in the presence of water.
Possibility of hazardous reactions
Reacts with acids. Evolution of explosive gases/vapors. Reacts with strong oxidizing agents.
Melting temperature: unknown. above -95 °C
Boiling temperature: unknown.below 75.6 °C
Flash point: unknown. below -6 °C
Flammability: Highly flammable.
Lower explosion limit: approximately 2% (V) 70 g/m3
For liquids not relevant for classification and labelling., The lower explosion point may be 5 - 15 °C below the flash point.
Thermal decomposition: appr. 300 °C
Self ignition: Based on its structural properties the product is not classified as self- igniting.