DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller


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Brand and Model:DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Price ($USD):$159.95
Type:Dew-Heater Controller
Description:Automatic controller for use with Kendrick and compatible heating strips. Measures the telescope temperature and automatically adjusts main heater to keep telescope warmer than air temperature. Also has 6 auxiliary outputs for eyepiece/finder/etc. dew heaters. Powered on 12v via cigarette plug and has low battery cutout with indicator to prevent running your battery dead.

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price updated on 09/24/2004

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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Excellent upgrade from a Kendrick controller. My 12" SCT stays dew-free all night taking my mind off dew! Each unit is hand-built by Ron himself and he is more than helpful and courteous to deal with. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who would like to lengthen their observing time!

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 10 (Trustworthy Vote)
Date:
By: lindendave
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Very well made product - it's sturdy. It's stingy with battery power and gets the job done. It's easy to use.

The price is a little higher than some competitors, but when you factor in the quality of construction and the effectiveness of the design, it's a bargain.

I talked with Ron before ordering mine and found he was a personable guy, who was happy to customize my controller to best meet my needs.

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: msholden
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Great product. Since I have been using (almost 2 years) never had a dew over in humid FL. Simply set the knob at 2 to 3 above ambient and don't worry about t.

Overall Rating: 9
Performance:10 Value:8
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: roystarman
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Excellent! Small, but *well* built; great ergonomics; mechanical temp dial (i.e. reliable!); LED's to let you know when strips are heating or battery is low; outside air temp sensor; and connections for 8 heaters.

The first dew controller I ordered was a Kendrick Digifire-7. It arrived DOA, and I sent it back. Turned out great for me, because although it looked good on their website, the Kendrick was just a flimsy aluminum box, with thin-film pressure buttons for control.

The DewBuster is in a completely different class. Easy to use... I've had it out in heavy dew (Oregon) and it runs my 11", 5" and two 2" strips superbly. Can't say enough. It's saved me some great viewing nights.

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: rs11gps
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Brilliant! Just got my DewBuster and made up a full set of heaters as detailed on Ron's website. (The heaters turned out very well and cost very little to completely fit the scope out, saving well over $150 in the process) I let the scope dew up completely then turned on the DewBuster, leaving the finderscope unheated for comparison. The dew disappeared from all the heated lenses in a very short while, then I plugged in the temperature sensor and left the setting on 5 for the rest of the test. No dew anywhere except on my unheated finderscope. This is easily the best accessory I've invested in for my scope. A must have for SCT owners.

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 5 (Veritable Vote)
Date:
By: gmcglue
Link to this vote: http://www.excelsis.com/1.0/displayvote.php?voteid=137392


DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
I think it's a well made product. I also have to rate the response time and care that was given to me by Ron Keating. He was extremely helpful in sorting out questions I had and made suggestions about an upgrade that would give me more options and protections than the original unit I had. I also ordered a missing part which was sent quickly to me. I am very pleased with his product and his service.
Don Martin

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.124.61)
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Very nice dew preventive machine, the optics on my telescope (14") stays clear all night. I use it to warm my hand box, piggybacked scope and both of the telescopes' eyepieces.The sensors to keep the telescope temperature just above the air temperature is absolutely remarkable! I love this system. Thanks for creating this work of art!- Michael

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.95.215)
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
Exactly as claimed - this unit keeps the corrector plate clear with only as much energy usage as is necessary. Easy to install and operate. Plenty of room for additional dew heaters. Excellent tech support. I highly recommend the Dew Buster.

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:9
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.171.110)
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
This is an outstanding piece of equipment, one of those rare gems in your set of astronomical equipment which you are always glad you have, which you know will work for you every time without question. In the dewiest of nights the DewBuster will keep you dew free all night until the morning comes, with a minimum of battery drain. I love my DewBuster and am always showing it off at star parties. To top it all off, the support from Ron is immediate, personal and far above what is typically received these days. Great job Ron.

Mark Lerch
Apex, NC

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.168.199)
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DewBuster Automatic Dew-Heater Controller
I recently ordered a Dew Buster dew heater controller from Ron Keating via the Internet. He notified me that the controller had been shipped the next day. Somehow, the controller got "lost" in the mail. Considering the mess Louisiana was in after Katrina, it's no wonder. When I called Ron to check on the status of the delivery, he checked the Post Office and they couldn't locate the controller. Instead of me having to wait until they found the controller, Ron sent me another unit immediately. Along with the second controller, he sent me a check to cover return postage should the first controller show up. In addition to that, he also included an extra temperature sensor at no charge for my inconvience. Not only is the Dew Buster an outstanding performer, Ron is a super guy to deal with. Anyone in need of a high quality dew heater controller that is interested in "after the sale" support can not go wrong by purchasing one of Ron Keating's Dew Busters. I am VERY pleased with Ron's product and his genuine concern for his customers.

Steve Bentley
Forsyth, Ga.

Overall Rating: 10
Performance:10 Value:10
Weight: 3 (Unreliable Vote)
Date:
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.17.203)
Link to this vote: http://www.excelsis.com/1.0/displayvote.php?voteid=462838

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