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August 10, 2012 at 8:38 am #48352watchthebearParticipant
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Hi all, I am trying to assemble all my tools so i can start trying to fix something. My biggest hold-up now is what to get in the way of loupe or loupes that will work w/ my glasses, which i must wear. I looked around the internet quite a bit. One company that sells “starter kits” had their regular kit priced at $200, and their kit for those who wear glasses at $440. I have watched the master makers on YouTube who wear glasses and they appear to have a set that uses 2 seperate lenses, singly or together. also one maker uses a 2 lens loupe and a lens enclosed in a wire frame also. I want to get the best i can afford, so what would be the way to go? I am especially concerned that i get a set up that will swing easily out of the way and return when needed. If i need 2 different set ups, that would be ok. Any suggestions or information would be appeciated. Thanks, folks…………….bAugust 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm #52162randyParticipant
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So I can relate…
I wear bi-focals, which make this a bit of a challange.
My “workaround”, is that I use a set of readers, that give me what I need for general focal distance around my bench, pretty much the power that my bifocals are.
Then I bought an Ary loupe in the power that I wanted to use for close up ( 4X I think) and I bought the second “pop-in” glass for it that will bring it up to around 10X when I need that level of magnification.
The loupe hinges around the glasses frame, so that I can swing it up out of the way, and still have the regular readers to navigate around with.
Good luck with this
RandyAugust 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm #52163david pierceParticipant
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I wear glasses and find working with a loupe difficult. You can purchase some clip on loupes from Harbor Freight for about ten dollars. I found these to also be difficult to work with. I solved the problem by getting a low cost pair of magnifying reading glasses from Staples and a binocular microscope off of the internet. The scope is called an Amscope and cost about $150.00. The optics in the scope are excellent. The reading glasses come in a range of powers and I use the highest power glasses they offered. For fine detail work the microscope is far better than any loupe because it is mounted in a frame. The higher the magnafication the shorter the depth of field and it is almost impossible to hold your head in one place to keep the image in focus.
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