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Magnifying Visor
Posted by sgtmick64 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:56 PM

My eyesight isn't what it use to be. I am looking for a Visor that is comfortable and lighted. Does anyone have a recommendation?

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:41 PM

Can you live without the lighting?

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Posted by ddp59 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:58 PM
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Posted by sgtmick64 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:22 PM

Yes.

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:38 PM

The basic OptiVisor design should work for you.  You can buy the original OptiVisor, but you find many other brands with the same basic design.  ddp59's link shows one such standard model.  I have one just like it, that I bought at a modeling show.  It's a Red Chinese knock-off that went for ten bucks.  As soon as I tried it, I wished I had bought it years before.

If I had to do it over, I would get one with lights, though.  My workbench is well-lit, but even so, I would find it helpful to have additional lights aimed along my line of sight to the piece I'm working on.  Again, I can buy OptiVisor's lighted version, or find an off-brand; they're all built to the same design.

Hope that helps!

Best regards,

Brad

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 7:39 PM

I should add, you can probably find a magnifying visor at your local hobby shop, and certainly online.  Our local HobbyTown carried them, and the local craft stores do, too.

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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:04 PM

Ditto to what Baron said above. That's the one I use too. It's very comfortable to wear and easy to use and works great.

Jim  Captain

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Posted by sgtmick64 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:11 AM

Thanks for the help.

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:27 AM

My kids don't recognise me without my optivisor on,  I'll forget I have it on and be walking around the house with it on.  Couldn't model without it!

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 20, 2018 10:19 AM

I like my Optivisor. One thing to note, the focal distance with the 2x power lens is about 9" to 12'. So get used to holding stuff up in front of your nose while you work.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, April 20, 2018 11:25 AM

Heck Yeah !

 An Optivisor is the answer . I have one that I picked up at the train show before last . It's lighted and boy , I did not realise what I was missing ! 

 The only thing is , like some , I will forget I have it on , because I always wear a Ball-Cap when I am out . I've even gone to my favorite local Gas station and been asked , " Hey , Doc , You working on another model   ? "

    Then they point at my forehead .OOps ! I had lifted it up and went out with it on .

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:30 AM

If your eyes both have the same correction, reading glasses may work up to certain limits.  I am currently using 2.1 diopter readers.  That is about the limit before I lose depth perception due to eyes not able to converge enough.  Visors have prisms that effectively automatically increase convergence of eyes.  But if 2 diopters or so will be enough for you, dollar stores have reading glasses for a buck, some pharmacies have them for a couple of bucks.  I find reading glasses more comfortable than visors.

If I need more power than my readers provide, I have one of those desk lamps with a big magnifier built in. If I look through that, I can really see up close, but again I loose depth perception.  I like a positionable work lamp anyway- I can position it while painting, to control the reflection from the surface I am painting (I airbrush at my workbench).

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by mitsdude on Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:53 AM

If you need a light check out the led lights that attach to the bill of a baseball cap.

I found one where the leds are aimed downward for map reading. Works great!!!

One hint, take your visor with you for test fitting. I bought/returned several before I found one that would attach without to much modification.

A got this one at Academy.

https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/cyclops-micro-mini-led-hat-clip-light#repChildCatid=359958

 

 

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