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A new magnifier
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, September 01, 2018 5:58 PM

Greetings. The latest saga in my modeling is that I needed to upgrade my bench with a magnifier of some sort. Generally, my readers with clip-on magnifiers are fine. Sometimes, I need a little more magnification. The clip-ons do have the option to change out lenses when needed. But-- it can be somewhat of a pain to switch back and forth. I am all about finding easier and more efficient methods. 

I already have a lighted desktop magnifier that stands on the bench. It is similar to the gooseneck type, only this has pivoting arms. I hate it. It takes up valuable real estate, and most of the time the lens does not position where I would like. Usually, I have to stand in order to use it. That is not how I like to work with intricate things. I set out to find a better solution. To the internet I go.

I looked at floor mounted units, and other types similar to what I have now. None of them rang my bell. Then it struck me. All that I need is a small tabletop magnifier that will position between my line of sight, down to where my arms and hands rest while working. To my surprise there are plenty of magnifiers like that. But--I have found only one that will fit my bill. 

What I have found is somewhat of a gamechanger for me. For maybe 80% of the time, this can replace using my clip-on system. All that I need is my readers. When I need serious magnification, I will use both. My clip-on system works very well, but they can get painful to wear for long periods of time. The added weight of the lenses makes the rig dig into the bridge of my nose.

Anyway--below is what it looks like. It has a large magnifier, and two LEDs for lighting when more light is needed. (I have not tried the LEDs yet.) More importantly, the arm that holds the lens has 3 pivot points. This allows me to position the magnifier exactly how I want it. I tried this thing and it works great for me. It allows me to work as I normally do, with arms and hands resting on the bench for stability. The large lens doesn't make you feel like you are looking through a narrow field of view. It feels very natural, and very comfortable. The main lens is only 2x, but that is exactly what I need. The smaller 6x is not that useful. It distorts pretty badly. 

I bought this from Amazon for $16.95. What a bargain. 

https://www.amazon.com/Large-Magnifier-Folding-Light-Jumbo/dp/B075MHXC66/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1535837361&sr=8-9&keywords=magnifying+glass+with+light+large

Thought I'd share the latest.

 

 

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Posted by ddp59 on Saturday, September 01, 2018 6:22 PM
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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, September 01, 2018 6:29 PM

I have tried Optiviser's, and I find them uncomfortable with being strapped to your head. I also found myself knocking things over because of the restricted field of view. To each his own though. I know a lot of people use that system and they are happy with them.

 

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    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Saturday, September 01, 2018 11:11 PM

this is mine steve , similar to your's , just with an extendable arm , that rotates 360* .

 

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, September 01, 2018 11:35 PM

Hi Steve--

yeah and for ship building, I think you need the reach that yours provides. It looks good Mate!

Head mounted, desk mounted, it's all good. Whatever works best for people.

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, September 02, 2018 6:34 AM

steve5

this is mine steve , similar to your's , just with an extendable arm , that rotates 360* .

 

That is also the kind I use.  Love it.  I move it around a lot during a build.  Since I also build ships and larger scale models, I need the reach.  And, for small stuff, I can get it down close to the bench.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Sunday, September 02, 2018 11:18 AM

Looks neat, Steve.

Do keep us posted how you get on with it.

-Greg

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, September 02, 2018 12:56 PM

Greg

Looks neat, Steve.

Do keep us posted how you get on with it.

 

Will do Greg. I used it more today and so far so good.

 

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  • From: Colorado Springs
Posted by mawright20 on Sunday, September 02, 2018 11:07 PM
Something like this or Steve’s would be good for my reloading bench
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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Monday, September 03, 2018 8:45 AM

Giddy Up! 

Yes

 

 

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    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:45 AM

Harbor Freight has some cheap optivisors usually on sale for $5-$6 and man they work. I bought one years ago and still use it and picked up another as a spare. As soon as I sit on my bench they go on and like glasses you have to get used to them but after you do then it's all good.

https://www.harborfreight.com/magnifier-head-strap-with-lights-38896.html

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:00 AM

I was doing some rigging on a small scale (1:450) ship yesterday, using monofilament nylon 5 mil (invisible) thread.  My biggest problem was lack of depth of field.  I was trying to grab the loose end of a thread with tweezers, and just couldn't grab it because I couldn't get the tweezer end at the same distance as the thread end. I could see both the end of the thread and the tweezer fine, but could not figure out the depth distance.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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