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  1. Thanks for the feedback! I was thinking about something like this: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Andonstar-Digital-Microscope-USB-microscope-for-phone-repair-soldering-tool-bga-smt-jewelry-appraisal-biologic-use/32926108710.html Do you have any opinions on why something like this would be a bad idea?
  2. Hey folks, I'm trying to figure out a better way to see what I'm doing. I have glasses with progressive lenses. I have a loupe, but dislike holding my work 2 inches from my eye in order to see. I've heard about optivisors - would they let me have my work at a normal seated position? What about one of those lighted magnifying glasses on a base and a spring arm? Or perhaps a chinese digital microscope (the kind with a standalone screen, not to plug into a computer)? I'm still very much a neophyte, so would appreciate your experience and wisdom here. Thanks Much! Bill
  3. Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm looking forward to being a part of this community. :-)
  4. Hello! Due to my introverted nature, I'm embarrassingly bad at walking into a room and saying "Hello, everybody! Guess who just joined the party?!", but I'll do my best. Professionally, I'm a computer programmer/web developer and spend a non-trivial amount of time in front of a keyboard making the world a better place, one byte at a time. Personally, I'm a husband, father, photographer, general tinkerer, fountain pen enthusiast, and most recently the co-owner of a little coffee shop & deli. I suppose you could say that at 42 years of age, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I own a few heirloom watches, and I've always had a fascination with mechanical watches, though I've never really chased that fascination to the point of actively pursuing it as a hobby - until now. Traditionally, I've worn inexpensive quartz watches, and a two years ago was given a nifty smart watch which I enjoyed very thoroughly - until it up and died a couple of months ago. I realized at that point, that even in the best of circumstances, a smart watch will only last a handful of years, and I'd rather put something mechanical on my wrist. And because of the way I'm wired - I'd also learn to tear it apart and put it back together in well-working order. So here I am. I hope to learn a lot and perhaps develop a few friendships along the way. While finding adequate time may be a bit of a challenge, I'm looking forward to the adventure! Kind Regards, Bill
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