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I  was hoping someone could tell me what kind of loupe i need.

At the moment i have a visor headband contraption and if i get with in 2 inches of the watch i can see what i'm doing. but this is causing terrible neck pain and its hard using the tools when your face is that close.

What i need is a magnifier i can use (hands free) with say 10 inches or more distance between my face and the watch movement

Is there such a magnifying system?

I would be grate full for any suggestions

i were glasses so anything i could attach to them would be fine.

cheers

gary

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What's the magnification level your using?  I have a 5x loupe that I lean on and a 10x loupe that pretty much puts my nose into the movement.  I think even using the 5x loupe I'm within two or three inches of what I'm working on though and this does create an ergonomics issue.  You'll notice if you look around that most watchmaker desks are raised quite high so that you can work on the watch while keeping your back straight.

I have a stereo microscope that I just love using for just this reason.  The magnification can be adjusted as needed and I'm not leaning far over the work area.

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I’m afraid my friend unless you get yourself a very expensive binocular style microscope you are as we all are, the rule of thumb is a 10x loup will be 1” away from the job so a 4x loup will have you 4” away from the watch.

i personally use a Bergeon 4.5x loup, i also have a 5x and 10x for really close in work. I have a high bench so it lessons the neck strain. Time to saw the legs off your chair or get a few wooden blocks under the table legs to raise it up.

you could also build a small box that sits on the bench that will raise your work area, I think horolover made one but they were really expensive for what they were. 

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Hi The Guys are spot on The thing that's giving you the strain is the sitting position and the height of your bench, Try  either lowering the seat or raising the bench. Th alternative is as Transporter says an expensive binoclar setup, so either get the saw out or screwdriver.  good luck

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