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I've grown somewhat accustomed to my 3x Bergeon loupe with headband.  I remove my glasses to wear this.  It works fine, and I'm comtemplating more magnification for certain tasks.  Is there a quality product in the clip-on-the-eyeglasses variety?  The clip on lenses that swing up and down look like they'd work well, but eBay gives mixed reviews, i.e. too heavy, low quality, poor light rendering.

If there were a high quality version of this device I think I'd like that.  I'd be interested in the forum opinion of these optics.  Should I just buy a Bergeon bakelite loupe in 10x and have done with it?

 

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Everyone has their own preference when it comes to eye glasses; the only thing I will say is you need a few with various different magnifications. I would look at good watch/clock suppliers for these items. One little tip, if the eye glass fogs up, drill a tiny hole in it.    

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I've spent a lot of time and a ton of money trying to get an optimal magnification solution. I wear glasses and the the only really well working clip-on I've found is Bergeon's ARY clip-ons. You can see them here.

Nevertheless, I do not use this clip-on or any other lupes as I want to take advantage of the fact that I have two eyes and hence have stereo vision which helps immensely to determine distance when working with tweezers, etc. Instead I use magnification glasses (seen in this post) and a stereo microscope for all my work. It would seem to me that 99 % of all watch repairers and watchmakers prefer loups, but I just don't see the advantage of monovision. Perhaps it is just tradition?

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Good question. I need reading glasses since I'm that age. I've not tried a lot of combinations but I've found that optivisor works well since you can wear glasses under them. I've mounted the extra magnification loup on my right eye when extra magnification is needed. If higher magnification still is needed, I use a standard Horotec loup in a head band without glasses. 

 

The drawback is that the optivisor is somewhat bulky and sometimes tend to be in the way and you can "feel" that you wear it and after an hour or two you may need a break.

 

https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/donegan-optivisors

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It’s funny how people manage when working with watch movements or anything tiny. I wear glasses all the time. When I was working on watches I would take my glasses off and use an eye glass, I couldn't stand one of those flip down eye glass that fix to your frames it was like looking through bifocals.

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   I think;  99% of the instrument / watch makers use the "head band visor"  (microscops another topic).   you can get many powers and swing it up quite easly.   the bands insert comes in about 4 different mag.,  the swing down monicle gives you another 4.  it is an easy way to get 9 or 10X.   its good enough for me.     ( excuse the math ).   vin

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Thank you all.  Nucejoe, mea culpa.  I did not search first.  I read the other thread with references to (microscopes in it) AFTER I made this post last night.  

From what I can make out, seems the ARY are far superior than the straight arm projecting parallel with the temple piece to which 1, 2 or 3 round glass lenses are attached.  I guess I was looking a person to say that those are high quality.  Seems that is not the case. 

I think I'll get another 10x loupe with dedicated head band, and save up during the upcoming months for an ARY. 

 

 

 

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