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hi guys, sold some stock so going to invest the proceeds, got a few items with hair spring probs that i've put off doing until i knew how to approach it now i've swotted up thro this site i'm ready to jump in but not before i've got some more advice from you guys.at the moment i'm using a 110mm probably about 2x lighted magnifyer but i'm really struggling with this so i would be most interested in what other people are using. i get on ok with what i have for every thing else so i dont mind having two systems for two different jobs. thanks guys

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Hi Steve,

 

For general magnification, I use an Asco 4x loupe with a wire holder to keep in on my eye. It focuses at 2.5". For smaller work and inspection, I have an Asco 10x aplanatic loupe that focuses at about 1". If you get a 10x loupe I feel the aplanatic is worth the difference in price. The field of view is noticeably wider and there is less distortion.

 

The lamp I'm using now in an adjustable brightness/color temperature LED desk lamp. It's not as bright as I would like, but it does the job for now.

 

Don

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Hi Steve,

I mainly use an Optivisor with 3.5X power at 4".  For me this combination works beautifully.  It is very, very comfortable and provides me with enough magnification given my age (approaching 50), astigmatism, etc. It originally came with 2X but found it was not enough.  I also use a 5X loupe and 10X hand lens for inspection work.  Here's a pic...

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This week I borrowed a stereo microscope from work to try out and have been amazed at what you can see which wasn't apparent with the loupe or hand lens.  I plan on buying one for inspection work.

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For lighting, I use this 3 lamp (fluorescent) unit.  I really like it, but it is the only one I have ever used.  Other members might be able to "shed more light on this" to point out other options for you to consider.

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I hope this helps!

Roger

 

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thanks for the comments guys, i wont be able to use the visor as i wear glasses and i also have difficulty with loupes that attach to your glasses so i'm a bit stuck, i was hoping to get a desk mounted  magnifier at 5x or more with enough room underneath to get the tweezers working, alas the hairsprings will have to wait a bit longer, thanks, steve

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Optivizors are fantastic. What they (definitely) lack in style they make up for in substance...

You can get a little clip on light for them, but the battery pack's extremely annoying.

Better if you have a light built in then?

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It,s all about comfort I have a Optivisor with changeable lenses. However I only use it now & again with clocks i just find it too awkward for watches. I prefer different strength eye loupes at hand & my reading glasses are on a cord.

It,s a bit fiddly but it works for me. I have also found after lot of practice,I can look through a loupe but also look through my other eye when looking for a tool my bench.

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Hi steve, you will find lots of good suggestions here and remember not everyone have "the same eyes" and comfort level.

 

My two cents: Not all eye magnification devices are for everyone. It has cost me a lot of money to actually find what I'm comfortable with...and it was an optivisor like cheapo Chinese thing most people won't wear! With that said, I'd say go for the best you can afford and if you can try first or return if not happy, better!

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Hi,

   I thought I would throw my two cents in here. I wear glasses now and switch to contacts when I go to work. I've tried the optivisor with contacts but it just doesn't work for me. My contact prescription is set up so that my left eye is for reading and my right eye is for distance. I am also right eye dominant. What I find works best for me is a double clip on loupe for my glasses which I use on my right eye. The one I use most has a 3x and a 4x lens. I use the 3x most of the time but for close inspection I'll use both. Anything more than that I'll pull out a boom arm microscope which I find I like very much.

Charles K

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As i said in previous post its about comfort & what suits you. I have tried a few of the clip on jobs but they always seem to fall off at the most inappropriate time.

It might be the way I attach them or my glasses but too any slips caused by them falling of at the wrong time.

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hi guys, like to say thanks again for your advice, now the proud owner of an optivisor i got off the bay for £40 with a number 5 lense used thro my existing magnifier for hair spring work has worked a treat with a 100% 1 out of 1 success rate so farlooking good, thanks, stevepost-618-0-54253400-1424717101_thumb.jpgpost-618-0-54253400-1424717101_thumb.jpg

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2 hours ago, aswatchmaking said:

Optivisors are not used by real watchmakers. They are not for watchmaking. If you want to work on movements get a loupe and do it the right way. 

You're wrong here. If you are ok yourself losing the major benefit of bilateral vision, you're welcome. 

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I think a 4x Optivisor is fabulous for most pocket watches. Also, I have an astigmatism so, being able to wear glasses under the Optivisor is a huge help. I also use a 10x/18x loupe that attaches to the temple of my glasses.

My feeling is you should use whatever works best for you.

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1 hour ago, Folkvisor said:

My feeling is you should use whatever works best for you.

 

I'm In a similar position to you Folkvisor. 

Very well said and I think it's true of everything we use in life,. What works for you is good, never mind the fancy yellow label    syndrome.

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10 hours ago, Bill3 said:

I have an inexpensive optimist with very low magnification, but the binocular vision it affords more than makes up for the low magnification.  

If not not for auto-correct the above would have said "an inexpensive Optivisor".  Damn modern conveniences.  

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11 hours ago, aswatchmaking said:

Sorry. I am just trying to say that they were not made for watchmaking. Loupes are for watchmaking and they make watchmaking much easier. Just saying 

You could expand on "why", but you don't. Seems like you come from an inflexible traditional position which can't be discussed. But, you are contradicted by the many experienced members here, and the simple fact that visors are made and sold specifically for watchmaking. A bit like your other posts that are one-liners stating the superiority of this or that brand but not adding other details.

By the why why not taking the opportunity of introducing yourself in the dedicated section?

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