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    Magnifiers for Fine Work

    Hello,
    Wondering what folks wear to see fine work better...like dovetail marking lines, for example. Lots of options out there for optical magnifiers that fit over glasses (with and without attached LEDs)... are there any favorites among the group here?
    Thanks,
    Izzy

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    I use the Optivisor. Have several lenses for different magnifications. Works well with glasses.

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    I use a binocular loupe. You may have seen them used by your dentist, or on surgeons in medical TV shows. For me, the advantage of a binocular loupe over a duckbill magnifier is that the focal point of the loupe can be farther from your face. That's nice if you're using power tools.

    You can also now get binocular loupes with built-in lighting. Mine don't have that, but if I were buying again, I'd look for that.
    Last edited by Jamie Buxton; 10-26-2021 at 12:44 PM.

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    Plus one for the Optivisor and they have them with lights...
    Richard Poitras
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    Another option to look at is a magnification/light that's on an extensible arm that you can use at the bench for close, detailed work. It's hands-free and also doesn't stay with you when you glance or walk away like something "on" your face would.

    This is not a specific recommendation, but just one result from a quick search on Amazon...

    https://smile.amazon.com/YOUKOYI-Mag...srpt=LAMP&th=1

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    One more variety: safety glasses with a diopter, available through Fastcap, maybe some other brands have done so as well.

    jeff

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    Another +1 for the Optivisor. Available with various magnification optical glass lenses that can be swapped in and out depending on your use.

    OptiVISOR1_Left2_Small.jpg

    https://doneganoptical.com/product/optivisor/

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    Another vote for the Optivisor, best money I have ever spent. I find I can see better with the visor without my progressives on, YMMV.

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    I have the OptiViisor and a pair of 3 do (1.75x magnification) reading glasses. I find myself reaching for the glasses much more often as I usually just need a quick on/ quick off usage.
    Last edited by Brian Tymchak; 10-26-2021 at 6:14 PM.
    Brian

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    I bought and use this lighted magnifier from Lee Valley. https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop...p?item=17J3030
    Ken

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    Not being a wearer of eyeglasses, other than always polarized sunglasses in the Sun, any of those things you wear on your head gives me a headache. I do have a couple of Brightech lighted (with LED's) magnifiers. One floor model, and one clamp-on.

    https://www.amazon.com/Brightech-Lig...G26R&srpt=LAMP

    That one Ken posted from LV looks like a Brightech. Every function of the Brightech's works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    I bought and use this lighted magnifier from Lee Valley. https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop...p?item=17J3030
    I like the related bushings. I turned bushings for.mine so I can put it in any dog hole. Great addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    I bought and use this lighted magnifier from Lee Valley. https://www.leevalley.com/en-us/shop...p?item=17J3030
    That's very similar to the example I linked to above from Amazon and the type I would likely choose.
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    Great information...Thanks to all! I will look into the Optivisor and the Lee Valley product.

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    A task I find my magnifier useful for is removing splinters

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