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Optivisor advice
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Michigan, United States
Member Since: October 26, 2003
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 08:44 PM UTC
As I turned 40 this year, I noticed my up-close detail eye sight is becoming not so great. Not bad enough to require bi-focal lenses in my glasses, but I am guessing that is coming in the next few years. So, now I would like to get a visual aiding device such as an Optivisor for model work.

Can anyone recommend a good model (good initial magnification, any accessories, etc...) of this device to start out with. Or, if there are any good alternatives, I would like to hear about them as well.

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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 09:06 PM UTC
My personal preference is to use one of those long hinged arm lamps with a magnifying glass.
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I like being able to move it and then use it if necessary without putting something on me. For me it's easier to 'put away'.

Just my two cents worth.
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South Carolina, United States
Member Since: January 30, 2004
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Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 09:19 PM UTC
Like Scott I use the DayLight swing arm magnifier. I have two, one at 3 diopter and one at 5 diopter with a 8 diopter lens if I need it. BUT I also use a 5 diopter Optivisor with the Quasar light kit. Both are great for close up work. I mainly use the DayLights for removing flash and mold lines from parts. I find the Optivisor best for working with photo etch burr cleaning and assembly. The Optivisor with the light also eliminates shadows in recessed areas of assemblies.

Optivisor - 32.00
Quasar - 25.00

DayLight - 90.00 (Purchased at AC Moore with 40% off coupon)

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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 01:09 AM UTC
I use this, and find it works fine for me... Harbor Freight magnifier .


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Alabama, United States
Member Since: September 26, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 04:13 AM UTC
I know thread is a few days old, but.......... I've got both types of magnifiers mentioned here and I found that the while the single lensed type works for assmebly, I cannot use it to paint small details. I have no depth perception looking through the single lens, while the doulbe lens type does not interfere with depth perception.

I know it doesn't sound like a problem, but when you are painting eyeballs or collar insignia, depth perception matters. Just an FYI.