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 Post subject: Magnifier
PostPosted: Sep Wed 12, 2018 7:14 pm 
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I just bought a box of transistors and ICs at a flea market. The lettering on those little TO-92 packages is getting hard for my old eyes to read. My wife found this magnifying sheet at Dollar Tree.
It really works and costs a dollar!

https://www.dollartree.com/Jot-Magnifyi ... /index.pro

Rich


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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Dec Sun 09, 2018 4:01 am 
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Yup..

I have a wallet sized version that I’ve carried for the last 10 years or so. Comes in handy every once in a while.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Mar Tue 26, 2019 9:58 pm 
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I got fed up with trying to read this stuff... even with reading glasses and a bright light. So I bought a couple of jeweler's loupes on Amazon, a 5X and 10x. I found it difficult to keep it in my eye by "squinting down with the eyebrow" (how do you say that?!), so I fitted a knicker-elastic loop that goes behind my head (loupe has ventilation holes, useful for this.) The 5X works for most jobs, the 10X is a bit high-powered... but you can check damaged LP grooves with it!
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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Mon 01, 2019 2:30 am 
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I find that for most repair work, a magnifying glass is not enough, so I use a binocular magnifying headband. Even that is not enough for reading some small part numbers, so I bought a $35 Chinese USB stand mounted borescope/microscope that works well for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Mon 01, 2019 3:13 am 
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One of the things I dislike about getting older is that the directions on medications, food packages, lawn spray applicators, chemical containers, etc., keep getting smaller and smaller.

Eventually I'll have to break down and buy an Electron scanning microscope...

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Fri 05, 2019 11:50 pm 
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fifties wrote:
One of the things I dislike about getting older is that the directions on medications, food packages, lawn spray applicators, chemical containers, etc., keep getting smaller and smaller...
It's worse in Canada. We have rules about bilingual labeling (English and french.) Trying to tread ingredients on bottles and cans can be very frustrating, also less useful as both texts may be abbreviated enough to lose clarity.
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Roger

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 12:55 am 
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engineer wrote:
fifties wrote:
One of the things I dislike about getting older is that the directions on medications, food packages, lawn spray applicators, chemical containers, etc., keep getting smaller and smaller...
It's worse in Canada. We have rules about bilingual labeling (English and french.) Trying to tread ingredients on bottles and cans can be very frustrating, also less useful as both texts may be abbreviated enough to lose clarity.
Cheers,
Roger

You're not alone; here it's English and Spanish.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 1:01 am 
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I push the home button on my iPhone 3 times in rapid succession and Bam! Instant magnifier with adustable zoom and built in LED light.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 5:56 am 
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I use HF visors with the lights taken off. The headband is plastic so if you don't like a sweaty forehead, attach a section of old leather belt to the inside. I use tie wraps to hold it.

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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 6:03 am 
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fifties wrote:
One of the things I dislike about getting older is that the directions on medications, food packages, lawn spray applicators, chemical containers, etc., keep getting smaller and smaller.

Eventually I'll have to break down and buy an Electron scanning microscope...
Wouldn't do me any good. My blood pressure medicine has the 'time to take' written in white on a pale yellow background. I swear, even with a magnifier and bright light it's literally impossible to read. Good thing I can still hear what my doctor says because if I had to rely on reading anything I'd be dead.


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 Post subject: Re: Magnifier
PostPosted: Apr Sat 06, 2019 3:30 pm 
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I pulled an old magnifier light from the scrap bin at work. Threw away the florescent lamp. Replaced with cool white LED modules. and a defuse'er made from some ribbed plastic. Works very well for reading small print.


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