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  • #16
    I found this on Amazon, long flex arm, led lighted, if placed right it could aid in many lathe operations
    Used & new (2) from $26.99
    Brightech LightView Flex SuperBright LED Magnifier Lamp with Clamp Daylight Bright LED's - Energy-Saver with 1.75X Magnification - White

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    • #17
      another vote for cheapo loupes, I've a bunch around the shop, most are 5x or 10x. they get used constantly. For reading something like a dial that just needs a quick glance, you don't need try and hold it in the eye, just use it as a hand held magnifier you have to be close to
      in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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      • #18
        Thank you all.

        I ordered a few loupes and a pack of those credit-card-sized fresnel lenses. Because fun. I like the idea of trying the magnifier from a rule (semi-circular thing between the scales that are always the wrong way...) so I think I'll pick up one of those too. The lighted magnifiers that exist are surely enough, so long as they aren't too large to fit where I need them. I need the light, to be sure. My shop is in the basement and it soaks up all light.

        I didn't know these existed:

        Line Magnifier
        Last edited by Tony Ennis; 09-09-2018, 01:32 PM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Tony Ennis View Post
          Thank you all.

          I ordered a few loupes and a pack of those credit-card-sized fresnel lenses. Because fun. I like the idea of trying the magnifier from a rule (semi-circular thing between the scales that are always the wrong way...) so I think I'll pick up one of those too. The lighted magnifiers that exist are surely enough, so long as they aren't too large to fit where I need them. I need the light, to be sure. My shop is in the basement and it soaks up all light.

          I didn't know these existed:

          Line Magnifier
          In spite of my earlier idea, I think those credit-card size fresnel lenses maybe the way to go. In my case, I found it helpful to darken in the lines with permanent marker and use a lighted loupe if need be:

          https://www.ebay.com/itm/20x-Lighted...8AAOSw1~JZOxxi

          Those things are amazingly powerful *and* cheap. Made out of metal and glass, too, so I ordered 2 of them. Bright enough to use em for flashlights and now I can read the grooves in my fingerprints!
          .
          Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 09-09-2018, 01:51 PM. Reason: typo
          25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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          • #20
            Originally posted by danlb View Post
            I did a quick search for "dial magnifier" and came across an unexpected solution. http://www.julesborel.com/products/c...ial-magnifiers has magnifiers for watch dials in various sizes and pretty cheap.

            These should be very shallow focal length so you could mount it just above the dial.

            Dan
            The problem with these is that they're very, very small. Maybe 6mm wide at most. They're glued over the watch's crystal to magnify certain portions of the watch display. You normally see them over the calendar display window.

            EDIT: The largest one listed by Jules Borel there is 7.6mm x 10.4mm.
            Max
            http://joyofprecision.com/

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Mike Amick View Post
              I'm thinking maybe cheap DRO.
              I've been looking at this:

              https://www.amazon.com/Yescom-Digita...Q4TG598E7BXRFQ

              The display is a bit small, but for $27.95, it might be worth a try.

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              • #22
                Go to the Dollar Store and buy the cheaters. 1.25, 1.50 and 2.00 buy one of each and look away. If your have that kind of problem on the dials what is happening to the surface of your projects?? While at the store buy the neck hangers so you will always have the glasses with you when needed!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by dbq49er View Post
                  While at the store buy the neck hangers so you will always have the glasses with you when needed!
                  Yeah, 'neck hangers' are great when you're leaning in close to the lathe for a look.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by dbq49er View Post
                    While at the store buy the neck hangers so you will always have the glasses with you when needed!
                    Miracle cure! The OP won't need any glasses after using the string.
                    Mike
                    WI/IL border, USA

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                    • #25
                      Yet another way to get a Darwin award

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                      • #26
                        I make kits, partial kits, and fully machined replacements for the old Atlas dials. There are no modifications to the lathe. You can do all the machining, none, or some place in between. With a larger dial and a different graduating scheme they are MUCH easier to read. At the larger size it's also possible to squeeze in enough numbers for a direct reading dial. I don't use it myself since I'm used to the normal system and it works just fine for me, but "different strokes".

                        https://tallgrasstools.com/products/...-dial-kit-1014

                        https://tallgrasstools.com/products/...rtial-kit-3014

                        Disclaimer for forum rules: This is not a solicitation to buy, simply posted for informative purposes (though I do buy ads in their magazine).
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                        "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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                        • #27
                          Go to Walgreens and get a $2 eyeglass repair kit. They come with a small magnifying glass. Glue a magnet to the handle end and position the magnifier over the dial. Done.

                          https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/si...e-62981dff1830

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