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  • CCWKen
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    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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  • TGTool
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    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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  • elf
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    Yet another way to get a Darwin award

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  • MichaelP
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    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.

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  • Glug
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    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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  • dbq49er
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    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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  • TRX
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    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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  • mars-red
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    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.

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  • nickel-city-fab
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    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!
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    Last edited by nickel-city-fab; 09-09-2018, 02:51 PM. Reason: typo

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  • Tony Ennis
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    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, 02:32 PM.

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  • Mcgyver
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    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

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  • flylo
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    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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  • 754
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    Ditto on the marker on the mill vise, I do it all the time.

    As for the question asked, why not use a dial indicator, magnetic back or other type ?

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  • Joel
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    Originally posted by Mike Amick View Post
    And its a bitch when you want to back
    it off a couple .. having to come out past the slack and back in finding that exact line.
    I'm thinking maybe cheap DRO.
    A sharpie helps - I keep a couple of colors at the lathe. A dot usually is fine, but I usually end up with all sorts of markings before it gets crowded enough where they all get wiped off the dials. I also use a marker to write measurements or whatnot on the mill's vise and table.

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  • elf
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    I just use my phone's camera

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