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Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Nelson Moyer <ku0a@...>
 

The Optivisor X values do not correspond to true diopter magnifications according to my opthomologist. I don't remember the true magnifications he gave me for my 4X and 7X lenses, but were about one third of the Optivisor X value, e.g. 7X lens magnification is approximately 2.5X true magnification. I'll ask again on my next visit.

Nelson Moyer



On Dec 24, 2015, at 8:14 AM, "'Jack Burgess' jack@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

I would first advice against choosing a magnifier based on cost…cheap tools don’t work as well as more expensive ones for the most part.

When most people reach the mid-forties, they begin to need reading glasses which means I’ve been using them for decades. I stay away from the ones with thick frames and instead have long been using ones with very light titanium frames, currently 2.25 power.

For magnification, I have three Optivisors. They are still made in the USA after all of these years. (And you don’t get any older if you use them…remember the ads in MR magazine, year after year after year…same guy, same photo, never got older but he couldn’t build things without them. ) For general model work, I’ve been using 5 power with reading glasses too. I also have an inherited one with10 power lens…that on has a focal length of about 2” which is good when you really need to zoom in on something but not good at all for most uses. The third one is another inherited 5 power which is kept next to my paint booth and is when air brushing to make sure that crevices and inside corners are covered with paint.

I have two 100 watt task lights, one on each side of my modeling work area, another for my drill press, and another for my lathe or milling machine. So additional lights on my magnifier aren’t needed.

I hadn’t heard about the MagEyes but I’m always slightly bent over while modeling with my head about 12” from my project. That distance would mean (I think) that the MagEyes would be right next to the piece I’m working on.

My advice is to start with reading glasses if you aren’t already using them and then get an Optivisor to supplement the reading glasses.

Jack Burgess

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I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4 I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?

Thanks,

Dale Florence

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Re: B&LE Running Board

Greg Martin
 

AMEN! There might even be a newly created hole...
 
Greg Martin
 
Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it.
Norman Maclean
 

In a message dated 12/24/2015 5:44:18 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, STMFC@... writes:
 

Yeah, but this one is still attached to the roof. This is what happened, after the advent of forklifts, when the jockey raised the mast too high while inside the car.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

John F. Cizmar
 

I found this link to surgical loupes.

http://microscopeinternational.com/surgical-eye-loupes

John F. Cizmar
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On Thu, 12/24/15, Brian Ehni bpehni@gmail.com [STMFC] <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier
To: "STMFC List" <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015, 10:10 AM


 









I once asked ab out the cost of the loupes (Leitz,
maybe?) my doctor brother uses. Never asked again.



Thanks!





On 12/24/15, 9:43 AM, "jimbetz jimbetz@jimbetz.com
[STMFC]" <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



>Hi,

>

> My dentist uses something that looks like it is very
good. I

>keep intending to ask him what they are/where to get
them.

>Perhaps I will remember on the next visit - or perhaps
not?

>

> They look like a pair of half spectacles - with a
very strong

>LED light source on each side.

>

> I would not buy anything that didn't use LEDs.
They provide

>a lot more light and use a lot less battery.

>- Jim B.

>

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Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Douglas Harding
 

I forgot to mention I got my MagEyes and extra lenses at Hobby Lobby. Look in the sewing department, as many ladies use them for embroidery work. I have also seen them in fabric stores and other places that cater to knitting and needle work. I have not seen them in hobby shops.

 

Like Bill Darnaby I also have purchased the various powered reading glasses. Then I had my eye doctor make a pair of half lens reading glasses in my prescription. I can shift them up for under layout work and shift them down for work at the bench. As the MagEyes are adjustable I can move the lens to where I want to look in combination with the reading glasses.

 

Doug Harding

www.iowacentralrr.org

 


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Jack Burgess
 

I would first advice against choosing a magnifier based on cost…cheap tools don’t work as well as more expensive ones for the most part.



When most people reach the mid-forties, they begin to need reading glasses which means I’ve been using them for decades. I stay away from the ones with thick frames and instead have long been using ones with very light titanium frames, currently 2.25 power.



For magnification, I have three Optivisors. They are still made in the USA after all of these years. (And you don’t get any older if you use them…remember the ads in MR magazine, year after year after year…same guy, same photo, never got older but he couldn’t build things without them. <g>) For general model work, I’ve been using 5 power with reading glasses too. I also have an inherited one with10 power lens…that on has a focal length of about 2” which is good when you really need to zoom in on something but not good at all for most uses. The third one is another inherited 5 power which is kept next to my paint booth and is when air brushing to make sure that crevices and inside corners are covered with paint.



I have two 100 watt task lights, one on each side of my modeling work area, another for my drill press, and another for my lathe or milling machine. So additional lights on my magnifier aren’t needed.



I hadn’t heard about the MagEyes but I’m always slightly bent over while modeling with my head about 12” from my project. That distance would mean (I think) that the MagEyes would be right next to the piece I’m working on.



My advice is to start with reading glasses if you aren’t already using them and then get an Optivisor to supplement the reading glasses.



Jack Burgess



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I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4 I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?



Thanks,



Dale Florence


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

 

I once asked ab out the cost of the loupes (Leitz, maybe?) my doctor brother uses. Never asked again.

Thanks!

On 12/24/15, 9:43 AM, "jimbetz jimbetz@jimbetz.com [STMFC]" <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hi,

My dentist uses something that looks like it is very good. I
keep intending to ask him what they are/where to get them.
Perhaps I will remember on the next visit - or perhaps not?

They look like a pair of half spectacles - with a very strong
LED light source on each side.

I would not buy anything that didn't use LEDs. They provide
a lot more light and use a lot less battery.
- Jim B.


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Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Nelson Moyer <ku0a@...>
 

Professional magnifiers used by jewelers and medical practitioners have high quality optics and prices that only professionals can afford. While Optivisor optics suffer from spherical aberation, I manage with two Optivisors, one with 4X and one with 7X lenses. I got them at discount prices on Amazon.com.

Nelson Moyer


On Dec 24, 2015, at 5:31 AM, "Pierre Oliver pierre.oliver@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...> wrote:

 

Dale,
This is not a "one size fits all" scenario.
The best thing to do is visit a shop that sells things like "Opti-visor" and try them out and see what "looks" comfortable.
Higher magnification tends to force your head closer to the work to remain in focus.
ANd things will change depending upon your unaided vision situation. I wear tri-focals normally and have 2 different Opti-Visors. One at 5x for bench tasks, and a 4x for work on the layout.

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com
On 23/12/2015 10:54 PM, dale florence dwwesley@... [STMFC] wrote:
 
I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get  They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4  I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?

Thanks,

Dale Florence 


Early 20th century freight cars

Schuyler Larrabee
 

http://lists.railfan.net/erielackphoto.cgi?erielack-12-24-15/B0070.jpg

 

Including an Ann Arbor box car with outside brake beams!

 

Merry Christmas to all you list members!

 

Schuyler

 


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Schuyler Larrabee
 

Subject: [STMFC] Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

My dentist uses something that looks like it is very good . . . They
look like a pair of half spectacles - with a very strong LED light source on
each side . . . I would not buy anything that didn't use LEDs . . . a lot
more light and use a lot less battery.
- Jim B.

And less HEAT! I guess I do a lot of soldering while using a visor, so less
heat is a very good thing.

Schuyler

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Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

boomer44@...
 

Hi Dale,
Pierre has good advice...

My personal experience... I've had cataract surgery on both eyes so light glare really bothers me. My Opti-visor blocks out the glare. I went with middle of the road and have a #2 magnification... close enough without getting in the way of tools I'm using. I have a bench mounted magnifier with ring light. This works great until you begin moving the piece around and it falls in and out of focus... that's when I go for the Opti-visor. I have had mine for probably thirty years... very happy with it.

Hm... reading glasses. I might have to give that a try.

Gordon Spalty


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Jim Betz
 

Hi,

My dentist uses something that looks like it is very good. I
keep intending to ask him what they are/where to get them.
Perhaps I will remember on the next visit - or perhaps not?

They look like a pair of half spectacles - with a very strong
LED light source on each side.

I would not buy anything that didn't use LEDs. They provide
a lot more light and use a lot less battery.
- Jim B.


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

mopacfirst
 

I have accumulated three Opti-Visors, one for the workbench at home, one for the railroad upstairs, and one for my other house.  They're respectively #3, #4 and #5.  The #3 works best with my glasses (twenty years ago it worked fine without glasses), the #4 also works with my glasses but it's used for longer-distance vision tasks like spiking, and the #5 works best without my glasses.  With glasses, its effective focal length is only a few inches.


Ron Merrick


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Schuyler Larrabee
 

The magnifying glasses are a great solution IF your normal vision is OK.  Mine is definitely not, though correctable with progressive lenses to not bad at all (not perfect).  I have to wear the glasses or else all I get with an Optivisor is a large, fuzzy image.  Not helpful.  To see detail without the glasses at all (which I sometimes resort to) means holding whatever it is about 2” away . . . which is dangerous if you’re soldering something!

 

Schuyler

 


Subject: Re: [STMFC] Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

 

 

I need +2.0 readers normally for close work, so my Optivisor is also +2.0, and in concert, they make for much higher magnification.

Thanks!


From: STMFC List <STMFC@...> on behalf of STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Reply-To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 7:31 AM
To: STMFC List <STMFC@...>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Dale,
This is not a "one size fits all" scenario.
The best thing to do is visit a shop that sells things like "Opti-visor" and try them out and see what "looks" comfortable.
Higher magnification tends to force your head closer to the work to remain in focus.
ANd things will change depending upon your unaided vision situation. I wear tri-focals normally and have 2 different Opti-Visors. One at 5x for bench tasks, and a 4x for work on the layout.

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.comwww.yarmouthmodelworks.com


On 23/12/2015 10:54 PM, dale florence dwwesley@... [STMFC] wrote:





I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4 I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?


Thanks,


Dale Florence






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Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

 

I need +2.0 readers normally for close work, so my Optivisor is also +2.0, and in concert, they make for much higher magnification.

Thanks!




From: STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> on behalf of STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Reply-To: STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 7:31 AM
To: STMFC List <STMFC@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Optivisor Binocular Magnifier







Dale,
This is not a "one size fits all" scenario.
The best thing to do is visit a shop that sells things like "Opti-visor" and try them out and see what "looks" comfortable.
Higher magnification tends to force your head closer to the work to remain in focus.
ANd things will change depending upon your unaided vision situation. I wear tri-focals normally and have 2 different Opti-Visors. One at 5x for bench tasks, and a 4x for work on the layout.

Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.comwww.yarmouthmodelworks.com

On 23/12/2015 10:54 PM, dale florence dwwesley@yahoo.com [STMFC] wrote:





I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4 I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?




Thanks,




Dale Florence













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Re: NYC covered hopper decals

John Riddell
 


Is CDS set # 532 what you are looking for ?



Search - TMR DISTRIBUTING

 

John Riddell


Re: B&LE Running Board

Dennis Storzek
 

Yeah, but this one is still attached to the roof. This is what happened, after the advent of forklifts, when the jockey raised the mast too high while inside the car.

Dennis Storzek


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

Pierre Oliver
 

Dale,
This is not a "one size fits all" scenario.
The best thing to do is visit a shop that sells things like "Opti-visor" and try them out and see what "looks" comfortable.
Higher magnification tends to force your head closer to the work to remain in focus.
ANd things will change depending upon your unaided vision situation. I wear tri-focals normally and have 2 different Opti-Visors. One at 5x for bench tasks, and a 4x for work on the layout.
Pierre Oliver
www.elgincarshops.com
www.yarmouthmodelworks.com
On 23/12/2015 10:54 PM, dale florence dwwesley@... [STMFC] wrote:

 
I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get  They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4  I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?

Thanks,

Dale Florence 


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

mwbauers
 

Next time, go to Walgreens and get the 3 for $15 bargain pack, also seen as a 3 for $10 pack at our local ‘Dollar’ stores.

Best to ya,
Mike Bauers
Milwaukee, Wi

On Dec 24, 2015, at 7:23 AM, 'William Darnaby'  wrote:

Age is catching up with me and I tired of trying to work under a magnifying lamp. My solution was a pair of +3.00 reading glasses at Walmart for $10. Cheap and easy….

Bill Darnaby


Re: 70-ton coal gondolas

william darnaby
 

The dumper was at Havana, Illinois on the Illinois river. The coal was then
barged to the Chicago Com-Ed plants. See the Chicago & Illinois Midland by
Wallin, Stringham and Szwajkart. No, it's not a law firm <g>.



Bill Darnaby



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In a message dated 12/21/2015 8:31:26 A.M. Central Standard Time,
STMFC@yahoogroups.com writes:

That railroad will need a rotary dumper and barge loading facility?



Al Kresse

If they were loading coal into C&IW gons shouldn't the dumpers at the com-ed
plants up river outside of Chicago? Anyhow for those wanting to model the
ops accurately the C&IM did lease C&IW HOPPERS at times, 85 cars in April
1945 is an example.



Mark Rickert


Re: Optivisor Binocular Magnifier

william darnaby
 

Age is catching up with me and I tired of trying to work under a magnifying lamp. My solution was a pair of +3.00 reading glasses at Walmart for $10. Cheap and easy….



Bill Darnaby



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Subject: [STMFC] Optivisor Binocular Magnifier








I am looking to purchase a Magnifier, but not sure what to get They seemed to be priced between $10 and $60 dollar Magnification seems to run between 1 1/2 to about 2 3/4 I need suggestions as to what magnification I should get, and the price range? Any particular brand?



Thanks,



Dale Florence

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