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Many people don’t appreciate the difference between a magnifying glass and corrective eyeglasses. While a magnifying glass redirects light rays in such a way as to make an object appear larger, eyeglasses bend light rays so they reposition themselves on one’s eye so the images come into better focus. It’s the difference between tuning a radio and making the volume louder.
Which one you need will depend entirely upon the task. If you are sitting down and doing regular desk work or computer work a pair of readers will probably suit you best. If you need something for quick tasks, such as checking the back of a label or seeing the bill after dinner, either a magnifying glass or reading glasses will work for you. It’s when you are examining the detail or need more control or higher amounts of magnification that a good old fashioned hand held magnifying glass is what you will want. Visit our home page for a great selection.
The magnifying glass is an indispensable tool. Just ask Sherlock Holmes. Without it he would only be a two-bit detective. With it, by his side, he’s at least a two-byte detective. Take for example, the case of the missing magnifying glass. This case kept the diligent sleuth up many a night, tossing and turning, searching for a solution. One day, in the middle of a bowl of porridge–mind you, Mr. Holmes was not eating a bowl of porridge; rather, he was bathing in one–it hit him. He realized that all he had to do was pull his magnifying glass out of his pocket. Case closed! Could this have been possible without the indispensable tool. Hardly.
If you are debating between getting a magnifier or a pair of quality reading glasses, the decision should be fairly simple. Readers, (cheater glasses as they are so often referred to) leave your hands free but the magnification will not be as strong. Usually, the highest power of over the counter readers you can get is a +3.00. A magnifying glass will come in a variety of powers, but leave your hands busy. With a magnifying glass you can also adjust the effective power based how far you hold the object being viewed from the back of the lens. Here is a great solution for those situations where you need hands free, high power magnification.
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This is the binocular magnifier used by gemologists, preferred for viewing fine details while keeping the hands free. Made of durable yet lightweight ABS, the magnifier includes six pairs of interchangeable plastic lenses that are ground and polished to precise optical standards, providing magnifications of 1 1/2 X, 1 3/4X, 2X, 2 1/2X, 2 3/4X, and 3 1/2X. The headband adjusts to fit any head size and is padded with felt in the front for comfort. The visor can be worn over prescription or safety glasses and can be tilted up out of the way. An adjustable light clips to the visor and is powered by a clip-on battery pack. Two AA batteries (not included) provide up to six hours of power for the light’s xenon bulb. Made in the U.S. (12 oz.)
A magnifying glass can be used for a variety of tasks. It can be helpful if you’re doing close examination of a collectible item like a stamp or a coin. It’s also useful if you want to look at things out in nature up close. Details of rocks, plant leaves, and other similar items are easier to see with one. If you’re really talented, you can even start a fire with one!
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