[sdiy] stereo optical microscope for assembly and repair

Richie Burnett rburnett at richieburnett.co.uk
Sun Aug 18 13:59:23 CEST 2019

This is what I've been using to aid with SMD assembly:


-Richie, (45 this year, and just noticing eyes starting to deteriorate.)

---- Oakley Sound via Synth-diy wrote ----

>So I wasn't sure about spending a lot of money on a microscope for SMD. 
>And since I mostly do 0805, SOIC and the occasional TSSOP I wondered 
>whether I could do it with strong reading glasses. I basically said to 
>the optician I want a pair so I could see things at around 3" from the 
>end of my nose. The thickness of the lenses means that some of the ultra 
>thin frames are not suitable but they fixed me up a pair with standard 
>frames. Since I was already buying a new set of distance specs I got the 
>'SMD' pair for free. UK readers will probably know of the usual 2 for 1 
>deal at Specsavers.
>Since then I've not found a need for any extra magnification while 
>soldering. Although I do have to occasionally use a magnifying glass to 
>read which way around 1N4148WS diodes go as the band is often not very 
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