[sdiy] stereo optical microscope for assembly and repair

Alasdair shedsynth at gmail.com
Mon Aug 19 08:56:58 CEST 2019

I wear 2 pairs of +3 reading glasses at once.
Very cheap & light reading glasses from Poundland, a UK store that 
prices everything at one pound.
My normal reading prescription is less than +2, so I have to take one or 
both pairs off if I drop anything.

On 18/08/2019 09:27, 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 clear.
> Tony
> www.oakleysound.com
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