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Old 8th November 2011, 09:30 AM   #11
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A stereo microscope is the best thing I've used. I happened to find this via Google: C & A Scientific SMD-04 - I-Explore Scope. It ain't a Leica, but it looks like there's plenty of room to work, and the price beats the $65 loupe.
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Old 8th November 2011, 11:04 PM   #12
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Has anyone tried these, or similar, cheap Dental Surgical Binocular Loupes,
Did you buy them? What I'm concerned about is the tiny field of view. I'd guess you could only see one small SMD part at a time. the optovisor has a much larger field.
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Old 8th November 2011, 11:14 PM   #13
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At work, I generally use one of the arm-mounted circular fluorescent lamps with a central magnifier for both through-hole and SMD work. I'm pusing 60, but this setup usually gets the job done. When I want to look for solder whiskers or really check a SMD solder joint, I'll resort to using a binocular microscope - you want one that is wide field, relatively low power.
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At work, I generally use one of the arm-mounted circular fluorescent lamps with a central magnifier for both through-hole and SMD work. I'm pusing 60, but this setup usually gets the job done. When I want to look for solder whiskers or really check a SMD solder joint, I'll resort to using a binocular microscope - you want one that is wide field, relatively low power.
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I bought a "daylight company" illuminated magnifier a few years ago.

This is the sort of thing used in professional repair. The image is large at 7 inches and the most important thing is the focus field is clear edge to edge. This means that if you wear "reader" lenses the only impediment to a good view is whether the lens is clean on both sides.

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Old 9th November 2011, 02:52 AM   #15
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I did buy them. I have not yet used them to assemble an SMD PCB, but my impression is that the focal length is just a little bit too long to work comfortably when seated at a bench. I probably should have realized that because they are designed for dentist, who usually works from a standing position. It may be that I just have to get used to them. I'm kind of used to working hunched over using an Optivisor.
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Old 9th January 2012, 06:15 AM   #16
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Dental loupes is a magnification device which is used to see the objects more close, they are used during surgeries or during dental checkups. Its fine design yields higher power and high definition. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear and easy to adjust. It crystal clear glasses ensures clear vision.
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