Magnifiers

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A Good Quality Magnifying Glass is a Terrific Visual Aid.

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Choosing the appropriate magnifying glass for your specific needs is not complicated once you have a basic understanding of the various types of magnifiers available and the applications they are best suited for. See the General Information about Magnifying Glasses listed below to assist you in choosing the right magnifier for all of your magnification needs!

Jake’s recommends owing several different types of magnifiers for a multitude of uses: coin and stamp collecting, hobbyist, close inspection work, scientific lab work, gemology, watchmakers, photography, art collectors, and possibly a thousand other reasons to own one or more at your home, workplace, or as a pocket piece when the need to magnify an object arises.

Magnifier Categories

Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Magnifiers

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Macular degeneration is a medical condition predominantly found in elderly adults in which the center of the inner lining of the eye, known as the macula area of the retina, suffers thinning, atrophy, and in some cases bleeding. This can result in loss of central vision, which entails inability to see fine details, to read, or to recognize faces. There are a multitude of devices on the market to help visually impaired people read comfortably. The most affordable are handheld magnifiers, some of which contain small reading lamps for better illumination. Other magnifiers are mounted on height-adjustable stands or hang around the neck.

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The magnifiers we feature under the heading of "Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Magnifiers" will only help those who's condition IS NOT SEVERE and are still able to read the average size text but need some assistance in making the text somewhat larger in size.

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All Bausch & Lomb Magnifiers

Bausch & Lomb Magnifiers by Category

Round and Rectangular Magnifiers --/-- Sight Saver® Brand--/-- Hands-Free Magnifiers

Illuminating Magnifiers--/--Eyeglass Loupe Attachments --/-- Watchmakers Loupes

Specialty Magnifiers Complete List - Individual Specialty Magnifiers Listed below

Hastings - Hastings Measuring - Magna Visor - Linen Tester - Pocket Folding - Coddington - Double Lens

Basic Magnifiers
Folding Type & Others

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Low End 99¢ to $4.99

Basic Magnifiers
Folding Type & Others

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Inexpensive $5.00 to $9.99

Basic Magnifiers
Folding Type & Others

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Mid Range $10.00 to $29.99

Basic Magnifiers
Folding Type & Others

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Professional Quality
$30.00 & Up

Basic Magnifiers

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Hand Tooling, Photo-Engraving
& Photography Type

Basic Magnifiers

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Sliding Type

Reading Type

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Round

Reading Type

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With Bifocal Segment

Reading Type

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Rectangular

Illuminated Magnifiers

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Replacement Bulbs

Handheld Microscopes

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For Strong Magnification

Hands Free

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Magnifiers

Head Band

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Magnifiers

Desktop & Standing

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Magnifiers

Linen T esters

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Magnifiers

Line & Page Readers

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Magnifiers

Travel Type

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Magnifiers

Watchmakers & Jewelers

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Eye Loupes

Precision Measuring Magnifiers with Reticle

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General Purpose Multiple Use Magnifiers

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Ideal for scientific lab, doctors, watchmakers, gemology, stamp and art collectors, artist etc.

Short Focus Monocular's

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Monocular's are about half the size and weight of the average pair of binoculars. Monocular's are a terrific visual aid for bird-watchers, golfers, hikers, campers, and sports fans. Monocular's fill a convenient niche for people on the go that want the convenience of a pair of binoculars without having to carry the added weight.

Kid's Magnifiers

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Great magnifiers for children and school projects.

General Information About Magnifiers

When choosing a Magnifier there are some very important considerations that should be taken into account. First, what do you intend to use the Magnifying glass for? If you intend to use it when studying the overall detail of a coin for grading purposes, it is best to use a lower power Magnifier that covers a larger area of view. A Magnifier of 2x to 5x would be sufficient for this type of work. For real close scrutinizing like checking Mint marks to be certain they are authentic or perhaps checking minuscule detail when looking for overdate's or varieties calls for a stronger power glass with a smaller field of view. A 10x or 20x Magnifier works well when doing extremely close-up observations.

Other important factors to be considered are if you intend to use the Magnifier on your desk or carried in your pocket when away from home. For the more advanced collector or the connoisseur there are also higher priced Magnifiers that have lenses that are far superior in quality than the lower priced inexpensive ones. So, when choosing a Magnifier it becomes a matter of preference as well as purpose.

A good rule of thumb to follow when choosing a magnifier is that the smaller the lens is in size the smaller the area of view you will have and the closer to the eye the magnifier must be held for focusing. Small lens Magnifiers are designed for very strong magnification. Whereas, Magnifiers with larger lenses like 1 1/2" or greater are generally designed to only magnify an object from about one and a half to possibly two and a half times of its actual size. Larger lens Magnifiers are held about midway between the eye and the object to which you are focusing on.

We recommend that you have several different glasses to aid you in the wide range of all your magnification and hobby needs. Whatever your preference is in Magnifiers we’re sure we have a glass that will fit your own personal needs exactly!

Here are some definitions for some of the more commonly used words or terms which are used to describe a magnifier that may be extremely helpful to you when choosing your magnifier.

Achromatic Lens: A lens that will refract light without spectral color separation or distortion.

This color correcting and distortion free feature is only available on some of the more higher priced Magnifiers. Once you start using a magnifier with an achromatic lens you'll never want to go back to those lower priced magnifiers again!

Bifocal Segment: A magnifier with a bifocal segment will have two focal lengths and the bifocal segment will be of greater magnification power than the lens of the magnifier.

This is a traffic feature in a magnifier when added magnification is needed for closer examination. Magnifiers with a bifocal segment can be found in both the lower and midrange priced "reading type" Magnifiers.

Doublet Lens: Two lenses within the same magnifier to produce the rated magnification power of the magnifier.

The doublet lens feature can be found in the higher power Magnifiers in both the midrange as well as the higher priced Magnifiers.

Power: A measure of the magnification of an optical instrument, such as a magnifier, microscope or telescope. The power ratings are generally expressed with a number followed by an "x" such as, 2x, 4x, 10x etc. The higher the number before the "x" the greater the magnification properties of the magnifier will be.

Triplet Lens: Three lenses within the same magnifier to produce the rated magnification power of the magnifier.

The triplet lens feature can be found in some of the higher priced Magnifiers.

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