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 Post subject: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:15 pm 
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Location: ottawa, ontario, ca
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I have an optivisor 3 and 4 lenses along with the loupe.
1) should I wear my glasses /bifocals under them
2) I bought the 6 little lites that go around but don't do much. Is there single centered mounted lite better.
3) I find I need a lot of other lite directly in the area I am working & I have o get so close I wonder about the safety if I am doing inlay with a router
Any general advice is welcome

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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:55 pm 
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Mike I have a cheap HF one, an the lights are useless I have some halogen, and magnifying lamp/light ?heat light over my workbench .I wear bifocals , but need to take them off when using the optivisor , everyone who wears glasses will have a diferent prescrip.So try doing it both ways on scrap wood ,with glasses on/ off. I have an inlay grinder from J.Hall it screams so I wear ear protection. I use a makita flashlight pointed at and under my work . I just bought 2 camping lights from amazon they were $20 us on Prime and they do a great job of lighting things up close cheers ernie. Ottawa is vy dark in the winter eh ??


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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:43 am 
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I had a harbor freight one in trash
the magna visor from baush and lombe is worth every penny
it comes with 3 lenses for different focal plane and I do wear my glasses with it.
http://www.bausch.com/our-products/visi ... agna-visor

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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:48 am 
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I have a better alternative for those with or without glasses http://www.mageyes.com/ I discovered these back in my model airplane days and find them netter to use than the above the eyes visors.

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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:44 am 
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I wear my bi-focals, using both the upper and lower parts of the glasses, but usually just lower (reading) section. It does take some getting used to when you first start out. The focal distance changes depending on what part of the glasses you are using. When I first started using them, I was constantly trying to figure out where to look and how to use them. Now, I don't even think twice when approaching a work piece. I just automatically adjust.

Just keep working with them and you will get comfortable with how they work best for you.

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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:26 am 
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I normally use reading glasses in the shop (1.5 or 2) and then just put the Optivisor over them. Been doing this for about 10 years. For most tasks, including routing I use an Optivisor with a #3 lens. The lower numbered lenses give much better depth of field (i.e. working distance) than the stronger (higher numbered) lenses. I also have an Optivisor with #10 lens that I use for extreme close-up stuff like inlay; I use the same setup at work when dealing with very small electronics work. I have found the add on magnifier loupe and visor-mounted lights to be essentially useless. A strong light is essential but I prefer an LED lamp with flexible mount so that it can be aimed directly at the work.

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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
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I have the Stew Mac one, at least the one they sold about ten years ago. I love it. I don't think you need to wear glasses under it, you just adjust it by how close you get to the work. I do agree that the lights on it are useless.


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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:19 pm 
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jfmckenna wrote:
I have the Stew Mac one, at least the one they sold about ten years ago. I love it. I don't think you need to wear glasses under it, you just adjust it by how close you get to the work. I do agree that the lights on it are useless.


Agree, you don't have to wear glasses under it ... but you can [:Y:]

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 Post subject: Re: using the optivisor
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I use the optivisor with a #5 lens with my progressive glasses. When I am doing work where I need it off and on I will leave it on my head and pop it up or pull it down. If I removed my glasses I would spend half of my shop time looking for them. Today I was using a square to square a neck heel. I did one side worked on the other and went to grab the square. I still have not found it and I swear I did not move from the last time I used it. I have a #10 lens but I need to be too close.

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