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    Default Magnifying glass for grafting

    Does anyone have any good links for the round magnifying glass on a arm with a light, that is used while grafting?
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    you may want to consider strong magnifying reading glasses, about +4.00 to +6.00 if you don't wear glasses for distance. these with a good light will give you good depth perception and enough magnification. a binocular jeweler's loupe will do.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    My last couple sets of grafts I used this. Works well. Still may need another source of light though.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/head-st...ght-95890.html
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    I got one on eBay but the focal distance makes it hard to use.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    I use the one like you ask about with a adjustable arm and has a light built in. I bought it at Meijers,Office Max had one but it was not as strong Magnifying and was a couple dollars more.I like the one from Meijers the round tube florescent light doesn't seem to get to hot and the arm adjustment stays tight.I don't remember the cost maybe $20-30.

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    The lighted 2X magnifier will allow you to view your cells for grafting correctly aged larvae. Easily clamps to the top of your frame or surfaces of up to 2" thickness, allowing you to keep your hands free. The flexible arm allows the optimum adjustment. Used LED lights and measures 4" in diameter.

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    I just typed in lamp at Harbor freight and they show several magnifying lights.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/desktop...amp-97448.html

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    I found the Optivisor with glass lenses, wide choice of powers and diopter for $42 in the maxiaids.com catalog. Is that a good price?

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    the working distance or focal lengths:

    3 diopters = 13.5"
    4 diopters = 10"
    5 diopters = 8"

    that's how far away the larva would have to be from the front of the maginifier to be clear.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    If you happen to have a smart phone, then download one of the free "magnifier with light" applications. I tried it on some old empty brood comb and it shows the bottom of individual cells very clearly. I think it will work great for checking comb for eggs, larvae, disease and probably for grafting as well.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    User Lauri posted this a long time back.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ighlight=light

    Looks like a good quality light, but its a bit pricey.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    What do you think the best focal lengh is for grafting. I'm guessing 8"

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    Db do you have the name of the app that you used. I have download 3 of them and thay all stink. I can't even see my hand in them. They won't focus.

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    i haven't done it yet, but i already have some with 10" focal length, and i think they will be enough. if not i'll bump it down to 8".
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    I've always used a loupe headset, with an led headlamp on top. A bit clumsy to put on the loupe and then the head lamp. Someone ripped them at EAS when I left them in the apiary. I'm considering this one piece loupe and light.

    http://www.amazon.com/Jewelers-Light...f=pd_sim_hpc_3

    Any other good ideas?

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    You would really enjoy using a flytyers light. It is well lit and uses a very strong magnifying lens on an arm. I've had one like this for years.

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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    I've always used a loupe headset, with an led headlamp on top. A bit clumsy to put on the loupe and then the head lamp. Someone ripped them at EAS when I left them in the apiary. I'm considering this one piece loupe and light.

    http://www.amazon.com/Jewelers-Light...f=pd_sim_hpc_3

    Any other good ideas?
    the only problem i see with that one is that if you want to go above the 1.5x you only have one eye, and not much depth perception.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    Quote Originally Posted by AstroBee View Post
    User Lauri posted this a long time back.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ighlight=light

    Looks like a good quality light, but its a bit pricey.
    That looks really nice but I am wondering if a 100 watt halogen bulb might throw off a lot of heat.
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    Default Re: Magnifying glass for grafting

    i think mp does some grafting in his vehicle as well.

    mp i noticed in your video that you wear prescription glasses. i do too.

    one option for you would be to have your eye doctor come up with a custom pair of magnifiers for your eyes. i had some made like that for fly fishing, and i believe they are going to be perfect for grafting too.

    basically my doctor took my prescription and added enough close up power and something she called prism to get the focus just close enough with being too close.

    for the light, i have something almost identical to this i got from walmart:

    http://www.target.com/p/energizer-6-...t/-/A-11234023

    it might cost a little more, but it might be worth it if you are doing a lot of grafting.
    beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf

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