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Old 07-31-2015, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I need to get a reasonably-priced (hopefully no more than $15), handheld 4x or 5x power magnifying glass. I thought it would be easy to find online. I Googled & went on Amazon, but after reading through what I found & reviews of what people said about the products, this is going to be tougher than I thought.

I've already searched my local office supply stores (OfficeMax, Staples, Office Depot) & Barnes & Noble too. The only power they have is 2x, maybe 2.5x. (Some may mainly be 2x, but this tiny spot of a stronger power, which is way too small to view anything adequately.) Anyone know where I can buy one?
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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You may want to look for loupes instead. They are higher power. There is a practicality of the optics involved in the magnification ranges. Also, there may be close-up lenses for the camera on a cell phone that would do the job.
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Old 08-02-2015, 07:33 AM
 
Location: The Southern Sac's, NM
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Loupes are a good idea. Also, for a little larger viewing area, look for something called a Linen Tester (for counting threads). I use one for examining art prints. Be sure it's glass, not plastic.
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:06 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Will these work?

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page...ifying%20glass
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Amazon.com: hobby magnifiers
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Old 08-04-2015, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thanks a lot. I'll check those out. I just wish the magnifier I need wasn't so small so that I have to move my hand a lot to scan what I need to. Oh well, I should be able to find something out of those links you guys posted.
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:45 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Thanks a lot. I'll check those out. I just wish the magnifier I need wasn't so small so that I have to move my hand a lot to scan what I need to. Oh well, I should be able to find something out of those links you guys posted.
Let us know what you find as I'm looking for 1 too.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I ended up trying this 5x one, so I hope it's good:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o00_s00

I need it for a VERY important exam in Oct, so if I don't like it, I have time to find something else. I wanted to also try the page-size flat ones, but I just ordered this so far.
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