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Old 08-26-2018, 2:14 PM
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Default Reading Headstamps with Bad Eyesight

What do you guys with less than great eyes use to aid yourself in reading Headstamps, especially when sorting dirty brass. Magnifying Glass? Any recommendations on a good, small one that is powerful enough to actually work without straining the eye(s)?
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Old 08-26-2018, 2:25 PM
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I have really crappy eyesight (20/400 plus astigmatism) and wear bifocals. When I need to read something small, I take off my glasses and hold the object 3 - 4 inches from the eyeballs. I have a lighted magnifier lamp but it's hard on the eyes.
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I use a magnified desk lamp I bought from Harbor Freight and it helps- https://www.harborfreight.com/fluore...amp-60643.html

Also, it's a lot easier to read the head stamps with clean brass.
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Good light helps. I don't have a dedicated light yet but I know I should get myself one.

I wear progressive bifocals and I sometimes have to take my glasses off, but I've sorted enough .223 brass by now that I can tell what I'm going to keep (Lake city and Norma) and what gets sold or recycled (anything else).

What I've found with tumbled brass is that the headstamps sometimes get obliterated, which I suspect is caused by tumbling using stainless steel pins that are harder than the brass cases.
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I have "helping hands" with a magnifier used for soldering.
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Well, while waiting for replies, I found some high praise for a product called the Donegan Optivisor. New they're $40+ but I found a previously owned model DA-3 on fleabay that I made a offer on & grabbed for $20.79 shipped. The magnification is only 1.75x with a 14" focal length but I read that if you wear glasses, your lenses may increase the magnification a bit. The company makes an optional swing-away Optiloupe that will increase mag by another 2.5x if needed. Will report back once I receive and test the device out.


http://www.doneganoptical.com/products/optivisor

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I don’t sort brass. That’s another story though. But I have two optivisors with a #5 diopter lens and a loop. I also have the led light frame. All tool makers and micro machinists use these. I’ve had mine for over twenty years and they still work fine.
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Optivisor for all my close up work since 1982. Mine's a #4 with loupe, #5 would be nice when needed. I sort all my pistol brass, this one"s cracked, that one isn't, this ones nickle, this one isn't...
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My reloading setup is in my garage. My cheapie reading glasses and 5000K LED lamps work fine.
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I have really crappy eyesight (20/400 plus astigmatism) and wear bifocals. When I need to read something small, I take off my glasses and hold the object 3 - 4 inches from the eyeballs. I have a lighted magnifier lamp but it's hard on the eyes.
LOL me too slide my glasses down my nose such a pain
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I donít sort brass. Thatís another story though. But I have two optivisors with a #5 diopter lens and a loop. I also have the led light frame. All tool makers and micro machinists use these. Iíve had mine for over twenty years and they still work fine.
do they work if you have lousy eyes as I do? do you need a prescription for them?
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I have this on my work bench. Don't forgot a 20% coupon.
https://m.harborfreight.com/3x-magni...amp-94367.html

For my range bag. I bought a magnifying glass at 99cent store.
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do they work if you have lousy eyes as I do? do you need a prescription for them?
My eyes suck, and yeah, they work great. No Rx necessary, find them on Amazon.
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do they work if you have lousy eyes as I do? do you need a prescription for them?
Iíve got not so good vision and they work. They are also larg enough to have a set of prescription glasses worn under them.
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great that's what I need thanks I learned something today
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$5......https://www.harborfreight.com/magnif...hts-38896.html
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Cheap reading glasses and good light. Walmart -- 3 pairs for $7.
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I use these. Abit pricey. I used to use the ones someone posted earlier but I needed some extra light. Wish I didn't wear glasses so I could use the cheaper ones that sit on the bridge of the nose.

https://www.amazon.com/Carson-MagniV...ing+eyeglasses
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I use some 3X reading glasses from WM. They work great for reading case headstamps. They are cheap, too.
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I always meant to get one of those since the Ozone is messing with my vision.
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I use a magnified desk lamp I bought from Harbor Freight and it helps- https://www.harborfreight.com/fluore...amp-60643.html

Also, it's a lot easier to read the head stamps with clean brass.
^^^ Yup. Same here.

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I have two Optivisors. One has a +4 lens, the other a +5. I have very bad astigmatism so I always need my prescription glasses on under them. I can even pull them down low enough to use my bifocals to even magnify more.
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I have a midgrade visor I bought at Fry's for $20'ish. Has multiple lenses that flip down. It's been very useful and much better quality than hazard fraught. A step below Optivisor in quality, but more functional IMHO.
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I have a magnifying glass and a cheep optvisor type thing. Works ok
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I have a midgrade visor I bought at Fry's for $20'ish. Has multiple lenses that flip down. It's been very useful and much better quality than hazard fraught. A step below Optivisor in quality, but more functional IMHO.

Haven't received my ebay Donegan Optivisor yet but if I'd of known about that $15 Proskit MA-016, I think I would've bought it instead for the versatility and the LED light.


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A very bright light such as the ones you can attach on your forehead will help.
Reading glasses can/will help. I shoot nickel only and do not mix brands/head stamps which helps address the issue, and I pick up & take only my brass also helps. Cleaning cases first also helps. Also I shoot with a friend & he spots/helps collect my brass, & I do his the same way.
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