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  • 10x works great and can be used to look at diamond

    posted by Reviewer1 on 07/07/2009
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    The clarity of this eyepiece is better than i expected for this price. I bought this to evaluate clarity of diamonds and the 10x works great for that purpose (diamonds are supposed to be rated under 5x magnification, fyi). i am able to read the laser inscribed GIA serial # on the girdle of the diamond with this magnifier-- surprising for this price.

    The 10x view piece works perfectly at nose distance.

    Cons:

    I'm not so sure about the supposedly 20x view piece. I suspect it is actually a 5x, not a 20x. regardless, the '20x' is much more difficult to use and requires a steady hand since you have to hold it away from your face when using it. I find that i just end up using the 10x and I am very happy with that. I wouldn't buy this is you only need a 20x device-- you'll be dissatisfied.

    OtherThoughts:

    For the price, you just can't go wrong with this if you need it to view diamonds or watches. I wouldn't suggest this for use in repairing watches, since it takes one hand to hold this.

    The metal holder is also very durable.

    Bottomline:

    If i ever need another one, i'll buy this again- i'm very satisfied with this purchase for my needs.

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