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 Posted 03/29/2014  6:34 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Dasaki to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So I'm currently using a loose lens of unknown strength and decided to finally upgade to a loupe, but after a single Amazon search I was a little overwhelmed. Even under $10, or even under $5, there's just so many choices!

Any recomendations from the experts for a good one?
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 Posted 03/29/2014  7:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you search loupes here on CCF you will find good info. I recommend starting with a 10x Hastings triplet.Depending on what you want to spend a Bausch & Lomb is very good but cost around $35. You can find less expensive brands which is fine as long as it is a Hastings triplet,IMHO.
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 Posted 03/29/2014  10:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NathanASE to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
She I first got back into the hobby I bought a Bausch & Lomb for about the price John listed, the the Christmas before last bought a (roughly, I don't remember exactly) $2-$3 chepo 10x for a friend and after comparing them there's really not that much of a difference.... I ended up getting one for myself as well to carry to shows so I don't loose the more expensive one... In all honesty if say to the cheepo route and buy a coin with the difference... But I m sure you'll hear the opposite advise as well... It all boils down to your preference.
You can gets cheap USB photo microscope with a 200x zoom for like $26 too.... I bought one of those as well and it's amazing!
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 Posted 03/29/2014  11:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PatAR to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For initial evaluations I have a Leuchtturm lighted magnifier 5x. I think similar ones are $10-ish from coin supply shops. For these larger plastic lens offerings most any magnifier will do so long as it suits your preferences for size, shape, built-in light if you want one, etc.

I prefer a triplet loupe for closer examinations in order to avoid distortions found in single lens magnifiers. After using many different kinds I have been most pleased with BelOMO loupes. They are durable, provide clear image, and generally have a slightly larger viewing area than other brands I've encountered. I think they are about $40 for 7x or 10x most places online.

Hope this helps
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 Posted 03/30/2014  12:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add burks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I had a Bausch & Lomb until it went through the wash, ruining it. Then I just bought a cheap-o one from a LCS for like $10. It's a 5x.

Ordered a 10x and 20x LED off eBay yesterday. Both were $9 each. Hopefully I'll remember this topic and update it on how they are.
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 Posted 03/30/2014  12:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use an HE Harris 16x loupe.
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 Posted 03/30/2014  8:52 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My all time favorite is the B&L APO Triplet 7x I'm on my third one now, I've used them so much I've actually worn out the pivot rivet on one, and the retaining ring that holds the lens in place on one. They are wonderful, but sometimes I do need more power I find.
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 Posted 03/31/2014  7:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1893S to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Harris 16X triplet
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 Posted 04/01/2014  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Tbone to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
ditto for BelOMO. Made in Belarus by an old cold war era optics facility.
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 Posted 04/03/2014  7:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add burks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Received my loupes from eBay today. Easiest way to find them is go under coin supplies, search 20 led (or 10 led). Should be $9 with free shipping, BIN.

They are heavy weight, well built pieces. LED are BRIGHT as heck and illuminate the coin very well. It does wash out the colors but hey, we're looking at details here. I find the 20x to be very clear and easy to use. The 10x isn't bad. I have good eyesight so I doubt I'll be using the 10x much unless I'm just doing a quick scan. 20x for finer work.

Overall I'm very pleased. For the cost of a Subway sub and a drink, I don't think you can go wrong. Now don't go and even try to compare to a $125 loupe.
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 Posted 04/04/2014  11:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Try a local flea market or Walmart. You'ld be amazed at all the different types, sizes, magnifications available for a dollar or so. And duo to so many made from so many countries, the quality is unusually good. And as I said, for about a dollar or so. I've got about 20 different ones.
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 Posted 04/04/2014  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NKAcoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like Carl I've probably got 20+ different ones, but at all times I carry my Carl Zeiss 9x Bakelite Loupe, nothing compares.. They are a bit pricey..
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 Posted 04/05/2014  09:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 25walkers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a question on loupes. I am quite new to the hobby and am enjoying it very much so far.

I purchased a 16X loupe last night. It is the 16X loupe from Whitman Publishing. Upon opening it, the loupe is reversing the image and making it very difficult to see.

I opened the loupe and it contains 2 lens. Each on their own seemed to work, but when put together it did not.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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