The Eschenbach 1174 portable, fold-out magnifier has a magnification ability of 30X, a glass lens, an adjustable focus wheel, and built-in LED lighting for illumination. This magnifier provides hands-free magnification and viewing for a variety of applications such as jewelry making, watch making, needlework, artwork, electronic inspection, book reading, print inspection, and stamp-collecting.
This magnifier features a glass lens for quality and clarity that is housed in a plastic and aluminum body for durability and environmental protection. Built-in LED lighting illuminates objects, and an adjustable focus wheel assists in precision viewing. The magnifier works with two AA batteries (not included), and a 2.2V/250mA bulb (not included). Its dimensions are 127 x 20 mm/5.0 x 1.0 inches (H x W), and the magnifier weighs 1.6 oz.
Magnifiers are devices used to enlarge the visual appearance of an object or image. Magnifiers come in a variety of styles such as hand-held, headband, standing, clip-on, eye loupe, and those that hang in a necklace form, or fit in a trouser pocket. Magnifiers are commonly made of plastic or glass. They can have one or more lenses with varying magnification abilities, and can have a binocular configuration with a single lens, or two separate lenses. They are sometimes used with LED or fluorescent light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Magnifier ability is often expressed as magnification at a specific length. For example, 1.75X at 14” means that when a magnifier is held at 14” from a viewer’s eyes, the object will be magnified 1.75 times (X) its actual size. As magnification increases, viewing areas and focal length decrease. Magnifiers sometimes have a diopter number, expressed as + or -D, which is a measurement of strength (or power) of the lens. Some magnifiers are marked with a dioptric number on the lens. A high diopter number has a higher magnification than a low diopter number. Aspheric magnifiers, unlike spheric magnifiers, produce a sharp image to the edge of the lens for less distortion. Magnifiers are widely used in jewelry inspection and fabrication, watch-making, needlework, artwork, reading, print inspection, and stamp-collecting.
Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Eschencbach Optik GmbH of Nuremburg, Germany, which manufactures low vision aids and magnification devices such as magnifiers, glasses, and telescopes for inspection, quality control (QC), and scientific applications. The company was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Danbury, CT.
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- Eschenbach 1174 magnifier
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