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Belomo Diamond Loupe 10x Triplet Magnifying Glass
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- 10x Magnification Power
- Large 0.65'' (17mm) Viewing Area
- Large 21mm(0.85'') Achromatic Triplet Lens Gathers Light for a Bright, Clear and Color Correct View
- Optical Quality Glass Lenses, each BelOMO loupe is certified just like a camera lens.
- Great for rocks, minerals, jewelery, coins, stamps, part inspection
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This BelOMO product is a true Hastings Triplet. The image is 10x and its bright and clear and color-correct. This is well worth the price.
Be aware that the characteristic of a Hastings Triplet is that you have to hold it rather close to your eye (less than one inch away) and very close to the object being examined (again, less than one inch). This is just how Hastings Triplets work. A magnifier that doesn't work this way is not a Hastings Triplet.
Some reviewers have complained of inclusions in their BelOMO triplet. This is either contamination in the glass itself or, more likely, dirt trapped between the three lenses when they're fused. Either way, it's a flaw. Mine is absolutely flawless.
This BelOMO Triplet Loupe is well-made and a pleasure to use. Spend the extra money to get a real, well-made Hastings Triplet; you will thank yourself with every use.
It's a quality tool, well constructed, easy to open, stays closed. The optics are superb, and just what my 44 year old eyes need now that they don't focus close so well as they used to. I can easily see every last flaw, nick, bagmark, spot, and especially the fine lines that give away the fact that an older coin has been 'whizzed' - buffed to a shiny luster. I appreciate the Hastings Triplet design - no chromatic aberration, big wide field, and you needn't have it near your eye - just hold it about half an inch over the coin or other object you're examining and your eye gets a nice look at it even if the object is sitting down on the table and your eye is up on your head.
I was a little skeptical about the price, but now that the loupe is in my hand I don't question it. If you need a loupe, buy this one and don't look back - you'll be too busy looking at all the little things you missed!
If you are considering the 20x BelOMO, the 10x is SIGNIFICANTLY more usable for casual inspection. I do a decent amount of macro photography, and thought I would have no issues with the small depth of field. But the 20x really is a pain to use. Also, my 20x had dirt in the lens and distortion around the edges.
[UPDATE 02/20/2018]: I bought another one for non-personal use. It's not a Hawk or other high-end loupe, but ... it's very, very acceptable for most purposes. I recommend it. The only thing that could make it better is a small storage case. I'm using a plastic baggie for storage to keep the inevitable purse schmutzes out of it. The photos attached are of a quartz cabochon, with dumortierite needle inclusions, and the loupe used at approximately 12X magnification (if I remember right) to photograph a cluster of needles in the cabochon. For reference' sake, the cabochon measures about 12mm in length. And I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, which magnifies up to about 8X, but poorly. When I photograph gemstones, I take it up to about 4-5X, and use the loupe for the rest. The only editing I did on that photo was some cropping. The cabochon wasn't cleaned, and I had some camera shake issues (too much caffeine), and of course I was manually focusing and NOT using any stacking software. But the point is that the loupe does a fairly decent job.