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    Hello, how much magnifications do you guys use and recommend? ive tried reading up on it but found conflicting advice. How much magnification would be too much?

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    Use as much as you need to see what you gotta see. I use 200x. Others will say a 30x loupe is enough. Maybe it depends on your eyesight.

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    30X
    It works for me. At meets I discovered that we all get used to out loupe and if you just grab whatever loupe off the table it won't always be the view you are used to even if they are all 30x
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    30X as well.
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    An 11x triplet magnifier (achromatic loupe) works for me. I look at the bevel by reflected light and the edge in silhouette.
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    Yes, you will get lots of conflicting replies. Personally all I have ever used is a low power loupe to see what is what. From that experience I would not go to a very high magnification scope because if I can't see a problem with a 30X loupe there is no problem with the edge for the purpose of shaving with it for me. When you are first starting to hone it will take a while to properly interpret what you are seeing anyway.

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    I use about a 30X loupe, anything more for me and the way I work is overkill.
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    An inexpensive 30-60x LED loupe from Amazon does the trick for me.
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    The 60X i use was/is cheap and available. The real difficulty is eye relief for me. I hate to hold a cranked angle of my head to use some of the devices available. directed light, for this old phart, is important

    Those lighted cheapies' allow my eye to be a few inches from the eyepiece, that way I can see what I am doing with the holding hand and change the light direction at the same time.
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    A Jeweler's loupe is similar in that the position of the loupe stuck into the eye socket allows viewing with little distortion.

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    I have a 30x stereo microscope which is probably 30+ years old but works as it should. I mostly use it as one way of checking that the bevel is set, and it's plenty of magnification for me. I can look straight down on the edge with it, gives a good view. If I didn't already have that I would have just bought a 30x loupe.
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