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CraftOptics Magnifying Telescopes

CraftOptics Magnifying Telescopes

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What the heck?! These are $449 directly off the website. (clear lenses).
How is this a deal?? $479-$25 (clear lenses) = $454
it’s actually MORE through Massdrop! What am I missing here?,
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Hi, we don't show that type of image as it is really hard to show in a photo, particularly in a way that demonstrates both the distance and the field size. The key is that you can see as if you were sitting close to the object but from a comfortable posture.
Regarding focal length, the 2" you mention refers to the depth of field. The focal distance is the actual distance from your eye to the object. Once in that sweet spot, you will have the ability to move around a bit, generally a few inches in each direction and still see clearly. That's the depth of field.
Regarding the light, it is a single LED. 5300k. 55,000 hour life. The light is not dimmable and on standard alkalines lasts around 8-10 hours of non-stop use before fading. The key here is that the light is right between your eyes so everything you see is light without shadows, so even when it dims you are still eliminating shadows, which makes a huge difference in detail work as you probably know. If you can see it through the telescopes, the object will always be magnified and lit.
We don't talk a lot about pupillary distance as it often causes some confusion. When we make a set with prescriptions we also pre-set the pupillary distance according to the optometrist's measurement but it can always be tweaked a bit. They can accommodate PDs from the low 50s to the 70s so there shouldn't be an issue there.
Thanks for keeping us on our toes!
craftoptics
Thanks for the thorough response. Yes my mistake...I meant depth of field.
Can I use these to copy test answers from that smart girl three rows over?
RayF
Only if she's about 14-16" away! :)
craftoptics
Hubba-hubba; I wish!
I would love to try these but my nose can't stand those nose pads. Do you make them on molded plastic frames that don't have nose pads? It's nuts, but when I wear glasses with pads it starts hurting so much that I have been known to put a tissue between my nose and the pad. I only wear reading glasses so I guess I haven't learned to live with it.
Utah
Sorry we missed this comment! Actually, the reason we have a "saddle" style nosepad is that it is MUCH more comfortable. It is from the dental and surgical world, where these kinds of glasses are worn for many, many hours at a time. It is soft silicone that allows the glasses to hang on your nose, not sit on two points. The glasses look a lot heavier than they are. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 888 444 7728. Thanks!
Hi Everyone! A great resource is the FAQ section on our website: https://craftoptics.com/faq/ and please post any questions and we'll get back to you right away. Thanks!
craftoptics
One common question that comes up on Massdrop: When you purchase via Massdrop, you don't have to have your prescription available--you can still get the savings! When the drop ends, we contact everyone to get their prescriptions and if you wish to get an eye exam first, we'll hold your order until after your appointment. We will even call your optometrist for a copy of your prescription, or you can simply snap a photo of it and email it to us at sales@craftoptics.com. This is a very common situation so no worries! Let us know if you have any other questions!
Any idea on how these work for people with astygmatism?
Balisong
Just make sure you send them the correct prescription.
Balisong
Hi! We install your prescription into the frames, so your astigmatism will be corrected prior to the magnification enhancing that corrected vision, so you should see without strain.
So is October 27 the date when they email the coupon codes?
fazalmajid
Hi @fazalmajid, You should have received a call by CraftOptics. If not, please give them a call. They have your information and can get started after they speak with you. 1.888.444.7728
SandyLucas
I just got the call today.
i only ever saw this on grey's anatomy worn by a brain surgeon...
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bsastor
And by me - look at my picture below :P Basically the same thing as a brain surgeon...
Annie
Hi Annie i think you forgot to put up your handsome surgeon photo :P
Any chance of international shipping? I could do with a new set of operating loupes. No power required on the lenses. Thanks!
The.Jon.Low
Hi, this special arrangement is for US shipping only. Our website has information on international shipping or call us at 888-444-7728. Thanks!
I bought these and love them! Also good for unexpected things like finding stuck threads in a bobbin area of a sewing machine. I highly recommend the light.
summitbay
Thank you!!
Questions? Please give us a call at 888-444-7728.
craftoptics
If we were to get this and our prescription ends up changing in the future, will we be able to get an updated prescription lense installed on the glasses? How much will it cost approximately to get the replacement lenses swapped out?
Dota2
Absolutely! Once you have a set, it is yours for life. All you need to do is change the prescription whenever your prescription changes, and with us that currently runs $85. You can also have a change locally with your own optician if you prefer, however we do a complete check and alignment every time we do a prescription change. Thanks!
Thanks again for joining this drop! With your help, we were able to make it successful for the community. We've just submitted the group's order with the vendor. Please refer to the email for the order process and call them within two weeks to redeem your CraftOptics Telescopes.
I'm interested in this drop, however, timing is a factor for me. I wear prescription glasses and I would really like to get an updated prescription before I purchase the CraftOptics. Because of other things going on, I don't think I can do that within a two week period.
frzam
Hi--you absolutely can do this! When you purchase via Massdrop, you don't have to have your prescription available. When the drop ends, we contact everyone to get their prescriptions and if you wish to get an eye exam first, we'll hold your order until after your appointment. This is a very common situation so no worries! Let us know if you have any other questions!
Thanks again for joining this drop! With your help we were able to make it successful for the community. We've just submitted the group's order with the vendor. Please call them within two weeks to redeem your telescopes.
Just a few hours left. Thank you everyone!
Whenever people are considering a CraftOptics purchase, these questions seem to pop up over and over so we prepared this post: www.craftoptics.com/faq Money back guarantee, lifetime warranty on the telescopes. Feel free to call us at 888 444 7728 if you have a question that isn't covered here. Thank you!
craftoptics
your link is broken
kajsa_a
Hi Kajsa, Sorry about that - the note was from a year ago. We have since updated our website. Here's the link to FAQs: www.craftoptics.com/faq
I bought these last drop and they're pretty awesome! Here's a funny picture of me in my new getup:
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Annie
Funny? We think it's BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for posting!
craftoptics
Hah!! Thanks!!
I purchased these on a previous drop and I LOVE them!! I don't wear prescription lenses and have been exceptionally pleased with the magnifiers and the Dream Beam. I am a hand quilter and hand work person and I use them both to help me sit up and reduce eye, neck, and shoulder fatigue as I sew. Thanks CraftOptics for fantastic service and an amazing product. I am so pleased! I would recommend this to anyone!
Vine2
Thank YOU!!
Hi Craftoptics! I just saw your product now for the first time and it just gave me a couple questions I wouldn't mind asking you sometime. I am located in Canada and was wondering what the best way to get a hold of you would be! The ask us a question thing on your website seems to be missing!
Mkbnatural
Hi! Sorry about that! Just give us a buzz tomorrow at 888-444-7728 or email at info@craftoptics.com. Thanks!
Mkbnatural
We just updated our web site Friday night. There may be a few glitches to work out but it should be very helpful. Thanks!
Hello, if I have 2 prescriptions, one for reading and one for far distances, which one would I use with the telescopes? Also do you have choices in magnifications? 2X, 4X possible? Can this be used for soldering electronics or doing circuits work? I currently use jeweler's loupes or even microscopes (much harder to deal with) some of which utilize huge magnification (30X) and I am wondering if this is a better solution. Thank you.
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We do have a money back guarantee so if they don't work for you they can always be returned. I suggest adding the light as it eliminates shadows and jewelry artists love it.. We sell directly so you won't find them locally unless you know domeo who has them. Check out these reviews, many of whom art jewelry artists speaking of the specifics they can see with CraftOptics: www.CraftOptics.com/reviews
craftoptics
Will do, Thank you and i appreciate your time!
I am interested in these, mainly for electronics, but I've also started doing some metal detail work - think jewelry, although that's not what I'm making.
Anyway, I'm middle-aged, and my eyes are doing that middle-aged eye thing. I've been switching prescriptions every year recently, and my glasses feel like it is about time again. So my question is about getting the lenses changed during my ongoing evolution into a blind grumpy old man. (The blind part - I'm assuming your specialties don't include grumpiness.) How does that work? Cost?
Thanks.
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j.a.l
Hi! When the time comes to change your prescription, it is currently $85. You send in the CraftOptics along with your prescription and we make the change, clean things up, etc. and get them back to you right away. You can also have the Rx changed locally if you prefer but we have a special price for existing customers so most send them back for the update.
craftoptics
Greatly appreciate the information. Helps quite a bit.
What power magnification are these? And can I choose my focal length?
Gdp7
Hi @Gdp7They have 2x magnification and yes, you may choose your focal length.
SandyLucas
Hi Gdp7! We have three working distances: Short--12-14" from your eye, Regular (most common) 14-16" and Long 16-18". Also, don't confuse 2x with +2.00 (as in a reader). 2x would be roughly equivalent to a +8.00 reader if there was such a thing. This link also is helpful: https://craftoptics.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/top-ten-craftoptics-questions/
I have had these for 2 years and paid full price at a quilt show. NO REGRETS! My appliqué stitches and embroidery instantly improved and work progresses faster when you can see precisely where you are placing your stitches. So much more relaxing and enjoyable to be able to sit and stitch.
Sewrosey
Thanks, Sewrosey!!
Thanks again for joining this drop! With your help we were able to make it successful for the community. We've just submitted the group's order with the vendor. Please call them within two weeks to redeem your telescopes.
I might have ordered these 18yrs to late. I have been a watchmaker with Rolex for the last 18yrs. I have a stiff neck to say the least! Iam in quality control now and don't have to have such high magnification. I am hopefull that these will help.
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Kronograf
When you call to complete the order, we will walk you through the various working distance options to make sure you will be sitting in a comfortable working position. We will even switch it if you try a shorter working distance and find you prefer to sit more upright (at no charge, of course). We're looking forward to helping you!
Please do it! I need them so bad!
I just visited my optometrist and will have new glasses soon. My left eye is much (as in very, very, very much!) weaker than my right. I only ordered two new pairs (everyday and sun, not yet replacing readers and computer) though they told me it is ideal to have all the same as I am getting Shaw lenses. Hopefully you've heard of these...designed a little differently and to help two very different eyes work better together. How will I fare switching between my everyday Shaw lenses (which will be of very different thicknesses left/right) and yours? I've been wanting Craft-Optics for ages!
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Thanks for the info...I think I will give them a try!
mizlilly
Great! Don't forget the DreamBeam!
Awesome. Thank you Sandy for the clarification!
Annie
Hi @AnnieThanks for the kind words! It is the same brand and we have the same price. The one in the add is for readers and that's the same price we have for those. The higher price on our site accounts for prescription lenses. If you only need readers you would be paying the same price. Actually a little less since we are offering free shipping on this item. Hope that helps!
Annie
Hi Annie--Rio is a good company but they only have our short working distance telescopes for bench jewelry so they won't work well for quilting & sewing. The custom nature of our products made selling in their catalog challenging, so we now take care of customers directly, as we will do here with Massdrop. When you order, we handle all the prescription guidance and details. Thanks!
What are you lookin' at, 6 eyes?
Another_Overpriced_Drop
Unless you do close, detailed work, just like a dentist, you probably wouldn't appreciate the need for something of this nature. Those of us who engage in truly heirloom quality handwork, which is somewhat rare in this day and age of wonderful technology, are thrilled that these types of aids are available to make our handiwork just that much more beautiful. Expensive, yes, but these are my eyes.
Another_Overpriced_Drop
If you wear eyeglasses, then yes--never thought of it that way! Your eyes (2), the corrective lenses in the frames (2) and the telescopes (2). Any fine detail work can benefit from these. We know it is an investment, which is why we have a money back guarantee if someone isn't happy with the purchase. Full refund, even if we install a custom prescription!
I have one more question. If I am the only one joining the drop do I have to pay the full price?
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Hi Vine2! The good news here is we guarantee them so if you aren't happy with the investment, we refund you money, even if we install your custom prescription. We want to make sure you are thrilled with your purchase!
Do it, do it. I am so excited. I just know this is going to help. I have been reading all sorts of reviews. Mary Corbet, my favorite embroiderer of Needle n Threads is thrilled with them.