[time-nuts] Working with SMT parts.

David davidwhess at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 13:37:43 EDT 2016

In the past when I had access to magnifying lamps and stereo
microscopes suitable for printed circuit board work, I preferred the
former.  The extra magnification of the stereo microscopes was not
needed and the large magnifying lamp was easier on the eyes although
admittedly I wore glasses even then.

On Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:14:26 -0400, you wrote:

>You can get a pretty good microscope new for about $1,000. Getting them used is a hit or 
>miss process. A lot of this stuff actually works very well when in good condition with all the 
>parts (The Mantis is one example). Without all the parts they don’t work or work poorly. 
>For most of what you do, there is no need for anything fancy. There is a Mantis in full working
>condition at work. It never gets used. Magnifier lights get used a lot. Low magnification 
>microscopes with really good halogen / fiber optic ring lights seem to be the most 
>popular option. 

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