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The One Tool That Will Make You a Better Watchmaker
- Published on Sep 24, 2022 veröffentlicht
- Today I am going to show you the one tool that will take your watch service and repair to another level.
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My Microscope Setup
► Amscope SM-3T watchrepairtutorials.com/get/... ( Amazon)
► Barlow Lens- watchrepairtutorials.com/get/... (Amazon)
► LCD Ring Lite watchrepairtutorials.com/get/... (Amazon)
► Hayear Microscope Camera watchrepairtutorials.com/get/... (Amazon)
► Camera Adapter watchrepairtutorials.com/get/... (Amazon)
Recommended Digital Microscope
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I want to thank all my Patreon supporters and subscribers that have made donations to the channel to help in my journey to bring the type of information left out from other watch channels.
Thank you to all.
Christopher J Vincent
@Alex Rakhlin there are higher end scopes available but with all things considered, this setup offers a lot of bang for the buck and really makes the work a lot more enjoyable.
Great video as always. Good delivery and thorough coverage of the topic of microscopes. I bought this exact microscope when I got into engraving and was very happy when you endorsed it for working on watches.
Great video Alex! But the ring light is LED (light emitting diode), not LCD (liquid crystal display) 😀 Small difference but it matters if someone is going to do a google search for it. Thanks again for sharing so much info! I love this series! I just finished my first complete lubrication of an ETA 2472 and to do so I used your two lubrication guide videos intensively - both for sourcing the lubricants and technique. My microscope, which is very similar to yours, was invaluable. I know it can also be done with a loupe but I have yet to find a loupe with a built in video camera. Although that's probably coming next! 😀
@Timbo Bee you got it Timbo Bee
Thanks so much Alex, this is the kind of information I’ve been looking for. Really nicely explained.Thanks 🙏🏽
Yea you are right.
Thanks you much for everything.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, Alex reaches a new high. Adding a binocular microscope to my bench was an absolute game changer. I could finally see clearly when trying to coax a hairspring back between the regulator pins, inspecting the gloss surface of a cap jewel, and other routine (and not so routine) tasks. Mine is optically superb, but the working distance is too small to be able to use a screwdriver. But maybe a Barlow lens would help with that, I’ve now learned. The specific info on microscope and cameras setups will help a lot of watchmakers who look at Zeus’s dissecting scopes and faint when they see a $10k price tag! This is the best watch repair channel on Clip-Share, for aspiring watch repair techs who need to know what they need to know. Bravo!
Hello again my friend,
Absolutely a game changer.
I had been using a stool for my microscope bench but just recently changed it so that I could use the same chair and just flip around to my height bench. That has made a noticeable difference in my work flow.
Hopefully you can get a Barlow for your microscope because once you get accustomed to it, working becomes much more relaxing.
What I love about Alex’s video.. he addressed most of the other microscope reviewers avoid talking about. ‘Working distance’ - this is so critical if a hobby watch maker is going to use it for oiling cap jewels etc. that’s primarily the reason I want to get it. To be able to see better on what I am working on with two eyes..
Hey Alex! I’ve been watching your videos and they are great! You are answering all of the questions that came to my mind after watching tons of videos on other channels. Thank you so much for sharing such invaluable knowledge. Wish you all the best! Happy new year!
Thanks Tales. I got a lot more good stuff coming, so I hope to see you again.
Great videos Alex. This particular one is exactly what i've been looking for. I'm at the stage as a hobbyist that I have been looking into microscopes, and this is now my shopping list! Thank you, and keep up the great work.
Save up and get a good one. You wouldn’t regret it.
Awesome stuff Alex!! I use a simple digital 7” screen for inspection and even oiling… tricky but I’ve adjusted.
Congrats on your subscriber count increase!!
Thank you for posting these as it really helps us hobbyists.
I’m excited where this is Al going and the response has been amazing. Love the community that’s buildings
Another great video Alex. It can take a little while for the brain to sync up to get good hand eye coordination. I got two selections of click and other springs along with a selection of screws for a total of six pounds GB. Spent a few days moving them from container to mat, turn the over and move them to another container. This worked really well with the added advantage I might have some spares when I sent springs/screws to the Swiss space program 😂
You are a smart man Tom. That will pay off in less lost parts. Trust me on that.
Alex. Thank you. I've followed you since your first video. I think I found it within a couple of hours of inception. I'm now able to disassemble, clean, assemble and get a watch running. Always poor amplitude, but it's a great feeling. I view your new videos eagerly, and once a week review all the others in order. I'm an anorak (nerd), but I have learned so much. Each time I view I find something that refreshes the learning.
I am at the stage where to continue with you feels that I have my own personal mentor. Your comments of the later stage of the video sounds absolutely fabulous.
It’s comments like this that really make all the work worthwhile.
From the start, I wanted someone, who had never looked at a watch movement before, to be able to follow the videos and complete a successful watch service.
I knew, that for many people who view watch related videos, they would find them somewhat below their level of experience and that these videos I was making would never really be successful by Clip-Share standards.
What I did know, was that for the ones with zero experience these videos potentially could be the difference between starting off with great enthusiasm for Horology and then quitting in frustration because they just can’t figure it out.
Thank you for validating what I am doing.
Great video! When I got into watchmaking a couple of years ago, I very quickly decided to get a microscope. My setup is basically identical to yours.
I actually do use it for a lot of horizontal-view applications, though. My bench has a hand-crank that lets me raise and lower it, so I raise the bench up about a foot, and then, since I have the boom off to the side, I can _rotate_ the scope by quite a few degrees. I just have to scoot my work back quite a bit to keep it in view, but this way, I can actually use my lathe with my scope!
Perfect set up Eric. Thanks for sharing that.
Thanks for the info my dude! Always a blast learning from someone whos clearly knowledgeable and doesn't feel the need to pack a bunch of BS filler into their content. Straight forward and breviloquent that's you man.
Dude I had to look up breviloquent. Thanks so much. I hate the BS as much as the next guy.
Thank you Alex! I was considering adding the elapine treatment, to my setup, and watched your video. I can see why we want to take advantage, of the longer life of the oils, and I will start doing that sometime soon. The SM-3T has to come next!
Epilame is a great addition ONCE you have the pallet lubrication perfected.
The microscope will definitely make that possible. Good call.
Your classes have been terrific. I'm getting ready to re-watch them as I know I'll learn things that I missed on the first viewing. Thanks for all your efforts.
Sounds like a plan. Let me know if you need any clarification on anything.
Alex, thanks for making these videos. I don't know how I (or anyone) would get started trying to work on watches without videos like these. Good tools are so critical. By the way, do you have a model number on the camera for your Amscope?
Thanks buddy. There is a link to it in the description
I purchased the microscope, Barlow lens, and light ring, using the links you provided. Thanks for making it easy. I'm pretty sure I'll buy the camera soon for recording disassembly. I've serviced 5 movements now with great results. I find myself doing everything under the microscope. Almost feels like cheating. Thanks for the help!
That’s awesome to hear. It doesn’t take long to get accustomed to it and it makes everything so much more accurate and you can really see if there is any dirt left behind.
Another great vid Alex. So grateful for your channel. You really get to the meat of the subject when it comes to watchmaking, servicing, and repair. I have been servicing and restoring vintage timepieces for a bit over 3 years now and primarily focus on vintage Seiko with specialty in the vintage 6139/6138 chronograph. I also love the vintage divers Seiko produced in the late 60s and through the 70s and early 80s. You are correct, the bifocal microscope was a game changer for me when it came to inspection and repair. Thanks again and I look forward to your next series of vids. John S
Like I have said to others, if anything maybe I can give you another way to look at problems or techniques that may fill in the blanks of what you already know.
I to am a fan of. Vintage Seiko’s, I have a 6138 in the shop right now.
Seiko has a long history of very dependable movements to work on.
Thanks for being part of the community we are building here.
I spent two weeks in engraving School struggling with working distance. Why in the hell did somebody not tell me this? I use a couple of antique Bausch & Lomb stereo Zoom scopes which I can highly recommend- even more so now that I have acquired .5X Barlow objectives for them holy cow is this amazing. Thank you for this game changing piece of information. I spent more on my engraving classes then my first two cars and nobody bothered to let me know I could improve my working distance I had to see it from a guy on a Clip-Share video.
I did the exact same thing a couple off months back. And yes, the .5x Barlow was a great investment for my old B&L Stereozoom. That said, one does have to be patient to find that lens at a decent price. Cheers.
Excellent tutorial series. Really good advice on what to do as well as what not to do in in really concise and clear manner. Slowly working my way through.
Glad you enjoyed it Graham. Let me know if you have any questions
You're The Man, Alex.
Thanks for taking the time to pass along all this good information and in a clear and concise manner.
Looking forward to future installments of yours pertaining to actual repair.
Yes, the "scope" is an integral part of my workbench.
Mine consists of a hodge-podge of components, some bought and others homemade.
The foundation is a Hayear 48Mp camera screwed onto a Hayear 180X Zoom lens. All this is coupled to a ismartView 10" HDMI monitor. I believe this setup is the best bang for the buck compared to those ready-made inspection digitals currently available.
I have a cheap LED ring light just like yours.
I took it a step further and cut a filter for it out of some polarized thick-film material (B009P8B548) in the shape of a ring to cover the light and I added a screw-on circular polarized lens (B003USTMIU) along with a ND filter (for protection) to the bottom of the camera lens. Having polarized light allows me to dial-out unwanted reflections and see detail that was previously obscured and it allows me to see into things like jewels, screw holes, hollow items, and the like. I suppose polarized light will be a matter of personal preference but I find it very useful.
To rotate the polarized lens, I drilled & tapped the side of the ND filter, which is on the bottom of the polarized filter, and screwed into it a 4-40 thumb screw from an old serial data connector which is about 2" long and it makes a terrific handle. I liked it so much that I installed one on the Zoom-ring of the camera lens too.
Spending less than $30 converting an ordinary LED ring-light and camera lens using readily available materials saved me hundreds over a factory-made polarized ring light.
Here is a Dropbox link for a pic of my setup:
" www.dropbox.com/s/vzhq5afy0m7ai1r/IMG_3448.jpeg?dl=0. "
It is zoomable or you can download it and zoom in yourself.
A Polaroid brand circular polarizer filter is a good choice and it is cheap - and just as good as the more expensive Hoya or Tiffen polarizers.
@Watch Repair Tutorials
Glad to be of some help, Alex.
I wanted to leave a link to a pic in my Dropbox but.......
Let me know how it went and good luck with that.
Good to hear from you. I am going to give your lens filter a shot. Reflection in shooting video is a bit of an Achilles's Heal for me.
Thanks for that tip.
Very informative Alex, well done on the support from the community you deserve it.
Absolutely spot on advice Alex.
She Who Must be Obeyed (SWMBO) bought me an Amscope for Christmas this year and I pouted like a child until SWMBO agreed to let me start using it before Christmas Day. It's a complete game changer for me. I struggle with a loupe as I wear varifocals and the focus was constantly changing when I moved my eyes around. The microscope has allowed me to lubricate pallet fork jewels with ease, replace the pinging incabloc springs without turning to drink and lubricate the whole movement with confidence that it's getting to the right place with the right amount.
Managed to pick up a clearance stereo Amscope with boom arm, .5 barlow lens and an LED ring light for £240 which I consider a bargain, given the amount I'm now saving on blood pressure medication.
@The Grumpy Muso LOL. Ain’t that the truth. Just like the timegrapher shows you how good your service work was, that kind of magnification shows you how clean your parts are. I will look at the movement and do any spot touch ups on the jewels or find little particles in a crevasse sometimes. It’s really amazing how much more precise you can be and I’m ticked to death you can see it too.
@Watch Repair Tutorials Completely agree. The other thing that shocked me is the tiny particles of hair, lint and crud that can be sitting on your tweezers or in a jewel that you wouldn't notice through a loupe.
That’s is so funny. I can imagine having that exact conversation with my wife. LOL
When you think of all the money spent on a wide variety tools, is there anything you can think of that has made such an impact as this microscope ? Probably not.
Yet again another very enlightening video, I fitted a digital camera like yours into the camera port by making a simple spacer ring, it is used to take pictures of the piece that I am working on as my memory is not as good as it used to be. I totally agree with your assessment of the advantages of a microscope.
Like I said Chris, to game changer. See you again soon thank you buddy
I bought one of these microscopes from Cousins here in the UK and indeed it's a game changer. Moreover, you Alex are a Life changer, with you clear eloquent and informative videos which have totally rekindled my love of repairing vintage watches. I look forward to your next one, Thank you.
Well sir, I don’t know about that, but I love the community here and I am glad you are part of it.
I’ll see you this weekend.
Easily the best microscope video on Clip-Share and I've seen most. My field is electronics but I will definately be watching your back catalogue. Your descriptive style is just what I need. Thank you.
Welcome and thank you. See you again
Hi Alex, been into watchmaking only less then a year and still gathering equipment and tools. your streams are great and its a great addition to some other utubers I follow. thanks and keep on going👍
This one was chocked full o' gems! The microscope is just an essential part of kit IMO, and you can't do a good job without proper magnification. This is one of those subjects that people are always asking about, since microscope options can be quite confusing. I gladly joined the Patreon too -- I've used this channel as a resource so much, it's only fair to help support it in return.
Wow thank you man. Any money that the channel could generate or just go back into future videos to increase quality. Your support is much appreciated. What’s your first name?
Wonderful! I would have thought that such a scope would have cost $1000s rather than $300!
I work on modern electronics and have been using the hoods with different lenses for small detail work. But the scope may be just what my old eyes need to continue working! Not to mention playing with a watch now and then!
Oh you can spend that much easily if you want to but this is a pretty good deal
Again an other informative video from you
Each of your 18 videos has taught me so much and again gave me the confidence to actually start disembling watches, obviously making mistakes, but fortunately learning from then and growing in confidence,.
Look forward to more of your watch knowledge my friend,.
@Watch Repair Tutorials
You are very welcome Alex,
You just don't know the confidence you instill in people like myself, with your down to earth simple explanations of watches and how they work and how to work on them.
You're a great auritor and as l said l've learnt more from you in your 18 videos, than l've learnt in a year, watching other channels,.
Hello again Eddie,
These types of comments make my heart soar. Thanks and stay tuned. The good stuff is coming.
Thank you Alex, I am very new to this hobby and after viewing about 10 of your videos I must now evaluate my direction. You may have saved me some pain and suffering :)
What issues are you having or what do you think needs changing ?
Done it. As you said, it's a game changer. For Christmas my bride gave me a Digital Microscope g1200 (on offer at £35). Not to the standard of yours by a long chalk, but brilliant all the same. Within a minute of switching on I found an error of my own work. A spring holding a jewel on the on the balance of my Sekonda 2428 was not actually central. It looked it, but on magnification I could see that it was off centre. So obvious! As they say in Latin. Tarrus Verius Mutchus.
Well Ross, everything becomes more clear that’s for sure. It’s just like the first time you switch on a timeGrapher and you see your work was not quite as good as you thought. But it’s all a learning process and the more you know, the more confident you get and the more enjoyable your work becomes.
Merry Christmas my friend
For me i just got myself a hi res digital microscope last month. it already has already become invaluable. I can do some work under it, but i love it for inspection and fault finding. its been a game changer!
Great to hear, I am getting to review a new digital microscope..
Thank you Alex, this is absolutely fantastic! Your lessons are truly very useful!
I have a digital microscope I use for inspection and I have a head set with lenes that you can change they go from 3-15x, and I use a very bright headlamp has worked great so far. Great video and thanks for sharing your knowledge.
The Absolute best set up is the one you are comfortable with. Thanks for watching
Thank you very very much for all the previous videos, each and every one of them has been (and continues to be) a priceless mine of information. And please keep them coming !
I will. Thanks Mr Barker
Many thanks Alex, another great vid! I have a cheap AmScope 10 x 2 on a boom that ive been looking to replace, it’s done me really well, but it’s time to upgrade at some time maybe to your setup! Looking forward to the next ones. Most interested in balance and hairspring work. Ta buddy!
@Watch Repair Tutorials Cool! Mainly hair spring bending. Especially when you are uncertain what the shape should be. I had one recently that was a right mess neat the stud, I couldn’t tell if it was a Ben or the correct kink that is often there. Tips and tricks, tools. Fitting a new spring on to the staff etc. Ta!
I am going to be doing some escapement videos coming up. Was there anything specific you are looking for?
I really appreciate the perspective and insights to bridge the theory and the reality of the art of watchmaking. Really great videos
Much appreciated Julien
Thanks for another great video. I have the stereo microscope you don't recommend (I think it's the AmScope SE400-Z). But, mine came with 2 sets of oculars (10x and 20x). I never use the 20x for the exact same reson you described. The 10x has served me very well for 2 years but I'm going to upgrade based on your recommendation. Thanks again!
That’s awesome. I think you will really appreciate the upgrade
What a great and informative video, Alex. Once I get the rest of my clean/service tools, I am making a microscope my next big purchase.
I can tell you that my viewers that DID make the upgrade are kicking themselves for not doing it sooner.
Ok, I've watched the series and ordered a few basics, including a practice movement. I think I'm ready to go back and try and some hands-on. Thanks again!! Def need a microscope if I'm gonna do this much at all, but can't really afford that right now. Got a couple dumont tweezers, a couple sizes of single burgeon screwdrivers, and some other supplies - chinese movement holder set that def needs sanding, chinese spring pin tool, nail tees, a silicone mat (meant for phones, but I think it'll do for starting), loupes, and some little containers for parts. Here I go... thanks again, professor! 🙏
Let me know if you have any questions
Thanks for another great lesson Alex! I can't wait to watch all of your upcoming classes.
Thanks for being here brother
Thanks for this video, it's exactly what I've been looking for. I've wanted to buy a microscope for a while, but found it difficult to work out just what was required. 👍
Well this is a system that I ah e. Even using for awhile and there will be no need to upgrade afterwards.
Alex, thank you for making this video. Right now saving up to buy a microscope setup. You explanation regarding what to consider and what to avoid, the rationale behind it is awesome..
You will not regret the purchase
Nice explanation uncle Alex! I've been using a similar Amscope for the last 7 years professionally (working on micro electronics). So when I got into watchmaking it was a natural choice for me. An additional benefit is you can work on a standard workbench instead of rigging up a high bench as you would traditionally. Depth perception with a stereo microscope is orders of magnitude better than using a loupe. In fact, I'd rather have my eyes removed with a spoon than work with a loupe hunched over a bench the whole day :)
@Watch Repair Tutorials Haha no man, I've found a LOT of useful tips and tricks in your video series! In fact, I used that DIY Lubeta trick of yours just yesterday!
As some one involved in electronics, you probably know that another benefit of a Barlow lens is that it protects the objective lens from the fumes from soldering.
Now that the basic stuff is out of the way, maybe I’ll have something more useful for someone with your experience level coming up.
Another great educational watchmaking video Alex, the microscope is my next and hopefully last bigger investment, my wife is looking for the rolling pin. Looking forward to your next series
LOL. I have found if you order it around Christmas it’s much easier to sneak in.😂
Agree 100%. As a novice, I'm only on my second practice movement (a Seiko 7S26) and have used only my microscope with it. I can't imagine working on Diafix jewels without it. I use the Amscope SM-1TZ with a 0.5 Barlow and a LED ring. It has a 1.2cm thick metal base with length and width that seem perfectly sized for a Bergeon 7808 work mat. I removed the two base clips and made a small cutout in the mat to accomodate the vertical post. The mat basically completely covers the base, whose thinness now makes it an ideal working platform. The 0.5 Barlow allows easy and comfortable use of tools. You get depth perception not possible with a loupe. Diafix cleaning and lubrication is still a PITA but it is doable and getting easier with more practice. The microscope was my first major acquisition after screwdrivers, tweezers, and oils. Should have a timegrapher by next week to further up my game.
I found assembling the train of wheels of a ST36 clone quite difficult with a loupe (even with an Ary clip on for my glasses.) The lack of depth perception is frustrating and the back and forth between loupe and glasses taxing. Having your head so close to the movement for so long is uncomfortable. Ended up taking my glasses off and using naked eyes up close. That movement is large enough to make unaided assembly of wheels possible. The incabloc chaton of the balance is another matter. You can't do something properly if you can't see exactly what you are working on and what the tweezer tips are doing. So I got the microscope. A real game changer as you said. Optics are as essential as good screwdrivers and tweezers.
Hey John, Thats awesome to hear. A lot of new watchmakers don't make the connection to the microscope so early so nice job man.
Hey Alex, I think you meant that the microscope is 7x-45x. The objective lens is .7x-4.5x. Then multiply by 10x for the ocular. You can see this on the Amscope website. Awesome video, btw. Love your content!
Yep, you are correct
Another awesome video Alex. Keep up the great work. Your videos are really helpful on my journey toward learning watchmaking.
@mark lester oh that’s to bad.
@Watch Repair Tutorials I checked their website but they only carry Barlow lens for their telescopes.
@mark lester I’m not familiar with that microscope. Have you checked to see if they have a Barlow available for it?
@Watch Repair Tutorials Thanks Alex. I did have a quick question. I have a Celestron 44340 digital microscope that I bought before your informative video (fortunately I got it cheap). Question: do you think I could mod my digital microscope by adding a Barlow lens thus doubling the field of view and working area?
Let me know if you need anything
Thank you for sharing your experience and practical knowledge to people who are interested in watch repair. Out of all the watch videos channels out there I think your’s is one of the best that actually teaches one on one as instructor would to a student. I have been attempting watch repair for a few years now and I wish I had seen yours videos first as a guidance of how to start, what tools I should buy and what to stay away from. I am always looking forward to your videos. Thanks. 😊
Thank you Doug,
I hope I can add to the knowledge base you have built and maybe give you a new way to look at things.
See you again soon my friend
Alex your a Godsend, keep on keeping on. Your videos are awesome. Thank you for your inspiring words and videos.
Hello Steve and welcome.
This video has touched a lot of people in a positive way so I’m glad you liked it as well.
Hope to see you around.
Another great video Alex. I guess like most I started with digital microscope and still today I use it some but my Amscope is my go to for inspection work etc. I don't have the one you have, wish I did but since I don't have much work area I had to go with one a bit smaller.
You have to work with what you got Paul. Thanks for stopping by.
I wish I had seen your video back when I first thought to get a microscope. I have an AMSCOPE bi-occular but it good only for inspection for the very reason you pointed out about field-of-vision versus Working Distance. The Good news is that your video has me considering going back to AMSCOPE with an eye towards searching for options. Given my age and eye-sight I would be willing to go through the learning curve required to work FT under the scope. Thannks.
What I will tell you is that it becomes very natural very fast and once you do start working under a scope, you will wonder why you didn’t do it a long time ago.
Hi Alex, great video and awesome explanations! But what would happen to the field of view, if the eye pieces were x20 and using the Barlow .5?
20x4.5x0.5 would equal x45. Would the field of view still be the same? What about the working distance?
The .5x Barlow is going to cut the magnification in half no matter what the lens magnification is and the working distance will always be more. What the working distance is on your numbers would be, I don’t know as the set up I showed is what I use.
Thanks for your response man. My pleasure to be one of your supporters. Quick question: how much recording time do you have with your Hayear camera? I want to do my best to eliminate extra parts after assembling a movement, especially chronographs! 😉
The recording goes through the camera app in window and is really only limited by the size of your hard drive
Hi Alex, great video again. At first there is a little time to get used to working with a microscoop, but I cannot imagin working without it anymore. It's so relaxing for the neck and schoulders. I got mine from Bangood.... Please can you tell me what software you're using for the CCD camera?
My camera connects to my laptop where I use the Microsoft camera app
I think this setup or the Meiji are the best bargain if you want a trinocular scope to mount a camera (8.3MP camera will give you 4K) , if you don't want a camera then the Leica A60 with its amazing depth of field and that awesome Acrobat stand will set you back nearly $3K but if you can afford it, it's pretty damn nice. There's a 10" version of the digital microscope in the video that is about $120 on Amazon, it's better IMO but the power connector is kind of delicate (micro USB and will fall off the mainboard if forced)
@Watch Repair Tutorials That is true. BTW, I think you misstated the magnification numbers, I believe your zoom is .7 to 4.5x making your (with 10x eyepiece) microscope 7x-45x , with your . Barlow that gives you effectively 3.5x-22.5x, if you consider the realm of your normal loupes are around 10x-20x , I'm sure you will concur this is correct. 450x would put you well into compound microscope territory and anything over 30x would be really hard to work under I would think.
Enjoying your channel immensely- Best regards.
The Leica's are very nice but you can buy a lot of tools with 3k
Excellent video. Really appreciate your helpfulness. I just ordered the microscope and each of the items you suggested by using your links. You more than deserve the fees that you earned. Again, appreciate your help!!!
@SkyBlue I just plug it into my laptop and it runs on the camera app.
Alex, got my microscope, light and camera. Did you download the software from Hayear to run the camera? The microscope is amazing. I can see things incredibly clearly. Again, thanks for the education. Really appreciate it. Take care.
Will receive the microscope in several days. Will let you know how it turns out. I bought a grab bag of 20 movements for $20 from eBay to practice and develop my fine motor skills. Already killed 1 seagull movement. Don’t want to repeat my mistakes. Looking forward to being able to really see things clearly. Take care.
Glad it was helpful and thank you. I would like to hear from you after you get it set up and running.
I own the one you don't recommend. I don't think it is too bad . I have 5x 10 x and 20x optics and it is far superior of monocular or digital microscope first of all becouse it stereoscopic I use it mainly at 10x , , you are right at 20x is like a pinhole but I use this magnification rarely. Bought it for 140 euros , for me a good bang for the bucks at least for a beginner like me. BTW subscribed :-)
Hey Man, if it works for you that's great. It opens up a whole new world doesn't it? Thank and I hope to see you again.
Hi Alex, I do have a question. Maybe someone in the community can answer this. For the Barlow lens... Does it have to .5x? I have heard that you will get better working surface is you use a .7x lens. Can you confirm, or is that not possible? Thank you again for your videos! I love watching them. Please keep up the great work.
I mean you could but why would you. More magnification?
Thank you Alex for the video. My cheapo setup needed a 0.35x barrow but it works. Who knew being able to see what you are doing makes it easier to do what you need to.
Game changer right?
very informative Alex, well done on the support from the community.
Hey Billy G,
I love it man. No kidding. My wife is actually amazed.😜
Hi Alex, thank you for all your videos, the way you explain everything is very useful. As a watch expert, what are your insights regarding the p9010 movement on pam1312 watches? Thanks
Well I am probably the wrong guy to ask. I am not a huge in-house movement guy as I don't believe the value is there. They are beautiful watches but 8K, is not for me
After watching this video and also previously purchasing a digital microscope. I decided to pull the trigger on this entire setup. It was expensive but after using it for a few days, I don’t regret one penny. What an amazing tool. Thanks for your content.
@Jeremy Hippenstiel Well that’s awesome to hear.
Crane operator? That’s gotta be pretty cool. Send me a picture from up there some time. I would love to see it.
@Watch Repair Tutorials That’s an understatement. Absolutely a game changer. I’m a 49 year old crane operator and not used to dealing with things this small. I tried working under the digital microscope and nope. Used the other normal stuff and still have a hard time. The first time I used the stereo microscope, with the ring light.. I was like “you have to be kidding me.” Absolutely the best money I have spent on this.
Glad I could help! Would you say it is a game changer ?
Ebay seems to have the best price for the microscope with Amscope as the seller ($400). I put the microscope on my ebay watchlist and got a $40 discount for a total of $360 for the microscope. The other accessories I bought on Amazon. The Barlow lens is a must for watches. I am very happy with the purchase.
@Watch Repair Tutorials When I checked Amazon two weeks ago it was $490. $378 is a good price.
Someone just told me it was on sale for 378 on Amazon
Thank you for the video. Yes I have been debating purchasing a microscope. As I have aged I have begun using readers to see up close and I hate switching between loupe and cheaters.
Well John like I said I think it really changes everything and how you work as well as the quality and precision that you can do the work. As a person who wears glasses I find it much more comfortable looking through the microscope then full in with loops.
Finally! Someone goes over a microscope use and the particulars.... Nice work!
Hope to see you here again with us
Another excellent video. I have seen them all (more than ones). I use simular microscope and have just bought a HAYEAR camera. Works fine. It cames with 0.5 reduction lense and my microscope has a 0.5 barlow lense. But the camera has a much higher magnification than the eye pieces. The microscope also came with an adapter that can slide up and down in order to gain focus. Same focus as the eye pieces. The linse, 0.35X Microscope Adapter, thar Alex use looks much better. Does it have a built-in focus function? Tons of thanks in advanced
@Watch Repair Tutorials Perfect. Thanks for info. Just ordered the adapter.
@Stephan oh ok. Yes there is some adjustability bin the spacer to get the camera in focus with the eye pieces. It’s not perfect but pretty close.
@Watch Repair Tutorials Hi, No the 0.35X Microscope Adapter. Or are the some spacers in order to get the camera in focus. I guess that you have both eye pieces and camera in sync at the same time. Thanks
are you talking about the eye pieces?
Great, informative video, but the TOTAL magnification is 7x-45x. Your objective lenses are 0.7x-4.5x, and your eyepieces are 10x. The specs are on Amscope's website. At 450x you could see individual blood cells.
That said, I 100% agree that buying a microscope has been the best money I've spent on watchmaking. I wouldn't even consider doing it without one any more.
Great video and great series. Thank you for giving us so much info. I have learned a lot form your videos. They have all helped me in so many ways. Thanks again. Dan C :0)
Glad I could help
This was the one I was waiting for very interesting answered a lot of questions. Thank you Alix, looking forward to the next video as i always do.
Next one is about 1 week out. How to polish acrylic crystals like a boss.
I want to defend the last scope you mentioned not to buy. Simply because I have it. But wait hear me out, I bought it as using a loupe was killing my back. I use the 10x and I have an amazing working distance. I can sit straight and it's it's light enough to move from my bench to the lathe. I do ALL my work under the scope at 10x from staking (took a while) to polishing crystals (see the next video it's great). That's it. Not that expensive and when your ready to buy something better you can leave it at the lathe in a permanent position. That ends my defense.
I hear you and I might have been a little prejudiced because of what I am using myself.
So please don’t take offense I am sure there are many uses for that scope. Heck I own one.
The Microscope package is not as bad (cost wise) as I would have thought. Thank you again.
@Watch Repair Tutorials don’t have one yet. But definitely on the list of must haves for me.
Have you got it set up and been able to use it yet?
Another option, and what I use for fine electronics work, is a cheap USB microscope plugged into a laptop. Since you're using your laptop for the display, you aren't limited by the crappy built-in screens on the cheap all-in-one microscopes. Also, since the actual microscope isn't attached to a screen, you can easily pull it off the stand to examine things at different angles.
That’s a good option for some people for sure.
excellent video Alex. Comes at the exact time I have been scouring the internet for the right magnification tool. What are your thoughts on just using that camera with the correct lens including a Barlow lens and a monitor, no microscope. Is it possible to get a good working distance? It would take some getting use to with hand eye coordination, but I am just getting started in the hobby so I have very little in the way of frame of reference when comparing to loupes or magnification glasses. Any thoughts and recommendations. Thanks again for being a great source of knowledge, particularly for someone new to the hobby.
On this camera there would be no way to connect a Barlow lens to it.
Even using a macro lens on a regular camera would be way more expensive and much more limited in your field of view.
Thank you Alex I learn so much from your videos. Look forward to your upcoming videos
Thank you so much. I appreciate the words of encouragement.
Thank you for the great video. Cleared up a bunch my questions with your well thought our script and demos. Awesome!
Glad it was helpful brother
Nice setup, but 10x eyepieces X 4.5 equals 45 power. Not 450 power. I Had a Richert 570 gem scope with a doubler which is only 240x . great for gem inclusions , with a fiber optic light , but about half inch clearance. Great channel. Where did you train? Thanks for your knowledge & sharing.
I never was very good at math😄
I trained at The British Horological Institute in England in the early 80’s.
P.S. i meant 120 power, gettin old!!!
Very informative Alex, thank you very much. I am working with a bare minimum tools, nothing hi-tech.
Glad it was helpful! It’s a place to start when you are new but as time goes on you will want to start upgrading your system.
Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for your informative and entertaining videos! Great stuff!! 👍
I appreciate you telling me that. Comments make all the difference and keep me motivated thank you
Another home run my friend. Great video and such great info. Thanks for putting this together for us Alex.
@Watch Repair Tutorials I can’t wait.
I think you are going to like the next on buddy.
Hi, Thanks for a great video! Do you work under the microscope during dissassembly and assembling or just for those time you generally use a loupe? Like oiling, inspecting parts, working on Inca block etc?
I could see myself using a microscope constantly if the field of view was good. It would give my back much better working environment, not needing to hang on top of the movement and get a tired back/shoulders. What you think?
@Watch Repair Tutorials Thanks! 🙏
I work under the microscope 95% of the time.
I have my microscope bench set so that I can sit in a chair and then I can just swivel around to my tall bench for when I need to use loupe for Jeweling, staking work or anything i need to look at horizontally.
So many advantages to using a binoculair microscope! I've heard some hardliners on the watch forums opine that since a loupe was good enough for the old masters, it should be good enough for the rest of the world.... It's just pedantic gatekeeping! By far the best investment I've made in terms of equipment.
@Watch Repair Tutorials Indeed, they were inventors and engineers, looking for any new technology that would advance their craft and products.
Believe me Sven, if they had access to the microscopes we have today and timegraphers they would have used them.
They also used whale blubber as a lubricant, cleaned parts in benzene and dried parts in saw dust.
Thanks for this new video Aex! Very useful and informative as usual.
Fran, I think this is your first time commenting. Thanks for being here.
Alex, thanks for another great video, packed with good information.
I'd love to see you produce one on the subject of jeweling tools and staking set. I have successfully replaced a few jewels with my old Seitz tool, but I know that there's a lot I don't know about its use.
Hi Steve, They are in the que.
Thanks for your unselfish way of helping us watch enthusiasts.
Thank you for the recognition of what I’m trying to do. It’s a great feeling knowing that people like yourself appreciate it.
Great video explained in a simplistic way. Thanks
Glad it was helpful!
I knew you were a microscope type of guy ! 😂 I bought mine back in May ( Amscope SM-4TZ-B ) and I can’t see working with anything else unless like you said replacing a jewel, fitting hands etc etc. where you need to use a jig which precludes microscope use. Ive been buying tools since January of this year and I’m 90% done. I can say I’ve spent a boatload of wampum but I just can’t see working with anything less. Glad you came up in my Home Screen and doubly glad I’ve subscribed. I’m one step away from Patreon and it will be my honor to do so. Again much thanx and look forward to your next vid. 🍻Cheers Alex !
@Ray Johnson That’s absolutely right Ray. As they say, use it or lose it.
@Watch Repair Tutorials
73 myself and still ticking. The scope is a necessity.
I am retired and I find watchmaking a great pastime and it keeps the mind sharp as a balance staff.
It has taught me patience and keeps me in-beat.
Also reading everything that I can get my hands-on is also a big plus for the learning curve.
@Khronosbest I’m pushing 63 my friend. I hear ya
@Watch Repair Tutorials I’m born and bred and still in New York City. Ditto on the older eyes , I’ve passed the double nickels and I’m workin on the big 6 0 so I’d have to agree with ya there.
Hey may friend, are you across the pond?
I agree. I can’t imagine doing it any other way at this point.
It really helps old guys like me. 😆
You suggest the single arm boom on the microscope and I am curious why that it. It seems like the double would be more stable. I can see value in rotating so you are not always looking strait down and can look at an angle. Maybe both booms do that. Thanks for you info. I've learned a lot.
I think when I bought mine the single was less expensive and I didn’t see an advantage in paying More for the double.
Trust me when I say the single is plenty strong.
The head is fully rotatable. I actually have mine at a slight angle as it’s more comfortable and a more natural position to look through the eyepieces.
Hi Steve, I boutght this exact setup and it is everyything you say. Its a different hobby now. Thanks for laying this all out!
Happy to hear it. Yea no doubt it transforms the whole experience.
Hey Alex, I am confused. When I go to Amazon/EBay it shows the magnification as 0.7 - 4.5 then x10 for a final magnification of 7 - 45, not 70-450 as stated in the video. Am I misunderstanding something? Want to make sure I bought the right scope. Thanks you! (Edit: Typo)
@Watch Repair Tutorials Cool, thank you for the quick response. Very excited for my new microscope.
You bought the right one. I misstated the overall magnification as was pointed out in the comments.
Thank you Alex for shering such precious contents! what do you think about a 3,5x90 stereo microscope? Is it that different from 7x45? i mean...is it fine too for watchmakers?
@Watch Repair Tutorials thank you so much!!!🙏
@bix baid I believe so, but I'm not 100%
@Watch Repair Tutorials thank you so much Alex for answering me! Just a last little question: the objective lenses are 0.7x4,5 or 7x45. Because i found both on internet, are they the same thing??
@bix baid I think you will certainly get a good view for close in work. Not so much for general assembly and disassembly work
@Watch Repair Tutorials do you think i may not be able to get enoughs definition to do some works like pinning up hairspring in its collet or lubricating pallet forks?? Sorry, i'm a little bit confused about this matter, isn't my thing.
Great video. Wish i had room on my table for a setup like this.
Look into the Amscope SM1TZ. The base is only 1.2 cm high and a Bergeon 7808 mat covers it almost perfectly. The base becomes your work mat. Same microscope head as Alex's I think. Includes the 0.5 Barlow.
If that is the only problem, time to go garage-sailing for a new table, or a sheet of wood and a couple of clamps. My problem is lack of green, and no desire to use my excellent credit card balances to purchase all this fine stuff.
Great information Alex. Thank you so much.
So glat i could find this channel. Thank you so much, amazing amount of valuable ieformation! Much appreciated.
Thx Alex, you’re an excellent instructor.
Bebop da lobob, thanks man
I have been very busy lately, but as soon as I find some time I run to watch your videos. Thank you very much!
Again, thank you very much.
It’s always good to see your smiling face.
Great video. I have a similar microscope, I added an o.5x lens and can now work from around 8 inches, The field of view through the Microscope is great, but the view from the camera is huge,and I can't seem to change it, Any ideas anyone?...Subscibed.
No not really I do t really know much about camera stuff
Excellent series, great information.
Thanks for being here Andrew.
Hello! I bought all of these items and wow what a difference in seeing what I’m doing lol. Is it normal to only have one lens working when recording? Kinda annoying. Thanks for the great information
@Watch Repair Tutorials check your Patreon. I can’t send you pictures.
Hey Tim, send me a picture if you get a chance. I would love to see it.
Our AmScope at work has soft rubber eyepiece caps that extend a hollow cylinder for about 0.5". It's not usable with glasses on but when you lightly touch your eye sockets to the rubber you have the best view.
That’s interesting. I wear glasses and have no problem. I will have to look at mine to see if there is a difference.
Fantastic! Keep them coming Alex.
You got it Benny