This is one of the best lenses on the market for the price. Unchanged for many years, the Belomo™ lens is extremely accurate and has an indestructable steel casing whilst still being lightweight. Belomo™, a Belarussian instrument maker have been making lenses for years and work in partnership with German glass maker Carl Zeiss AG to produce high quality optics such as this lens.
The lens on this triplet is 21 mm diameter, 19 viewable, which is almost twice the viewable area of a comparable Bausch & Lomb Hastings 10x Triplet. True 3 element achromatic lense provides a bright and crisp view without color distortion. The housing is made of tough steel whilst still being lightweight. This is the geology hand lens of choice to take out in the field as it is strong, durable and lightweight. It is not plastic like others. The focal distance is 28 mm and it can disassembled for easy cleaning.
We have sold countless lenses to students, geologists, lapidary and botany (botanists) enthuisiasts, and all have been extremely happy with their purchases. Avoid the cheaper lenses which have significant distortion at the edges of the glass due to poor manufacturing techniques. It's also great for analysing other objects like stamps, fossils, jewelry - basically anything where you need to see detail in a clear and concise fashion. For beginners, it is a better lens than the 20x lens due to the larger viewable area and the longer focal distance which provides a larger field of vision when magnifying objects. We recommend that a 10x lens should be your first purchase (as opposed to a 20x lens) as it is a more versatile lens and provides ample magnification without having too small a field of vision.
MADE IN BELARUS.
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Posted by Bob Foss on 10th Feb 2014
I am a coin collector and use the 10x for general viewing. For geologists, I'd recommend the 20x for outside viewing, hopefully with plenty of light. The 20x is ideal for very detailed viewing. For example, I can see the detail of the eagle's feathers on the U.S. quarter coin with the 20x or 15x Belomo, but not the 10x.
Posted by Shauna on 2nd Sep 2010
As a Jewellery maker, I found this lens to be a great help when working on small pieces. With not so great eyesight (im 50+), I can still see pretty well with this lens when working on tiny sections. I guess this lens is built for geology as the casing is solid steel - so it has a good weight. Overall happy with my purchase - good value too.