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    Need a new grain focuser...

    Hello again!

    I'm on the lookout for a new grain focuser. I have a plastic Paterson job, and it doesn't do a good job. It's pretty dim (being made of plastic) and doesn't really help focus anything. It's REALLY hard to tell when it's focused.

    Can anyone recommend a good focuser, one that will last? The ones we have in our lab at school are all-one piece of metal, and they seem to do the job well.

    Does anyone have experience with this one: http://www.freestylephoto.biz/473109...er?cat_id=1602 ? Is it any good? I don't want to spend a lot of money.

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ser_Model.html
    (Link to Peak Critical Enlarging Focuser Model 1)
    Worth every cent.

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    Agree 100%. I messed around with cheapies and then took the plunge and purchased one and have never used anything else ever since. I particularly like the fact that you can move about the whole image area, even to the corners.
    It is said that we remember the important things, if true, why photograph? I forget, so I photograph.

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    I just picked up a Peak Focuser Model 1 for $25, shipping included. They come up on ebay all the time but rarely go for that cheap, though you can certainly get them for less than $100. If you look on other sites though, you might find one for a good price.

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    Peak, for sure. Once you adjust to the decrease in magnification from the cheapo grain focusing tools, the corner to corner range of the Peak makes short work of an alignment check.

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    Look on ebay. I found a like new blue metal one for next to nothing.

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    I have used most of them and I can't say the focus I can find with my eyes is any different from that found with a focuser.

    Try it yourself: focus visually, then put in the focuser and see if any adjustment is needed. If not, then there isn't much point in the focuser. OTOH, I am 3 to 4 diopters myopic; if you are farsighted then the things may be a God send.
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    http://www.darkroomautomation.com/da-main.htm

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    I have several but the one I use most often is the Bestwell Magnasight. The large mirror and good optics means I can use it from a distance rather than having to stand on my head to get my eye close to it.

    Larry

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    Hocus Focus is a really inexpensive, fast focusing aid. You don't have to bend down, it works toward the edges - looks cheapo but is great.

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