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    2500 or so posts and I'm just getting around to printing. Ok. Played hookie today. Mixed chems. Set up enlarger et al. Selected neg. Turned out lights. Turned on enlarger. Look in focuser. I see nothing. What am I doing wrong?
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    After 2,500 posts, you know the drill. More information please!

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    sometimes there is a cover over the mirror that needs removing.

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    Not even light? Is there a cover over the mirror that has to be flipped back? Did you roughly focus with your eye first?
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    Ok. Focus by eye first. When I look into grain focuser there is light and I see the focus bar (?) But nothing of the projected neg to focus on.
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    possibles:

    a) need to adjust eyepiece so line is crisp
    2) needs to be near the middle of the print area
    c) depends upon magnification & size of negative -- 35mm enlarged to 8x10, as you adjust focus, grain SUDDENLY pops into view like a slap in the face. From 4x5 not so much.

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    Then I will get to fiddling with the focus til I get it. Thanks, all.
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    Try to place your finder along an edge of light /dark in the image to give you a contrast to help assess what's going on. Also you may have to make sure your eye is aligned correctly.
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    If you have a Paterson, focus the eyepiece on the double line with the image well out of focus. The eye's accommodation can show both the image and the line in focus if you aren't careful.

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    If you're using a slow 50asa film and not enlarging it much, then actually seeing the grain can be difficult. In these circumstances look for high contrast detail in the image itself, dark lines on pale backgrounds etc. and focus on them instead.

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