How to Focus a Hand Lens / Hand Magnifier

Hand lenses / hand magnifiers are very useful tools for studying small objects such as rocks, flowers, or bugs.  Young children especially benefit from the use of a hand-held magnifier as they are often not able to use a microscope but can easily operate the hand magnifier.  Your Mini Me Geology hand magnifier has two different strengths – 3X and 6X. The large area has a 3X magnification which means that the object you are looking at will appear to be three times its normal size. The smaller area has a 6X magnification which means that the object you are looking at will appear to be six times its normal size.

Here are the steps to follow to properly focus a hand magnifier.

  1. Gather your hand magnifier and small objects.
  2. Sit in an area with good lighting or sunlight.
  3. Hold the object on the opposite side of the hand magnifier from your eye.
  4. Looking through the larger, 3x, area of the hand magnifier.
  5. Move the object or the hand magnifier until you can see clearly through the lens.

If you want to see certain part of the sample even more closely, use the smaller 6X area and focus the lens the same way described.

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