Ginny B's picture

Hand lenses

Could you please advise me on the best hand lense I should get for looking at lichens?

I have a rather large one that I used to use for needlework, but find its size cumbersome and that the reflections on its surface make seeing the lichens I'm trying to study and identify a bit difficult. I also have a very ancient watchmakers lense, but find with this one my nose is practically touching the object of my interest (yes, I know my nose is rather long!).

There must surely be something rather better for looking in the nooks and crannies of rocks by the sea, isn't there?



synan's picture

Looking at lichens

I use one of these, which does require getting very close to the subject. I don't know what the best option is, but the Lichen candelaris seems popular, but very expensive.


Sarah West's picture

This is the one I use, it's

This is the one I use, it's 10x magnification The only problem I've had with it is that the screw seems to need retightening fairly often. Despite that, I'd strongly recommend it.

Sarah West
OPAL Community Scientist
Yorkshire and Humber

gardener's picture

Illumination helps! If you

Illumination helps!
If you scroll down this Links page from the British Lichens website you'll find the Opticron LED illuminated hand lenses:

Ginny B's picture

Thank you all very much for your help.

Thank you all very much for your help. You've given me a good guide as to what you have each found best. I don't think I'm yet ready for the most expensive one mentioned. I quite like the idea of some illumination and will consider it and the cheaper ones too.