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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Jewelers spectacle magnifiers
« on: April 10, 2021, 08:59:19 AM »
Looks good Frank. Speed wise how is it comparing to using a loupe ?

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Gemmasta hand piece errors
« on: April 07, 2021, 05:55:00 PM »
Thanks Rusted. I haven't pulled it to bits yet but will soon to check spring and bearings. It only does it at steep angles(that is when I notice it), like 70-90 degrees range. Perhaps it is something to do with the springs being compressed slightly depending on how many are taking the load. Shallow angles no problem, was cutting 9 degree facets perfectly today.
MB

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Jewelers spectacle magnifiers
« on: April 07, 2021, 04:27:42 PM »
I figure I should be able to get it up above everything as the working distance is a lot more than the microscope you are using. If the current lens doesn't give me enough working distance there are lots of others available.  I'm thinking I'll have a good part of 10cm between the lens and stone.

MB

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Jewelers spectacle magnifiers
« on: April 06, 2021, 07:47:03 PM »
I've purchased a camera, plan on mounting it on a horizontal carriage with linear bearings above my machine. Camera comes with height adjustment screw thread that I might use. If it's no good for cutting I still be able to take video of stones on the dop. I think it will do 1080p at 60fps. If the lens doesn't suit there are a huge range of lens available to fit it.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001260076533.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.67174c4dTbppIB
MB
 

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Gemstone Faceting / Gemmasta hand piece errors
« on: April 05, 2021, 07:24:18 PM »
I've got inconsistent rotation errors(small most people wouldn't notice them) occurring on my GF4. After testing I am convinced it is being caused by the three bearing balls in the hand piece. Does anyone know what size they? Maybe they have gone out of round, I've always kept it well lubed.
Perhaps I am better off trying to find a Hall Extra is forsale ?  I really would like decent bearings the handpiece and looks a bit hard to modify the gemmasta and still be able to change the index wheel.
CheersMB

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Gemboree 2021 Hobart
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:14:00 PM »
I remember seeing the 1st and special I have in the photos. I think I also noticed a second place. But I didn't look at them all as the photos wouldn't have been very good how the stones were displayed. If you would like to know I can try asking someone to have a look for me tomorrow.I should have paid more attention.

MB

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Gemboree 2021 Hobart
« on: April 03, 2021, 06:38:03 PM »
If I knew they hadn't informed you of the results I'd have taken more photos. How many stones did you enter ?

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Location of the Month / Re: What's happening at lightning ridge
« on: April 03, 2021, 09:56:08 AM »
That's a real shame, half the reason of driving all the way out to Grawin was to fosssick on those heaps, the other half of course was the 'pub in the scrub' or the 'Glengarie Hilton'.
We've taken many a new fossicker there and they've usually found something.
Another example of the majority being stuffed by a few thoughtless few.
I wouldn't write off LIghtning Ridge entirely though, as there are other places to fossick at the Ridge.
It's now not necessarily the thoughtless few but also just a result of large numbers of people causing issues. I think facebook is indirectly responsible for many spots being over run or closed.
MB

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Forum Announcements & Rules / Re: Forum layout changes
« on: April 03, 2021, 08:53:00 AM »
The thing I liked about the right side bar is I can see what I haven't read and can click on the next item. Would be fine if side bar was smaller. I will get used to what ever works best. Thanks for all your work!
I agree, currently the recent posts right side bar is set for the Home and Forum tabs only. I increased the number of recent posts on it to 15, can go more to say 20. I think it is good turned off for the Gallery as it was over lapping when extra gallery images were turned on. I will turn it back on for the forum sub sections.
Another option could be moving recent posts/activities to the center and having lots of them. I use another forum that does this and really like it. I will look into possible options.
MB

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Gemstone Discussions / Re: Gemboree 2021 Hobart
« on: April 02, 2021, 09:34:50 PM »
Photos were easy, and even easier to bulk upload once I figured out how. Looked to be a good amount of sales happening, numbers dropped off later in the day. There was a big line up when we arrived just after 12. No screening at the door, just taking contact info.
MB

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Yep, one post, not even a note of thanks !
MB

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Forum Announcements & Rules / Forum layout changes
« on: April 02, 2021, 07:54:20 PM »
I've been making some changes to the forum, you probably all have noticed. I have just changed the Gallery main layout to remove all the right side bars and increase the recent item and comment items to 12 items each. Feedback on changes made, changes you would like to see to make the forum more usable would be great. If you don't like my changes let me know. I am trying to make it as user friendly as possible whilst increasing the level of interaction regarding images in the gallery.
CheersMB

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Gemstone Discussions / Gemboree 2021 Hobart
« on: April 02, 2021, 06:28:20 PM »
I've just created a new image folder for "Gemshows and Events" in the Gallery and put a heap of photos into it. If any are too blurry comment Delete on them and I will remove. It is a case of quantity and sometimes not quality as many of the photos were take through display case glass.
It was a beautiful sunny day, good turn out, covid distancing was completely ignored so hopefully the mainlands didn't contaminate us.
Photos should keep you busy for a bit Mehoose!. Did I buy anything? ,not a thing, some how 4+ hours rapidly disappeared just chatting with everyone. Meet a few people and had a really enjoyable arvo. I was going to buy some rough but prices were many multiples of the prices I've been paying online.Hopefully those here that couldn't make it enjoy the photos, pity the order seems to have shuffled a bit on the upload.And congrats Frank on your success !!

https://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=gallery;cat=87
CheersMB

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Jewelers spectacle magnifiers
« on: March 31, 2021, 08:47:11 AM »
Those pics look good enough for me Frank, might have to buy one now :)ThanksMB

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Gemstone Faceting / Re: Jewelers spectacle magnifiers
« on: March 29, 2021, 06:41:50 PM »
I was thinking a fixed mount bolted to the faceting head assembly. Those aliexpress cameras look good and some would probably be good enough for gem photos. Most of the mounts have height adjustment, the mounts using chrome rods look pretty good but postage is too expressive on them, cheaper to make. Watching your progress with interest Frank.
MB


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