Ready to begin checking trichomes to see if your plant is ready for harvest?
Need a closer look at deficiencies, pests, or other problems?
Just want a see your plants in a whole new way?
You might be in the market for a magnification device. Here we'll go over some of the most common devices growers use to inspect their crop.
Jeweler's Loupe: A loupe is a small magnification device that does not have a handle. These devices are handheld, convenient, and typically offer 10-60x magnification. They may or may not have lighting attached to them (commonly in the form of an LED), and they are easy to use. Jeweler's loupes are the ones most often used by growers.
Downsides to these devices include low magnification compared to other options.
Happy Hydro LED Loupe 30x & 60x Magnifying Lens
DREAME 30X 60X LED Lighted Illuminated Jewelers Eye Loupe
Fancii LED Lighted Slide out Pocket Magnifying Glass - 10X 20X and 30X
Handheld Magnifier: These devices are sometimes referred to as 'pocket microscopes'. They typically offer increased magnification and clarity vs loupes, and also often have lighting. Handheld/pocket magnifier magnification ranges are typically between 20x-120x.
While these devices offer increase magnification, they are sometimes difficult to get a clear view when simply holding the device due to increased zoom.
Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x Power LED Lighted Pocket Microscope
Carson 60X-100X MicroMax LED Lighted Pocket Microscope
Aomekie AO1013 Universal Clip LED Zoom 60X-100X Pocket Microscope
Digital Microscope: Digital microscopes offer the best clarity, lighting, magnification, and stability. They are also typically more expensive, although many aren't much more than a handheld magnifier! Features vary depending on device, but many come with flexible arms so they may be better positioned near your plant, lighting, incredible magnification (200x-1000x or more), and stability. Many also offer USB connectivity, and can be connected to computers (and even some smartphones!)
Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand
Carson eFlex 75x/300x Effective Magnification LED Lighted USB Digital Microscope
Digital USB Microscope, Teslong Portable Multi-function Magnifier
What magnification device do you use to check for pests, plant problems, and trichome readiness? Leave a comment below!
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