Auto Focus Magnifiers

Family Tree Folk offer four Auto Focus Magnifiers with a choice of two Brightfield Domes, a stand magnifier and a bar ruler magnifier.

The Brightfield Dome auto focus magnifier gives a magnification of approx. four times actual size. It sits on your document or photograph and draws in natural ambient light, illuminating and magnifying text, images or symbols within your study area.

The image you see is clear and undistorted, allowing you to decipher difficult-to-read words and phrases on census documents, wills and parish registers. Ideal for researching old photographs for close ups of people or places. It doubles as a paperweight and desk accessory.

To keep it in perfect condition, each auto focus dome magnifier comes packed in a box with a black velvet drawstring pouch which also doubles as a cleaning cloth.

  • Hand polished acrylic dome magnifier
  • Small 50 mm (approx. 2 inches) diameter
  • Large 80 mm (approx. 3½ inches) diameter
  • Optical quality lens
  • Approx. 4x magnification
  • Auto focus when placed on any flat surface
  • Draws in ambient light to light the viewing area 
  • Lays flat and glides over printed materials
  • Gives a sharp, undistorted image 
  • Compact and very easy to use
  • Perfect for home, archive office or library
  • Ideal for viewing photographs
  • Doubles as a desk paperweight  
  • Useful for reading any small print - telephone directory, classified ads, labels etc
  • Comes complete in a box with a black drawstring pouch/cleaning cloth

The Trestle Stand magnifier provides a x1.7 magnification. This auto focus magnifier on a stable stand provides easier hands free viewing particularly for reading larger documents, books or newspapers. Ideal for use as an inspection magnifier.

The rectangular lens is made from PPMA (Polymethylmethacrylate) the same optical material used in the manufacture of some contact lenses and is coated with an hard coating to protect the surface.

The steel trestle stand is firm and stable for positioning over the item to be viewed. The lens can be turned to allow adjustment to the optimum viewing position.

Lens size is 140mm x 100mm


  • Hand polished and hard coated optical quality PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate) thermoplastic lens
  • x1.7 magnification
  • Magnifies the width of an A4 page
  • Auto focus magnification when placed on any flat surface   
  • Lens rotates freely for perfect viewing set up
  • Stand is made from shaped steel and extremely firm and stable
  • Overall size of stand is 8½" high by 7½" wide (215mm H x 190mm W)
  • Viewing lens area 5½" x 4" (140mm x 100mm)
  • Stand allows accurate placement on documents and photographs etc.
  • Gives a sharp, undistorted image 
  • Perfect for home, archive office or library
  • Ideal for transcribing
  • Useful for reading any small print - telephone directory, classified ads, recoipes in the kitchen, craft work

The Ruler auto focus magnifier provides a magnification of twice actual size and draws in natural light to brighten your image and provide easier viewing. Like the autofocus Brightfield dome magnifier, the autofocus transcribing ruler magnifier sits on your document, enhancing and magnifying one line of text at once.

The ruler has a thin red guide line inside the auto focus magnifier, and clear graduations on the ruler edges. Ideal for transcribers of census returns, parish registers or other family history documents.