Hello, I'm taking a TIG class at a local Community College. I purchased an auto-darking helmet for my course work. From the start, I've had visual difficulty seeing the weld puddle. Primarily, the puddle and the surroundings are too dark. I've adjusted the helmet to the lowest settings, but still too dark.
Today one of my instructors had me try a different helmet, non-auto-darking w/a magifing lens. What a difference... I could see the puddle and the stainless steel looked like stainless steel instead of materail painted in dark gray or black paint.
Has anyone had a similiar experience? Next week I will have the instructor try the helmet too get his opinion.
BTW, my helmet is a Hornell 9000x, which I like a lot (well I did until I saw the light thru another helmet). I'm gonna call Hornell tomorrow.
Thanks, in advance for any ideas or suggestions...