I guess were all in the same boat. I have +6 contacts already but definitly need reading glasses and I think this tool is one of the best ones I have bought recently:
I figured Id only needed it for SMD soldering but I find myself doing ALL solder work with it now.
Takes a bit of practice as its of course 2D but wouldnt want to have to do without it anymore.
Michael, will the 1088XLD use DIN 13 socket for Sophia RGB output like 1088XEL ?
Also: will the socket plus clock generator height be higher than the height of ANTIC/SALLY plus socket ?
You might want to try that link again. I'm thinking it might be one of those microscope like things using a CCD and a LCD screen?
No the standard configuration is with the two SIO ports and a DIN-5 video connector (same as a stock Atari). However there will be a set of mounting holes superimposed where the upper SIO port is, that would be for mounting a Sophia DVI connector board or could facilitate some other style connector board such as the DIN-13. Of course you will have to give up one SIO port.
Not sure about the clock generator height vs the Antic or CPU with socket height. So I'll have to check that out. However there's lots of vertical room, and one can always stack another machine pin socket for those devices (something that commonly has to be done for Sophia, or the newest TK-II piggyback version anyway).