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Join Date: Aug 2013
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| | New guy! SF Bay Area Individual reporting in! :P
Just thought I'd say hi. My normal user name isn't available here unfortunately, so I picked this.
Anyway, I'm into all sorts of stuff... photography, guns, flashlights, lasers, guitars, etc... and this is the natural place to go for lasers, eh? Long time member of CPF, though I haven't posted anything there in ages. This place is more to my tastes.
I got into lasers when I was a child in the late 70's... my father bought a surplus laser... like a 1-2mw tube red. Ever since then... fast forward to when green laser pointers just started coming out... I ended up adjusting pots on a batch of Leadlight 105's, kept a few and sold off the rest. The ones I kept were 50-75mw. That wasn't enough, so there was some guy on CPF who sold me a supposed 500mw (never tested it myself) that ran on 2xC cells. That would burn stuff, pop balloons 20 feet away, etc...
Always wanted blue and violet, but those were still $$$$. Fast Forward to now. I bought a 1.2w Blue and 500mw Violet from Lazerer... the order took nearly a month to arrive, the 1.2w isn't all that great... it won't focus worth a crap, but the 405nm is amazing. Well, the 1.2w is amazing in just how much power it's pushing, but too much beam divergence at any distance and focus, so that might go back.
Now I've got a couple of Reds coming from O-Like, both 200mw 635 and 650. I'm pretty good with in-depth reviews, but I'm out of my zone with lasers, I'm just a fan so I probably won't do anything more than post.
That's about it!