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Old 05-23-2011, 09:58 PM #1
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Default Transitioning from torches to lasers. Great place you have here.

Just wanted to introduce myself to you fellow lase lovers. Just started having an interest in lasers of all shapes and sizes for some reason. Although flashlights are definitely cool, laser are definitely cooler. Looking forward to learning a lot from you fellow members. This is truly a great community.


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Old 05-23-2011, 10:20 PM #2
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Welcom to the forums... if you have any skills in machining or electronics then let us know!!

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Flashlight < Laser pointer < Laser TORCH

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Default Re: Transitioning from torches to lasers. Great place you have here.

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Just wanted to introduce myself to you fellow lase lovers. Just started having an interest in lasers of all shapes and sizes for some reason. Although flashlights are definitely cool, laser are definitely cooler. Looking forward to learning a lot from you fellow members. This is truly a great community.


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Toph: If you have an abundance of high powered torches laying around, and wanted to trade one for a high powered laser, I'd be all ears. I wish I could just put together my own torch, but I don't have the hours right now to learn something new
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Welcome There is heaps to learn here and lots of nice people

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Default Re: Transitioning from torches to lasers. Great place you have here.

Welcome to LPF!

My evolution to lasers was much the same... went through a bunch of flashlights, eventually got bored, saw a laser... and well here I am

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Default Re: Transitioning from torches to lasers. Great place you have here.

For me it kind of went like:

1980s: HeNe lasers
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2000s: LEDs
2005: High powered LED flashlights
2008: Oh wow, lasers! I forgot!
2011: The stage of ignorance of how much money I've put into lasers. Just look at the freakin pretty lights.
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Default Re: Transitioning from torches to lasers. Great place you have here.

Hehe I've always had an interest in lasers.. since the 80's.. I never forgot. Just didn't always have the money.. especially before diode lasers became prevalent. About all I had before then were HeNe's and the odd surplus air cooled argon-ion.
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