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Exclamation 589nm vs. 594nm Yellow Wavelength Comparison

10mW 589nm vs. 3mW 594nm

I recently received my shiny new CNI GLP-589 (Review Soon) and decided I would take a few pictures tonight. I have wanted to compare the wavelengths side by side to see if there was a noticeable difference for some time. The GLP-589 averages 10-13mW and peaks at 16mW. I won't know what the GLP-594 is putting out until I buy an LPM, though I'm guessing 2-3mW.


The camera I'm using is a point and shoot Sony DSC-P10 that was purchased way back in like like 2005 and doesn't give me much control over photos. I only get about a 2-3 second exposure so I lit a few matches to help me out. I only took a few tonight however this thread will be updated every now and then with new shots as well as an update on the power of the GLP-594.


Im not sure how many of you have seen both wavelength's side by side, but over the past few days Iv'e compared them quite a bit and IMO there is a noticeable difference in color despite being so close in the spectrum. Though the difference in power could effect how my eyes and the camera perceive them.



Left: 589nm Right: 594nm (Facing the lasers from above)


(Left: 589nm Right: 594nm)



This rainbow shot shows a huge difference between the two wavelengths, I would love to see how 635nm fits in.


I know a lot of people talk about these yellow pointers and I figured you guys might want to see them side by side. I thought I would sell the 594nm after buying the 589nm but now I'm not so sure.. What do you guys think?

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OK, now you got me jealous. Congrats.
I love that 589....
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i voted 589nm
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Yeah you definitely get more power for your money with 589nm. As far as stability go's the GLP-594 has been great.. Iv'e read about the various issues but haven't experienced any myself.
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589 is so much more beautiful imo
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You don't get more inexpensive, and stable than a 2mw HeNe at 594.1

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You don't get more inexpensive, and stable than a 2mw HeNe at 594.1


Ah yes a friend of mine had one a while ago( not to sure if it was 594.1, was yellow though )

surely was a fine piece of laser engineering, absolute perfect dot, stable as hell and a really nice thin beam!

to bad we cant stuff those tubes in a handheld would be epic...

o and to be honest i DO like the color of 594 more then 589, its more pleasant to look at

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I agree with Meatball here. Nothing beats the stability of my 4mW 594nm HeNe. And it only costed me $200. These were all factors when I purchased it last year, and for me, the decision was one-sided.
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Dude, you've got to fix your text color. It is impossible to read on some forum themes, and from a smartphone you can't even do the cursor selection trick to figure it out.

Please, sick to default colors for text
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LOL my bad. The only two colors I used was yellow and orange for the title header, Other than that everything is white..

Fixed.
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Lol, white is the problem

A lot of people have the forum set to a white background. Hence the need to use a default font color that will be visible on all themes.
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Lol, white is the problem

A lot of people have the forum set to a white background. Hence the need to use a default font color that will be visible on all themes.
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Brilliant, perfect, yes!
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Sweet! I think you should keep them both.
A 594nm pointer is even more uncommon than the 589s.

I'm glad you are enjoying the 589, though. It is pretty bright, isn't it? And the divergence is awesome, too.
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How bright is the 10 mW GLP-589 and how much did you get it for?
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Default Re: 589nm vs. 594nm Yellow Wavelength Comparison

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Originally Posted by Silvershot View Post
How bright is the 10 mW GLP-589 and how much did you get it for?
He bought it from me. It was rated by CNI for 5mW. It will produce 9-13mW on average and before I sent it off to G-Fourty it measured a 16mW peak.
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