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Old 10-31-2013, 01:00 AM #1
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Default Best introduction wavelength for "other" colored lasers?

I was wondering what diodes I should look at as an introduction to the "other" laser colors (not 405,445,532, etc.).

I was looking at some of the offerings and they are very expensive. A yellow laser started at like $600, cyan lasers were more reasonable.

Are there other wavelengths I should look at? I don't need a burner, but I would like to be able to see the beam.


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Exotic wavelengths are not high powered at all. A 473 may be one of your better options at around 100mw. But these are also very expensive. These " other" colors as you call them are " other for a good reason. But good luck. Prepare to open up that wallet!!
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The new 520nm diodes maybe?
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The new 520nm diodes maybe?
Oh wow, I didn't even know about those. It looks like Osram also has a 515nm (At least that's what the name suggests) diode for a reasonable price.
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Good choice. Very nice color green.
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473nm and the 520nm diodes are a good start IMO.

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I will second 473nm, its my favorite (readily available) wavelength

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If you have a 532 and care to see the color difference between that and 520, click the link in my signature. 520 is a wonderful color, kinda minty/foresty green
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I second the 473nm idea, it's a lovely color. I haven't seen 520nm, only 514nm from my argon and our perception changes based on relative color so I can't really say how 515nm or 520nm looks but good luck!
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I second the 473nm idea, it's a lovely color. I haven't seen 520nm, only 514nm from my argon and our perception changes based on relative color so I can't really say how 515nm or 520nm looks but good luck!
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easiest for you pocket would be 635 - I'd get single mode instead of higher power though. After that would be 520 and then 473.
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It's pretty boring, but my "gateway wavelength" was 632.8nm - it quickly led to owning 543.5nm and 694.1nm lasers.

But in terms of something that's really new and different, you can't beat reasonably priced 473nm DPSS.

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I was wondering what diodes I should look at as an introduction to the "other" laser colors (not 405,445,532, etc.).

I was looking at some of the offerings and they are very expensive. A yellow laser started at like $600, cyan lasers were more reasonable.

Are there other wavelengths I should look at? I don't need a burner, but I would like to be able to see the beam.
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But it costs roughly $900 shipped

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Default Re: Best introduction wavelength for "other" colored lasers?

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Originally Posted by ZRaffleticket View Post
But it costs roughly $900 shipped

I would know...
That pointer last time I checked it went for 600$. I don't know how old you are but if you are old enough you'll remember 5mw green pointers went for 450$ back around 1999 even more before that. One price I heard quoted was 2000$. I remember the first red 670nm laser pointer I saw retailed for 200$. Now you can buy them in dollar stores. Nowadays we're too spoiled by relatively cheap lasers.

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