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Old 01-12-2014, 04:34 PM #1
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Default How do I align this?

Lifting up on the OC results in >50% visible increase in output, telling me that this laser is out
of alignment. I think someone stepped on the OC and bent it downwards since the last time I
ran it. I'm afraid of getting into it until I have a better idea of what needs to be done.



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Default Re: How do I align this?

Without knowing whether this is a brewster laser, or not, I would tighten those top two screws.

However, without confirming whether it has a B window or not, I wouldn't recommend this.

I don't have any experience with these lasers, so I am not certain. Perhaps MarioMaster could chime in here.
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Default Re: How do I align this?

From Sam:

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"While I haven't yet to fire mine up, I've examined it and believe the
adjustments for X and Y are accessible via a pair of holes on the mounts,
using a 5/32" hex wrench.

The visible screws hold it together. The adjustments are recessed
behind a pair of small holes at each end."
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Default Re: How do I align this?

Okay, thanks. I can clearly see the adjustment screws now. X is in the hole under the right B in the
picture and the Y is in another similar hole directly underneath the aperture and cannot be seen in the
picture. It's too late to do it now, maybe tomorrow?

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Default Re: How do I align this?

Just some advice that I had to learn the hard way.

One axis at a time. X, or Y. Don't do both. Don't turn something without knowing where you started also. Not following either of those rules can give you an unaligned boat anchor in return.

I have an Omni 532 here for proof of that fact.

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Default Re: How do I align this?

Okay, thanks to your help I have successfully aligned my laser.

I went ahead and did a video.


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I've seen the same model today in the lab I'm working in atm.
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Video looks good, glad it all worked out for you

Something I'd like to add, a lot of heads are different per manufacturer. For instance, none of my lasers use he screws that need allen wrenched. Mine have a larger 3/8" - 7/16" (ish) bolt that gets turned by a screwdriver.

I also don't recommend walking the mirrors like that. Though perhaps I've been doing it wrong this whole time ... I was taught to walk one sides X until you see max, then the other sides X, then back and forth, etc. Then Y. Though this begs the question: Have I been doing it wrong this whole time??
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