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Well today I received my first Argon Ion Laser.
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busman2...im trying to stick to only diode/dpss wavelengths for now but you are making it very difficult Amazing beamshot you got there!

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Wow, that sure is a pretty unit! Seeing that beam makes me regret selling my multiline
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The only thing I don't like about Argon lasers is that I am very hot blooded. So when I switch it on, after about a minute and a half the temperature is 10 degrees higher atleast. I need to put like an exhaust tube on it that goes out through the window or something lol.
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I always just ran mine in my basement, which is usually a good 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the house. Made for a nice little heater on winter days, though
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Very nice argon laser. Damn! Now I want one even more. Could you let me know the output power of your argon? I didn't even see the thread that you purchased it from, so I have no idea. I love that color blue, as well. More of an aquamarine than a true blue color. It is just beautiful. And I am very jealous.
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Argon & krypton ion lasers are definitely the holy grail of lasers for hobbyists. I love my argon. It definitely runs hot, though not too bad if run at spec. Mine is a 40mla so it's a 6-line 40mW monster! Does 120+ at max current. I usually do have to feed the heat out into the hall though in the summer. It's pretty toasty like running a space heater.

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congrats! I will have one someday... until then, keep those beam shots coming!

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Very nice argon laser. Damn! Now I want one even more. Could you let me know the output power of your argon? I didn't even see the thread that you purchased it from, so I have no idea. I love that color blue, as well. More of an aquamarine than a true blue color. It is just beautiful. And I am very jealous.
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Argon & krypton ion lasers are definitely the holy grail of lasers for hobbyists. I love my argon. It definitely runs hot, though not too bad if run at spec. Mine is a 40mla so it's a 6-line 40mW monster! Does 120+ at max current. I usually do have to feed the heat out into the hall though in the summer. It's pretty toasty like running a space heater.

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I have already subscribed to the maintenance thread! Thanks ultimatekaiser

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OK Tonight I got out the X4 Radiant LPM
Running at Minimum it reads @ 6.9mW
Running at Maximum it reads @ 69.3mW
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that is one fine laser you have there! i has one once, it was my first argon. i know what you mean about that sound on start up, it just tripped my trigger every time i turned it on.
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Default Re: My First Argon. Beamshots added.

I added a few beam shots to the original post, some using a fan grating. I am no Brucemir though!
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Nice pics, busman. Now, I'm jealous! Dang.........
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