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Hey guys,

I have been salivating over unique wavelengths ever since I got into lasers, and it's taken such a long time for me to realize that gas lasers are a fairly reasonable way to obtain some wavelengths I don't have yet. Well I had been searching around for some argon lasers on ebay and miraculously came across something else... Two 543nm HeNe Lasers!!!

One unit was rated at 1mW and outputted around 1.25mW, and the other was rated at .5mW and outptted 1mW. Both were still down at around $125. I was obviously planning on buying the stronger one until somebody raised the bid from $125 to $259, so I focused on the weaker one. I sat my crappy dail-up connection, thinking that somebody with broadband was going to have the power of fast internet over me and win the bid. But I was the only bidder!

I won the 1mW 543nm HeNe Laser for $125.95 and free shipping . I can't wait to get it (it should take 5-12 days to arrive). This will be my first Gas Laser ever!

Here are some pictures that the seller posted of my laser...





Once I get the laser, I will post some pics comparing it with my 5mW 532nm DX Pen .

-Jakob

EDIT: I got the laser last night! All I have right now is me cell phone camera because my mom stole mine and is in Florida :P. This is the only decent picture I could get.

In Order: 5mW 532nm DX Pen, 1mW 543nm HeNe, 5mW 593.5nm CNI Pen


When you look at the ends of the beams, you can see the best definition of the colors. There's a pretty noticable difference between the 532nm and 543nm at that point


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Very nice. I'm getting my first HeNe this week, a red one. Not as cool as the green you are getting, but I'm excited none the less.
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that is very cool does it come with a PSU and everything?

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Thanks . Any HeNe is cool to me, but I am so excited about a green one. Though I have heard of them before, I have never seen one mentioned on this forum up to date!

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Haha thank you! It does come with a turn-key PSU. I am very surprised that I found this on eBay though. The only green HeNe systems that I have seen for sale are from Meredith... for $685 IIRC :O

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I have been salivating over unique wavelengths ever since I got into lasers, and it's taken such a long time for me to realize that gas lasers are a fairly reasonable way to obtain some wavelengths I don't have yet. Well I had been searching around for some argon lasers on ebay and miraculously came across something else... Two 543nm HeNe Lasers!!!

One unit was rated at 1mW and outputted around 1.25mW, and the other was rated at .5mW and outptted 1mW. Both were still down at around $125. I was obviously planning on buying the stronger one until somebody raised the bid from $125 to $259, so I focused on the weaker one. I sat my crappy dail-up connection, thinking that somebody with broadband was going to have the power of fast internet over me and win the bid. But I was the only bidder!

I won the 1mW 543nm HeNe Laser for $125.95 and free shipping . I can't wait to get it (it should take 5-12 days to arrive). This will be my first Gas Laser ever!

Here are some pictures that the seller posted of my laser...





Once I get the laser, I will post some pics comparing it with my 5mW 532nm DX Pen .

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Don't you have a large-frame Lexel whitelight? That would definitely count as a gas laser..
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Haha I don't even know what that is. It sounds cool though... I wish I had it. All I have had up to date are diode and DPSS lasers...

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Haha no problem. I did a little bit of searching on Yahoo and on here and found out that a member named "pianoman" was having trouble repairing a Lexel laser-show system, and a few of your comments on there... It's not that hard to confuse "pianoman" and "pianoman2011" .

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Again, I think you guys are referring to "pianoman" not "pianoman2011" I never volunteered at any place that had a white laser .

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Are you the purchaser of the other green HeNe on eBay, or did you buy it from somewhere else?



Thanks . Any HeNe is cool to me, but I am so excited about a green one. Though I have heard of them before, I have never seen one mentioned on this forum up to date!




Haha thank you! It does come with a turn-key PSU. I am very surprised that I found this on eBay though. The only green HeNe systems that I have seen for sale are from Meredith... for $685 IIRC :O

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I purchased mine from Craigslist. I did see those posted though.

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That looks really cool, i need to get on the gas scene and quick
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