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Old 06-25-2010, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hi all,
I thought I'd share a few photos of a few Helium Neon laser tubes in my collection. If you have some amazing tubes, share your photos on here too.






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Bare tube HeNe! Sweet pics!

All my pics are there, except my GreeNe which I still need a power supply for, scroll down and also check page two of that thread for some nice pics...
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That is one HUGE photo and one HUGE tube!

Do people often commend you on the size of your cavity?
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Sweet pics. I remember that not long ago, Dave had one or two of the tubes featured in picture 3 for sale. I absolutely adore the looks of these tubes, they have this cool "steampunk" style that just begs for a housing made out of wood and brass!!!

The tube in the last picture looks particularly badass, what is it?

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Probably a Hughes tube from an aircraft. Any idea on the power of that rather large tube in the first picture?
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The ceramic one is interesting what did it come from?
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I'm pretty sure Dave has a massive one.... 30+mws perhaps?

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MarioMaster has identical ones to the one Dave has, Dave's is doing ~30mW, but I believe there was some tweaking needed to be done. Mario's are doing 40mW+ I think...he claims to have popped a balloon with one. They're Spectra Physics Model 124's, if I recall.
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The really long tube in the first pic of the OP looks like the GreeNe that meredith was selling on ebay for $200, it looks neat but I dont care for the metal things throughout the tube...
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The really long tube in the first pic of the OP looks like the GreeNe that meredith was selling on ebay for $200, it looks neat but I dont care for the metal things throughout the tube...
Those supports look cool I think.
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Here, this is the one I mentioned:NEW 2mW GREEN HELIUM NEON LASER TUBE HeNe Melles Griot - eBay (item 200486696014 end time Jul-22-10 13:17:41 PDT)

Turns out this one is smaller than one in the OP, but its green. Id like to see the one in the OP up and running with all that plasma exposure
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@timelablasers---Do you have any pics of these babies running? Also, there are a few in your pics that I'd like to have, so If you are looking to get rid of a few or just want some spare cash let me know, the three I like the most are the first three, the long one, then the really small one, and the one after that....
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I do love HeNes


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Um, I hate to give you bad news, but I'm pretty sure your holosonics is a pulsed argon or xenon. The ceramic bore is a giveaway.

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The tube pressure is really low, between 20-100 microns, so the valve lets you refill the tube, as it burns gas into the tube walls as it runs. '

The valve will have a scratch on the barrel that acts as a slow leak.

I've been looking for one for years. Now that I've seen a pic I'm happy!

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Thank you Steve, for taking the time to research and identify the tube! I got it in about '92 from a fellow holographer, who worked briefly there in the late '70s but couldn't tell me anything about it. Going through old Laser Foci magazines got me pictures of Holosonics lasers but not the insides. I think you're right about it. Looks like a discarded "first go at it" tube. I really appreciate your filling in the story about it.
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They aren't HeNe's, but these are my favorite three plasma tubes:





This is probably my favorite of the three tubes:






Unfortunately, I haven't got my hands on any of the big / rare HeNe tubes. This is probably the most interesting HeNe I have... it's a spectra physics 132:



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I have a 14" from dave.

Warning, lots of pics.

Yes,yes, it' a messy room.

I was playing with the white balance so some have a funny color.

I have since cleaned the tube and gave it a nice mount.

























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Awesome pics so far guys! Keep them coming.....
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Well I think brando just took the record for most pics in one post lol

Here is a video of my 543nm bare tube GreeNe up and running! I had a thread about it in the media section, but figured i'd post the video here too:
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Don't own a He-ne, but it's definitely on a list of things to buy, the bare tubes do look amazing.
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Well I think brando just took the record for most pics in one post lol

Here is a video of my 543nm bare tube GreeNe up and running! I had a thread about it in the media section, but figured i'd post the video here too:
How did you insert this video?
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Take the YouTube link, and take the numbers/letters after the 'v=' near the end of the link and place that between [yt.][./yt] without the periods.
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I really like laser tubes. I miss technology that is on a macroscopic level. Here is a little HeNe experiment I did a while back. It's a small HeNe tube I have, powered by nothing more than a charge piece of PVC pipe - well, at least it produces brief pulses; but hay...what more could I have expected?...



Although it's not a HeNe, I just made my own big tube from scratch, and filled it with CO2, Nitrogen, and Helium. Here are the results:



I've made several other videos of the laser in action. You can go to "my videos" youtube channel and check these out:

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos

Also, here is a flickr set which shows all the gritty details of construction ...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1204969...7624001202153/

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