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Old 08-21-2017, 09:37 PM #1
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Default value of ALC-60X and Omnichrome 150R supply?

Hey all,

First post here, but I've been a lurker for a long time.

I have an ALC-60X and Omnichrome 150R that have been in my collection for a long time, about 17 years. Aside from firing this laser up once in a while to keep the tube happy, I've come to the realization that I probably won't ever use this laser for the project I bought it for. I originally wanted to make a full color laser projector, but too many other projects got in the way. I've been thinking about selling it for a couple years now, and even brought it to the local ham radio swap meet last spring but didn't get any interest at all - I don't think anyone even knew what an argon laser was.

A lot has changed in the past 17 years - when I bought this laser, DPSS laser pointers were still kind of a new thing and red penlasers had just become something everyone had on their keychain. eBay used to be full of ALC-60X's sold by several vendors (MWK, MI, others), but these days it's very rare to see an ALC-60X for sale at all. I paid a bunch of money for this setup back in 2000-2001 (I think I paid over $800 for the supply alone) but I suspect that the availability of cheap solid state lasers is driving down the cost of used argons.

As a result it's hard to judge what this should be worth today. I'd appreciate any advice on how much this setup (ALC-60X + 150R) might be worth, as well as the best venue to sell this stuff (eBay or ?) I haven't shipped an argon in a long time and I am sort of dreading having to box this stuff up (it's heavy!!), so tips on shipping would be helpful as well.



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Oh - power output is around 100-120mW, at least that is what I was told when I purchased the tube eons ago. It's multiline, but the blue 488nm line is by far the strongest (i think the old xerox optics favor 488 over green).
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Default Re: value of ALC-60X and Omnichrome 150R supply?

Welcome to LPF - you should post an introduction thread and fill in your location on your profile. You should also avoid double posting, you can use the edit button to update your previous post.

As for price, somewhere around $200-300 (plus shipping) would probably be reasonable depending on condition/tube hours. You could ask for more if it's a low hours/good condition system.

488nm is the stronger line at lower current, the 514nm line favors higher current. Does depend on the optics too of course.

ALC-60s are nice, I miss mine!
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Thanks for the welcome!

About the blue/green balance - that makes sense - the 514 line isn't visible below about 6 or 7A but comes up fast as current is increased.

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