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My first long exposure shots I've taken. I know they're crap, cut me some slack, I just used my iPad camera

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Oh man, this little guy scared the crap out of me! I was watching YouTube videos, then he decided to sit on top of my PGL's for about 20 mins I guess he likes lasers too?

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Arduino RTC VFD Clock boxed up , Transformer on front is 1.6Va 230V-7VAC and second picture is my Arduino RTC Numitron Clock in a old DPSS laser head also mains powered

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taken a few days ago the still is from a short video so the quality isnt the best
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I work as a telecom tech/engineer, sometimes traveling to remote mountain top locations to troubleshoot radio system problems, thus my ride to work this morning didn't have wheels. Thought I'd share some photo's and video of the part of Alaska I'm living near:


Above, getting ready to leave Valdez, Alaska


Above, on the way to Hitchinbrook Island, Mount Etches.


Landing on Reef Island for a few minutes to check a remote UHF link radio at that location before continuing the trip

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Interesting fact that not many people seem to know outside of the industry:

The "spikes" you see on the front (top and bottom) of some helicopters are actually, essentially, scissors. They are there to cut through cables in the event that a helicopter flies into something like a power line. We have them on most if not all of the Bell206/212/412s at work. Note, I'm not a helicopter pilot or engineer, I'm in IT.

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Weekend project ,

Multiplexed 4 Digit VFD RTC with large single displays , soon to be in wooden case .

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Love those tube clocks, so cool.

Here's a photo I took near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska yesterday evening at 6 PM. The sun never sets in the summer up here. Notice how low the satellite dish is pointed towards the satellite Clark belt at the equator, it's elevation is so low it almost looks like a terrestrial microwave link, near top of the world up there!

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New host with a huge 3 inch diameter lens with a 2.25 inch clear aperture on the end (tube ID) of which 2 inches are used by the long sided/fast axis output of the laser diode. With my 100mw (over driven) single mode 520nm laser diode, the worst case estimated divergence for the 2 inch diameter beam output is close to .02 mRad. With that estimate and if I am using pseudonomen137's online calculator properly, this means the beam expands to just over 8 inches diameter at a five mile distance, 27 inches at 20 miles. This beats the pants off a common 1.5 mRad DPSS green laser which would have nearly a 40 foot diameter spot at 5 miles distance.

Strange as it might seem, due to the lower divergence of a single mode diode the spot intensity (from reduced size) at a distances of over a quarter mile should be a bit higher than a 1 watt multimode diode with this same lens setup.

I'm using a three element lens to partially collimate the output of the diode first as well as adjust the size of the spot which lands on the large PCX lens, had to screw the lens all the way in past normal infinity focus to the mechanical stop point to widen the beam back out to cover most of the PCX lens diameter. I could have done so using the other side of the focas point, but found doing so made a nicer beam.

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The apparent awful choppiness of the black ring around the lens in all three photo's is an artifact from reducing the image size, somehow.
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