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Old 12-17-2010, 10:50 PM #1
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I'm new to messing around with a laser beams. Working with a 532nm Anyone have any good suggestions on what kinda optics I should get 1st starting off that are fun? Other than the standard mirror. And are there any optic kits you would recommended that any laser owner should have?


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Yes they are. So is textured glass like you have on some doors or showers.
Glass like that is used in Lumia Wheels.
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Default Re: What do you think are the funest Optics?

There are so many optics that are fun to play with... i'd also suggest a polarizer filter so you can see what your laser is actually producing.

As far as fun optics go i'd suggest odd shaped prisms, amazing how a beam finds its way out of those sometimes - but make sure to get some eye protection, since 'straight into your face' seems to be a more common than desired result
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Crystal Glasses can give neat effects, but watch those reflections the beam goes everywhere.
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There are so many optics that are fun to play with... i'd also suggest a polarizer filter so you can see what your laser is actually producing.

As far as fun optics go i'd suggest odd shaped prisms, amazing how a beam finds its way out of those sometimes - but make sure to get some eye protection, since 'straight into your face' seems to be a more common than desired result

Can you explain this please what is does /is?
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Can you please google it yourself?

Also, I love lasing at clear plastic water bottles (the 1.5L and 5L ones).
They light up and spread light everywhere. Especially when full of water.
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Can you please google it yourself?

Also, I love lasing at clear plastic water bottles (the 1.5L and 5L ones).
They light up and spread light everywhere. Especially when full of water.
I just thought it would be smarter to ask people about the exact use of something, from people who deal with that very subject "lasers". Rather than randomly searching on-line (and I did read up on it Thank you for you obvious comment). I think I could get more exact information from the members of this wonderful site (rather than a lot of wasted reading) .
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Well polarization of light is really a very general concept, related to all light
not just lasers in particular. Wikipedia should have a great article about it, no
need to type something up especially for you, no offense.

It's just that spoonfeeding is discouraged, and people doing their own research
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Did you ever go to any recent 3D-movie lika avatar and kept the glasses?
Those are polarization filters.
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Well polarization of light is really a very general concept, related to all light
not just lasers in particular. Wikipedia should have a great article about it, no
need to type something up especially for you, no offense.

It's just that spoonfeeding is discouraged, and people doing their own research
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Did you ever go to any recent 3D-movie lika avatar and kept the glasses?
Those are polarization filters.
No problem and Thank you very much.
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