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Old 01-06-2008, 03:33 PM #1
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I've been a member here for just over a week now and you folks have seriously changed my life. Sorry for the long post but I really wanted to voice my appreciation.

What started as a curiosity buy from DX (NewWish 30mw) has blossomed into a fascinating new hobby for me. Now I'm selling off my snowboard kit and my old Mac just to fund new lasers. This weekend I ordered a Blue and a Yellow so I can try some of those fabulous effects andy_con posted in Multimedia. (Your site rocks too, Andy) My wife is getting a bit worried, so I reminded her that I haven't yet spent a fraction of what we've spent on Mountain bikes... It's working so far!

Thanks to your threads here I won't be buying from WL anymore, although I count myself lucky that I had no bad experiences with them. My Pulsar125 was delivered quickly and burns fine with the cap set, although my testing has confirmed that their "negative divergence" spec is a load of hooey. (Because the beam is oval it never gets smaller.) I believe someone here refers to it as their "Fat useless beam". LOL It suits my purposes though. I'm having lots of fun with their Optics kit as well, so I guess I got off easy.

This weekend I bought an RPL-Blue-10 from Optronics based on the fabulous reviews you folks gave Jack and his products and because I don't like the pulsed output from the Aquarius-type. That being said, I did go with a Laserglow Vega-5 for the Yellow, saving 25% with their Boxing week special. (Sorry I didn't join your GB, scopeguy_20, but I live in Toronto, home of Laserglow & Nova, and I'm just picking it up at the warehouse) Now for a Blue-Ray to round out the spectrum...

I'm hoping to get in on the next LPM GB as well as the next S-KY GB (if there ever is one...that Gold focusable version would be sweet!) and I'm in on the GB for dichros and mounts. This new hobby of mine is making Visa very happy...

All in all, I have learned an enormous amount here and hope to continue doing so. Your experience and enthusiasm pervades this forum and is a credit to you all.

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I'm glad you like it here now you must thank c0ldshadow for creating this forum as well as SenKat and myself for working so hard for over 1 year solid to make this forum into what it is today..........................
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You bought a blue and a yellow laser and it is still "only a fraction of waht we've spent on moutain bikes"?

Boy I sure don't want to know how much you spent on your bikes...

Besides that, hi there!
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Thanks for the missing shout-outs Timelord. :-[ My respects to you and the other leaders of the pack are two-fold:

1) For their hard work and diligence. (As I've mentioned in a previous post, I was once a SysOp on Compuserve back in the 80's and I know full well how hard it is to keep a forum from flaming out... and that was before SPAM!)

2) For their vast experience and historical knowledge of this field. (Examples of which I see posted almost daily)

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ok i have to ask.... how much have you spent on mountain bikes? (if you dont mind me asking)
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I'm glad this was moved to Off-Topic as we're digressing a lot here... :-/

I'm a bit sheepish as it's kind of like bragging, but if you have to ask... :-[ These were collected over the last 10 years or so....

My Cannondale SuperV2000 was about $4000,
My wife's Gary Fischer about $3500,
then there's the road bikes...
My Bianchi Carbon Chorus w/ Ksyrium wheelset, around $4200,
My wife's Trek WSD Pilot was about $1500
then there's the commuter bikes...
and the BOB trailer, etc. etc.

We lead bike trips and I still race once in a while, so you could say we're a cycling family.
It's our passion, so although we scrimp and save to get the bikes I treat them all like Ferraris and do maintenance myself so they last a long time.

Hopefully I'll get as many hours of pleasure out of the Lasers I'm investing in.

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Who likes bikes when you can get a motorcycle and never have to pedal again

"check out how fast i can go on my bike"
"wow that is fast now look how fast my motorcycle can go"
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"huh what happened all i see is a streak of fire on the ground :-?"

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Haha, yeah no kidding.... if you already have a greenie, and just now bought a blue and yellow?!?!

BTW... I want to see pictures of the yellow once you get it!!!! Also your user name is clever considering your story.

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I'll post some nice pix when I get all 4 colours going. If nobody's reviewed the Vega then I can do one, although without an LPM it'll just be my impressions. Knowing the eye's sensitivity range I'm hoping that the Vega-5 will appear as bright as a 20Mw greenie, but we'll see.

As for the user name, I spent many hours here looking at the scene before I decided to join. I was pretty intimidated by all the animations and Sigs and as a designer, I felt I had to at least not look like a total forum noob and put up some nice images. The name comes from my business card catch-phrase "Curiously Creative". Thanks for the nice comment.

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Unfortunantly yellow is not as visible as green so it would be slightly less visible then a 5mw green, although it would probably be hard to tell if you had them side by side.

If only we could see red, blue, yellow as good as green :'(

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Unfortunantly yellow is not as visible as green so it would be slightly less visible then a 5mw green, although it would probably be hard to tell if you had them side by side.

If only we could see red, blue, yellow as good as green :'(

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If you're right, (and I'm sure you are) then it looks like once the dicros get here I'll finally have a use for that WL Core I keep as a paperweight... ;D

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Actualy when you get that blue laser you could make a white laser with just the blue and the yellow, although i think you would need the adjustable blue so you could turn it down enough, or else the blue would be to bright to make a good looking white laser.

I think with the green and the yellow combined it would just be more of a greenish yellow. Also i dont think those dichros would work for that, it would have to reflect red/green and pass green.

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Actualy when you get that blue laser you could make a white laser with just the blue and the yellow, although i think you would need the adjustable blue so you could turn it down enough, or else the blue would be to bright to make a good looking white laser.

I think with the green and the yellow combined it would just be more of a greenish yellow. Also i dont think those dichros would work for that, it would have to reflect red/green and pass green.

...lazer... ;D ;D ;D
I think I'm going to try the set up described in the Dichros GB thread (diagram attached, and please let me know if it's considered OK to copy an image from another thread like this, as it's been a while since I've been on any forum and etiquettes change... :-[)

Once I get all the bits I'll be trying all sorts of weird things. One of my goals is to create a laser rainbow with nice transitions from Blue-Ray @405nm to Red @650nm. Should be weeks of fun and bags of optics getting that to work. Can't wait!

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welcome to the forum! i am glad it has been so helpful to you. timelord and senkat are largely responsible for this forums success; they have put an enormous amount of time and dedication into LPF.

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