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Made my intro here:
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.. but thought a new thread was a more appropriate follow up than to continue there as I'm now getting a project started.

Building a cross line generator
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I also have a 12mm module housing an Osram PL520B coming from DTR, and a glass 110* K-9 cross lens from Odic Force. So far the cross lens proved the most evasive, would rather have >120*.

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Yes, not kidding there either Encap. And there was no green laser diodes either.
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Good deal! Enjoy your first build. It can be addicting. Looking forward to checking out your build. Lot of pics.
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Yeah well technically it's the second time as I bought that $250 1mW unit off Amazon (returned), and getting it right wouldn't have happened without folks help here. Next on the list is a soldering iron. I'm sure it's overkill but I'm steering towards an Ersa I-Con Pico-
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Make sure you get all the tips for that solder station as different sizes will be necessary. I have two temperature controlled solder stations, but one is a rework station and also has hot air to flow solder. That is temperature controlled as well.
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I also have a 12mm module housing an Osram PL520B coming from DTR, and a glass 110* K-9 cross lens from Odic Force. So far the cross lens proved the most evasive, would rather have >120*.

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Make sure you get all the tips for that solder station as different sizes will be necessary. I have two temperature controlled solder stations, but one is a rework station and also has hot air to flow solder. That is temperature controlled as well.
Sounds like you have an awesome set up. I thought about a rework station but I really want that Ersa I-Con Pico.
I'll have to be a bit choosy about tips as they make a couple dozen for this model and they start at $12 each, would get spendy in a hurry if I tried to get em all in one whack.

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I would get at least three soldering tips. The smallest a mid size and something next to the largest. That would at least cover most of your soldering needs. I have 7 tips for the iron on my rework station and use all of them depending on circumstances.
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Great to see you posting more, Len. I know since the hurricane it has been spotty, and that's totally understandable. I hope you are doing well and are in good health.
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