Old 06-08-2007, 01:18 PM #1
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Default Dragon Lasers 9mw Aurora series BLUE review !!!

Okay - for starters, this looks very well constructed, and presents well. *The nice shade of blue compliments the output color very well too ! *It is a 473nm pulsed laser - operating as they say, near TEM00. *Pulsed lasers are quite different from "normal" lasers, in that there is a simple test to tell if your laser is pulsed or not ! *Wave the pointer while on - rapidly....forming either a circle, or a long line. *Pulsed lasers output will look like this : --------------- * while a CW, or Constant Wave lasers' output will look like this : ____________ * That MAY be a huge difference for some folks, but believe me, the output color is enough for me to put up with almost any mode, or type of operation ! *The beam is a super bright blue color, described by Dragon to be a saphire color, and I tend to agree with them. *It measured in at a healthy 9mw, which is at the top end of the scale of 5-9mw at a $799.99 price tag. *Shining this laser thorugh a mangifying glass, and projecting the dot on the wall, I could swear I saw the beam in TEM01 mode - but my wife dissagrees with me, stating that it is one, solid beam. *I will take some pics of it this evening, and hopefully get a nice clear shot of the projected dot, and let YOU choose which mode it appears to be in. *now, like I previously stated - almost any mode of operation or beam spec is acceptable to me - just seeing the bright blue beam at night is a HUGE PLUS to me ! *It is simply an amazing piece of artwork to me - never having seen one in person before !
* * This laser uses the CR2 batteries - which is an unusual configuration - but it works well for this laser. *It helps to keep the body size to a minimum, while providing the long life of a lithium battery. *I will post many pictureds this evening - of the beam, dot size, unit itself, and give my over-all and lasting impression of this laser.

The beam is most definitely TEM00 - here is a shot of the beam under 32X magnification from 200 ft away :



From 200 ft away @ 16X:



From 200 ft away @ 8X:



From 200 ft away @ regular:



Here's my first experiment with timed exposure - my handwritting sucks, but it still looks COOL !




Here is a timed exposure showing off the 9mw Dragon Lasers Aurora, *the X-85 from NOVA, and a 50mw 660nm red DIY laser:



Here is a nice beam shot :



Another beam shot :



And another :



And another attempt at writting :



Another (can you tell I was having FUN ? * 8-) )



Another :



And of course, my Daughter's contribution :




To sum this all up - This laser kicks some serious A$$ ! *The unique blue color is a very exotic and intoxicating display of technology - at the price tag of $799 for the 9mw version, it is not to be had very cheap, nor is it for everyone due to the "quasi-CW" output of the laser, but I for one find it an extremely desireable laser, and would not mind adding a few of them to my collection of lasers ! *This does not light up the room as much as a greenie does of the same power levels, it does however provide the unique blue glow, drawing stares from far and wide - bringing people towards you better than any type of magnet designed to entice people away from what they are doing. *I had to re-do many of my shots, due to the fact that all of my neighbors kept coming around and checking out what I was doing with all the lights in my garage, and in my driveway ! *Top notch device this is, and I WILL be purchasing one as soon as my budget allows - I simply cannot do without BLUE for much longer - my addiction has been sated temporarily, but now I hunger for even MORE BLUE....hopefully I will be able to get one or more soon, and take some more fantastic pictures - Dragon Lasers gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, they fulfilled my fantasy of owning a blue laser - even if it was for just a short period of time. *Thank you VERY much Dragon Lasers for giving me this opportunity to show off your wares !








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Nice pics
my favorite is that very laser one, how did you get it to look like that!
that looks amazing!
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Old 06-08-2007, 02:28 PM #3
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Default Re: Dragon Lasers 9mw Aurora series BLUE review !!

That last pic was a "Tunnel effect" without the fog, under loooooong exposure 8-) That is by far my favorite also !
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nice review senkat, cracking pictures. Does it emit a beam at all like the green's do, or is it just a dot.
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At this power level (9mw) I was actually surprised to see the beam, it is not as strong as the greens, but it is definitely there. My camera does not really do this laser the proper justice it deserves - I am still awestruck at it's beauty. If I could afford to keep it, I would ask to do just that.....sigh....alas, other bills are more important at this time. :'(
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Old 06-08-2007, 04:39 PM #6
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Nice shots and a great review Greg How long was the exposures on those laser art shots??
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It was 7 seconds....it took a LOT of retakes to get it neat enough to read ! LOL
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Old 06-08-2007, 05:23 PM #8
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It was 7 seconds....it took a LOT of retakes to get it neat enough to read ! LOL
Cool coz my camera only is capable of 8 seconds maximum as it's only a 10mp point and shoot from Samsung D103
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Great Pics Greg, thats a fantastic colour 8-) 8-) 8-)

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the tunnel pic is great. mesmerizing.
haha if only blues werent so expensive
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Here's a few vids of the Aurora with fog....

http://stonetek.org/Dragon/Fog/Aurora_Diffraction.wmv

http://stonetek.org/Dragon/Fog/Aurora_time_tunnel.wmv

http://stonetek.org/Dragon/Fog/Aurora_time_tunnel_2.wmv

http://stonetek.org/Dragon/Fog/Aurora_tunnel_3.wmv


Damn I love this laser ! *It is GORGEOUS ! *Now I need to find some more CR2 batts to feed it.....I have been allowed to keep it an extra week while I try to find a way to pay for this sucker - I do NOT want to send it back !!!!
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Nice! I'll be sure to come visit you some time soon to come check it out! ;D How about some pictures of the unit itself for us to see?
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great pics senkat, bet your going through a hard time on deciding wether to keep it
loved the diffraction movie? how do u actually create that hologram?
wot do u need for it? from what ive seen its just a piece of paper which u shine the laser through?
u can buy this accessorie pack from laserglow i think.
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Very nice these blue lasers.
Also very nice pics.

But the blue ones are still too expensive for me. :'(
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[quote author=SenKat link=1181305109/0#6 date=1181318401]It was 7 seconds....it took a LOT of retakes to get it neat enough to read ! LOL
Cool coz my camera only is capable of 8 seconds maximum as it's only a 10mp point and shoot from Samsung D103 [/quote]
Whoo! I've got a DSLR, which, under the right conditions, I've got up to a 35 second exposure My greenie looked like a friggin' lightsaber!
Greg- Thanks SOO much for this review! I know what's next on my list!
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the tunnel pic looks like the lightning attack sith lords use in starwars! that is one awesome pic greg
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