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    First "builds"

    It's not the balloon popping that I'm concerned about, it's the beam divergence. I was just using that as an example. I suppose with the above you have answered my question. If I want THIS beam more focused it looks like I'll have to do it outside the host. For future reference, could you...
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    First "builds"

    I have learned that it is only one diode since the original post and I understand about slow and fast axis now. I have a lens, several, in fact, because I wanted to see for myself the various results. At the moment I am using a G8. You can see it them on the emitting ends of the hosts in the...
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    First "builds"

    It looks like it's made up of a line of squares, which is why I thought what I did. Thanks for pointing that out, learned something new. Still leaves me with the question about how they do it in all those videos. They still look like a spot clear across a room. From what I read, you CAN do...
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    First "builds"

    Just finished my second assembly. Not really sure i can call it an "assembly" or "build", since most of the work was done by others - I just soldered the module into the host and tightened a screw :) Either way, here they are: Smaller one is a PLTB450B 1.6w 450nm. I did that one first before...
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    Understanding drivers and lenses

    Again, thank you for the information. Seems like you've sent me down the right path! I have a lot more information to use to continue my own research, and it appears that some of it's just going to be some experimentation - which is part of the fun, right? One last question: on drivers you said...
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    Understanding drivers and lenses

    BTW I found a really good article about collimating and focusing. Unfortunately I'm not yet allowed to post links
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    Understanding drivers and lenses

    Just to ensure I'm understanding correctly: One of the posts in the longer thread referenced there is referring to "C-lenses" which from the context I'm guessing means "cylindrical" - if I'm understanding right, these can be used for spread in a single direction, meaning you could either create...
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    Understanding drivers and lenses

    Thanks for pointing out those links, don't know how many times I read that page and missed them everytime. I've gone through a little of the threads and I'm still not fully understanding, but I'll finish reading and come back hopefully with more informed questions if I have any. Your answer...
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    Understanding drivers and lenses

    So I'm poking around DTR's shop and I'm seeing options to select different drivers and lenses in the modules. So what I'm wondering is: how do you select those? What goes into deciding what driver to get (or make), and what lens to use? For example, what's the difference between G2 and G8? And...
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    Ok so I'm ordering the host and going to try putting everything together once I have that. Again, thanks for all the info, I have a much better idea what to do now!
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    Yeah, they were cheap, and as I said, I'm at the "don't know what I don't know" stage. I had no idea about the size differences or how specific housings/hosts could be. At this point, it's just messing with some junk to have some idea how things go together. Just from the responses here I have...
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    Just occurred to me that another possibility would be to drill out the hole so that the little 6mm module fits. I have 3 to play with, maybe I'll try that too.
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. No wonder I can't find what I'm looking for. Still leaves me in the same place with those, though - no idea what to do with them. No worries if that's the case, they were pretty cheap. Maybe I'lll pull a couple apart just to see what's going on inside.
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    That almost appears like you're suggesting I skip messing with the 6mm plain diodes, then? I've searched quite a bit and I can't find any modules for 6mm - 5.6mm all over the place, but nothing for 6... I'm not necessarily looking for "cheapest", but I would like to get there without buying a...
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    I was looking at those already - but that still leaves me with: what do I do with it? So far the tutorials I've found have been more about the electronics. I'm sure I'm missing something but I haven't seen anything about how to assemble it into the host. Also, how to determine which one to get...
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    Beginner Project Help: 488nm laser pointer

    Please forgive my ignorance: but why not? And what would be more appropriate? If you're going to use batteries of some sort, what should you use?
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    Already think I may know part of the problem: I'm looking over the specs for the housing again and it says for "TO-18" - which appears to be different than what I have. So how do I determine (and find!) the right housing?
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    Assembly help, housings etc.

    Maybe I'm missing it in my searches, but I'm having trouble finding how to do a simple assembly and how to work with housings. Maybe I've got some wrong ideas... I've started off with some cheap 3mW and 5mW lasers I found on Amazon - 40 for $13, so cheap things, just to play around with. I got...
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    Site outage?

    For quite a while yesterday I was getting errors trying to access the forum. "has experienced a network protocol violation that cannot be repaired." on Firefox and ERR_CONNECTION_RESET on Edge. Was it only me, or was there a problem with the forum?
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    Hello LPF!

    New here. I had a HeNe laser many ages ago (I think from Edmund Scientific but don't remember) that I remember messing with - as a pointer, prisms & various lenses, etc. Was curious about finding something again and stumbled across this forum. Lots of good info already, just from reading! See...




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