Nice laser, swan, looks like one of the SS hosts!
It's nice to see a red wavelength for a change! We don't see too many reds anymore; they just don't seem to get any love, with all the newer high power diodes, and the "exotic" wavelengths, the reds have taken a backseat in hobby laser building.
Yeah... i like my 638. But the softer 650 is really pleasant. I was really looking forward to the 660ish this time. I test rigged it upon initial setup and the WL looked great!... but, I’m starting over:beer:Hey SGD, I'll bet that you'll have have a red to add to your sig pretty soon! :yh:
The lower power singlemode reds are actually some of my favorites for everyday use; you can use them without fear of burning everything in sight, and I personally like a red beam for night use as a star pointer, the red seems to be easier on my eyes than the usual green pointers.
reverse poled it like a jackass.i actually do love my reds alot,althought i had a recent death of my low powered 638nm i still have the stronger tec cooled,im planning to build one pocket sometime.
Shotgundrums how did you fried your blackbuck driver?
I have been thinking about taking my Oclaro700 apart and see if I can crank it up to 1W. I would certainly have use the only G2 lens I have plus a new driver with more current. mine has a long way to go, afterall its only 531mw.I have a 700 mW 638nm laser and a 1+ watt one too. They are both very bright even in a well lit room. If yours is not, I would suspect it is not 700 mW. You can only know for sure if your measure the power with a laser power meter. If you are happy with it, that's really all that matters.
i suggest you to get the mitsubishi ml501p73 instead of the oclaro as it is more robust and has nice lifespan even above 1w.I have been thinking about taking my Oclaro700 apart and see if I can crank it up to 1W. I would certainly have use the only G2 lens I have plus a new driver with more current. mine has a long way to go, afterall its only 531mw.
hey chrisi suggest you to get the mitsubishi ml501p73 instead of the oclaro as it is more robust and has nice lifespan even above 1w.
well yeah the open can is the only minus here,i have pushed my tec cooled p73 up to 1,6w and it survived and still workes great,i don't think that an oclaro could achive something similar,if you get an oclaro don't push it more than 1w,those don't really like to be overdriven as p73'shey chris
I actually used to have a p73 build but blew it up by accident
I have been thinking of getting another, the problem is that open cans hate me :crackup: