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DragonSoulSong

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Well, I suppose that I've procrastinated on introducing myself and becoming active here for, by far, long enough! Hello, LPF! Dragon, or my legal name if you so desire, Cody, here! ^_^ I'm a studying CS major in college at the moment with a long-held fascination with, and love for, lasers and their gloriously coherent light! :)

I've honestly lurked around these forums for so long that even a Minecraft Creeper would be proud. I've read almost every sticky and every 'newbie must-read' thread that exists here, and then some, though I'm sure that there is a chance that I've missed something. After all of this time, to include a month of having been registered with the intent of saying "Hi", I believe it high time that I made my first post here and introduced myself a bit.

I'm not entirely new to the laser hobby, and I'm certainly not new to lasers, at least from a theoretical side, but I am a bit new to taking the thought of lasers as a hobby seriously, as well as being embarrassingly new to being some semblance of serious about safety with lasers.

That is not to say, though, that I've been dangerous or subjectively stupid with lasers. I've always been one to direct my beams carefully and not let just anyone mess with my lasers, and my care in such matters and similar considerations has at least lent me with the good fortune of no direct eye strikes and no ocular damage as such.

When I obtained my ~80mW Infiniti, about four years ago, I briefly considered obtaining appropriate safety glasses, but decided, in my youthful naïveté, and from having only had prior experience with 5mW pointers (such as my first personal laser, a 5mW DPSS greenie from Z-Bolt), that they were not terribly important right then.

Thank God, literally, that I had enough intelligence to realize, upon witnessing the raw brightness of ~70-80mW of 532nm laser light first-hand, that I needed a way to shield my eyes and constructed a set of safety goggles from some chem goggles and a sheet of deep-red cellophane. Despite perhaps not being the best protection, those DIY goggles most probably saved my vision multiple times, over the course of several years, from the occasional hazards of performing various optics experiments with such a laser.

I still, miraculously, have flawless vision, minus some slight hereditary hyperopia (farsightedness). Recently, being more experienced, and perhaps (hopefully) a bit more mature, I decided that I wanted to more definitively keep my sight that way. I purchased three pairs of safety glasses to protect not only myself, but my friends and family as well, as I have the occasional propensity to share my love of these devices with others.

I have already been putting those red shades to good use, wearing them while aligning and taking several test beam photographs such as this HDR experiment (I kind of do a little bit of photography every so often, though my cam isn't the best). I even just recently donned a pair whilst handing a second pair to my girlfriend so as to have a bit of safe, clean, balloon-popping fun with my somehow-still-functioning Infiniti. (It functions, but I'm fairly certain, minus LPM evidence, that its under-spec, and the silly thing likes TEM01 just about as much as it does TEM00.)

As things stand currently, I have a single-mode, 100mW, 450nm (likely OSRAM-based) blue beauty on its way from Skylasers, for which I, despite some pre-purchase searching (I love the custom Google search bar here!), could not find a single review for, so I'll just have to be the first, I suppose! ;) I also hope to start my first builds, of which I have several in mind already, before long, though I first want to pick up, of course, my own soldering iron...I used to use my father's, but the tip on it is so corroded that it can be rather difficult to solder with.

I profusely apologize for my long-windedness, which I seem to have quite the propensity for. If you have read through the entirety of this post and are looking at these words right now, I truly thank you for taking the time to read my words which, in their own right, took time to write. If you have indeed given so much time to this sole post, you are an incredible person, a gentleman (or lady, whichever applies in your case), and a scholar (literally, as I realize that my vocabulary can tend towards eruditious words).

If anyone has anything that they would like to ask me, well...about me, feel free and I'll be more than willing to answer! Furthermore, I'm always up for some friendly chat, so, as well, you are more than welcome to PM me here, email me, or IM me through Skype or AIM (both of which I have my information for on my forum profile) if you would, for whatever crazy reason, possibly want to chat with me! :)

In any case, I hope to be a contributing member of the LPF community, as it is only right and fair to give back to a community that has, albeit heretofore unknowingly, gifted me with so much knowledge. Speaking of which...one of my first stops may well have to be the donations page. ^_^

See you soon,
Cody, aka Dragon
 

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I would still get appropriate certified Laser Safety
Goggles/Glasses for your once in a lifetime eyes.

That being said...

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You should look at this link on appropriate Laser Safety
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Hey I live in In. too. Just south of Ft. Wayne in Bluffton.
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DragonSoulSong

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I would still get appropriate certified Laser Safety
Goggles/Glasses for your once in a lifetime eyes.

That being said...

to the Forum....
Thanks for the welcome, and for the links! It may be wise for me to give everything there a good re-read. :) As for laser safety glasses, I currently own and use three pairs of the glasses reviewed in this thread, and I can attest to the fact that they indeed work quite well. Granted, I can't claim to have an LPM to test with, but I can claim to know that the light from my Infiniti becomes a mere, insignificant whimper upon passing through them. In any case, I do plan to purchase a good, certified pair of safety glasses as soon as funds permit...I rather like my eyes. The glasses that I'm using right now are, by far, better than nothing, but I will certainly feel more comfortable with a certified pair.

Hey I live in In. too. Just south of Ft. Wayne in Bluffton.
phoenix77/rob
Hi! Nice to meet you! ^_^ Fairly close to Ft. Wayne, you say? Its been a while since I've been up that way. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only Hoosier around these parts! :D

Hey I from Indy also! I'm from Greenwood which is south of Indianapolis. Welcome!
Hello! Speaking of not being the only Hoosier, I had no idea that there would be someone here living so near to myself! It seems that you're just over an hour and a half from where I'm currently living! I mean, I might even be able to see you from here if I get up high enough...lets see...ah! Hello over there! :wave:

Finally, to everyone, many thanks for the warm welcome! :) It certainly makes for a slightly less nervous me, which is a very good thing, considering the fact that I'm eternally nervous, it seems, when setting foot for the first time within a community. You say, perhaps, that I don't seem all that nervous? I hide it well. ;)

Thanks,
Dragon/Cody
 
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Nice to have you here!

I was born in Canada but my parents are from the U.S. (my dad was from Indiana.) Unfortunately I have never been to Indiana but I would like to check it out some time. :beer:

Look forward to your reviews. :)
 
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Hello! Speaking of not being the only Hoosier, I had no idea that there would be someone here living so near to myself! It seems that you're just over an hour and a half from where I'm currently living! I mean, I might even be able to see you from here if I get up high enough...lets see...ah! Hello over there! :wave:
We should swap phone numbers, then some nice clear night, I'll get out my 900mW+ 532nm JETLASER or a 1 Watt+ 445nm laser & blink them off & on in your direction. Maybe you could see them, if I called you in advance so you'd know when & where to look......LOL Just kidding, stunts like that, LPF & any other laser fanatics DO NOT NEED. We get hassled enough by the law because certain people just don't use their heads, wave their lasers around pointed at the night (or day-time) sky, & potentially could cause a tragic airline accident. We ALL must use our lasers with good common sense & obey the laws. We don't want lasers of ANY mW out-put banned completely in the U.S.A. as other countries have already done, do we ??? I know I don't, & I'm reasonably sure that all the members of our Forum feel the same way. If they don't, they SHOULD. BE WISE WITH YOUR LASERS, & ALWAYS OBEY THE LAWS......... phoenix77/rob
 

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Nice to have you here!

I was born in Canada but my parents are from the U.S. (my dad was from Indiana.) Unfortunately I have never been to Indiana but I would like to check it out some time. :beer:

Look forward to your reviews. :)
Hello up there in Canada! :) I've never been that far North myself, how is it? Your dad is from Indiana, you say? Nice! ^_^ To be honest, Indiana is a pretty enjoyable place overall, in my opinion. Though i must say, the weather certainly can be quite interesting! We get the best, and worst, of all four seasons! :crackup: In all seriousness, though, I have a hard time imagining ever living anywhere with something other than a temperate climate...I simply enjoy it, though I'm sure that its not for everyone, as with almost anything.

Welcome to the forums :)
Thank you, good sir! :) With all of this talk of locations, I can't help but notice that you're from Australia. I happen to have a couple of friends down that way, in fact! ^_^ How's the weather been lately? I know one of my friends, that I've sadly not spoken to in a while, mentioned, when we last spoke, having some difficulty sleeping due to heat, and was rather jealous of our consistently sub-zero degree Celsius temperatures here at the time. XD

We should swap phone numbers, then some nice clear night, I'll get out my 900mW+ 532nm JETLASER or a 1 Watt+ 445nm laser & blink them off & on in your direction. Maybe you could see them, if I called you in advance so you'd know when & where to look......LOL Just kidding, stunts like that, LPF & any other laser fanatics DO NOT NEED. We get hassled enough by the law because certain people just don't use their heads, wave their lasers around pointed at the night (or day-time) sky, & potentially could cause a tragic airline accident. We ALL must use our lasers with good common sense & obey the laws. We don't want lasers of ANY mW out-put banned completely in the U.S.A. as other countries have already done, do we ??? I know I don't, & I'm reasonably sure that all the members of our Forum feel the same way. If they don't, they SHOULD. BE WISE WITH YOUR LASERS, & ALWAYS OBEY THE LAWS......... phoenix77/rob
I could not agree more! Very well said, and good bit of a joke at the top, too. :) I, personally, am far too often appalled, and admittedly terrified, at the severe lack of thought and caution that many people exhibit when handling lasers of any power. I've had people unhappy with me before for "preaching" at them, as they saw it, about the manner in which they were handling their beams of coherent photons...but I would rather have them perhaps a little unhappy with me than to just sit back and watch. Who knows? Maybe they'll consider my words and I'll have made a difference. Hopefully, one small act at a time, we can all work together to spread laser safety awareness to more people. In fact, in all honesty, to be a serious laser hobbyist and not do what you can to help educate others on the safe and proper use of lasers, is effectively to, by inaction, be a playing factor in what could, perhaps, be the eventual demise of our hobby as we know it.

-Dragon/Cody
 
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