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First laser related purchase, $200 right out of the gate

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Made my intro here:
http://laserpointerforums.com/f37/hello-now-s-lasers-i-guess-101510.html
.. 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
First blood drawn from Survival Laser:
190-540nm safety goggles
Two AW PR123 batteries w/ charger
G-2 lens (I wanted the red anodized focus ring)
S4X tail cap switch


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*.

Rich (Lifetime17) told me "welcome to the money pit", man no kiddin' :eek:
 
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Good luck ---good lasers and good parts are expensive but much lower today than at any time in the past.

10 years ago a 300mW hand held green laser was $1999. See: About us - Wicked Lasers
 

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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. :wave:
 

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Good luck on your first build. Sounds like you have done everything the right way for a first time. If you get addicted to building, you will need to buy some test equipment and building fixtures along with many different parts. You will never know what you might need. :D
 
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If you like to keep your money then don't look into rgb projectors!!
https://m.ebay.com/itm/KVANT-ClubMA...%3Ab066a5ee15e0a9c970061d0fffe0e2af%7Ciid%3A2
I got this guy cheap some how
I looked, what are you doing to me?! ;)

Good luck ---good lasers and good parts are expensive but much lower today than at any time in the past.

10 years ago a 300mW hand held green laser was $1999. See: About us - Wicked Lasers
Yes, not kidding there either Encap. And there was no green laser diodes either.
And I'm grateful both are no longer the case!

Good deal! Enjoy your first build. It can be addicting. Looking forward to checking out your build. Lot of pics. :wave:
Roger that. I was struggling with a pic I was trying to attach in the first post but I believe I have it sorted out now. When I first joined I could attach pics right off my phone but now it appears I need to host any pics I wish to display.

Good luck on your first build. Sounds like you have done everything the right way for a first time. If you get addicted to building, you will need to buy some test equipment and building fixtures along with many different parts. You will never know what you might need. :D
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:beer:. Next on the list is a soldering iron. I'm sure it's overkill but I'm steering towards an Ersa I-Con Pico-
http://www.tequipment.net/Ersa/i-CON-PICO-115v/Soldering-Stations/?b=y&v=131445

I use my projects to justify my tool purchases:yh:
 
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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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Building a cross line generator
First blood drawn from Survival Laser:
190-540nm safety goggles
Two AW PR123 batteries w/ charger
G-2 lens (I wanted the red anodized focus ring)
S4X tail cap switch

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*.

Rich (Lifetime17) told me "welcome to the money pit", man no kiddin' :eek:
Welcome to our world...:beer:

Jerry
 

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Hi Jon,
Boy your going to need a lot of stuff buddy, i mean A LOT !!! and more stuff... It never ends.. Congads on your first laser.

Rich:)
 
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Thanks man. so just to be clear, DON'T shine it at the sky visitors upon completion? :na:

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.

In fact I'd appreciate any advice about a good starter set of maybe 4 or 5, there are pencil points, bent tip, chisel points, concave, wick tip etc..,:confused:
here's what's available-
Soldering Tip Series 102

Welcome to our world...:beer:

Jerry
Hey man I dug this out of mothballs for you to check out on account of your avatar. When my uncle Chris was still with us he cut this stainless steel license plate with a laser at his place of employment-


Hi Jon,
Boy your going to need a lot of stuff buddy, i mean A LOT !!! and more stuff... It never ends.. Congads on your first laser.

Rich:)
You don't scare me!:eg::na:

My Clausing is very nearly finished and ready to start making chips Rich, I'm tempted to incorporate copper into this build as an homage to you :bowdown:.
 
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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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