ArkyParky, welcome to LPF. I would say the best way to get started would be to use this thread to introduce yourself a little to the forum folks and take some time to review the basic information about forum etiquette and laser safety. There are a lot of very experienced laserers here from all categories - some build incredibly high quality lasers for themselves and to sell, some are photographers or videographers that enjoy sharing terrific visuals and sexy beams, some like to ignite sh&t on fire and demonstrate the power of collimated laser light, some are scientists, etc... we have some of everything, but the most immediate way to tap into that knowledge base is to check the search tool. Many basic and repeat questions have been answered many times here and you can get the scoop by just searching. Once you have a handle on what you really need that isn't already here, I know there will be people willing to help you out. Just remember to be safe and don't cut corners when it comes to protecting your eyes and the vision of other living things. Laser safety is no joke - check the search tool for great recommendations on safety goggles.