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- Oct 14, 2012
L/G "RIGEL-6" PEN
(LPF 5th Anniv. Commemorative Ed.)
(LPF 5th Anniv. Commemorative Ed.)
Hi everyone, I have for your viewing pleasure, some photos of one of my newest laser aquisitions.
I don't always show the lasers that I purchase as a complete finished product, but I think this beautiful Laserglow Rigel-6 is worth sharing a few select photos with you.
This is not a review, just some photos and a little information on my purchase.
My purchase started out as no more than an afterthought; while I was buying another fine laser (J/L Ti) from "Whodunit 13579", I noticed that he also had this sweet Rigel up for sale, although it was well out of my price range.
I happened to mention to Andrew that I had wanted a 593.5nm for quite a while, but the cost had always been too high, and before you know it we had arrived at a price that I couldn't refuse.
Now that I've bought it, I'm so glad that I didn't pass this one up, it's definitely a keeper as far as I'm concerned!
As soon as the package arrived in the mail, I had a good feeling about this deal; super quick two day shipping, and packaged safely enough too withstand a bomb blast. :yh:
My first suprise upon opening the USPS box was that this Rigel was still packaged in its original white cardboard box with the Laserglow information sticker on it, showing Model #, Serial #, and metered output.
Inside this plain box was Laserglows unique and beautiful protective presentation case, which is hinged and latched for secure carrying.
Best of all though was seeing the inscription on the pen when I opened the case.
This Rigel happens to be a LPF 5th anniversary commemorative pen; inscribed, or more likely, painted on it, in gold is "LASER POINTER FORUMS 2006-2011", very cool indeed!
Upon some searching for info. about these, I found that of 11 pens bought in the 2011 L/G group buy,this is the only one that was a Rigel, all the others were 532nm Lyras. AFAIK, that makes this pen a one of a kind.
The only testing that I've done so far, is an LPM check with the batteries that the pen came with. I'm getting 5.5mW average, with 6.7mW peak so far.
It is a bit cold blooded, taking about 5-10 seconds to stabilize on a cold start (room temp.)
So far, I've been trying to stick with the recommended (30 seconds on - 15 seconds off) duty cycle.
I was curious about some alternative batteries for higher output, but after contacting Scott Browes at Laserglow who recommended nothing except 2 x aaa 1.5V batteries, with a max. of 1.6V each for a 3.2V total.
I think I'll stick with the recommended batteries; I don't want to prematurely kill this baby!
As I mentioned earlier, this isn't intended to be any kind of review, but if you want some good information on the L/G Rigel / CNI pens, here are a couple of very informative reviews; one, a new unit from Laserglow, and the second one, a well travelled CNI version of this pen which I believe is still lasing away.
- Review: Laserglow Rigel-6 >5mW 593.5 Laser Pointer with video! (by Sigurthr)
- Review Rigel 593.5nm Pointer (CNI GLP-593.5) (by Trencheel 303)
This is cool!
<500mW, yep much, much less!
Batteries go in (-) first, (+) towards the tail cap.
This is the by far the nicest pushbutton that I've seen on a pen.
IMO, this is a pretty acurate rendition of the 593.5nm wavelength as produced by my Rigel.
A real suprise when viewed through a fan diffraction grating, a second 532nm wavelength is visible!
That's all I've got for now, I hope you enjoyed them! :beer:
P.S. - A big thank you to Andrew (Whodunit13579), he was a pleasure to deal with. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from him again!
Also, a thank you to Sigurthr for some valuable advice.