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Laserglow VEGA-10  Review/Pics

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First I wanna thank Justin for great service and attitude, a good hookup and on time! As if anyone doubted this!

Got this beautiful aluminum case with a "yellow" laser inside. Yes, a not so popular, yet very unique Vega-10.  I will be adding more info on it as I test more. For now first batch of  photos, and quick specs.

Specs:  (using Duracell Procell never used but at least 3 years old – likely more)

-So far max output 9.9mW
-Output typically varies between 4-9mW NOTE: after couple of months output is about 2.5-5mW - very little time ON.
-Divergence 1.6 to 1.7mRad as advertised.
-Beam diameter definitely below 1mm. Probably 0.8mm. One of the thinnest beams I ever seen.
-Projected dot is nice and round TEM00 mode. No mode shifting noticed at any power level at all.

It’s very cool! Physically it is smaller that I expected PGL design to be!

Here is my first impressions.


Pros:
- Carry case is the best looking portable laser case ever !! One would expect diamonds to be kept in it!
- Black body finish feels very solid and nice sanded semi flat black.  New VEGA label was a nice touch!
- Beam is way more visible (even at 4mW) than I expected. At 7-9mW it easily rivals 4.8mW Core (532nm).
- Color is absolutely beautiful !!!!
- Its ability to stay ON for long periods makes it worth extra cash as one just can’t get enough of the yellow beam.  
- It is THE highest powered 594nm portable laser offered today!
- Beams TEM00 mode is very solid to my surprise. I had it ON for over 15min and it doesn’t even try to change modes!!
- Delay of beam coming out after pushing the blue button is 5sec. instead of 2sec stated in specs. That can be a good thing as it can take you more than a moment to realize you accidentally turned it on with aperture closed or something much worse.  
- I like aperture ON/OFF rotating shutter much better than up down slider on RPL units.

Cons:
-I dislike key switch on the side, but that’s just my feeling in general about PGL. I understand its needed for higher power models but think its too much hastle for <10mW .  Also, it makes it very inconvenient if you wish to take it for a walk on a foggy evening.
-Beam is coming out of aperture at quite an angle. I’ll try to photograph it.
- There is 5 seconds delay after pushing ON button. Specs state 2 sec!  Not a real con, but It did catch me off guard thinking laser was not functional when I first got it ..- you know with excitement and all, and nothing comes out for seconds that seem like minutes  ..
- Mini hex screws by the rotating front shutter are subject to rust as all three have rust probably due to humidity. They are too small to easily notice though. – Not a big deal but it shouldn’t be!
- I’m not sure yet the best way to clean the lens, but it definitely won’t be as easily accessible as RPL units. ( hope I’m wrong)



Overall, I like this laser and I am very satisfied with beam visibility at this power. Small beam diameter has a lot to do with it, I think.  I was also expecting a lot less stability in beam, but it happened to be the case only as far as power output goes. I’ll be getting some fresh energizer Cs soon to see if it behaves any different. Other beam specs appear quite stable!

As I said, this is just my first impressions. There will be more detailed descriptions of specs coming.

Here some shots I took last night. I burned 2 inscent sticks to enhance beam visibility.


Cheers.
 

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looks awesome man! no suprise that they did you well over at laserglow...

Lets see some burning action! haha, i'd be impressed ::)'

-Dough
 

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Re: Laserglow VEGA-10  Review/Pics

DoughDTD said:
looks awesome man! no suprise that they did you well over at laserglow...

Lets see some burning action! haha, i'd be impressed ::)'

-Dough
its not going to burn at 10mW no matter how much I focus it.
Beam is already so thin coming out of the aperture!
 

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Re: Laserglow VEGA-10  Review/Pics

here is couple of more comparison shots. Pulsar (120mW) Core(4.8mW) Vega(5-7mW at that moment)
 

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