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InfinitusEquitas

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Hello, and Welcome to LPF!

Without a doubt like all previous visitors here, you came in search of answers,
and knowledge.

Or perhaps just to pop some balloons with a beam of light :D

To that end, Please Read the Stickies, and

PLEASE USE THE SEARCH BAR!

LPF is the largest online community of laser enthusiasts, with over twenty
thousand members, and thousands of visitors on a daily basis.

While we are all here to help each other learn, and are happy to offer
assistance, no one likes answering the same question a hundred times.

With over FIFTY THOUSAND threads, and almost Eight Hundred thousand posts,
there is a good chance that the question you want to ask, has already been answered.

Here are some Tips to Help You Search LPF, and find the information you're looking for;

1. The LPF Search bar (at the bottom of the page) is powered by Google, but only Searches LaserPointerForums.com.

This means you can use all the tricks in searching here, that you would on google!

2. Keep It Simple (Stupid :na: Kiss Rule)! Start by typing the name of thing, or concept that you're looking for.

For Example: Jetlasers
Or: Lazerer 50mW green laser

3. If you find yourself with too many irrelevant results, add more keywords.

The search "blue laser" will return thousands of results.
Narrow down the search with more keywords to find what you want to know.

For example, if you want to know what wavelength is a blue laser,
add the word "wavelength" to your search. Searching for "blue laser wavelength" to find
what you're looking for.

4. Use the most important words when searching for information.

For example, instead of searching for "A safe laser to use around kids" search instead for
"Safe laser".

5. Use Search Operators;

-Adding quotation marks [ "example" ] around your search terms
will cause the Search to only return exact matches.
-Adding a minus symbol, in from of a word in your search [ -example ]
will exclude any search results that contain the word.
-Adding the tilde symbol [ ~example ] in front of your search will return approximate matches,
and matches for synonyms.

6. Use Custom Queries;

Use OR to search for for pages that may have just one of several words.
For instance [ example OR example ] Capitalized "OR" between the words.
Without the OR, your results would show only pages that match both terms.

Use asterisk * with quotation marks, to fill in a term you don't know!
For example [ "1 Watt Blue * laser" ].

7. If you prefer, you can search LaserPointerForums.com directly through Google.com!

For example [ lazerer review:laserpointerforums.com ] Will only return results from
LaserPointerForums.com that include the words "lazerer review".

If after reading the stickies, and using search, you still can't find the answer you're
looking for, than by all means Ask Away:D

I hope this helps, and :thanks: for reading.
 
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sinner

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Great work putting all those minor and major details togather, sticky that!
:beer:
 

ryansoh3

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Vouch for sticky!

Feel like being taught by a librarian on how to use a search engine.

Well done!
 

InfinitusEquitas

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I came across this gem today, and thought I'd share, definitely a worthwhile read for everyone...

 

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Help Me Find A Laser

IM NEW TO THIS LASER THING! BUT IVE DONE SOME PRETTY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH THUS FAR.. ANYWAY IM LOOKING TO BUY A ULTRA BRIGHT LASER WITH A CLEARLY VISIBLE BEAM IN THE NIGHT TIME AND IN LOW LIGHT! IM INTERESTED IN BURST SHOOTING BALLOONS AND STAR GAZING! I NEED HEEEELP AS TO WHERE TO BUY IV SEARCHED SO MANY SIGHT THAT WILL OFFER 200mW 532nm power and wavelength as low as 50 bucks... where can i go to get a good deal!;););););););)
 

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Re: Help Me Find A Laser

IM NEW TO THIS LASER THING! BUT IVE DONE SOME PRETTY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH THUS FAR.. ANYWAY IM LOOKING TO BUY A ULTRA BRIGHT LASER WITH A CLEARLY VISIBLE BEAM IN THE NIGHT TIME AND IN LOW LIGHT! IM INTERESTED IN BURST SHOOTING BALLOONS AND STAR GAZING! I NEED HEEEELP AS TO WHERE TO BUY IV SEARCHED SO MANY SIGHT THAT WILL OFFER 200mW 532nm power and wavelength as low as 50 bucks... where can i go to get a good deal!;););););););)

China
in person

all caps?? we are not hard of seeing.. no need to shout.

$50 wont get you much unless its a used laser found by placing a WTB thread.

532 is 'brighter'- the beam shows better..

405 pops matches and lights sharpied balloons better.

but you need an extra $25 or so for your eyeware-

many sellers here ask for a photo of your goggles- with your name and date on a paper -- we also may ask to see your photo ID with your age- selling to minors is a big mistake in most cases.

AND until you finish filling out your personal profile you may get no replies.

Our anwers to your questions require knowing where you live.

(both of the last two posters)+


You fail at searching BTW
 
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InfinitusEquitas

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IM NEW TO THIS LASER THING! BUT IVE DONE SOME PRETTY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH THUS FAR.. ANYWAY IM LOOKING TO BUY A ULTRA BRIGHT LASER WITH A CLEARLY VISIBLE BEAM IN THE NIGHT TIME AND IN LOW LIGHT! IM INTERESTED IN BURST SHOOTING BALLOONS AND STAR GAZING! I NEED HEEEELP AS TO WHERE TO BUY IV SEARCHED SO MANY SIGHT THAT WILL OFFER 200mW 532nm power and wavelength as low as 50 bucks... where can i go to get a good deal!;););););););)
Yeah, see, the whole point of this thread, is to provide people some tools so that they can find the answers they are looking for.

Had you done any "extensive research" you would not need to ask the question you are in fact asking.

Just want to kniwbhow to use this fourm. Haha i'm new!
 
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lasersbee

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I just saw your Post #7...
Great stuff.. There were some important Googling
techniques I didn't even know about...

Thanks for posting it...:beer:


Jerry

You can contact us at any time on our Website: J.BAUER Electronics
 

hakzaw1

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VERY true-

just placing brackets around your search terms make s a HUGE diff. in your results- as w/o them any singe word brings a link and w/ brackets all words need to be found.

IMO the reasons why this thread is not stickied have little to do with the info in it.
It is very deserving of a sticky...

So until it is- expect to see me here bumping it very often..


BUMP!!!!
 

Laser Chick

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@ InfinitusEquitas
On your OP can you please add to #1 that the white search bar is near the bottom of the page?

@ the web master, could the bar be placed near the top of the page where it is more likely to be seen?

H8rs gonna h8 that I revived this thread :p
 




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