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Hey guys I'm a noob when it comes to gas lasers. What is the best supplier of argon lasers? What should I look for when it comes to tube lasers? What gasses make what colors?

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-Pete
 

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By best do you mean highest quality? Coherent is probably the best supplier of argon lasers. It is also the most pricey.

Realistically, we all use eBay. A new 50mW argon laser is 10-20 grand. A [highlight]used[/highlight] 50mW argon laser is $100-500.

Argon: sky-Blue
Helium Neon: red
Carbon Dioxide: Infrared

There are plenty others, but they're not really hobbyist material.
 

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In my opinion Ar[sup]-[/sup] lasers are the most interesting compared to HeNe and CO[sub]2[/sub]. Ar[sup]-[/sup] lasers are just stunning.

-Adam
 

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Diachi said:
In my opinion Ar[sup]-[/sup] lasers are the most interesting compared to HeNe and CO[sub]2[/sub]. Ar[sup]-[/sup] lasers are just stunning.

-Adam

That's just because you have not seen an orange Hene in person.   ;)

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Hey Xplorer877,

I have an argon with a PSU  for sale right now.
http://www.laserpointerforums.com/forums/YaBB.pl?num=1227304348/0


Peace,
dave
 

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daguin said:
[quote author=Diachi link=1227778854/0#10 date=1227823132]In my opinion Ar[sup]-[/sup] lasers are the most interesting compared to HeNe and CO[sub]2[/sub]. Ar[sup]-[/sup] lasers are just stunning.

-Adam

That's just because you have not seen an orange Hene in person. ;)

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Hey Xplorer877,

I have an argon with a PSU for sale right now.
http://www.laserpointerforums.com/forums/YaBB.pl?num=1227304348/0


Peace,
dave[/quote]


While I'm here, what current does the PSU for that HeNe you have for sale draw ? I might be interested in it if it's current draw is within the capabilities of the power supplies I have.

Also is there anyway to get it out of that metal tube ?

-Adam

EDIT: I bet the argons lasing lines still look nicer than an orange HeNe anyway :p

was playing with the argon there, it makes GITD materials glow :)
 

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Diachi said:
While I'm here, what current does the PSU for that HeNe you have for sale draw ? I might be interested in it if it's current draw is within the capabilities of the power supplies I have.
Also is there anyway to get it out of that metal tube ?

-Adam

EDIT: I bet the argons lasing lines still look nicer than an orange HeNe  anyway :p
was playing with the argon there, it makes GITD materials glow  :)
The HeNe I have for sale comes with a PSU that takes 12V. The current input isn't designated, but I have run it with my smaller 12V power supply which only puts out 2A. If you want to we can work out a compromise to replace that PSU with one of the other PSU's I have for sale. They will work off of 220 mains.

The only way I know of to get it out of the metal housing is to cut the housing off. I use a Dremel with a cutting disc to slice the entire side open and then spread the housing enough to slide the tube out.

Argon and HeNe = both good -- just different

Peace,
dave
 




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