hand-held but powerful lasers...

hand-held but powerful lasers...

Postby DeepSpace » Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:14 pm

...any advice on power, availability, etc.?

Thanks in advance
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Postby BitterDan » Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:15 pm

You'll burn your eye out!
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Postby timotiis » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:08 pm

Go find the Candlepower Forums, and have a nose around on there. There's people who've built up to 400mW lasers out of DVD burners, but that isn't exactly hand holdable. But even so, 50mW is fairly powerful and easily hand-holdable, if not more.

And yes, when you're playing with powerful lights, do not stare into beam with remaining eye.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:12 pm

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Postby oneeyeddick » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:13 pm

I can say with first-hand experience that you should heed the above warning.
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Postby Rat Bastard » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:33 pm

Last year one of our campmates brought some green ones that were the size of a Sharpie marker. They could hit the mountains around the rim of BRC. Not sure how powerful they were but you definately didn't want to stare into the beam. If you pointed it at you hand your skin would get warm.
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Postby Rat Bastard » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:33 pm

Last year one of our campmates brought some green ones that were the size of a Sharpie marker. They could hit the mountains around the rim of BRC. Not sure how powerful they were but you definately didn't want to stare into the beam. If you pointed it at you hand your skin would get warm.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:01 am

One year (it was 96) I was wandering the playa at night when I saw a bright white light about 100 yards off. Looked like someone was welding. Then I heard an amplified voice say that he was burning some magnesium.
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Postby DeepSpace » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:06 am

OK OK
I surrender-
I really DO appreciate all the input (warnings) and have become far too paranoid to go forward with my laser "show".

See you on the Playa!

(If I can stand the next 5+ months of waiting...)

XXX
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Postby chiefdanfox » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:02 pm

I have a green 35mW "Sharpie" sized laser (Wicked lasers). I got it for pointing out astronomy targets to a small group. One can see the beam in a lighted room. If you get much more powerful than that, you should make sure you have ir goggles handy. You can get these at much higher wattage, but you pay for it. The higher wattage versions will pop balloons, light smokes, and other geeky shit like that. (Fry bacon?)

This is the same company that make the disorienting lasers for the military. They have ir filters built in, but you could still put an eye out with that, kid. Now go ahead and move the sample into the beam, Gordon.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:05 pm

DeepSpace wrote:OK OK
I surrender-
I really DO appreciate all the input (warnings) and have become far too paranoid to go forward with my laser "show".

See you on the Playa!

(If I can stand the next 5+ months of waiting...)

XXX
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Sorry about the pile-on, we'd like to see a good laser light show, really. Hope it works out. :)
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Postby chiefdanfox » Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:21 pm

In 2006 there was a camp along the esplanade (3:00?) that had this really bodacious green laser mounted about 15 feet in the air. It looked like if you held your hat up in the beam it would have cut it into two fezzes.
Then again, I was inebriated, so it was probably some body's light stick stuck in my ship hat.
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Postby LeChatNoir » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:45 pm

Don't give up DeepSpace. There are far more dangerous things on the playa that are pulled off safely every year.

In 2004, somebody had a green laser set up that was unlike anything I’ve seen since. This was when the city was set up a little more south on the playa than it is currently. The tallest range of mountains west of the playa were more oriented on the 7:00 o’clock line.

This camp/group/person I'm thinking about was either a part of, or very near Lush over at 3:00. At night this thing would project changing graphics on that mountain range to the west. At one point there was a galaxy spinning on the side of a mountain several miles away and the dust over your head was glittering in a frantic fit of green servo-controlled beams. Quite a good memory for me.

Although I have to add that, like chiefdanfox's recollection, this might fall into the category of, “All the things I saw I’m not sure I remember, and all the things I remember I’m not sure I saw.â€
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Postby Rat Bastard » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:56 pm

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Postby LeChatNoir » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:51 am

Perhaps the orange juice I scrounged from that techicolored motorhome was spoiled or something?
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Postby MozyBonz » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:59 am

LeChatNoir wrote:Perhaps the orange juice I scrounged from that techicolored motorhome was spoiled or something?


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Postby chiefdanfox » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:08 pm

ir=uv I meant UV. Some of the more powerful lasers need to have uv filters.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:25 pm

Just hand out 50,000 laser safety goggles in the appropriate wavelengths. Simple.

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