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aznights
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Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand
      #5216461 - 05/11/12 12:35 AM

I was able to collimate my laser collimator with a stand that I made from some Lego blocks borrowed from my son. It worked very well! This should be easy enough for anyone to put together.

http://i.imgur.com/YzD1P.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/yl1Xk.jpg


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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5216554 - 05/11/12 03:01 AM

Genius!

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: tensegrity]
      #5216558 - 05/11/12 03:07 AM

That made me happy. Thanks.

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5216651 - 05/11/12 07:44 AM



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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5216708 - 05/11/12 08:37 AM

Too cool!

Legos rule.



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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5216724 - 05/11/12 08:54 AM



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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: turtle86]
      #5216732 - 05/11/12 09:04 AM

I love Legos. Got my son hooked on them now. But boy the prices have gone up.

Thanks for the pic AZ.


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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5216803 - 05/11/12 09:58 AM

Well, after I was reading an article online about problems with laser collimators being out of collimation. I did a quick eyeball test with mine by holding it real still and turning it, and I found I was drawing a circle about 10" in diameter on the wall. I looked around for materials to make a stand to hold it steady to try to fix this, but came up empty. I asked my wife if we had something that matched a description of what I was looking for and she was picking up my son's Legos and putting them all away when she came back with "Is this something you could make out of Legos?" As soon as she said that- I started building. This worked surprisingly well, now my collimator is spot-on and is no longer drawing large circles on the wall. I can't wait to re-collimate my scope this weekend.

By the way, I plan on coming out to the Cherry Rd site (in AZ) for my first Star Party as perhaps the newest member of the Saguaro Astronomy Club. I'm very much looking forward to it.


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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5216807 - 05/11/12 10:02 AM

need a couple of Lego men to turn the laser. Nice job.

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: Stew57]
      #5216842 - 05/11/12 10:25 AM

HA! I wish I had thought of including that in the picture.

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5217087 - 05/11/12 12:48 PM

Sweet!

Gotta love Legos.


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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: zjc26138]
      #5217277 - 05/11/12 02:29 PM

Great idea. For a challenge, how about using Mindstorms/NXT parts to automate the process...

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: ThreeD]
      #5217292 - 05/11/12 02:35 PM

I wonder how soon Lego will come out with a kit for this....

Very good idea...


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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: Darenwh]
      #5217599 - 05/11/12 06:10 PM

I'm going to start selling these as a kit in the classifieds section. Only $99! Any takers? LOL- just kidding.

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5217669 - 05/11/12 06:58 PM

All's good until your son wants his Legos back!

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5217749 - 05/11/12 07:49 PM



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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: tecmage]
      #5217753 - 05/11/12 07:52 PM

Well Richard, being the dad of a 9-year-old son who is really into Legos (especially the Star Wars Lego sets), I'm actually speaking from experience here!

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: Scott in NC]
      #5217783 - 05/11/12 08:20 PM

Well, I just found that my laser collimation stand is now a spaceship.

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5217866 - 05/11/12 09:15 PM

I knew it couldn't last! Good thing you posted a pic so you can easily rebuild it if needed.

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Re: Lego Laser Collimator Collimation Stand new [Re: aznights]
      #5218065 - 05/11/12 11:38 PM

Quote:

Well, I just found that my laser collimation stand is now a spaceship.




Otherwise, the legos were confiscated by the rightful owner.


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