Improve your laser
[*] Collimate your laser.
[*] Add an aperture stop to your laser.
Got this done tonight. I had previously collimated the laser, but I really wanted to squeeze that beam into a tighter dot, so I did the mod exactly as shown in the thread you linked, then re-collimated to a tighter tolerance. All of this had *exactly* the results described... and then my batteries were depleted, so I will be forced into going to Wal Mart, tomorrow I suppose. I think I'll get a goodly supply (maybe three sets) to insure that it will be a decent while before it happens again, and maybe when I get down to one set left I can wait till my wife is going and get her to get them while *she's* there!
Anyway, thanks *very* much for these helpful instructions, everyone involved! I think my next upgrade from this thread will be the Rigel QuikFinder... I too like the idea of it being able to fit between the focuser and finder, and I also like the built in pulse, and the higher profile which should require less neck / head contortion, no?