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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote norty303 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2019 at 12:23pm
IainB, if you can't increase distance, increase divergence.
I've been using the Pangolin Safetyscan lenses for years (did James demo those?) and they are very good at reducing exposure
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Originally posted by norty303 norty303 wrote:

IainB, if you can't increase distance, increase divergence.
I've been using the Pangolin Safetyscan lenses for years (did James demo those?) and they are very good at reducing exposure

Yes, we went through the Pangolin lenses, though it appears my 'best' laser isn't actually legal as it hasn't got an interlock. I certainly had a few 'oh sh*t' moments during the course LOL rather interesting is that where it came from no longer sell lasers! (laserverkoop) 

I think I need to offload what I have and consider my options about either updating or removing them from my plans completely (which would be a shame as I wanted an aerial laser show)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote norty303 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 February 2019 at 4:53pm
If its worth it, you could always retrofit an interlock.

Yeah, amazing what you don't know you don't know.
And how many people say 'oh there's no laws' whilst being ignorant of the exposure at work and the 60825 construction and use standards.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote IainB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 February 2019 at 11:06am
Its certainly an eye opener, though I was very much a small fish with the introductions with everyone rolling out Glastonbury, Boomtown sized festivals and me...just starting out LOL 
Going to spend some time over on photonlexicon work out whats what and then take decide what im going to do.
Anyone who is thinking about playing around with Lasers should definitely do a course though! Money well spent
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Guys-thanks again- all the responses are gold dust. I was lucky enough to be forewarned slightly by someone in AV business ( ex dts/Christie's) that lasers are in fact something to be cautious of. I'm not deterred, but when putting together a business plan, I know the rough cost must include training courses .

Of course anything else I can share to help, I will !
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Lasers are a funny business area really. Historically it would be people who had hobbyist interest then taking out to shows, being taught good practise (or bad!) by other old hands. Then they might go and do a course to get the relevant certs (sort of what I did but not really an old hand...). I knew most of what was covered in James' course, but only because I'd been involved in lots of discussions around safety etc online.
Now there seems to be more people doing lighting/video/sound production that are either looking to step sideways to incorporate lasers, or being asked to do it by clients.
I've been surprised by the numbers of people I hear about with little to no experience doing the course so they can do some of the bigger shows as IainB talked about.
It's growing to be another string to the bow, rather than a specialism it seems.
I guess some part of how I feel about it is the old dog protectionism that old sound guys have about new sound guys with their SMAART and stuff. But you'll never stop progress and its a good thing that lasers are back on the agenda, there was a period where they weren't used so much.
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