Versalab Laser Alignment Tool - A couple questions...

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  1. holmburgers

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    I spotted one of these beauties at an Antique mall of all places. It just so happens that I need to align my Beseler 45MCR.

    My plan is to buy it, use it, and potentially sell it again for no loss. Being the poor, youngun that I am, I probably shouldn't keep it.

    First question; what's in the box? If I bring a couple AA's I'll test it, but I just want to make sure it's complete.

    2ndly, at what price will I have trouble breaking even? I seem to recall one selling in the past for about $100.

    Furthermore, if you feel like raving about how great it is, and how easy it is to align your Beseler 45 then I'm all ears!

    :joyful:
     
  2. Greg Davis

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    I've used one before and liked it. It is just a laser pointer in a box, essentially. It should have come with a small allen wrench to change the battery and two pieces of glass. If the glass is missing, they were microscope slides. Use a rubber band to hold one on the face of the enlarging lens, then put it in the negative carrier and remove the lens to align the negative stage. It is easy to use, just manipulate the negative stage and lens stage so that the laser dot reflects back to its origin.
     
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    And when you're done with it, sell it to me!

    Duncan
     
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    SOLD! :wink:

    And thanks Greg
     
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    Buy it, use it to align your enlarger and then rent it out to others

    I check my enlargers about twice a year

    At first I found the enlargers kept drifting out of parallel but as time moved on they settled and now don't need adjusting

    I suspect the initial drift was nothing of the sort but actually me getting better at aligning the enlarger and it needing time to settle between adjustments

    Martin
     
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    Renting it out... not a bad idea
     
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    Thanks guys, and ic-racer, that'll be a great resource if I end up getting it.
     
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    Make sure it hasn't been dropped. It is a precision tool worth it's weight in gold.
     
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    The manual does state how to check if the beam is perpendicular, but not how to fix it. I suppose shimming would work.
     
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    I have one and it makes enlarger alignment very easy. Nothing is more frustrating than an enlarger out of alignment--I speak from experience. :smile: My guess is they got a heap of darkroom equipment for a few bucks, so offer them $10 and see what happens. Used, they still sell for around $100.
     
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    Over the years I have tried many methods for aligning enlargers. The Versalab works very, very well.
     
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    Don't sell it, ever. You'll want to check the alignment frequently and adjust if needed. Enlargers can and do fall out of alignment with use.
     
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    I have one still in the original box and packaging.
    It has the laser box
    1 glass plate 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
    3 glass plates about 3 x 1 inches, 1 has a white label in the middle?
    A rubber band Thingy for holding the glass plates
    An Allen wrench for opening the case to change the battery
    Instruction sheet
     
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    Thanks very much for the concise list.
     
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    A few notes:
    1) The 4 screws that hold the top plate on should be loose. If they are thight, it warps the plastic box slightly, then it wobbles. Of course we know 3 points define a plane, but they put it it a box with 4 feet, so if it is only slighty warped it wobbles.

    2) The laser alignment itself is adjusted on 3 points with setscrews.