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    fat max laser plumb

    I'm standing in a big box store with my phone, so please forgive the spelling.

    I just found a Fat Max laser plumb in the tools. It is less than a hundred bucks USD. (sorry to be localized)

    Is there any good reason this won't make a sweet enlarger alignment tool?

    It auto levels itself. It doesn't require fabrication. And it is a way cool guy toy.
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    Well buy it then

    I don't find these especially useful for enlargement alignment- what I do is inkjet a grid pattern on transparency film and then project that as I would a neg, and work to get everything sharp to the corners. Very bright, easy, quick... and no high power beams to injure the eyes!

    But every man of the new millennium needs to have a laser alignment tool, that's just the way it is.
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    I'm a fan of the two-mirrors-one-with-a-hole-in-it trick. I just need to figure out how to remove the silver in a little spot. Still haven't.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I'm a fan of the two-mirrors-one-with-a-hole-in-it trick. I just need to figure out how to remove the silver in a little spot. Still haven't.

    Scratch with a knife blade or razzor blade. It doesn't have to be perfectly round.

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    I would think the accuracy needed not be enough. If the accuracy is say 1/4" in 50", which for its intended use is fine, may not be fine enough to use on an enlarger. I like the lines on the negative approach. Seems like they use to sell these in different sizes, I wonder if they still are available.
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    The mirrors sound like it would even a better approach.

    Was this something that was commercially made at one time?
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    A Versalab Parallel laser alignment tool works really well.

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    The mirrors sound like it would even a better approach.

    Was this something that was commercially made at one time?
    I don't know; I think I read about it on here. It involves putting a face-down mirror with a hole drilled in it in the negative stage and putting another face-up mirror on the baseplate. If things aren't parallel, you will know in a hurry.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    A Versalab Parallel laser alignment tool works really well.
    Yes it does

    Getting close was easy but that last little bit takes a while - I hadn't realised quite how much an enlarger moves when you touch it :o

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    I don't know; I think I read about it on here. It involves putting a face-down mirror with a hole drilled in it in the negative stage and putting another face-up mirror on the baseplate. If things aren't parallel, you will know in a hurry.
    Sounds inexpensive & not too intellectually demanding - just my style, in other words. Would you have a thread URL to share?

    thanks
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