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    Versalab Laser Alignment Tool - A couple questions...

    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!

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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!

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    SOLD!

    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

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    Renting it out... not a bad idea
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    Here's more info on this device from its manufacturer (along with a multitude of praise from buyers):

    http://www.versalab.com/server/photo...s/parallel.htm

    Note the availability of the users' manual in pdf form:

    http://www.versalab.com/server/photo...s/PARALLEL.pdf

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    You can test it to see if it is pointing 90 degrees:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum41/5...endicular.html

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by silveror0 View Post
    Here's more info on this device from its manufacturer (along with a multitude of praise from buyers):

    http://www.versalab.com/server/photo...s/parallel.htm

    Note the availability of the users' manual in pdf form:

    http://www.versalab.com/server/photo...s/PARALLEL.pdf
    Your second link doesn't work. But the proper link can be found on the bottom of the page the first link goes to.
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