Some more info for future searchers of the APUG knowledge base. I've gleaned a considerable amount from it so now am trying to give back!
I found a way to align this enlarger that is fairly simple and quick. I don't have a laser alignment tool so I can't say that it's exactly aligned but I spent some time shimming the baseboard and using a level to ensure that the easel is perfectly, well, level.
then I took an overexposed negative and a brand-new razor. I etched X's in different places around the negative, starting with the center then the corners and edges. I have a Bestwell magnasight that works very well at allowing you to see the grain come into focus but it doesn't quite allow you to view from the corners. With the negative loaded and the enlarger head raised up almost to the top of the column, I placed the grain focuser on the edges and as far out toward each corner as I could and still see the grain.
I lowered the enlarger head and laid my level long-ways across the easel, ensureing that it was perfectly level. It stands about two inches off the easel. I loosened the four adjustment screws I mentioned in my last post and lowered the enlarger head until the lens stage just came in contact with the level. Then I lowered it just a hair more. This had the effect of slightly moving the four adjustment screws in unison. Then I tightened each of the four screws and double checked to make sure that the level and lens stage were still parallel. They were.
I raised the enlarger with my test negative still in it and the grain was sharp on all edges and in the center. Hopefully I will have a chance to give it the real test, making prints, tonight.
Last edited by pstake; 08-17-2013 at 03:35 PM. Click to view previous post history.