Collimating a Laser collimator

Ever wonder if that inexpensive laser collimator is really doing what it should? I never really trusted them, therefore I put mine on test one day. The first thing I had to build was V-shaped holder made out of wood, to prevent the collimator from moving around during tests.

V-shaped holder

Next I nailed the holder on to the wooden table to stabilize it and put the turned on collimator in v-shaped notch. 5 meters away (farther is better) where the laser beam was shining on the wall I attached a white paper for markings. Now rotate the laser collimator and see if the beam is making a circle or it stays a dot. If it stays in one place, your collimator is in perfect alignment. As you can see from the markings on the picture, my laser beam was making a circle. Using the two small allen adjustment screws at the back of the collimator move the beam so that it is pointing in the center of the marked circle and rotate it again. Repeat this until the beam remains in place while rotating the collimator. It took me about 5 iterations.
That’s it. You have successfully realigned you laser collimator, now use it with confidence for aligning your telescope optics.

Black markings on paper clearly show that my laser beam was making a circle.


V-shaped holder in action, preventing the collimator to move around.

Matcha muffins

Ingredients:

  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 80 g white sugar
  • 10 g baking powder
  • 10 g matcha green tea powder (for cooking use lower grade matcha)
  • 75 g melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 200 ml milk

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients and put the mixture into the muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes. From the above ingredients I got 18 muffins as I like them to be smaller.

Nom Nom Nom


Yes they are very green, looks dangerous but very tasty.