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Spectrometer alignment ideas

by warren | May 01, 2012 14:50 01 May 14:50 | #1871 | #1871

Spectrometer stand

Sorry this looks a bit cryptic, but I'm brainstorming some ways to align a spectrometer with a distant source of pollution. I was thinking:

  • velcro a drinking straw to a spectrometer
  • sweep it vertically and horizontally across a bright light (or pair of lights)
  • adjust the straw to line up with the light at the same moment you see the spectrum brighten in the Spectral Workbench client software.

I don't know if this will work, but Shannon was also thinking of using a golf sight, so it seems like we have to get out there and test it...


This was the golf scope I was talking about- not $2, but $9, still cheap:

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