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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Osaka, Japan

    Default Is this possible?

    From William Gibson's "Burning Chrome":

    "You're in luck. I got the new Smith and Wesson, the four-oh-eight Tactical. Got this xenon projector slung under the barrel, see, batteries in the grip, throw you a twelve inch high-noon circle in the pitch dark at fifty yards. The light source is so narrow, it's almost impossible to spot. It's just like voodoo in a nightfight."

    Keeping in mind that this is sci-fi written back in the eighties, is this kind of thing going to be possible in the future? Just curious, I know nothing about use of light in combat.

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    Default Re: Is this possible?

    Combine a tight focus lens like the Dr Asperlux with a 2x123 or 3x123 and it might work.


  3. #3
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    Apr 2003
    Ulm, Germany

    Default Re: Is this possible?

    Only if you get a completely dust-free (possibly gas-free?)interior and a perfectly clean exit lens. Even with a laser, you can usually see the dust and dirt on the exit window (quite apart from the non-laser light from the medium).
    Or, to put it in another way - no, I don't think that's going to be possible (at least as long as we're staying inside an atmosphere).


  4. #4
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    Aug 2003
    Colorado Front Range

    Default Re: Is this possible?

    If you combined a high quality multicoated lens with a long baffled snoot, you would kill nearly all spill light, but the result would be rather long unless you had a very small original source. It might be possible in another generation or two of LEDs.

    David <><

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    Default Re: Is this possible?

    He only said almost impossible to spot, so I think it is possible. Add a tube extending well beyond the exit lens -- it won't have to be very large in diameter since the spot is only 12" at 50 yards. No one who isn't very nearly in line with the beam will be able to see the exit lens.

    The stealth version of the Photon II has a similar effect on a much smaller scale. There's a little tube enclosing the led, and if you walk around with it pointed downward to show your footing you're invisible to anyone who isn't very close to you.

    -Cougar :{)

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    Farewell our Curmudgeon Administrator Roy's Avatar
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    Apr 2002
    Granbury, Tx USA

    Default Re: Is this possible?

    The Stylus has a similar plastic tube that goes over the the led and hides the light. I have visions of James Bond holding a Stylus in his mouth cracking a wall safe! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grinser2.gif[/img]

    Isn't the author basically describing a laser sight?

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