Cyrax 2400 in the Vintage Laser Archive

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Cyrax 2400 in the Vintage Laser Archive

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I posted in the introduction section a few months ago mentioning the collection of old lasers and holograms I call the Vintage Laser Archive. In that thread, I expressed interest in finding an example of the first laser scanner system used for terrestrial scanning. Well, I have found one. The 2000 Cyrax 2400 below came to me missing the bottom plate on the head and the tripod, but otherwise it is clean and intact. It will make a great display.
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nice one.... a great find!
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Eidetic wrote: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:20 pm I posted in the introduction section a few months ago mentioning the collection of old lasers and holograms I call the Vintage Laser Archive. In that thread, I expressed interest in finding an example of the first laser scanner system used for terrestrial scanning. Well, I have found one. The 2000 Cyrax 2400 below came to me missing the bottom plate on the head and the tripod, but otherwise it is clean and intact. It will make a great display.

Cyrax 2400.jpgCyrax 2400 head left.jpgCyrax 2400 head center.jpgCyrax 2400 head right.jpg
What year was this made? Were tripods invented yet? ;)
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I really do need to find the tripod for this, and that's no yoke. Guess I need one of those too. :lol:
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What did one of those cost back when it was new? Great find!
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The 2500 was around 120k I'm guessing the 2400 was a similar cost.

I can't believe I am a vintage user now... :shock:
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I think the HDS300 was around 150,000 Euros at the time ?
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Jason Warren wrote: Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:26 pm nice one.... a great find!
Big idea > big scanner > miniaturization...
Miniaturization has been a key element of technology -a lot of things had to be big before better strategies were available:

In 1900, Photographing an Entire Train Required the World’s Biggest Camera
With bellows big enough to stand in.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/w ... est-camera

"The conditions were clear but windy. After the camera was fully assembled, Lawrence set the exposure to two and a half minutes, and took the photograph. (According to John Wade, author of The Ingenious Victorians: Weird and Wonderful Ideas from the Age of Innovation, four men had to insert the glass plate, and at least six men worked the bellows and lens). Later, using a reported 10 gallons of chemicals, Lawrence developed a clear, crisp, 8-foot-long photograph of the Alton Limited."
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