Originally Posted by jbarr9134
First, let me thank you for the comprehensive response and good pointers.
As to the pro calibration and its cost, I am, maybe, just making an excuse for myself to get into the subject. It does interest me considerably. I used to make a living writing DSP software and my background is in math (not optics, unfortunately), so the learning curve, hopefully, will be a bit steeper, but who knows.
Btw, have you ever considered a remote calibration?
Remote calibration is, so far, a pipe dream... at least for a "pro-quality" job. I'd need remote access to the service menu and user menu and my meter would have to be setup, aimed, focused, and connected to a local PC that could send the readings to my laptop where they could get picked up by my calibration software. Shipping a $10,000+ light meter around the country is a nervewracking experience - $10,000 in shipping insurance just about doubles the shipping cost. It's still a lot cheaper than a plane ticket, but the other obstacles are still insurmountable.
On the other hand, with a NetMeeting session and a 976 phone number, I could bill per-minute for remote calibration assistance. LOL!
Hello, this is your Fantasy Cal Hotline. Press 1 for Harry the the quarterback jock, press 2 for Klaus the personal trainer, press 3 for Judy the shy-but-hot nerd, press 4 to speak to Simone the French maid. LOL!