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  1. Hi all, I am not sure if this is the best forum for the question but... I have an inexpensive Infrared thermometer supposedly capable of measuring up to 2400F, and has adjustable emissivity setting. I have been trying to find some general information regarding emissivity of forged (or heated soon to be forged anyway) steels that are in the range of 1400-1600 F - or generally critical temperature ranges for quenching , or even just getting better idea of what "colors" are what temperatures in my environment (lighting etc) to my eyes, etc. I have started looking through various documentation, and some papers, but having a hard time finding some general ranges to try or expect. The materials would be for me, pretty typical simple steels like 1084, O1, 1095, etc... I don't really have a way to "calibrate" - my only thought was I might get close (sorta?) with a known material if I could time when it loses magnetic properties/critical temp? then try various emissivity settings until they seem like a close match to expected temp ??? totally guessing, I am a novice when it comes to this stuff. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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