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Old 11-19-2016, 07:21 AM #1
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I just joined this forum because of my interest in lasers for a while and my sudden interest in purchasing one. I would just like to use it for pointing at stars or through smoke, mainly for novelty. I would like to be able to see the beam at night but it does not necessarily have to be ultra bright. From what I have read a 5mW-20mW pointer would do the trick, depending on whether claimed mW is correct. My budget is around $20-$25 mainly because I don't think I could justify spending more on something I wouldn't use that much.

Looking at the DealExtreme and GearBest websites there are many 532nm pointers on there, with the generic pen style for around $5 and then an "SD-###" brand for US$10-20. I was wondering if anyone has any input to offer on these; if one or the other would have a more accurate mW rating for example.

SDLaser 301 5mw 532nm Zoomable Green Light 5000m Beam Laser Pen - 1 x 18650 Battery-13.92 Online Shopping| GearBest.com

Cheap 5mW 532nm Green Laser Pointer Pen with DX Logo (2*AAA)

Also, I was thinking of picking up a 405nm pointer for about $5 just for a pretty blue option, thoughts?

Thank you for your patience with a newb like myself


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You're correct.

Also check ebay, there are usually tons of 532nm 5mw pen style lasers for cheap and as well as 405nm. If you're just wanting to do some star pointing with the 532nm, it would suffice.
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Those 301's can be anywhere from 30mw to 100mw. That would be fine for star pointing.
Take a look at Pman's various laser's for sale thread. As you see he's upper trusted member on the forum, Ok he does want someone with some positive rep and experience or read up on laser safety. I'm sure though he can work with you on something.
What you will get is a metered laser knowing its output and local 2 day priority shipping instead of possibly a month of not even knowing what. Plus a sweet host to boot
He doesn't tend to sell his lasers much so I can't see better timing!
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