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Default Re: Advise on Buying > 532nm 125+mw laser pen

Concerning visibility in the night, there are just my two cents!
The annexed picture has just been shot five minutes ago (after I red your requests, I opened my window, put a DX200mw red, a Viper 95mw green and my camera on tripods and then.... bang ) to show you what the beams look in the night.
Take care that the picture time is 15 sec., this helped to show the red beam more visible, as in the night you can just see with difficulty a very thin red line in the sky, while the green beam looks really more brilliant, everybody around your house can see it.
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Default Re: Advise on Buying > 532nm 125+mw laser pen

ok this is pretty awsome from all the info I've been getting ^___^
I also like the picture.. helps me out lots on the comparason between the two.

I have been doing a bit of searching on how nice the beam would be visable between 25 - 50 - 150 - 200 - 400

I couldn't find anything between 50-150 but the difference was pretty significant between the 50-150.
So under the assumption more power = more visable beam... but I could be wrong.. they might have a capping limit or could be based on the lens difference.

Anyhow.... I narrowed it down to a few things from what I've gathered so far.

It's between the Nova X-Series...... but which one should I get as a nice pointer w/ visable beam.
75mw - 100mw - 125mw - 150mw???


if someone knows personally the beam difference between the ones listed above and can either explain it or just write about it... you might just be my breaking decision.



but 100%.. the DX200 will be my burner
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Default Re: Advise on Buying > 532nm 125+mw laser pen

alright now the x75 and x100 are kinda pricey but after that outragous the 125 150 175 are well expensive

http://www.novalasers.com/NOVAstore/...p;idproduct=87

if i was you i'd save a bit more and go with this
http://www.optotronics.com/proddetai...=RPL-165-Laser

its a bit more but way worth it
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Huh, I have carefully reread all your requirements (a lot, ha? ), trying to give you my modest experience support.....

1) Bugs burning power: handheld lasers do not have sufficient power to do what you want, nor within few inches and less at *3 - 7 ft distances. You can make a bug flying away, but not incinerating it.

2) With the exception of very low output power (let me say, from 0 to 30mW max, and someone may disagree with this last value) you'll have always the need to wear safety goggles when looking at the laser point at short distances, like those that you can generally have pointing the laser inside a room. Due to the different wave lengths, you'll need a safety goggle for green and another for red laser. For some cheap goggles you can give a look at:

http://dragonlasers.com/home.php?cat=296

3) Laser beams may have different diameter, according to the diode and the group of crystal/lenses used: the green lasers that a lot of good guys have suggested you are not focusable (with the exception of the use of a beam expander, in the cases it has been foreseen) and their beam diameter is small, about 1.2 mm, and their divergence (always generally speaking) goes around 1.2 mRad. This is good because there is no need to focus for burning purposes that can be simply achieved according to the laser power.
The DX200 red laser has a greater diameter (about 5 mm.) but it is focusable: this means that you must screw/unscrew the front head to focus the red point on the object you want to point at, especially for burning purposes, as smaller is the laser dot, more power is concentrated in it.

4) No special IR protection is needed, as the green lasers produced by good factories as Nova, etc. have already the IR filters installed, while red laser do not produce IR. But you need to protect your eyes against the burning power of the laser, as said before: nearer to you is the laser point and more careful you must be. Pay particular attention to reflective surfaces (mirrors, metals, glass, etc.), because the reflected laser beam is dangerous as the direct one.

5) Concerning visibility, the green laser beams are surely much more visible than the red, and the distance goes according to the power of the laser: as already suggested by other Forum Members, the laser power choice is a mix between visibility and burning characteristics.
So, in case of the visibility single requirement, a 75 - 95 mW can be sufficient, but the burning power..... :-/
The general statement of (let me say) all Forum member is: "give me more power!" Obviously the single person limit is....money!

So, to conclude for your green laser choice, Nova X serie is surely good, and for the power, check your pocket!
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I can't thank you guys enough for all your help with all the info ^___^

I'll be picking up a DX200 as my red and a Nova X75 or X100 as my green. Going to try to make a deal with them since I can easily pick it up from their main office unless they outsource their shipping, or if shipping can be reduced since I am local.

Thanks again guys ;D
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I can't thank you guys enough for all your help with all the info ^___^

I'll be picking up a DX200 as my red and a Nova X75 or X100 as my green. *Going to try to make a deal with them since I can easily pick it up from their main office unless they outsource their shipping, or if shipping can be reduced since I am local.

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I can't thank you guys enough for all your help with all the info ^___^

I'll be picking up a DX200 as my red and a Nova X75 or X100 as my green. *Going to try to make a deal with them since I can easily pick it up from their main office unless they outsource their shipping, or if shipping can be reduced since I am local.

Thanks again guys *;D
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Search around there are a few other sites that sell them too.
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Yeah for $125 :
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lol.. mkay I'll wait it out for DX... I'd rather pay 40 and wait it out than to pay 200 and get it now.. lol

As far as the Nova goes I'll have to talk to them sometime this week concening if I can reduce the cost and pick it up from them.

btw.. thanks for the code. Never knew I'd be able to get an adition discount =D
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