It's luck of the draw really. 1000 lasers may make it through customs and yours might be the one they catch.
Certain websites are on a list of known illegal imports and will always have their packages checked. Taking the label off it doesn't help if they test the output.
Mine has been prominent for about 4 years now. Basically everything in my vision is morphing or 'breathing' constantly. If I get tired or anxious the problem gets worse but it's always noticeable. If I stare at something for a while the effect builds up until I can't make anything out. Makes...
Gas lasers are old technology, slowly being phased out by diodes that can reach higher powers. They have great divergence, rare wavelengths and if you have a bare HeNe tube, they are a piece of art.
They are pricey because they are getting rarer and are now becoming historical. We are willing...
Here's some links to good safety goggles.
OEM Laser Systems
Laser Safety Industries
They aren't cheap, but you can't put a price on your eyesight.
As for the 473, if you are looking for a long duty cycle, you might be better off going with a lab...
Welcome to the forum :beer:
Glad to see you here, although if I were in your position, electronics would not be my choice :D
Please make sure that while you are enjoying your lasers, you also enjoy your eyes and protect them!