I find it hard to believe (although I hasten to try for myself) how the human eye could actually take a 5mw laser direct to the eye! ..I have had a 1mW green laser pen pointed at mine last week and it near blacked me out..
Awesome thread, perfect timing considering I'm looking into buying a 300+mW 532nm for under 200$... I'm thinking of buying one from Skylaser now, due to reading some of the threads of mishaps with O-Like & Lazerer in the recent weeks.
I never thought buying a green laser would be so difficult! I need one for a project, where I need to shine a pattern on the ground from 100m in the air (from a hexacopter) and be able to pick it up with a normal camera.