And it didn't look red. It looked almost *gray-green*, and more visible in my peripheral vision than in the center. So I think I actually did see 980@65mW. I was expecting a dull red but that's not what it was at all - as if the cones weren't doing it, but the rods were.
That would make sense, there are fewer rods in the center of your vision, your
"focus," instead most of them are placed at you peripherals, so its would make
sense to see it better there AND see it as a gray-green rather than deep red.
I can see to 980, appears sort of deep red with a greenish halo easily to about 915 a weird very dim pinkish-purple red, but then again the powers required to "see" these colors are way to high for viewing any length of time. It's not recommended, like seeing an 5X watt halogen bulb filament at the same range, decidedly bad for your eyes!
I think remote IR LEDs vary because I have always been fascinated with the fringes of the visual spectrum.. so I look at remote LEDs all the time. I know it sounds weird haha. But at hotels, friends houses, etc... Most of them are invisible, but some of them have a faint red glow. This leads me to believe that I (and others) am not seeing infrared, but just witnessing one end of relatively broad spectrum some of these produce.