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First thing I hear from anyone I show my laser to is "Whats the point if you can't see it thru the goggles?" Huge dilemma. Here is where it gets bad. I have taken to using my green approx. 50mW laser with just sunglasses.
Before you freak out... NOT to burn or even to look directly at the spot. Just to see the beam. Why ? Because they are right. Whats the point if you can't see anything. I need to find something in the middle. Does anyone know of goggles / glasses that would work for my purpose up to around 200mW. I am not looking for anyone to say that it is safe from a direct reflection or from staring at the dot. What I am looking for is harm reduction.
Not that it is my opinion, but I know people who shine there 100mW lasers around all the time with no protection. They just don't stare at the dot. I have had huge arguments with them for fear of them going blind. Its been months and nothing has happened. Just luck or is it harder to do damage at that power?
Thank you,
Scott
 
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First thing I hear from anyone I show my laser to is "Whats the point if you can't see it thru the goggles?" Huge delema. Here is where it gets bad. I haver taken to using my green approx. 50mW laser with just sunglasses.
Before you freak out... NOT to burn or even to look directly at the spot. Just to see the beam. Why ? Because they are right. Whats the point if you can't see anything. I ned to find something in the middle. Does anyone know of googgles / glasses that would work for my purpose up to around 200mW. I am not looking for anyone to say that it is safe from a direct reflection or from staring at the dot. What I am looking for is harm reduction.
Not that it is my opinion, but I know people who shine there 100mW lasers around all the time with no protection. They just don't stare at the dot. I have had huge arguments with them for fear of them going blind. Its been months and nothing has happened. Just luck or is it harder to do damage at that power?
Thank you,
Scott
you probably don't need sunglasses for looking at 1000mw of 532nm if you're just looking at the beam. As long as you are not looking at the spot you should be fine. If you need to see the spot of only a 50-100mw, cheap $4 ebay goggles should protect you from diffuse reflections.


Also, welcome to LPF!
 
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Are you looking at a beam or the spot.
Are there reflective things around? and are you waving the laser around or what?

People viewing laser shows do not wear safety glasses, but the proper safety precautions have been taken, so you can look at the beam in the air if you have taken proper safety precautions in doing so.

When in doubt, wear laser safety glasses that attenuate the wavelength you are working with.
 
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Are you looking at a beam or the spot.
Are there reflective things around? and are you waving the laser around or what?

People viewing laser shows do not wear safety glasses, but the proper safety precautions have been taken, so you can look at the beam in the air if you have taken proper safety precautions in doing so.

When in doubt, wear laser safety glasses that attenuate the wavelength you are working with.
he said he is only looking at the BEAM I MEANT BEAM
 
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Rivem

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he said he is only looking at the spot
Not what I read.

Before you freak out... NOT to burn or even to look directly at the spot. Just to see the beam.
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I am not looking for anyone to say that it is safe from a direct reflection or from staring at the dot. What I am looking for is harm reduction.
Scott, are you using this inside or outside mostly?
 
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You are safe just viewing the beam, just not when burning or looking at the dot too close, just be very careful, an accident can be a permanent disaster. I even view the beam of a 3W laser without glasses, I wouldn't get careless with it though, it can set stuff on fire, I wouldn't want to even come in contact with the beam. I was once burned by a 1.5W laser when it slipped out of my hand, have never been careless with my lasers since then. Lasers wouldn't be any fun if you can't view the beam, but never under estimate how dangerous they are.

Alan
 
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I am using this at my desk, in the living room, and mostly outside at night. I have recieved flashes from my flashlight that have left ghost images for a minute or two. Nothing even close to that with the laser. I just don't know that its safe to think that as long as I am never dazzled it is not a problem. What i am fearful of is that with a laser it doesn't take as strong a flash of light. I worry about day to day it adds up to weaker vision over time.
Thing is though I am dying to get a stronger one and I already love the one I have. Part of it is the danger too. Kinda like a pretty woman you know is bad news if your not careful.
 

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if you are not dazzled with a 532nm you have nothing to worry about, as long as you aren't looking at the spot for several minutes straight
 




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