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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

Lasers

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run the fuck away
My 100mw red laser arrived today. Your standard laser pointer has 5mw. What does this mean? Well, it means the dot is visible even in daylight, the beam itself is visible in dusk-dark conditions, and properly lensed, I have confirmed that I can set candles smoldering and black plastic. According to the stats, it has a visible range of five miles- which I don't really have the capacity to confirm, although I do intend to take it out this evening and drive my cats insane from a few miles away (kidding).

It's a pity the skyscrapers around here are all highly lit up at night- with the white marble sides, they'd make a great test for the overall range. Of course, that would also probably lead to a terror alert.

Side note: I need dark colored balloons and matches, since the videos online show the laser lighting matches and popping balloons.

Edit: A two-thousand foot visual test, naked-eye only, confirms a pretty impressive range. I'd love to find an area that I can use for a five mile test.
  • Have you tried lighting up a cloud?
    • Clear night, sadly. But when you're not dazzled by other lights, you can use the beam for starpointing- it stands out pretty clearly.
  • Did you say you've already tried lighting stuff with it? THAT IS TOO COOL. Was this laser guy expensive? I'd love to get one and say, set my boss's curtains in her office on fire from my desk...it's the perfect crime... ;)
    • I got a deal on mine; they're normally around $160ish for the model I got- which is one of the lower end ones. It would be tricky to light curtains from across the room, because you need to focus the laser down to a narrow point- with some simple lenses that's not difficult.
      • That's awesome...I can't wait to see it in action! I'm a bit of a pyro, so you're going to have to let me know what kinds of cool things you're able to light up!
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