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Offline markc

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Green lasers and those twits that abuse them...
« on: 20:15:40, 16 February, 2016 »
Probably not big news for many..at least outside our hobby

Big incident in the news a few days ago when a Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to return to Heathrow after a green laseer "blinded" the pilot/copilot apparently..

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-arrest-man-after-green-laser-was-shone-at-heathrow-planes-a3171736.html

Apparently one at Edinburgh a few days before that too...

Incidents like this seem to be on the rise, especially as these lasers can be purchased for a few quid off Ebay.
Hope this doesn't end up with a blanket ban on "all"  commercially sold lasers, green or red...would be a sad day for astronomy enthusiasts who I do believe tend to be thoughtful and decent folk by and large.

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Re: Green lasers and those twits that abuse them...
« Reply #1 on: 20:17:24, 16 February, 2016 »
From what I read this laser was way more powerful than anything we use to point out celestial objects?

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Re: Green lasers and those twits that abuse them...
« Reply #2 on: 20:23:29, 16 February, 2016 »
Not sure...don't have any details on that.
But I know the one i purchased a few years ago is very intense and bright ,and can easily pinpoint a target a mile or more away..
Certainly wouldn't want it shone in my eyes!

Besides being v uselful as an aid for accurately pointing scope/camera to to objects on a mount ,etc when imaging...it's also a great way to pick out stars, constellations,etc as an educational tool.
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Re: Green lasers and those twits that abuse them...
« Reply #3 on: 22:07:15, 16 February, 2016 »
Agreed; I find mine very useful.  The cats don't agree, mind, especially when I've exhausted them chasing the dot all around the house  :clown:
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Re: Green lasers and those twits that abuse them...
« Reply #4 on: 15:41:47, 17 February, 2016 »
Agreed; I find mine very useful.  The cats don't agree, mind, especially when I've exhausted them chasing the dot all around the house  :clown:

Haha, yes my dog does the same. Even out in the field it goes mad chasing the green spot, it never learns it can't actually catch it ;-)

There are always methods to misuse things - and always people who want to regulate the 'thing' or ban it entirely.

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Re: Green lasers and those twits that abuse them...
« Reply #5 on: 17:41:48, 17 February, 2016 »

There are always methods to misuse things - and always people who want to regulate the 'thing' or ban it entirely.


I think banning would be impossible in this instance. However, I wouldn't be too surprised by something analogous to knife law coming along.

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