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would recommend caution then as military does conduct night ops flying without lights pilots use nvg ( nightvision goggles ) inflight .. even your small laser will show up bright to anyone using nvg's .. you dont want to piss off military pilots blinding them .. they lack sense of humour in such situations ..
Ok, I google mapped closest airport. It's small, but it's 7 miles away.. what I'm worried about is sometimes we have military copters going over our house, mostly in the day, so close it shakes stuff and scares the crap out of everyone.
So as long as I keep it on a black part of the sky, I should be peachy right? They wouldn't intentionally fly into it if they could see it probably.
I looked up jet routes but couldn't find any sites...
reply to post by ThePeaceMaker
Thanks so much, that site is So cool! And good news: not many planes in this area.
most likely youd end up detained .. and get to meet some nice gentlemen with no sense of humour .. thats if your lucky .. or they could just decide target and open fire...
reply to post by Expat888
So if I did accidentally hit one, it wouldn't be as bad as hitting a plane then. I could say I didn't see them, and it's legal to use the laser for astronomy. XD or would they go men and black on me and go behind the 'real' laws. o_o
After two FBI planes and two Portland police planes equipped with video surveillance and an Alaska Airlines flight were targeted by green lasers, investigators tracked the laser beam to the apartment complex the 800 block of Northeast 99th Avenue where Stephen Francis Bukucs lives.
Video surveillance at the apartment complex confirmed Bukucs pointed a laser at airplanes multiple times, the affidavit said. Bukucs also listened to aircraft communications via a hand-held radio programmed to Federal Aviation Administration frequencies, authorities said.
The on-ground surveillance was so thorough, it was determined that one night, it was the suspect's cat triggering motion sensors that operated lights in the apartment. On another night, the suspect was scene walking his cat on a leash outside the apartment.
reply to post by Lunette
Laser Attacks On Aircraft A New Federal Crime
18 USC 39A - Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft
It is important for you to know...using that device could result in jail/prison time. You should consider it "dangerous" as it WILL blind even at what you think is "great distance".
Do not ever point it at the sky.
do not play; "chase the spot" with your cat or dog. You will injure them.
What you wee chart doesn't say: 25w; causes severe damage...to anything. 55w can kill.
Lasers are not toys, they are dangerous light sources.
reply to post by JadeStar
I'm not like her, I'm pretty careful, yeah I've heard of her before though.
All the jets that fly over anyways, are over 30,000 feet, one 47,000. I live in a pretty rural area, so it's easy to spot them. I'm Very careful. I won't point it anywhere when it's cloudy at night.