Ok, this is for all the laser guys out there, question . What should be the wattage?. I see most lasers for Astronomy
are 5mw, is this a good choice? They have higher wattage models...
I think most are limited to 5 watts maximum.
I recently started using a Z-bolt Astronomy 14° rated laser.
I like the laser, and it has an easy to see narrow beam.
One big factor for me is I can see where my telescope is aiming during alignments (Modeling in Losmandy speak) without trying to get to where I can see through my Red Dot sight.
And that is what I wanted it for, And for showing the grandkids when they ask, "Whatcha lookin at, Grandpa?"
Nothin snaps them to attention faster than a green line reaching the stars. "Hey! I wanna do that!"
I was aligning things on Polaris and a Business jet was coming in from the North. I of course shut my laser off and allowed him to use my air space. After he passed, I continued my fiddling.
Not long later, the Sheriff's helicopter made a low pass, and again I shut off the laser while they were in my FOV. But my Laptop was glowing, and my red headlamp was on, and I'm sure they could easily make me out in my backyard.
They sauntered on by, made a turn about and came by behind me for another look. That time I left my green beam aimed at Polaris, and they seemed amused it was just some old fart playing in his backyard, and not some jack-weed lasering aircraft at all. A little politeness, and nothing to hide, worked well.
Pay attention to what battery the laser you are considering uses. My Z-bolt uses 2- AAA. And came with a set of 4 rechargeable. But I'm still playing with the supplied batteries in the box. I'm impressed with how long they are lasting.
Other lasers I've had ate batteries, and used expensive uncommon batteries. (Like CR123's)