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Careful where you point your green laser pointer

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... because thecoppers are already on to you if you're not careful!
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Post by Cliff »

Dear Kaustav
Yes, I had already seen some TV news coverage.
Quite frankly I think amateur astronomers should accept a complete moritorium on the use of lasers.
I personally do not see how we can complain about light pollution and think we are special cases with regars to using lasers responsibly.
I think lasers must now be banned completely. For astronomers to think we should be treated differently to other people would be nonsense as far as I am concerned.
Best of luck from Cliff
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Yes, I agree with Cliff...and anyway if you are pointing at a star for example how could you be certain that there was not a plane up there that you could not see or hear? maf
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Plus, that would be an excuse for a lot of people...claiming to be using a telescope and it 'happened' to hit the plane.
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Post by Cliff »

Dear al(L)
Having thought about this problem further i'll now go as far as to say that our national astronomical bodies should get together and officially recommend a total ban on the use of lasers most certainly by amateur astronomers. There might be a case for allowing the use of lasers by specifically authorised professional astronical observatories but nothing more.
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This subject was mentioned in The Mail today...but amteur astronomers did not get a mentions, only jobs and terrorists!
As an aside: I find the red lasers used at lectures pretty annoying too.....speakers are inclined to flash 'em all over the screen! A nice wooden pointer does nicely, even a bamboo cane. maf.- the Luddite
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