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Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

Hi guys,
I was wondering if anyone is aware of the Swiss laws pertaining to lasers, especially regarding importing and possession, because I know that in Australia lasers above 5mw require a special permit.
I want to import a 1 watt laser from the following website: http://www.dragonlasers.com/catalog/...m-p-16456.html (For use as a telescope guide, and because blue lasers are cool I understand the risks of such a powerful laser so this isn't a request to be lectured on laser safety.)
Additionally, is anyone aware of what kind of import tax (if any) would apply?

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Old 21.09.2011, 11:26
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

Run this site through a translator:

http://www.astronomie.ch/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3791

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Sales of laser than <1mW (class 2) is forbidden to individuals. The use of these lasers are strict and it requires a permit.
One site you might be interested in.
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

don't be looking at aircraft with that laser of yours

in all seriousness, for a recreational need, you're asking for trouble
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

Legal to own*; not legal to sell; strict regulation surrounding its use. (Must be operated only by trained and qualified people, you have to apply to the gemeinde in writing at least 14 days in advance, specify exact time and duration of the light show, etc. etc.)

More info here (in German): http://www.ursusmajor.ch/tipps-trick...-3r/index.html


1W is classified as a Class 4 laser and is used for industrial stuff or for professional light shows. You don't need one for astronomy. Class 3R will do just as well - with the side benefit that if you do shine a 3R across the room someday to look at the pretty green dot, you won't fry your retinas in less time than it takes to blink.
Have a think about it, is all I'm saying.


*but possibly not for much longer; the Swiss government is rumbling about tightening up the regs
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Old 21.09.2011, 12:08
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

Get a Telrad. Cheaper, safer, more durable, don't need to worry about turning it on and off, no worries about aircrafts, nosy neighbours and much better for starhopping with good maps.
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

Are you telling us you have your own personal adaptive optics telescope and controlling software? Ah, to be a trustafarian. I don't think blue lasers have the right frequency to create sodium guide stars. You might need more watts, too.
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

this isnt for installation in a sophisticated underground bunker in a hollowed out mountain in the Alps?

Next there will be an advert for Henchmen on the Jobs offered section.... or Wanted: white fluffy cat.....
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

monkeynut beat me to it.
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

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this isnt for installation in a sophisticated underground bunker in a hollowed out mountain in the Alps?
You just have to remember who we're talking about here:


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So I fancy myself a bit of a ninja...
Then the laser thing makes sense...

Except a ninja is supposed to never be seen and a laser is like 'Hey! Look over there! A laser! Wait...what's that?.....a ninja?'
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

We use 50 to 200 Watt lasers at work to fry photopolymers.
The things are not big, small enough to fit into the faring on a BMW motorbike. In fact it will fit into the glove compartment. I have wet dreams now and then thinking what I would do to some of the morons on the road with one of them puppies.
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Re: Legal to import a high power laser? Also, tariff?

Anyway. After those meanies have tried to spoil your plans, I'll help.

I suspect the tariff you're after is 9013.2000;

Liquid crystal devices not constituting articles provided for more specifically in other headings; lasers, other than laser diodes; other optical appliances and instruments, not specified or included elsewhere in this Chapter:
- lasers, other than laser diodes


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And a takeover bid for the Schilthorn
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this isnt for installation in a sophisticated underground bunker in a hollowed out mountain in the Alps?

Next there will be an advert for Henchmen on the Jobs offered section.... or Wanted: white fluffy cat.....
who about one of these?

http://www.lle.rochester.edu/
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