I stumbled upon this interesting artilce about the Orion LaserMate™ Deluxe laser collimator. Clayton Cramer, an enthusiast who builds his own newtonian telescopes, gives a great summary of some of the major issues that disappear when using a laser collimator, specifically the LaserMate™ Deluxe.
Mr. Cramer compares the LaserMate™ Deluxe to his old laser collimator. He notes that he saved 20 minutes when collimating his homemade telescope with the LaserMate™ Deluxe versus collimating with his MoonLite collimator. Using the MoonLite collimator, Mr. Cramer would have to run back and forth between the front and back of the telescope.
LASER COLLIMATOR SURFACE ANGLE
The feature, that many laser collimators are now being designed with, that makes the LaserMate™ Deluxe superior to the MoonLite collimator is that the Orion model has a 45 degree surface. If your scope is not collimated, the laser will project back onto the face of the 45 degree surface. When it is collimated, it will look as if the laser has almost disappeared back into its origin. This process can be completed entirely from the front of the scope.
The greatest part about the LaserMate™ Deluxe? It is VERY affordable! You get a quality laser at a price that beats any comparable unit. If this laser meets your application, you have to get one.