After reading this question: I got an itch to to test out the mirrors myself (and maybe record whole process to irritate conspiracy nuts).
What equipment would I need? I assume a high powered laser that would go through Earths atmosphere on clear night, some sort of mechanism that would be able to aim it very precisely (is there something that is commercially available), and a detector that would read the laser bounced back.
How would I have to set it up? I would need to go out of the city get on some rocky place so mechanism wouldn't 'wobble' to much then point laser to the moon (not sure how would I know where to point) then place detector on the ground at short distance from laser (again not sure how I would know where to position it) and then if after ~2.6s later detector lights up - It Works.
How would I know that reflection I got is from mirrors and not some random 90 degree angled shiny Moon rock? I would assume for this I would need to calculate how much dimmer signal has to come back (not sure how to do the calculation)
Updated by request in comment: Can I just do this or will this get me into trouble with aviation authorities?
Is such an experiment possible (for an individual), would I be able to get my hands on equipment and data necessary, or I am missing something?