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Teslathon

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by xolotl, 27 May 2006.

  1. xolotl

    Man of Honour

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    Today was the UK teslathon in Derby. The notable event was Martin Dale trying to break the European record for spark length.

    First up was a small but non the less entertaining coil.

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    Cute.

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    Now for the main event!

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  2. xolotl

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    Ooh pretty, and close.

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    Even closer.

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    Bingo.

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    And that's a record, 12ft which is two foot over the previous record.

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    I appreciate the pictures aren't brilliant but they do tell a story. Plus Tesla coils are damn hard to photograph.
     
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  3. AndyBorzi

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    um....lol! :D Actually, I would love to have been there!

    Shocking!
     
  4. A.N.Other

    Sgarrista

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    In 3 words ...

    I WANT ONE

    Nice shots! I bet they would have looked amazing if the room had been darker.
     
  5. xolotl

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    Just got the figures for this setup.

    2,900,000 volts and just under 10,000w. Mightily impressive.
     
  6. SDK^

    Capodecina

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    Especially as some of those sparks are dangerously close to those overhead lights :eek:
     
  7. olv

    Soldato

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    isn't it at all dangerous!? :o

    great shots
     
  8. mrk

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    I didn't think they had these 'thons in real life outside of the simpsons!

    Lol I don't know what to say other than if you saw a real life Professor Frink there?
     
  9. Zefan

    Don

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    C&C tbh :D
     
  10. Mohain

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    Hahaha. Cool :)
     
  11. brocksta

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    wow, great pics and do i spot a henry!?! :p
     
  12. xolotl

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    If you look closely you can see the fluorescent tubes glowing from the EM radiation given off by them.

    As for the henry it was used to cool the spark gap that is needed for these coils. These turn the electricity into pulses and thus allow for the long arcs. The big coil learnt the hard way about this as the spark gap got fried on the record breaking run.

    Yes the event are dangerous, but only if your stupid, it isn't open to the public (for a good reason) but as long as you don't touch anything you'll be fine. Due to the poles on the top of the big coil the arcs were only going in one direction.
     
  13. Tesla

    Capodecina

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    If only I knew about this.

    I prefer the Scientist to the actual coils. He was a smart bloke.
     
  14. ChroniC

    Sgarrista

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    holy crap, why wasnt i invited, :(

    How do they stop that from dischargin to the closet electronic object :D or earth ie you. My physics is rusty.
     
  15. agw_01

    Capodecina

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    He was being recharged by the looks of things.

    Awesome pics btw! Great timing on that one of the sparks connecting.
     
  16. themask70

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    Nice ones, never heard of a teslathon before, well you learn something everyday :)
     
  17. xolotl

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    If you look at this pic:

    http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/184/crw7647011tv.jpg

    You can see next to the coil is a lighting tripod. If the coil was going to arc towards the crowd it would go to that. But that didn't happen and all the arcs were towards the other coil.