Re: Got my first coil running!!
> Original Poster: "Jon Lagler" <rockcrawl-at-netzero-dot-net>
Congrats on your coil! There's nothing like the first time (except the second,
18" is excellent for a 30mA NST. Depending on the coil, the tuning can be
to find or very easy. You will find that if you tap too far out, the spark
decreases. How far out (1 turn, 2 turns, etc.) kind of changes your tuning
Some coils (due to specs) can go out of tune quickly (1/2 turn or less).
my opinion) are easier to tune in since the resonant peak is narrow and
"distinguish" the right setting. There are coils that don't seem to change
or more turns). These are obviously harder to tune in to the exact spot
be considered ideal. On the other hand, if the sparklength doesn't change
turn one might consider this easier since the peak is wider (as long as you
somewhere along that peak - your in tune). There may be other ways to tune,
use spark length (plus smooth running and type of spark as criteria for
what I feel
I really like your sparkgap. I've never seen one of these built. Great to
acheive these results right off. Lastly regarding the web page, there is
I don't like - "the blinking background". I think I began seeing double.
opinion (I'm full of opinions - always have been - always will be).
Take care and again "Congrats?",
> I got my first Tesla coil running yesterday. My longest streamer was about
> 16-18" to a hanging grounded object with a 12/30 NST and compressed air
> across my spark gap. I was wondering how I will know when it's pefectly in
> tune. Is there a way to tell other than spark length? How hard is it to find
> just the right point? My coil can be seen at:
> rtunecity-dot-com/silverstone/impala/403/tesla.html .The primary is 50' of 1/4"
> tubing, about 14.5 turns, and the secondary is 22" of 22 ga. aluminum wire on
> PVC drain pipe (thin wall). I know Alum wire may not be the best, but I
> accidently bought 29 pounds of it. As soon as I can get ahold of some 22 ga
> copper, I'll make an identical coil and compare them. I'm using a 4"
> Oh, and I did manage to fry a balast in a flourescent light above.