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Re: Awsome first light !! but...
Original poster: "Terry Fritz" <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>
At 12:20 AM 8/1/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>WOW, 8 inch streamers, at 40 volts on the variac. Help from the list was
>invaluable; I could not have done it without you guys, thanks to everyone.
>But… I couldn’t seem to get the variac over 40 or 50 volts then my capacitor
>safety gap would start to fire. I set the cap safety gap to fire at 12 kV.
>Why was it so active with only 5 kV out of my NST? Tuning seemed to help
>reduce the safety gap firing, but not much. I didn’t spend a great deal of
>time tuning. I was in a small metal shed; it was 95 degrees outside, and 110
>degrees inside. Florida sucks in the summer, nothing but mosquitoes and
>humidity. Could tuning be my problem here? Nothing special in my setup,
>12/30 NST, Terry protection, static gap with fan, LTR cap, line filters.
>Thanks for any help, Kevin
What size primary cap do you have? I would guess the system is resonant
and the main gap is having some problem where it's firing voltage is going
higher as it opperates.
Please don't change the safety gaps since that should not be the problem.