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Re: Safe distance for photographing operating tesla coils with digital cameras?
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Original poster: "Mike" <mike.marcum@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
I've been wondering, what's the red glow at the base of the coil? safety led's?
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Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 11:33 PM
Subject: Re: Safe distance for photographing operating tesla coils
with digital cameras?
Original poster: Steve Ward <steve.ward@xxxxxxxxx>
I usually stand about 2X the maximum arc length away from my coils
when operating. But this is not possible for my largest coil
producing 10+ foot sparks. In the case of that coil i am about 12-15
feet away, with the digi-cam. No problems at all, but its a DRSSTC so
the junk RF output is reduced considerably.
That arc reached about 5 feet towards me, probably leaving me about
8-10 feet from the arc. The camera obviously doesnt seem to mind. Im
using a "cheap" digital camera (canon A60), so im probably a little
more care-free than others would be with a more expensive camera.
Note that a $200 camera is not cheap for *me*, but compared to whats
out there, its at the low end of the price range.
On 8/2/05, Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Original poster: "Garry Freemyer" <garryfre@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> Recently, I posted a url to my website that has some pictures of my > tesla
> coil in the photography Usenet group and the subject came up
about the > main
> picture here ....
> and what is the minimum "safe" distance one should be from a
tesla coil > when
> taking a picture, given the output power or voltage of the coil before > it
> starts messing with the camera.
> Someone replied that by publishing this picture, I was risking the ire > of
> the entire tesla coiling community. They said "You are publishing a > false
> representation of what you actually saw when taking the pictures.
What > would
> happen to your credibility with them?"
> I asked him to elaborate on exactly what mis-representation he
was > talking
> about but he didn't reply. All I can guess is that he was
taking > exception
> to the publishing of the picture with artifacts that might have
been due > to
> EMF or maybe dust floating in the air, but he was quite serious
and > sounded
> angry. I am amazed how many crackpots are in that forum. Still it
was > only a
> guess that he was having a cow over some elite standard he had set > called
> "Photo-Purity" and that artifacts constitute lies and that
everyone > should
> hold to this standard. Does anyone have any other clue what this
hoser > was
> talking about?
> I remember, that all my pictures from the Northern California
Teslathon > were
> ruined because I was too close and didn't know it. I had one
picture, on > the
> digital stick where the foreground was a wonderful picture of
streamers > from
> a coil at San Francisco, but was ruined by a clear image of my
living > room
> curtain from my apartment some 300 miles north. Bleah!
> So the question still remains. What would be the minimum distance
for > coils.
> Does anyone have any guidelines that might be a clue? With my small coil
> capable of 5 foot streamers, I kept a minimum of 30 feet away,
and if I > had
> to be fifty feet away, I'd have to sell my left leg for a telephoto > lens,
> but I think it would not hurt to ask. Someone else might know via
the > lesson
> of hard experience, so that I don't have to. I find myself
cringing at > the
> idea of getting close to this coil I have, but how close is too close is
> something I have no real idea.