[TCML] New Sucker Gap
teslamiles at att.net
Wed Sep 15 17:32:06 MDT 2010
I have an observation and a question for you all. I rigged up a dummy load
using the Halogen lamps to test my primary circuit and the right cap size. The
load works great and provides a visual aspect to power levels, however, I have a
couple of issues. Neither my light level meter nor my digital camera work when
the primary is energized. Bummer. I did setup a dark box for measuring the
light at different power input levels (lamps on top, meter looking up, with
ventilation). Meter reads zero, but as soon as I start raising power, before
the gap fires, it reads 57 Lumens. Yet it is stable when directly connected to
I do have my fav 35mm that I used to photo my new sucker gap, albeit really old
film that I happen to have on hand.
My observation is that my digital stuff doesn’t work when the primary circuit is
My question is; I am a bit disappointed how the sucker gap appears when firing.
Should I expect more?
Looking at others photos it appears the gap is very bright. Maybe that is
because the photos are at dusk, or night. But I would have thought I would have
more than a single or dual spark in the gap. AM I wrong?
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