Re: Rotary gap, also magnifiers

From: 	Bert Wikkerink[SMTP:bert-at-mitra-dot-com]
Sent: 	Thursday, June 19, 1997 9:30 AM
To: 	Tesla List
Subject: 	Re: Rotary gap, also magnifiers

Tesla List wrote:
> From:   FutureT-at-aol-dot-com[SMTP:FutureT-at-aol-dot-com]
> Sent:   Thursday, June 19, 1997 2:29 AM
> To:     tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
> Subject:        Re: Rotary gap, also magnifiers
> > I was wondering if anyone can tell me what is so special about a rotary gap
> > that breaks at say about 1800 bps. If it improves your Tesla coils spark
> > will it work on my neon. Is it save to use a rotary for my neon. If, not
> > what can I do to protect it.
> Richard,
> There is an UNTESTED theory that a break rate of 1800 or higher may
> be fast enough to prevent de-ionization of the output spark between
> breaks and allow the sparks to grow longer, but this design will tend
> to draw a lot of power and will probably not work well with neon
> transformers.
> Typical non-synchronous rotaries tend to destroy neon transformers,
> but some people use them.  You can use the traditional methods of
> safety gaps, chokes, and series resistors to try to protect the neon
> transformers.  But I don't recommend using a non-sync gap in a neon
> system.
> Synchronous rotaries are another story -- they work excellently in
> neon systems, but they are more work to build.  Since multiple static
> gaps can work fine up to 4kW or higher, it is probably easiest to use
> this type of gap (multiple static gap).
> > I was just wondering, if anyone of you ever had build a Magnifier did the
> > objects around you get charged and made sparks fly towards your finger.
> I did not see this effect when I operated my magnifier.  A magnifier will not
> create any effects that a normal Tesla coil will not produce.
> John Freau
> >Thanks
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> > |Richard Smit  | Telephone: +27-525-32634                              |
>   >>

Hi all,

Please forgive the baby question, but I know what a rotary gap is, but
what is a non-synchronous rotary gap as compared with a regular gap?.
Also, I have heard a lot about magnifiers, but what exactly are they and
how do they relate to a normal tesla coil ?.


Bert Wikkerink