Re: Tesla Coil on TV Science Show.
Sounds like you saw Tesla's original 1899 Colorado Springs oscillator in
action --- if so, it should have been in black & white in a wooden barnlike
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> Subject: Tesla Coil on TV Science Show.
> Date: Sunday, November 29, 1998 11:43 AM
> Original Poster: gweaver <gweaver-at-earthlink-dot-net>
> Sunday morning at 8:47 am I saw a very interesting Tesla Coil on TV.
> The Flat primary coil looked like it was 25 feet diameter on the outside.
> About 20 turns of what looked like copper tubing. The primary looked
> it was wound with 1/2" copper tubing spaced about 1/2" between tubes.
> inside diameter of the primary was about 23 feet.
> Around the inside diameter of the primary coil was 8 secondary coils.
> secondary coil looked like it was about 4 or 5 feet tall with a small
> on the top. The sphere shape was about 3 or 4 inches larger than the
> secondary coil. The primary looked like it was about 2 feet above the
> The secondary coils looked like they were spaced about 6 or 7 feet apart
> around the inside of the primary coil. All 8 secondary coils were making
> streamers to each other and across the middle. It was very impressive
> so may streamers going in several directions from each coil all at the
> time and 20 foot sparks across the middle.
> Sorry I can't provide any more information. The science show flashed up
> stuff very fast on the TV screen about several different museums, each
> lasted only about 5 seconds. I just happened to be there at the right
> to see it.
> This gives me an idea. I should be able to duplicate this on a smaller
> scale. A flat primary coil 36" outside diameter, 1/4" copper, spaced
> between turns, about 10 turns. 8 secondary coils evenly spaced on the
> inside of the primary coil wound on 2" or 3" pvc pipe. Small copper
> in each coil.
> Gary Weaver