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Re: [TCML] top load and photography (tripod grounding)

That was me. I do it because I was sometimes getting a little tingle when I touched the camera when I am standing behind it suggesting the camera is above earth potential. I don't want that voltage sparking onto the screen or eyepiece or plastic on button which could damage the camera. If you are trying to avoid "unseen leaders" then you are expecting the camera to be floating at many thousands of volts. Not safe at all. Secondly, if there was a camera strike while I was holding the camera (I don't get that close), then I would be protected and not the path to ground.
I stand by my decision to earth the tripod.


----- Original Message ----- From: "bartb" <bartb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Tesla Coil Mailing List" <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 11:04 AM
Subject: Re: [TCML] top load and photography

Hi Matt,
.. Regarding this thread, I
think I read someone grounding the tripod? That's probably the last thing I would do for the same reasons for not grounding my body. I'm not sure I understood that post correctly as I wasn't paying close attention, but I certainly would not ground the camera or what it's sitting on (or anything near it). We don't want to issue unseen leaders shortening the physical distance between coil and camera. IMHO.

Take care,
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