|Here's a bunch of pictures of all the neato gadgets that I have aquired over the past year or so in my adventures with tesla coiling. Be sure to click on the "osciloscope" link, because there are bunches of pictures of it there...|
|This is my brand spankin' new oscilloscope. Actually, it was made in the 50s. I got it free from a gouy who got it free from Kirkwood HS. He says it works. I am still learning about how to use one of these bad boys. It is really cool. It weighs about 50 pounds, is 2' deep, 1.5' tall, and 1' wide. It is a monster. Analogue, all the way, baby. Click on the picture to get more detailed pictures of it, so you can read the words and tell me what everything does!|
|This is a multimeter. It set me back $20 at radio shack. Since it is analogue, it can only be so accurate, with its hard to read scales and exponetial readouts... I got it because it has a nice ammeter attachment. An ammeter measures amps, or electrical current. This one goes up to 30A AC. It is nice becuse it measures the magnetic field induded by the current in a wire (the round loop reads this). You just clamp the thing around your wire and BOOM you're ready to go. It doesn't need to be put in series or anything like that, making it much safer too. It can do all sorts of voltages too, but I have a digital for that.|
|Large solder, flux, 30W soldering iron and stand, poker thing, clamp heat sink thing, flux brush, smaller solder. I used this baby to make my MMC bank really good. Lots of strong, current-handling connections. It also helps things stick in place (mainly wire). Good stuff. Brad gave it too me for Christmas.|
|This little guy I got for $10 off of ebay. I've seen it in catalogues for the same price. It is a good, simple, digital multimeter. Does everything I could ask it to do, except: HV, high amperage AC, and very low ohmage. Every coiler needs a multimeter to make his coil work, this guy is a necessity.|
|Here is my lovely new variac I recieved from my buddy Brad Witbrodt. It is a Powerstat Transformer dimmer. Input voltage is 120V AC. Output voltage is about 4V-118V AC as measured by my voltmeter. It can handle up to 2kW, or 16.7 amps, it says. That is great for my smaller, 120V outlet, downstairs experiements, since my breaker goes at 20A, but it will not be of much use for running the big coil, which hums through the 240V line at roughly 6kW. The plug-end of a 100ft light duty (10A, oops!) extension cord feeds this sucker. I guess it might get a little hot pulling 16.7A, but oh well. The output it two beefy extension cords with massive 30A gator clips on the ends. Good stuff. I zip-tied all the wires to the metal base so they wouldn't pull out of the variac and cause shorts and electrocutions and whatnot. I love this thing.|
|Here's my new digital autoranging multimeter that I took from my high school's robics team. They'll never use it again.
To the right is my new wire cutter crimper stripper thing the Thummels gave me for Christmas.