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Unread postAuthor: mikemurph » Mon Jun 01, 2009 5:09 pm

I've seen a couple of different ignition systems on this site, but I recently saw one that I think could be better than all of them. This system has no hassle with things like spark-strips because I've seen it produce a 2" spark gap with high voltage.

Here's a video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI96esV4mG4

This is one of the smaller ones I have seen, It looks more compact than others, making it Ideal for mounting on a cannon. It might have been used already, but the searches pulled up nothing.
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Unread postAuthor: CrashTestDummy II » Mon Jun 01, 2009 7:07 pm

That would be amazing to see installed in a clear chamber :P
If I could find the correct electronics without spending a fortune, I'd totally try to make one, since the schematics aren't very complicated at all.

Or, if you happen to have an insane amount of cash lying around, you could order a Marx generator <a href="http://www.amazing1.com/marx_generators.htm">here</a> :D Check out how expensive these things are :shock: Then again, those are just a <i>little</i> bigger than the one shown in that video, lol.
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Unread postAuthor: mikemurph » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:31 pm

That's the kind of thing that would be mounted on a mega-spud gun that shoots cows! I hope to see a project with one, it would be BA :evil:
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:55 pm

these need another high voltage source to power them, pointless. I got the stuff to make a large one (2' sparks atleast), but i am going for a bipolar tesla coil =)
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