April 2008


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Ritchie Sims <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 30 Apr 2008 06:45:51 +1200
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Why do you need to look directly at the arc at all? You can tell that 
it's all happening by the illumination of the bell-jar interior!

On my venerable Edwards 306, I rigged a little 'umbrella' sitting atop 
the rod-holder, so that the operator (me) can see the specimens being 
coated, including the polished brass thickness monitor, but cannot see 
the arc itself.

This has the great advantage that the operator's view of the brass 
monitor is not diminished by having to peer through an obscuring 
filter, so the operator (okay, then, I) can easily see the transition 
from red to purple on the brass.



> I'd like to purchase additional welding googles for use while coating 
>  specimens in our new vacuum evaporator (via thermal evaporation 
> using  sharpened carbon rods).  I have one old pair of welding 
> googles, but I  have no idea what shade they are (they don't appear 
> to be labelled).   Does anyone know the minimum shade value for this 
> purpose?  5?  10?   15?  Something in-between?  I and other 
> researchers in the lab enjoy  seeing, so I'd like to choose the right 
> shade.
> Thanks,
> Ellery

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