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Video: Iím so happy with my (now working) Geiger counter

Clive Maxfield
6/10/2011 08:05 PM EDT

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David Ashton
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re: Video: Iím so happy with my (now working) Geiger counter
David Ashton   6/13/2011 12:16:58 AM
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Out of curie-osity (sorry...) I looked up the conversion between Curies and Bequerels and on this site: http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/units-converter/radiation-activity/calculator/becquerel-%5BBq%5D-to-curie-%5BCi%5D/ I came up with the fact that your 5 microCurie source is equal to 0.000185 of a GigaBequerel. The source I had access to was an 8 GigaBequerel so that makes it 43000 times more powerful that your 5 microCurie one. No wonder the counter got overloaded. The source I had access to was encased in a lead container (the orange thing you can see in the movie) and it had a lid which went on it when not in use. Even with the lid on, the counter was going wild when it was near it.

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re: Video: Iím so happy with my (now working) Geiger counter
David Ashton   6/10/2011 11:58:47 PM
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"... a background count of 34 events per minute" As reader Finevlad pointed out in the previous blog entry, the "background count" is not all background radiation, the tubes do self-ionise to some extent. However the difference between your count and mine is interesting, Maybe you should (cautiously) approach the nuclear power station down the road and see if it increases further.... You could also check if all your kids have the right number of fingers and toes.... ;-) "...my counter randomly clicking away in the background Ė I find it strangely relaxing." Whatever turns you on, baby..... "...my Atmospherics Monitor projectÖ perhaps we should put David on standby alert :-)" That one's already caught my imagination Max, but it's on the end of a wish list about 10 items long at the moment....but feel free....

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Max The Magnificent   6/10/2011 8:29:11 PM
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What do you mean "who is the 3-inch tall egg-head standing next to the Geiger counter?" That's my personal assistant, of course...

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