Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…
…and so the great nursery rhyme goes! But here at Oscilloclock labs, we’re not talking about an egg (which, one theory goes, represented the defeated King Richard III). We’re talking about a beautiful old CRT, savagely shaken and shattered during international shipping. What a waste. But oh, what a great chance to see the insides close-up!
This broken CRT missed its chance to live again in a nice VectorClock
Looking down the barrel. Imagine you are a phosphor molecule, with projectiles from this gun hitting you at the speed of light!
One of the most exciting things you can do with a Scope Clock is to simply look at it from behind! In many CRTs, the anode coating (a conductive black surface sprayed onto the inside of the glass) doesn’t extend all the way to the screen – leaving a nice gap of clear glass from which to observe the beautiful electron beam.
Ha – you can put down your magnifying glasses now.
A colleague asked me whether the trailing effect you see on the seconds hand was a photography trick, or something actually visible to the human eye.
Yes, the trailing effect is real, and it’s thanks to a characteristic of the CRT’s phosphor screen called persistence.