This is my latest instructable named the Steampunked lightning detector "Jupiter"*
*Jupiter was a flash throwing god of the ancient romans
A thunderstorm with lightnings an deep rolling thunder is always thrilling to mankind. So it is very good to be informed in time when such a weather-situation rises up. This information is also very important for a safe ride of a vioctorian airship pilot. That´s why I built this object in a steampunked style.
I used a special electronic kit from franzis which is very easy to build up and it works very well. Iam sorry to say so that this kit isn´t yet available in U.S. but I proposed to do it.
But if you like to order this kit you can also find here a lot of information about it. Although the explanations are written in german you can follow the pictures and built up the kit successfully.
Just before I started writing this instructable a small thunderstorm crossed my home area and so I can show you the official warnings from the forecast and as well the lightning detector "in action".
I write this instrutable in my special steampunk style as another Steampunk creators diary and ad some pictures too for placing comments.
Hope you enjoy this reading and have fun with it and maybe you like to build your own lightning detector.
Yours Aeon Junophor
Step 1: Preparing the Case of an Old Telephone
From ebay you can get old telephones made of bakelite and cycle them up with your steampunk ideas. Toothpaste works best to polish dull bakelite, and the old fashioned style of this telephone cases will surley inspire you to create a lot of victorian technique objects too.
Step 2: Soldering and Wiring
As you can see only some parts have to be soldered to the pcb. If you want to use most of the additional options of this kit only some wires and some switches have to be added.
Step 3: Creating the Signal Top Light
After soldering and connecting the electronic parts inside the case the signal top light has to be built.
Step 4: Testing and Working
As I told you at the beginning of this writing a little thunderstorm came up and I took some photos to show how the detector works and took also some snapshots from the sreen of my PC to documentate the official warnings.
So you can see it works very well.
At the end of this instructable I am proud to announce you a second object in this particular style. The steampunked bat-detector will coming soon. By the way this kit is already available in the U.S.
Hope you enjoyed my explanations
Yours Aeon Junophor