Talk about "timely." I collected a number of PMTs and bones of a Starlight-1. More curious, I'd like to also try to remake one of these. Have a few Books as well (Russell Genet's, Jeff Hopkin's)
That sounds exciting. If I can be of any help, let me know. I'll look in my things to see if there is any written material that could be of use in your project. I have many pages of written (snail-mail) communication of that era.
As I recall the counter I made had some commercial sub-assemblies inside:
- LED digit display driver.
I just wired everything together, made the holes and cutouts in the aluminum project box. And it all worked without me knowing a whole lot about the specific circuit design. While I do have an electronics and physics background, I never worked in that field. In contrast Jeff was an electrical engineer with RCA. So he knew his stuff.
The HV power supply was home-made following instructions provided by Jeff Hopkins. It involved winding a small toroid-choke transformer on a very small bobbin with tiny gauge magnet wire. Hopkins provided a bare printed circuit board made for the purpose. I just soldered components on the board. My coil would never produce more than 750 volts, which limited now faint a star I could measure. So Jeff allowed me to trade in my home built unit for a working one he had for sale. This would give the required 1000 VDC. Jeff was most kind to me, patiently helping me get going in PEP. Sadly, someone said he has since died.
Keep us posted as to your progress.
Edited by Rustler46, 23 November 2020 - 08:06 PM.