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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Optec Sound Aurora Unit

Another Great unit from the Optec sound series!  This is the Sound Aurora unit that is very similar to the Sound Mars (Sound Mars Unit Click Here) but uses a standard 120 volt, 500 watt Linear lamp that rotates instead of the common 2 X capsule lamps.  The output is 6 large flat blades of light rotating to the beat of the music.  Control is achieved from either the onboard internal microphone or by direct connection via a 1/4" analogue connector on the rear.  Classic unit that is fan cooled and made in the US. 




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Unknown Manufacturer Rotating Half-Ball Unit

Very strange and interesting unit.  I have no idea who made this unit but it is a cool effect.  If anyone knows what this unit is or who made it please contact me.  The unit has a standard 24 volt, 250 watt lamp in the center and the large ball rotates around the lamp.  Output is large shafts of light spinning in the air.  This is 220 volt  fixture and quite heavy due to the large motor and transformer in the base.  A couple of unique things to note: the lenses and top head unit are all plastic, the motor is internal but the belt and drive assembly are on the outside of the unit. 





Saturday, July 12, 2014

Optec (NESS) Ellipscan Unit

Classic product from Optec!  This is the Ellipscan unit which is a first generation scanner.  The unit is a compact mini gobo projector with a scan head (off-center mirror) attached to the barrel.  How this unit works is a 12 volt DC power source connects to the top where the scan motor is located.  The positive and negative polarity makes the mirror spin back and forth.  There was a dedicated controller originally for this unit but unfortunately I do not have it (If anyone know where I might find one please contact me).  Unit uses a standard gobo holder with an easy access screw so changes can be done on the fly.  The light source is a 12 volt, 75 watt EYF lamp that is powered from a tiny electronic transformer attached to the yolk.  The transformer is switchable 110 / 220 volt from an internal switch.  This fixture is very high quality (Extruded aluminum chassis, micro motor for scan mirror) and is very rugged.  Great piece made here in the US.