Geiger counter

Geiger counter

I’ve bought a relatively cheap Geiger counter on Aliexpress.

Places to go

You obviously want to test this thing. I’ve heard uraninite can be found here:

  • Příbram: 49.677N 14.060E & 49.643N 14.002E

  • Jáchymov: the Eva mine, and I think Barbora looks like another candidate


It’s fairly inconvenient to hold this up close to everthing. I found an unused piece of aluminium pipe, so I decided to make a Geiger stick. At that time I hadn’t realised yet that aluminium pipes are so cheap and easily available--I could use a longer one than 50 cm, it’s barely useful. Making it longer would need a redesign for a different diameter and reprint, though.

Geiger counter in a holder

The handle has the "grooves" 2 cm apart and it ended up working very well for my hand. In general it’s all surprisingly solid, considering the naïve design and low number of iterations.