A followspot, sometimes known as a Spot Light, is a powerful stage light which can be controlled by a human
spotlight operatorto "follow" actors around the stage. Followspots are commonly used in concerts. Followspots are usually located in the overhead catwalks.
Characteristics of a typical follow spot include:
*A strong light source, often a
high-intensity discharge lampwith a high colour temperature
*A lens lens which can be manually focused
*A manual device to change the intensity of the beam, especially when an HID source which can not be electronically dimmed is used
*An "iris" to adjust the size of the spot/angle of the beam
color magazineor "boomerang" consisting of several gel frames which can be swung in front of the beam
*Some sort of physical sight to assist in aiming is sometimes added onto the lamp by the operator.
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