I'm trying to make a cloud chamber to observe cosmic rays, alpha particles, etc. I don't want to use dry ice, I have tried cascaded peltier coolers on a very efficient fan cooled copper heat sink which easily reach -30 deg C. A piece of tissue wetted with 99.9% pure isopropyl alcohol is suspended with a magnet and a large washer either side of the top of the glass jar ( a large inverted coffee jar) So far I have not been able to form any mist, there does not appear to be any thermal gain between the warmer heat sink back to the cold side. The temperature is measured with a contact probe on the cooler. Total T.D is over 50 deg C between the hot/ cold side of the coolers. each cooler, 4 in total, (arranged as two in cascade, in parallel with another pair) have their own adjustable power supplies which have been set for maximum cooling at minimum current. I have tried several combinations of T.E.C's and the results are all similar. I did try water cooling the fins of the heat sink with only a marginal improvement of 3 deg colder. Still no mist, so anyone got any ideas?