I'm currently working on a cascade 555 circuit, both operating in the monostable mode. I also want to be able to control the pulse width with a voltage so am using applying 0-5v to the ctrl pin (The supply voltage is 10v). I've simulated the circuit and it seemed to run fine. However when I built it there seems to be an issue coupling the two timers together.
When the output of the first timer goes low and causes the capacitor to discharge through the first timer this should pull the second trigger pin to 0V. However in reality it's only going to about 2.6V which means that it will only trigger when the control pin is higher than ~5V (this is indeed the case). I've tried varying the 100k resistor to see if that would help, but that only seems to change the rate of recharge, not the initial voltage.
Does anyone know why this might be happening and how I can get it to drop further?