Last updated: 22 October 2003
Subject: Making a laptop night vision ready Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2003 05:05:47 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (R&JS) I saw a question from someone who uses Starry Night about how to make it night vision ready. The problem, of course, is that the normal setting for laptops produces a bright screen -- so bright it will ruin your night vision. I use Starry Night on my laptop with the laptop connected to the Autostar thereby letting Starry Night guide the scope. Starry Night has a night vision mode. On the menu bar, click on VIEW, scroll down the drop-down list to NIGHT VISION and click on that. If that does not dim the screen sufficiently, check your laptop -- it should have a way to adjust the screen brightness. On my HP laptop, hold down the Fn key and press F1 or F2 to brighten/darken the screen. I find that with Starry Night Pro in the Night Vision mode, I still need to reduce the brightness of the laptop screen a few steps. ---- Joe SchlatterMike here: Maybe someday all laptops will follow Apple's lead and add an ambient light sensor to dim/brighten the display and backlight keyboard. My PowerBook 17" has it and it is great. You can see a nighttime photo of it in my AstroPlanner review (the software has a night vision mode to turn the screen red).
From: email@example.com (Jay) I had the same problem with AstroPlanner. The author told me to change the desktop theme to Windows Classic, and all would be well. Works like a charm. -- Jay Freeman - WT9S firstname.lastname@example.orgMike here: There is a review on the Accessory Reviews - Software page.
From: email@example.com (Dave Wallace) This is in reply to Spencer Petzold's inquiry about making a laptop night-vision ready: You could always go really low-tech and use a piece of red plastic film over the display. Best bet would be film designed to be a monochromatic filter such as is used in studio lighting set-ups, but scour your local arts & crafts store or try a local department store's crafts section.
Subject: Making a laptop "night vision" ready Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 20:48:09 From: firstname.lastname@example.org We are eager to use our laptop and Starry Night Pro software as a tool to identify objects in the sky for inquiring passerby and for our own use. However the option with Starry Night to make the screen "night vision" ready is not close to sufficient. Please inform us on any tool you know of to acheive our goal. We are using Windows XP with an nVidia GeForce 4 graphics card.... SincerelyMike here: I don't use Windows so I'll leave this to others to answer.
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