I found a computer screen dimming app
Posted 28 December 2013 - 01:04 AM
I want to make a little report on a utility I've just tried.
I've been wondering for years if there is some simpler way to dim my screen than by using a sheet of rubylith. Found it! (Or, I have begun to find it.) I downloaded a little utility--free--from http://www.nelsonpir...ftware/dimmer/. It works well, but washes out the contrast. I hope there are others out there, but having one is better than wrecking my night vision. I can turn it down quite dim, and still use Stellarium, barely.
Clear, steady, and dark skies (none of which I have right now),
Posted 10 January 2014 - 01:12 PM
I was out at my club's dark site one night helping someone out. he was using Backyard Red. From a distance, it just looked like he had his laptop on regularly, and when I got up close to it, it definitely didn't help my night vision.
I use plastic from estreetplastics.com. It cost me about $16 WITH shipping and provided enough for 3 laptops. About 15 minutes with a Dremmel is all I needed. I hold it in place with either large rubber bands or a couple small pieces of duct tape and it works out perfectly.
For my phone and tablet I use pieces of a sheet of a red theatrical lighting gel. It wasn't quite as cheap, but it works perfectly and is fairly durable. I've never actually used rubylith, so I can't comment on it, but the stuff I use is excellent.
If you're observing alone... it's only your own night vision you're messing with. But if you're with others, you really need the plastic.
Posted 10 January 2014 - 01:24 PM
Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:55 PM