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Quote:I thought the Orion's mount series had the capability to adjust the illumination on the polar scope no?
Quote:Quote:I thought the Orion's mount series had the capability to adjust the illumination on the polar scope no? According to a friend with EQ6 Pros, both that mount and the Atlas have the polar scope dimmer option available only if the internal control board is version 2 or later.
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Quote:To dim or brighten the polar scope, you twist the little matchstick sized stub sticking out the side of the mount near the hand controller connection receptacle.
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Quote:Rod, I was unaware the dimmer was changed. Maybe sometimes older is better.Since there is a dimmer on the older mounts, I would think there is a dimmer function somewhere on the newer ones too. When the polar scope is turned up to full field brightness, Polaris is not even visible in mine.
Quote:So it appears then that the EQ6 is not the same as the Atlas as the EQ6 does not have the ability to dim the polar scope LED. Can anyone confirm this? On the web, I'm hearing mix feedback, so all the confusing.
Quote:As far as i have read this is the only difference between eq6 and atlas - the presence of polar scope illumination regulation in atlas's firmware. Maybe if you can flash eq6's hand controller with atlas firmware this will fix the problem but i am not sure if it is possible or not. Also i see that on orion's site latest firmware is 3.23 and if the versions of firmware are the same between atlas and eq6 this means that some fixes of versions 3.24 and 3.25 of skywatcher's firmwares are missing in latest atlas firmware. At least for me the polar scope illuminator at my heq5 pro is just enough bright to dim all other stars and leave only polaris to be visible so i find it ok without regulation of brightness.
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Quote:Maybe if one cannot dim the LED polar scope illuminator, a resistor could be installed in line to dim it some, or a piece of tail light tape could be placed over it? At full brightness, mine is annoyingly bright, and Polaris is not even visible.
Quote:Interesting - I've been reading this thread so I went through the manual and the menus on the hand controller (v3.25) of my brand new Atlas. There are options for the LCD panel and LEDs backlighting the keys, but there's no option listed anywhere for dimming the polar scope.
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