Good call! I checked RAW and increased the exposure time and was able to see the display get washed out in white as I boosted the exposure time. Unchecking RAW had it go black again. So at least I know the camera's working. Hopefully weather will cooperate and I'll be able to get out and really check it out soon.
And you're right, that's some funky contrast enhancing software they got running when RAW is unchecked.
I believe iPolar has some image enhancement running in background. Only that can explain why the stars have such a high contrast on my screen.
There's a check box in the settings, saying "display raw image". By checking that you might get the same effect as from pole master.
Let me know if that works.