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10/30/2020 2:42:12 PM
Posted: 11/16/2020 9:54:30 AM EST
I'm a FNG with the PVS-14 WP.  Question is how bright do you all run your gain control?  Seems if I run it a tad on the dark side, there is more contrast but that may be just me.  I see everyone's pictures are very bright.  Advice from those in the know for best utilization??
Thanks
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 10:01:20 AM EST
Well, ultimately it’s up to you and what you find appealing and what works. Having said that, I typically run mine maxed and just let it dim when it feels it’s necessary.

When The situation calls for it I’ll mess with the gain to get a better picture but that’s only if I’m putzing around. If it’s “go” time I don’t want to go from a dark area to a “dark” area I don’t want to have to stop and dick around turning the fain up. Not a great time to do that in a dynamic environment.
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 10:11:45 AM EST
I usually turn mine down enough until I can get some peripheral vision going on if that makes sense

Call it 75% usually
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 10:12:52 AM EST
I keep mine on the darker end. Helps blend vision from the unaided eye. Depending on your tube it cuts down on noise also.
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 10:34:19 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 11:55:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By Jetpig:
I'm a FNG with the PVS-14 WP.  Question is how bright do you all run your gain control?  Seems if I run it a tad on the dark side, there is more contrast but that may be just me.  I see everyone's pictures are very bright.  Advice from those in the know for best utilization??
Thanks
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The lighting conditions usually dictate how bright you want the -14 to be. All tubes are different so the tube gets a vote. For example, a tube with lower gain you may never or rarely touch.  

If it's super dark, gradual adjust the brightness level until both eyes are playing together the best. There is definitely a sweet spot. For me, the gain was usually pretty low in the dark dark.  

Like AIWB said, it's all about personal preference, so do what works best for you.
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 4:27:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By will-1:

All tubes are different so the tube gets a vote.
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Good old ITT Omni VII are so scorching bright I always crank them down. Filmless have such little fuzz that I run full power.
Link Posted: 11/16/2020 4:43:15 PM EST
I run on the lower end because i'm usually just putzing around in the desert, stargazing. I'm also a cheapskate and don't want to burn out my ~3k "investment."

Running and gunning, practically speaking, I rock them as bright as a I can while still trying to preserve some peripheral/night vision for my other eye. Autogating should help if you're suddenly moving from wide open outside to an enclosed space where there would be existing light (turn that gain up!). I use more gain on green tubes than WP.

I could be doing it wrong, though...
Link Posted: 11/19/2020 11:04:42 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/19/2020 11:05:12 AM EST by PA452]
I've only had mine for a few months, but I've been running mine as bright as I can without getting noise. Usually that means at a little over half. If I have the gain cranked all the way up, I get a fair bit of noise, but it really seems to depend on conditions.
Link Posted: 11/19/2020 3:46:42 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Lowdown3:



Listen to this man!!

Every lighting condition is different so make a habit of checking it every night and adjusting as need be.

I like to run mine low also.
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Originally Posted By AIWB:
Well, ultimately it’s up to you and what you find appealing and what works. Having said that, I typically run mine maxed and just let it dim when it feels it’s necessary.

When The situation calls for it I’ll mess with the gain to get a better picture but that’s only if I’m putzing around. If it’s “go” time I don’t want to go from a dark area to a “dark” area I don’t want to have to stop and dick around turning the fain up. Not a great time to do that in a dynamic environment.



Listen to this man!!

Every lighting condition is different so make a habit of checking it every night and adjusting as need be.

I like to run mine low also.


Good advice here.
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