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CTX and sunlight
Posted by: kellogg
Date: September 23, 2017 03:26PM
I have not had this machine terribly long, but it has 1 thing that annoys me, Bright sunlight and it is impossible to even see the screen display.
Is there some trick I don't know? The machine performs great, but this bugs me.

My name is Steve and I'm from central Iowa for just a little introduction

Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: sprchng
Date: September 23, 2017 04:15PM
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kellogg
I have not had this machine terribly long, but it has 1 thing that annoys me, Bright sunlight and it is impossible to even see the screen display.
Is there some trick I don't know? The machine performs great, but this bugs me.

My name is Steve and I'm from central Iowa for just a little introduction

Steve , join the crowd.
It's really an annoying trait and unfortunately difficult to overcome and especially so when using target trace and features that require a good view of the screen.
I have made a visor out of flexible plastic that attaches with velcro around the control unit that helps on occasion but sometimes turning into the Sun is the only solution , or finding shade(lots of good targets there BTW:smile:). Best advice I can give you is stay away from polarized glasses and play with the contrast and backlight under the worst conditions until you come up with the best visibility you can find for your vision.:shrug:

P.S. I don't know if it's even available anymore but I had an extra zagq protector cover for an etrac , the wet application method , which I cut down and applied to the CTX and it helped with the visibility considerably. You might experiment with some others and if you find one that works , let us know.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/23/2017 04:37PM by sprchng.

Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: Auric
Date: September 23, 2017 05:10PM
Agreed. I invested in a pair of non-polarized prescription sunglasses specifically for beach hunting. It works quite well.



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Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: kellogg
Date: September 25, 2017 01:19PM
thanks for the replys

Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: chuckciao
Date: September 25, 2017 02:13PM
Steve, I assume that you have the backlighting on its hightest intensity even in daylight! It's not a complete fix but it does help somewhat!

Fellow Iowan (Iowa City)
Chuck

Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: September 26, 2017 07:47AM
Hey Steve...if you rely strictly on numbers then I'm sure you know the numbers for ID can be made larger? The downside is that then it's hard to see where the cursors are and target trace....it is a bit annoying! I'll have to try a couple of the mentioned suggestions...

Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: mcb613
Date: September 30, 2017 07:45PM
A little trick I read about polarized glasses and CTX. If you rotate you coil off 0 degrees before locking the shaft, you can see the screen with polarized glasses. Makes the screen canted to the left.

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Re: CTX and sunlight
Posted by: E-TRAC-OHIO
Date: October 09, 2017 06:28AM
Yes ... the E-Trac's are impossible to read at certain times of day too - it's so bad, sometimes I've had to leave the site I was hunting !



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