I shall try this. Thanks. Nance Nancy Shackelford ----- Please check out my store...Something for everyone! www.nk-shouseofstuff.biz ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mary Emerson" <maryemerson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <optacon-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 8:21 AM Subject: [optacon-l] Re: Reading LCD monitor with the Optacon > Nancy and list, > > Maybe you need to adjust the brightness setting on the CRT display > itself; turn down brightness. Sometimes low brightness and high contrast > work; sometimes low contrast and high brightness work. Also, there are > various ways to adjust the CRT lens itself; try unscrewing the top of > the lens to make it longer, instead of screwing it all the way down into > the lens barrel. Remember, TSI developed at least two types of CRT > lenses, one for CRT screens with larger print, and another for CRTs with > smaller print. > > Below, I'm adding the instructions that were included with the CRT lens > for larger print CRTs. If you have an R1D or R1C optacon, the CRT lens > was supposed to work in inverse mode. If you have an optacon 2, adjust > the mode slide switch either in the lowest or highest position; the > middle position is normal, if I recall correctly, and not often used > with a CRT lens. If inverse won't work, use normal mode; Windows often > has dark colors on a light screen. > > Here, starting in the next paragraph, are the instructions. Maybe this > information will help somebody else on the list, too. > > TELESENSORY SYSTEMS, INC. > > 3408 Hillview Avenue > > P.O. Box 10099 > > Palo Alto, California 94304 > > Telephone 415/493-2626 Telex 348352 > > OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CRT LENS’* MODULE F1A > > INTRODUCTION > > The CRT Lens Module F1A is an Optacon accessory that may be attached to > the retina of > a Model R1C/D Optacon to read some Cathode ray Tube terminals. There are > numerous > variations in CRT’s including those which are supposedly identical, > which mean that > one’s own Optacon, the F1A CRT Lens Module, and the specific CRT in > question must > be evaluated together to determine if an effective reading system can be > achieved. > > Although the CRT Lens Module is designed to read characters 1/8 to > 1/4 inch (3 to 6 mm) tall, there are significant variables which prevent > TSI from > consistently predicting which CRT’s are readable. These include the > brightness and > contrast of the CRT display, the focus adjustment of the CRT, and > presence of a dust > cover with its underlying CRT tube curvature, extraneous light from the > surrounding > room, the refresh rate of the CRT, and the ratio of character height to > width. > > FEATURES OF F1A ..’-. - ..--. > > The bayonet sleeve which accepts the Optacon retina is on the back side > of the F1A at the > end closest to the user and furthest from the CRT screen during use. The > front end of the > F1A contains three small nylon ball bearings which are positioned > directly against the > CRT ^ screen during use. The features below are described in a sequence > from back to > front. > > Bayonet sleeve - accepts the Optacon retina which is inserted with a > push/twist action. > > Zoom lens magnification adjustment - The zoom lens adjustment ring is at > the back of the > F1A barrel, just before the barrel makes a right angle turn to the > bayonet sleeve. The ring > has a larger diameter than the barrel. It slides forward and backward > approximately 1/4 > inch (6 mm) with the forward position providing the greatest > magnification. The ring can > be locked into position from its ”free-sliding” position by twisting it” > either clockwise or > counter-clockwise relative to to the barrel. > > Focus adjustment - Focus is adjusted by varying the length of the > barrel. About 3/4 > inch (19 mm) forward from the zoom ring are two smaller knurled rings > having the same > diameter as the barrel. The forward ring is attached to the front half > of the barrel. > Turning it adjusts barrel length. The second ring (toward the back) is a > lock ring. A flat > side on the circumference of the barrel just forward of the two > focus adjustment rings provides a tactile monitor of the number of turns > made while > adjusting barrel length. .^Eleven complete turns will adjust the barrel > from minimum to > maximum length. ^ ’ > > Light shield - The two inch (51 mm) diameter disk near the front of the > F1A is designed > to shield the CRT from extraneous light. In some situations, this shield > may be > unnecessary. It can be unscrewed from the barrel and removed after > separating the barrel > in two by completely unscrewing the front ^ section beyond its maximum > extension. > > Nylon ball bearings - Provide smooth, low-friction movement of the F1A > across both > glass screens and protective dust covers. > > SET-UP PROCEDURES > > Preliminaries: > > The sighted CRT user will generally prefer a very strong contrast > between the characters > and the background. This is usually not ideal for the Optacon. The > Optacon generally > works best when the CRT is very bright, in which case the contrast may > be low. In other > words, both the characters and the background are usually bright when > CRT adjustments > are optimum for Optacon reading. Frequently the best CRT brightness > and/or contrast > settings will result in the appearance of retrace lines on the screen. > > Preliminary to evaluating the F1A, one could ask a sighted assistant to > adjust the CRT > brightness and/or contrast controls (if present) to yield characters and > background as > bright as possible without significantly distorting character focus. > > Next, use the chart below to make an initial focus (barrel-length) > adjustment. This > adjustment will be based upon two factors: (1) F1A’s are > factory-adjusted at TSI to > various internal lens settings, and (2) CRT’s come with or without cover > screens. > > NOTE: For best results with a CRT with cover screen, the screen should > be removed. If > the screen is not removed, you may not be able to read some parameter > information. > > CRT Without Cover CRT With Cover ’., Screen ’ Screen’ > > F1A Lens Setting No. 4 9 complete turns 9 complete turns (reads larger > print) > from minimum. - from ’minimum > > F1A Lens Setting No. 7 4 complete turns 1 complete turn^’ (reads smaller > print) > from minimum from minimum > > Remove the standard lens module from the Op’tacon retina module and set > it aside in a > safe place. , > > Adjust the zoom ring to minimum magnification by unlocking it, sliding > it back toward > the bayonet sleeve as far as possible, and relocking it. > > Now, hold the F1A against the CRT screen. If your Optacon is designed > for left index > finger reading, turn the F1A until the bayonet sleeve (which accepts the > retina) points left. > (If your Optacon is designed for right index finger reading, the bayonet > sleeve should > point right.) Holding the F1A this way, insert the retina module into > the F1A bayonet > sleeve so that the camera cord emerges from the 12 o’clock position. > > CRT Light Adjustments: > > The following procedures are designed to determine whether the CRT emits > enough light > for the Optacon to operate properly. ’” > > 1. Both the CRT and the Optacon should be on, with the > Optacon’s normal/invert switch in the invert position. > > 2. Aim the F1A at a blank screen or blank portion of the dis- > play previously adjusted by a sighted assistant. > > 3. Turn the Optacon’s threshold counterclockwise until the array > ”blooms”. (Namely, all > of the pins are vibrating.) Then back off by turning the threshold > clockwise until the > bloom just disappears. > > 4. Display a line of ”L’s”across the screen. > > 5. Leaving the Optacon threshold at the setting in Step 3, scan the > ”L’s”. If the Optacon > responds, proceed with > F1A focus adjustments in the next section . If the Optacon does not > respond, increase > CRT contrast and repeat steps > 2-5.” If the Optacon still does not react to print with any of the CRT > contrast adjustments > you have made, the F1A you are using is probably not receiving enough > light from your > CRT’s screen and probably will not work with your equipment. Try > evaluating an F1A > with a different factory-adjusted lens setting (if you have one > available), starting again with ”Preliminaries”. > > Note: If the ”L’s” appear upside down, remove the retina module from the > F1A, rotate it > 180° and replace it. > > F1A Focus Adjustments: ’ > > Ignore image size and leave magnification at a minimum with the zoom > ring all > the way back (toward you) . Try to improve focus by using various barrel > lengths, adjusting Optacon threshold after each barrel length adjustment > to > determine if the image is becoming clearer. Try to find the barrel length > adjustment which will provide the best average focus for characters > appearing in > both the corners and the center of the portion of the CRT screen that > you will > want to read. > > Magnification Adjustment: . > > Using the zoom ring and Optacon’s threshold adjustment, adjust > magnification. > When the magnification is adjusted to provide the correct image size, > the focus > may require readjustment, especially if your F1A has lens setting Number > 4. ” > > Improving CRT Light Adjustments: > > Assuming that previous adjustments were properly made, the F1A should > require > no further focus or magnification adjustments. Next, you want to determine > whether any additional adjustments to the CRT’s intensity and/or > contrast controls > result in clearer images for the Optacon. . -..- , -,. > > Before attempting to improve the CRT’s light adjustments, note the ; > Optacon’s > threshold setting and ask a sighted assistant to note the starting point > CRT intensity > and/or contrast settings. Now, without adjusting the F1A, determine > whether > variations in the Optacon threshold adjustments and the CRT intensity > and contrast > adjustments provide improved images. If not, return to the settings in > use at the > beginning of this section. Make note of these settings so that next time > you use > this CRT, you will have some way of quickly making the proper settings. > > The above instructions assume that the CRT has brightness and contrast > controls. > Not all CRT’s do. Some have a single brightness control which > simultaneously > adjusts intensity and ’contrast. Others have no ” external controls. If > you cannot > make the exact adjustment suggested, do the best you can within the > limitations of > your system. > > You may notice a beat frequency or periodic pulsation in your Optacon’s > array > when reading the CRT screen. This is due to the fact that some CRT screens > renew their images at a different rate than the Optacon views them. The > Optacon > camera’s scan rate has been adjusted to the average refresh rate of the > most > popular CRT’s. This may not be an | exact synchronization with your CRT. > This > electronic incompatibility ’ does not damage your Optacon in any way. > > Some CRT cover screens are quite flexible. As a result, you may discover > that a > character is in focus when you are applying very little pressure against > the screen > and out of focus when you apply enough pressure to bend the screen inward. > Performance may be improved by removing the cover screen, if it is > possible and > safe to do so. > > 3a0 > > to view the list archives, go to: > > www.freelists.org/archives/optacon-l > > To unsubscribe at any time, just send a message to: > > optacon-l-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" (without the > quotes) in the message subject. > > Tell your friends about the list. They can subscribe by sending a message > to: > > optacon-l-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "subscribe" (without the > quotes) in the message subject. > to view the list archives, go to: www.freelists.org/archives/optacon-l To unsubscribe at any time, just send a message to: optacon-l-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" (without the quotes) in the message subject. 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