Author Topic: Night Vision  (Read 3937 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline John Eccles

  • Owner of Satellite Tracker and Yahoo Satellite Tracker
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 175
  • Karma: +0/-1
    • Satellite Tracker
Night Vision
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:16:55 PM »
When I switched to the latest compiler (10.04) the Night Vision operation became more evident of not working properly. Then I did some tests and got some feedback from some of you and found that the Night Vision operation was not working properly on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.x machines. Upon further study I found the following through conversations with another vendor as he wrote it:

"Now if one wants to change the system colors, in older versions of Windows, SetSysColors would accomplish this. But from Windows XP onward, it is not so easy, because of Themes. When Themes are active, the Themes control the colors and not the system colors. The system colors are only used if the theme does not define a color for a UI element. This is why working with Themes is so tricky, since you have to work with the theme rather than something simple like system colors."

With that said, I am trying to find ways to get Night Vision to work properly. I will keep you all posted on this.
Regards, John Eccles, Owner of Satellite Tracker Application, the Satellite Tracker Forum, and the Yahoo Groups called Satellite Tracker

Offline Barry Brown

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 16
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • Welcome to the Satellite Tracker Forum
Re: Night Vision
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 07:47:42 PM »
Lo-tech solution: turn down the brightness and put a sheet of red acetate over the screen?

Offline Ernie Parker

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 3
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • Welcome to the Satellite Tracker Forum
Re: Night Vision
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2014, 09:38:10 PM »
Do a search on BackyardRed (one word).  It's a free application and works pretty well for me (running Win7 Pro).

Ernie Parker
StargateCOlorado Observatory
Ernie Parker
StargateCOlorado Observatory

Offline Jimmy Andrews

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 27
  • Karma: +1/-0
  • Welcome to the Satellite Tracker Forum
Re: Night Vision
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2014, 12:33:02 PM »
This is the best night vision I've seen so far.

I accidentally downloaded BackYardEOS for Cannon cameras, but it was not needed and was not installed.

Downloaded BackYardRed v120 from

Click the BackYardRed tab
Click ''BackYardRed 1.2'' to download.

Downloaded ''setup-BackyardRED-v120.exe''

Ran Microsoft Security Essentials and Spybot on ''setup-BackyardRED-v120.exe''
No problems found.

Installed BackYardRed on my Windows 7 laptop

Works very good in daylight.
Everything is red.
I'll be using BackYardRed tonight.

There is a slider at top center that controls transparency.
Click the "C" below slider to change to a different red
Click the "X" below slider to Exit night vision.

The task bar at bottom did brighten when I selected Satellite Tracker.
Moved mouse over slider at top and task bar at bottom changed back to red.
Selected Satellite Tracker and all stayed Red.