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© Copyright Ash Technologies Limited, 2004.
Revision 1.01 US English July 2004
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Important Safety Information
Please read all of the following instructions before setting
up your Eclipse. Failure to follow these instructions
properly could lead to physical injury.
• The Eclipse must be used on a flat, level table. Never attempt to use it on a
sloping surface or on a table that cannot accommodate the full footprint of
the unit.
• The front of the Eclipse must be placed at least 10cms or 4 inches back from
the edge of the table. This is to prevent the unit from tipping forward if
excessive weight is placed on the reading table when fully extended. There
are warning labels placed on the reading table with arrows indicating the
maximum overhang permissible when the table is fully extended.
• Both X/Y table and Screen contain moving parts. Please take care with
folding back the screen and operating the X/Y table. If fingers get caught,
injury might occur. If you feel you cannot operate the unit safely, please seek
advice or contact your supplier.
• Never lift the Eclipse by the reading table.
• To prevent fire or electric shock please ensure this unit is kept away from all
liquids. Do not use the unit in excessively damp or wet areas and do not
expose it to rain, snow, etc.
• Before cleaning the unit, please ensure that it is unplugged. Use a slightly
damp cloth to clean the exterior. Do NOT use solvents or aerosol cleaners.
• This unit should never be opened. It contains hazardous voltages. User
servicing is confined to changing the lamps. Unauthorized servicing will
invalidate your warranty. If you encounter any problems with this unit please
contact your local dealer.
• When changing the lamps, please follow the instructions carefully.
• While we have made every effort to minimize the weight of this unit, if you
feel you cannot safely lift it, seek help when moving it.
• Before moving the unit, unplug the power adapter, ensure the screen is
folded back and the reading table is parked home with the brakes applied.
• Use only with the power adapter provided.
• Never place any object on the screen. The screen can be scratched or
broken easily and damage to it is not covered under warranty.
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Table of Contents
Important Safety Information ...................................................................2
Using the Eclipse.....................................................................................4
1. Setting up......................................................................................... 4
2. Folding down and moving ................................................................ 4
3. The Front Panel ............................................................................... 5
4. Basic Functions................................................................................ 6
4A. Reading Table .............................................................................6
4B. Power button................................................................................7
4C. Zooming in and out......................................................................7
4D. Picture and Reading Modes ........................................................7
4E. Brightness Control .......................................................................8
5. Enhanced Functions ........................................................................ 8
5A. Overview Function .......................................................................8
5B. Line marker and Blanking shutters ..............................................8
5C. Colors (User Defined) .................................................................9
5D. Color Kill (Photo mode only) .....................................................10
6. The Configuration Menu ................................................................ 10
6A. The Video Controls menu ..........................................................10
6B. The Focus Mode menu..............................................................11
6C. Factory Defaults ........................................................................12
Changing the lamps...............................................................................13
Specifications ........................................................................................14
Warranty ................................................................................................15
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Using the Eclipse
1. Setting up
Lift the Eclipse from its packaging and
place it on a solid, level desk. Raise the
screen upright.
Plug the power adapter into the mains
using the lead provided and insert the
other connector into the socket on the
rear bulkhead of the Eclipse.
Ensure the unit is placed at least 10cms
(4 inches) back from the edge of the
desk. Sit in front of the unit.
Press the red button on the right of the
front panel to turn the Eclipse on. The
Min 10cm / 4 inches
Eclipse will beep to indicate power-on
and the lamps will light. After a few seconds, the image will appear on
the screen.
Unlock
Lock
Unlock
Lock
Release the brake on the
reading table and pull the table
out towards you. If you push
the table back in again, you will
see that the table locks home
only when located centrally
between its legs. Place some
text on the table and you should
see it on the screen.
2. Folding down and moving
Turn off the unit and unplug the power adapter from the Eclipse and
also from the wall socket. Remove all material from the reading table,
park the table centrally between its legs and apply the brakes. Fold the
screen back.
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3. The Front Panel
Focus
Zoom
Brightness
Mode
Function buttons
Power
The front panel has eight buttons that control the various function of the
Eclipse. Throughout this manual the buttons will be referred to with
symbols.
Symbol Name
Focus
+
Shifted button
Zoom
Basic function
Press to re-focus the camera if in "press
to focus mode" (see 6C: focus menu)
button and press
Press and hold the
the button referred to after the “+”, in a
similar manner to the shift button on a
computer keyboard. Shifted buttons allow
extended functionality depending on the
mode of operation.
Press the upper button to zoom in and
increase magnification.
Press the lower button to zoom out and
reduce magnification.
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Symbol Name
Overview
Line marker &
Shutters
Semi-colors
Brightness
Mode
Basic function
Overview mode zooms out to allow you to
find your place on the reading material
and then returns to the previous zoom
level.
Places a guiding line on the screen or
dims off the top and bottom of the screen.
Allows the use of different ink and paper
colors.
Pressing this button on the right or left
increases and decreases the brightness
or contrast of the image.
The mode button switches between
picture mode (for viewing pictures and
images) and reading modes (high
contrast mode). A single press will switch
from picture mode to the last used
reading mode (positive or reversed) or
vice versa. A subsequent press within 2
seconds will switch to the other reading
mode.
Pressing and holding this button for 2
seconds will bring up the Configuration
Menu, described in Section 6 below.
4. Basic Functions
This section will describe how to use the basic features of the Eclipse to
magnify text and images. Follow the instructions in section 1 – Setting
Up before you begin using the unit.
4A. Reading Table
Unlock the table and place the material you want to read on it. The
table should slide easily in all directions. After transport, the bearing
carriers in the table slides may have moved, tending to restrict the
extent of the movement – this is normal. To correct this, extend the
table in all directions to its full extent, applying sufficient force to re-align
the bearing carriers.
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The brakes on the table can be used to restrict the table’s movement:
• The rotary knob locks the side-to-side movement.
• The sliding knob locks the in-out movement.
Both brakes operate independently and you may find that locking one or
other allows you to scan a line of text or a column of numbers easily.
Locking both brakes facilitates writing under the unit.
4B. Power button
Press the power button to turn on the unit. Pressing the power button
again (after the start-up screen has cleared) will turn off the unit. The
Eclipse stores its settings only when it is powered off using the power
button. If the power is interrupted, either by a mains failure or by
unplugging the power, any changes made during the session are lost.
4C. Zooming in and out
Press the upper half of the zoom control to enlarge the magnification.
The button can be held until the desired magnification is reached.
When the maximum magnification is reached the key click will change to
a beep and zooming will stop.
Pressing the lower half of the zoom control will reduce the magnification
in a similar manner.
4D. Picture and Reading Modes
Picture mode offers a full color image suitable for viewing photographs
and other images or for viewing text without enhancement.
There are two Reading modes, positive and negative; sometimes
referred to as normal and reversed. The positive mode enhances the
contrast and removes grays. Negative mode enhances the contrast and
also reverses the ink and paper making the letters white and the paper
black.
is used to select the desired image mode.
The Mode button
Repeated pressing of the mode button will switch from picture mode to
positive to negative and back to picture mode. Select the reading mode
you find easiest to use.
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If you allow a 2 to 3 second interval between presses of the mode
button, Eclipse will switch from your current reading mode to picture
mode and back to your last used reading mode. This sounds
complicated, but in normal use, you will generally switch from your
chosen reading mode to picture mode to view an image, then you will
switch back to reading mode to continue reading.
4E. Brightness Control
You can press either side of the brightness control at any time to adjust
the image. You may find that details in some photographs will appear
clearer at different brightness settings. In reading mode, lowering the
brightness control will bring in the grain of the paper if desired.
5. Enhanced Functions
This section will describe how to use the additional features of the
Eclipse to customize the unit for particular requirements.
5A. Overview Function
The Overview function provides a method of locating your position
on the page. Pressing the assigned function button will cause
Eclipse to zoom out beyond its normal minimum zoom level to provide
an overview of the area of the page you are currently viewing. A target
will appear in the center of the screen indicating where you
symbol
were looking on the page. Pressing any key will exit the overview mode
and restore the previous magnification level.
If you wish, you can use the target to center a point on the page that you
want to see magnified. Upon pressing a key to exit the overview mode,
the Eclipse will zoom in on the targeted point. This could be used, for
instance, to locate the line on a form where you need to sign.
5B. Line marker and Blanking shutters
This mode can be used as a guide to tracking a line of text. There
are two aids for tracking text: the line and blanking shutters.
The first press of the assigned function button will display a horizontal
line in the yellow (or other contrasting color) about two-thirds of the way
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down the screen. You can use this line to underline the line of text you
are reading by moving the table appropriately.
The second press of the function button will display the shutters. These
blank the text at the top and bottom of the screen leaving an area in the
center to read. The distance between these shutters can be adjusted,
as can the position of the center area on the screen. To adjust the
(i.e. press and hold the focus button and press
+
shutters, use
the center function button). The unit will beep to indicate that you are
entering the shutter adjustment mode. You can use the Zoom buttons
to widen or reduce the reading area. Pressing the function key will exit
the adjustment mode. If you do not press a key for five seconds the
Eclipse will automatically exit the adjustment mode anyway.
Ideally, you should set your desired magnification level then set the
distance between the shutters to suit the size of text on the screen.
Pressing the function key a third time will clear the shutters, returning to
full screen reading mode.
5C. Colors (User Defined)
Some users may benefit from setting the ink and paper to colors
other than black and white. The Eclipse offers four of the most
commonly used preset color options and one user-definable option
where the ink and paper colors may each be chosen from any of eight
fore- and background colors.
The color options are only available in reading mode. Pressing the
assigned function button will cycle through the options available
(including the user-defined option).
If none of the presets work for you (or if you wish to experiment) you can
(i.e. press and hold the
+
set the user-defined option by using
focus button and press the rightmost function button). The unit will beep
to indicate that you are entering the color selection mode. You can use
the Zoom buttons and brightness buttons to set the ink and paper
colors. Note that you cannot display the same color for ink and paper.
Pressing the function key again will exit the adjustment mode. If you do
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not press a key for five seconds the Eclipse will automatically exit the
selection mode anyway.
5D. Color Kill (Photo mode only)
When in photo mode, the color can be removed from the picture
button. The symbol “▀▄” appears in the
by pressing the
bottom corner to avoid confusion with the positive reading mode.
Please note that line marker or shutter modes cannot be used
simultaneously with color kill.
6. The Configuration Menu
for 2 seconds (alternatively press
Press and hold the mode button
) to pop up the configuration menu. Note that the mode will
+
change upon pressing the button but reverts back to the previous
mode when the menu pops up.
Use the Zoom buttons
highlight up and down.
to move the
MAIN MENU
VIDEO CONTROLS
FOCUS MODE
FACTORY DEFAULTS
to proceed
Press the Focus button
when you have highlighted the desired
item.
at any time to exit the menu.
You can press the Mode button
The various menu choices are explained below.
6A. The Video Controls menu
The items in the Video Controls menu
are explained below. Selecting a
will clear the
control item by pressing
menu and bring up an indicator at the bottom
of the screen. You can then use either the
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VIDEO CONTROLS
BACKLIGHT
BRIGHTNESS
CONTRAST
SATURATION
IRIS
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or
Zoom or Brightness buttons to adjust the setting. Press
when you are finished adjusting the control to bring you back to the full
Video Controls menu.
Backlight: This controls the intensity of the lamps behind the
display. The lamps can be dimmed if the image is causing glare
or for some eye conditions such as photophobia.
Brightness: This control affects the overall level of light coming
from the image. The brightness settings for picture mode and
reading mode are independent and stored separately.
Contrast: The contrast control increases the difference between
bright and dark areas, making bright areas brighter and dark areas
darker. The Eclipse retains independent settings for picture and reading
modes.
Saturation: This controls the intensity of color displayed in picture
mode. Reducing the saturation to minimum will result in a
monochrome image.
Iris: The iris controls the amount of light entering the camera.
Generally, this control should be left as supplied but with bright
external lighting it may be necessary to turn it down to avoid glare from
bright paper. This control does not appear on the menu when using an
external video source.
6B. The Focus Mode menu
You can choose from three different
methods to focus the Eclipse.
FOCUS MODE
AUTOFOCUS
PUSH FOCUS
MANUAL FOCUS
Autofocus: In this mode the camera constantly monitors the
image and re-focuses automatically if necessary. Although the
simplest method of focusing, it is not recommended to use this mode if
the unit is left on continuously as it will lead to excessive wear on the
focus mechanism.
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Push Focus: In this mode the camera will re-focus itself when the
Focus button is pressed or when the zoom level is altered. If the
height of the material under the camera is changed, it will be necessary
to press the focus button again.
Manual Focus: This mode is useful if you require an image that is
slightly out of focus or you are looking at an awkward object that
the camera will not focus on correctly. In this mode you must press
+
(Hold focus button down and press Zoom Up or Down) to
set your desired focus.
6C. Factory Defaults
Selecting this menu item will restore all video settings, modes,
colors and button functions to their factory settings. This option is
provided in case you set the unit into a mode that you cannot remember
how to undo. You will be prompted to press the middle function button
on the front panel to reset the unit;
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pressing any other button will exit
PRESS X TO RESET
without altering the current settings.
The internal firmware revision is displayed on the top line. Generally, it
is of no concern.
If, for some reason, you cannot see the menu to choose Factory
Defaults then perform the following sequence of button presses:
• Power the unit off then on again. Wait for a few seconds to allow the
start-up sequence to complete.
until the beep is heard.
• Press and hold the mode button
• Press Zoom-Up once.
• Press Focus once.
• Press the middle function button and the factory defaults should be
restored.
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Changing the lamps
If either of the lamps begins to dim or fails to
start, they will need to be changed. You
should replace both lamps at the same time
to maintain a good image.
Before starting to replace the lamps you
must unplug the power cord from the back
of the unit.
You will require a small crosshead
screwdriver to unscrew the lamp covers.
Refer to the diagrams across and follow the
sequence of operations. The lamps should
be removed from their sockets by pulling
them in the direction of their length only. The
lamps are made of glass, so be careful not
to break them.
Replace the lamp with the same type and
color temperature. One suitable lamp is:
• Osram Dulux S/E 7W/21-840
The “840” indicates the color temperature
which should be cool white to maintain color
rendition.
To replace the lamps simply reverse the sequence of operations.
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Specifications
Dimensions:
Power:
Display:
Modes of
Operation:
Advanced features:
Focus modes:
Ergonomics:
Magnification:
Temperature:
Table footprint: 45cm x 42cm (17.7” x 16.5”)
Folded height: 18.5cm (7.3”)
Upright height: 54cm (21”)
Height to screen center: 38cm (15”)
Weight: 9.8kg (21.5 pounds)
12V 3A from the power supply provided. Wide input
voltage (100V to 240V, 50-60Hz)
15.1-inch diagonal Active Color Matrix TFT liquid crystal
display (viewing area comparable to a 17 inch standard
picture tube); 1024 x 768 pixels; anti-glare coating. Free
from the flicker and radiation associated with CRT monitors.
High-contrast positive and negative reading modes with full
selection of ink and paper colors.
Full color picture mode.
3 function buttons perform the following functions:
Overview
Line markers or blanking,
Semi-colors
On-screen menu allows full control of all functions.
Extra large reading table with 41cm x 30cm (16” x 12”)
travel.
Auto-focus; push-to-focus; manual focus
Collapsible to compact size.
Comfortable screen height.
Tiltable display.
Overview mode for quick location during reading.
Low weight
x3 to x50 continuous zoom
10°C to 40°C (50°F to 100°F)
Patents pending
As we strive to constantly improve our products, this information is
subject to change without notice.
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Warranty
Ash Technologies warrants the equipment, when purchased new, to be
free from defects in material and workmanship and will repair or
replace at Ash Technologies' discretion, any equipment which exhibits
such defects; provided that the equipment has been operated under the
proper conditions of installation and has not been tampered with by
any persons not authorized by Ash Technologies or its agents and that
it is solely serviced by Ash Technologies or its agents.
This warranty shall be voided in the event of damage or abuse caused,
in the opinion of Ash Technologies or its agents, by dropping the unit.
Cracks, scratches and pixel defects or similar damage to the display
are specifically excluded from warranty.
In no event shall Ash Technologies or its agents be liable for special,
indirect, incidental or consequential damages; the original user's
remedies being limited to repair or replacement.
This warranty is valid only when serviced in the country of original
purchase.
Ash Technologies makes no other or further warranty, express or
implied, including and warranty of fitness for a specific purpose or
warranty of merchantability.
This warranty is valid for a period of
TWO YEARS
effective from the date of delivery.
For warranty claims or service during or after warranty
period please contact your distributor.
In the USA, for service repairs contact:
Freedom Vision
Tel: 800-961-1334
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Ash Technologies Limited, B5, M7 Business Park, Naas, Ireland.
[email protected]
www.ashtech.ie
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