View Full Version : Night flying on LCD screens

09-13-2007, 03:23 PM
I am currently flying one of the stock Luftwaffe fighter campaigns (Fighter group centre). I have been looking at the other campaigns that I will do when I'm done with this one, and I saw the He-111 campaign.
I've been practicing various things in the Heinkel (different targets, altitudes, weather, enemy activity and time that the mission takes place). The only factor that has caused undue problems is the time that the mission takes place, daytime missions are ok but night bombing is a nightmare. I can't make out any detail outside of the aircraft at all, I've also tried night bombing in the Ju-88 and that is even worse. In the 88 I can only make out the lit instruments, I cannot even see the panel or much cockpit detail. I've even tried turning off the lights in the room where my PC is situated and I still cannot make anything out, it all looks washed out.
My screen is this one.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-AL2017As-display-0-2916-sp...id=1189718504&sr=8-9 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-AL2017As-display-0-2916-speakers/dp/B000H4WRBY/ref=sr_1_9/202-9361446-7680621?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1189718504&sr=8-9)

Daytime missions are great and the picture quality is excellent but I need some help to get the night time picture up to the same standard.

09-13-2007, 06:05 PM
Have you tried night flying "in the night"? Even though IL2 renders a brighter-than-real might-time environment, on my CRT I still get much better results in a quite darkened room.

On a more practical level, have you tried changing the display's gamma via your vid card control panel? The only potential downside to this is a possibly "washed out" day-time display...


09-13-2007, 06:40 PM
I think contrast ratio has something to do with much detail you see in the dark...a 600:1 ratio doesn't sound that good. I'm just wondering have you tried messing with the screens brightness and contrast controls?

09-14-2007, 01:50 PM
Lurch1962, I mainly fly at in the evenings anyway so the room is pitch black when I kill the lights. Ive tried tinkering with the brightness and contrast settings but I can still see bugger all outside of the window http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif. I think that I will have to edit the night missions in FMB, besides I was planning edit the campaign so I can fly the Ju-88 during the later parts of the campaign anyway (faster speed that the 111).
On a sidenote I was browsing through my collection of Flypast magazine and came across an article about a He-111 pilot in the eastern front, who had to give up night flying due to night blindness, so editing the campaign wouldn't be entirely unrealistic would it?

Thanks for the help anyway guys http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.

09-15-2007, 12:07 AM
I use a Sony 20" and I've always found night flying ridiculously easy in IL-2. Reading the flourescent instruments easy, and spotting terrain features easy. Finding airplanes without their lights on, or without white cloud, or a moon is nearly impossible.

09-15-2007, 01:32 AM
i find my self adjusting Gamma, brightness and contrast almost every time i start a new mission. because of my ATI drivers i am able to asign hot keys righ on my keyboard for increasing and decreasing these three.

i have gotten so good at it, i just reach my keyboard and tab it 2 or 3 times and get the best lighting conditions in an instant.

i do have a CTR and by experience i know LCD displays fall short displaying shades... they are getting better these days with the newer ones tho

09-15-2007, 01:37 AM
On the other hand, night flying in FSX is very difficult (realistic) on moonless nights, and spotting terrain features at low altitude, away from city lights, is hard, indeed.