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I purchased this MK 6500 from ATN company via Ebay. I actually purchased two identical items.

One scope I gave as a gift and the other I kept.
MY scope functioned properly out of the box and I only have about 1 hour on the unit. It has been in storage the past couple years. When I attempted to use it yesterday, the IT tube did not illuminate. The power slide was off and when I turned the unit on, the green led came on but no IT illimination. I have read through my manual, thinking that I am just not doing something properly. I even went and purchased fresh batteries. Energizer 123 1500 mil amp 3 volt batteries. Nothing changed. I can adjust the IR on and through it's settings, however, I can't get the IT tube to come on. Is there some master reset or something?

I left the batteries out for 8 hours when I put the new one's in nothing changed? What is your suggestions?

Jim Berry

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  • grayback Feb 24, 2009

    exact same problem with mine.. i sent it back to atn and they wanted as much to fix it as i paid for the scope new( sounded like a scam to me.. so i did nothing with the scope ,, it is still setting in its box.



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This is a common power supply fault it is encapsuled around 2nd gen tube can be replaced but hard to get new supply and not easily removed from tube encapsuled in silicone

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