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Hi,
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?

Sincerly,
Jim Berry
602-510-5996
[email protected]

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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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Hello, it has a none functioning image intensifier tube, or shorted ccfl. All the electronic components are manufactured in Russia. Does this let you know what wrong with you ATN MK238 scope now...it's cheap. I don't fix these ATN MK-258 anymore, it to hard to find parts. ATN is no help, they won't sell parts. It will have to be sent to ATN for repairs at approx. $200+ for repairs. I do have a couple of Russian image intensifier tubes, that work. The last MK238 I repaired, I had to build a ccfl (cold cathode flourscent Lamp) inverter, replace the coil and voltage multiplier, and fit in a confine space with insulation from electric arcing.

Here is infor for you. The ccfl can be purchased. They are companys that will make you a voltage multipliers. So, here is information: voltage to ccfl (6 volts) then the voltage goes in the inverter
to convert it switching DC voltage (5.5 volts). Then the coil (transformer) step it ot about 930 voltage to the voltage multiplier (which has four stages---the first stage with double the voltage to 1860 volt to the second stage which double it, then third stage which double it, then finally to fourth stage which doubles the third stage to about 15KV (hight voltage here, it will bit ya here, but no current--amps.) this will the cathode on iit, then light up the tube 18mm film that is coated--it will turn green)

Now, this the simplies way of tube operation, it more complex than that. The power supply for this Russian image inten. tube is sealed in dielectric jell, and the voltage multiplier is sealed in epoxy with the tube are none repairable.

There are quit a few other NV companies, that use Russian tubes and electronic. They cheap but functional. The bottom line here is the profit. Don't get me wrong here. There a few Russian compies that make some very good gen 2 tubes. If you can replace the tube will gen 2 tubes and powere supply. I hope this helps, Richard.

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My atn mk-258 fell 3 feet to the ground. Now, power light works, all three ajustment lights work. But no green scope or white weapons site. What is needed for repairs and who would do the repairs?


Sorry, You probly disloged the micro plate in the image intensifier tube or brok it. Very thing in scope MK258 is manufactured in Russia. I have two or three of these Russian image tube, they are all generation 1 and cheap. About the only thing they use of scope shock is a thin rubber colar around the image tube. There is a good possibly it destroyed the image tube, sorry. stewbison

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Sorry to tell you. The image intenifier tube when south with Russian timing. I have picture of the image tube but i can't figure out how to load them here. What are you going to do with the MK338. GB....stewbison

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To get repaired you can send it to ATN in California. Just for them to take a look and see what wrong will $100+ plus shipping both ways and the cost of parts that is, if they have the parts.

What they will try to do, is that they will take your 258 scope in for trade. Then have you up grade from this 6 year old NV scope to a new model. They could also tell you it's not repairable.



Now, I have repair a few of the MK ATN NV scopes, and all the image intensifier tubes are manufactured in Russia, and there is good possibility that the hole scope was manufactured there.

The Russian manufactures will just print the American Vendor name and logo on the scope, monocular, binocular that they manufacture. You send to me and I will take look at and try to find a new image tube for it. drawbridge21.q.com. GB...stewbison

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