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Does the brightly lit centre display of the x-wing cockpit have any meaningful use to the pilot?

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    It looks pretty. – Valorum Sep 21 '16 at 14:23
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    Could be a JJ Abrams lens flare detector – Paulie_D Sep 21 '16 at 14:37
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    @Paulie_D - I don't recall any death stars in Episode 7. Looks like a display of some kind of lines of force to me. – Scott Whitlock Sep 21 '16 at 16:27
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    I would say it is a three dimensional artificial horizon, displaying the X-Wings relative attitude from a fixed point known only by the shipboard computer, astromech droid, or pilot. – PhasedOut Sep 22 '16 at 17:18
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    After watching Star Wars while it was on a TBS Marathon this weekend, that same "shiny star symbol" can be seen on several terminals in the Rebel Base on Yavin as well. I am sure that it was used several times as "technological filler" and one could spot it in the original trilogy - maybe add it to the drinking game list. – PhasedOut Sep 29 '16 at 12:47
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According to Star Wars: Blueprints - Rebel Edition, this is the "Primary Display Monitor".

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The text below this panel reads;

The Primary Display Monitor is a multi-function instrument that can be pre-programmed for optimised readouts, streamlining standard flight information with data related to tactical conditions, reconnaissance and communications.

  • We see the targeting scope (22) during the Death Star trench run in Ep. IV, and in Ep. V R2-D2's comments are translated on the autopilot/astromech monitor (12) of Luke's X-wing. – RobertF Sep 29 '16 at 19:36
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It's the armament, the targeting computer, it's just on a sleep mode of sorts.

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    Why would it be on "sleep mode" in the middle of a battle? – Valorum Sep 21 '16 at 18:09
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    Just a note: you could have edited your previous answer instead of deleting it and posting a new one. You can always edit your own posts. – Rand al'Thor Sep 21 '16 at 18:20
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    For the record, the display in the X-Wing games does many things that we know it doesn't do in the films, for example acting as the targeting computer and displaying R2's dialogue – Valorum Sep 22 '16 at 15:46

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