I haven't had any personal experience with LCD
monitors, but I have a copy of 'Real World Adobe Photoshop CS
' by David Blatner and Bruce Fraser, and they have a bit of advice concerning the calibration of these monitors. Hopefully I wont be in breach of copyright if I paraphrase what they have to say.
They say it is less straightforward than calibrating a CRT. They suggest you really have only two choices:
(a) Use the factory-supplied ICC profile. They go on to mention that since LCDs don't vary nearly as much in manufacturing as CRTs and they don't have the brightness and contrast controls that constitute such a huge variable in CRTs, the factory profiles are generally more accurate for LCDs than they are for CRT monitors.
(b) Use a hardware-based profiling tool designed for LCDs. They mention GretagMacbeths's EyeOne and Spectrolino instruments. Also mentioned are Colorvisions' Monitor Spyder colorimeter and OptiCal software, and Monaco Systems' Optix package. I have no idea if any of these are available in Australia or how expensive they would be.
The final thing they mention is that you shouldn't use a colorimeter with a suction cup on an LCD
- apparently it will rip the coating off the front of the LCD
and I'm sure you don't want to do that.
Anyway, I hope this information is of some use to you, second-hand though it is.
P.S. I've been a long time admirer of your work, particularly your cockpit window views. Keep it coming I say.