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Meade Instruments designed the LPI-GM Autoguiding and Imaging Eyepiece Camera for beginner and veteran astrophotographers alike. As an imaging camera, it simply replaces a 1.25" eyepiece on a telescope to capture photos of the Sun (using appropriate solar filters or dedicated solar scopes), the Moon, planets, planetary moons, and wide-field nightscapes to be processed, edited, matted, and stacked using the included Sky Capture software installed on a computer. This version of the LPI-G is offered here with a monochrome CMOS sensor to make adding filters to in post faster and easier.
More experienced astrophotographers tend to have elaborate higher-resolution and faster imaging rigs, so the LPI-GM is designed with an ASCOM-compliant ST-4 port to connect it to autoguider-capable mounts. In this capacity, the LPI-G is installed on a secondary guider-scope, with the primary imaging system installed on the larger OTA. With the LPI-G connected to a mount and PC, it will use the camera and user-supplied autoguider software to monitor the mount's tracking and make precise corrections to reduce or eliminate errors which can result in fuzzy images and star trails.
1.2MP monochrome CMOS AR130 imaging sensor
Resolution: 1280x960 at 28 fps; 640x480 at 30 fps
Image formats: JPEG, BITMAP, PNG, TIFF, FITS
Compatible with imaging and guiding software such as Maxim DL, PHD, and FireCapture
USB port: Connect LPI-GM to computer to interface with Sky Capture software for processing and editing images
ST-4 guider port: ASCOM-compliant; Use for high-precision autoguiding tracking during long-exposure astrophotography
Included ST-4 cable plugs into mounts with autoguider ports
Minimum System Requirements
Operating System: Windows (32 & 64 bit) Vista/XP/7/8/10
Processor: Intel Core2 2.8 GHz equivalent or higher
Memory: 2GB or higher
In the Box
Meade LPI-GM Autoguiding and Imaging Eyepiece Camera (Monochrome)