Meade LPI-GM Autoguiding and Imaging Eyepiece Camera (Monochrome)

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Meade LPI-GM Autoguiding and Imaging Eyepiece Camera (Monochrome)
Key Features
  • Use for Autoguiding or Astrophotography
  • 1.2MP Monochrome CMOS Sensor
  • 1280x960 Resolution at 28 fps
  • Formats: JPEG, BITMAP, PNG, TIFF, FITS
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.
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Meade LPI-GM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Camera
  • 3Outputs
  • 4Minimum System Requirements

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.

Camera

  • 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

Outputs

  • 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
UPC: 709942997798

Meade LPI-GM Specs

Imaging SensorAR-130 monochrome CMOS
Resolution1280 x 960 @ 28 fps
640 x 480 @ 30 fps
Pixel Size3.75 x 3.75 µ
Image FormatJPEG, BITMAP, PNG, TIFF, AVI, FITS
Outputs1 x USB 2.0 port
1 x ST-4 auto-guider port
Eyepiece Barrel Diameter1.25"
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.6 x 5.95 x 2.5"

Meade LPI-GM Reviews

Gave up

By Joe
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-17

I returned this today. It was my first attempt at Astro imaging. After a week of download issues, lack of support from Meade, and several hours in the Michigan cold with my scope and laptop enough was enough. Multiple error messages, drop outs, and lack of support finalized my decision.

Does Not Work

By Jeff
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-15

I installed the included software for the Meade LPI-GM camera on a new laptop with Windows 10. Everything seemed to be ready to go, so I plugged in the camera. A blinking red light on the back of the camera came on, indicating that the camera was getting power. So far, so good... Then, the included imaging application said that no device was found. What? I checked Windows Explorer, and, sure enough, there was nothing showing on the USB port. I tried another USB cable, with the same result. I reinstalled the software from the included disc. Same result. Two inquiries to Meade have resulted in dead silence from Meade. I definitely am NOT going to recommend this product.

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