Meade LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Color)

Meade LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Color)

Meade LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Color)

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Product Highlights

  • Use for Autoguiding or Astrophotography
  • 6.3 MP SONY IMX178 CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3072 x 2048 Resolution @ 59 FPS
  • Capture Still Images and Video
  • 1.25" Snout or C-Mount
  • USB 3.0 and ST-4 Guider Ports
  • Sky-Capture Software for Windows
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Meade LPI-G overview

  • 1Description

Meade Instruments designed the color LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera for easy use by beginner and veteran astrophotographers alike. As an imaging camera, it simply replaces a 1.25" eyepiece in the drawtube or diagonal to capture photos of the Sun (using appropriate solar filters or dedicated solar scopes), the Moon, planets, planetary moons, and wide-field nightscapes. Using a USB 3.0 connection, captured stills and videos are sent to a laptop or PC to be processed, edited, matted, and stacked using the included Sky Capture software. To add versatility to the system, the snout can be removed and the camera can be used with more conventional CCTV gear and accessories with standard C-mounts. This version of the LPI-G is offered here with a color CMOS sensor that captures accurate colors of celestial objects.

For more experienced astrophotographers that have larger and/or custom imaging rigs, the LPI-G Adavanced is outfitted with an ASCOM-compliant ST-4 port to connect it to autoguider-capable mounts and GoTo hand controllers. In this capacity, the LPI-G is installed on a secondary guider-scope, and the primary imaging system is 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
  • Large 6.3MP SONY IMX178 CMOS imaging sensor
  • Color CMOS sensor captures accurate colors of celestial objects
  • 2.4 x 2.4 micron pixel size
  • Resolution: 3072 x 2048
  • 59 fps at full resolution
  • Image formats: JPEG, BITMAP, FITS, TIFF, PNG, PCX, TGA, BCM
  • Video formats: SER or AVI
  • 1.25" snout to fit into focuser drawtubes, diagonals, and other accessories
  • Conventional camera C-mount to attach onto CCTV accessories and housings
  • Lightweight: 3.4 ounces
Ports
USB:
  • USB 3.0, 14-bit
  • Connect LPI-G to computer to interface with Sky Capture software for processing and editing images
  • 5' (1.5m) cable included for tethering to laptop
  • Power for camera comes from tethered computer to reduce size and weight
ST-4 guider port:
  • ASCOM-compliant; use for high-precision autoguiding tracking during long-exposure astrophotography
  • Included 5' (1.5m) ST-4 cable plugs into compatible mounts and GoTo hand controllers with autoguider ports
Minimum System Requirements
Operating systems:
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32 & 64 Bit), Vista (32 & 64 Bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 Bit), Windows 8 (32 & 64 Bit), Windows 10 (32 & 64 Bit)
Computer requirements:
  • Equal to Intel Core 2.8 GHz or higher
  • Solid state hard drive recommended for getting the maximum frame rates
  • Memory: 2GB or more
  • USB 3.0 port
UPC: 709942999419
In the Box
Meade LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Color)
  • USB Type-A to USB Type-B Cable (5')
  • ST-4 Guide Cable (5')
  • 1.25" Extension with C-Mount
  • Sky Capture Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Meade LPI-G specs

    Imaging Sensor Color SONY IMX178 CMOS
    Resolution 3072 x 2048
    Pixel Size 2.4 x 2.4 µ
    Image Format JPEG, BITMAP, FITS, TIFF, PNG, PCX, TGA, BCM
    Video Format SER or AVI
    Ports 1 x USB 3.0 port
    1 x ST-4 auto-guider port
    Mount 1.25" snout, for eyepiece holders and drawtubes
    C-mount camera mount
    Power Requirement 5 VDC via USB port
    Operating Temperature 14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
    Dimensions 2.8 x 1.7" / 7.2 x 4.3 cm
    Weight 3.4 oz / 96.4 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.735 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 5.95 x 2.5"

    Meade LPI-G reviews

    LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Color) is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does not work with Mac computer Not bhphotovideo's fault but this imager does NOT work with Mac as it as advertised. The imaging software called "Meade Sky Capture" does load and runs but it does not see the camera so it is useless. The CD and website contains the drivers that make it work BUT only for Windows machines. I have a Windows laptop and installed it there an it works perfectly. However, all my other photography and video apps are on my Mac and I really needed this to work there. I searched high an low EVERYWHERE online for drivers but came up empty. I'll likely return it and hunt for something that works with Mac.
    Date published: 2018-03-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works So Far The capture software works in Win 7, but it does occasionally stop acquiring the video stream so that you have to turn it off and back on again. Even just panning a terrestrial telescope with streaming video will cause it to stop acquiring. Clearly this software is showing its roots as a 2000 era GUI that just keeps getting modified for latest hardware support. The 5 foot USB 3 cable is a bit on the short side to go between telescope and computer. Double that length would be much better. Focus seems a bit soft, but that could be from the terrestrial scope I was trying. Haven't had the weather to try any night imaging yet.
    Date published: 2018-05-11
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