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

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

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

B&H # ME645004 MFR # 645004
Meade LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Monochrome)

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

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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 Instruments designed the monochrome 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 monochrome CMOS sensor to make adding filters to images in post faster and easier.

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
  • Monochrome CMOS sensor makes adding filters to images in post faster and easier
  • 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: 709942999426
In the Box
Meade LPI-G Advanced Autoguiding and Imaging Camera (Monochrome)
  • 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
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    Meade LPI-G specs

    Imaging Sensor Monochrome 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 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 6.0 x 2.5"

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