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Meade Autostar Suite and Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI) Package - 04520 Product Info

A new version of Autostar firmware has been posted at:
  • Improved pointing on Alignment Stars after Cal Sensors.
  • Park position now shortest distance on ETX scopes.
  • Park position fixed after automatic alignment.
  • Smart Drive is now normalized.
You can also download in PDF format Operating Instructions for New #497 AutoStar Software.

Meade Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI) can be used on any telescope for making images. It is VGA resolution (640x480) color CMOS chip is capable of creating high-quality lunar and planetary images, as well as daytime terrestrial images. And with the capability to make long exposures, you can digitally capture bright deep sky objects with the LPI system that only costs a fraction of a typical astronomical CCD imager system.

With an effective magnification similar to a 6mm eyepiece, the Meade LPI produces images that are inherently high magnification with no additional adapters, making it the perfect tool for imaging the Moon, planets, and small, bright deep sky objects. Using a barlow lens with the LPI will increase the magnification even more, and installing the LPI is just as easy as sliding in an eyepiece.

Designed to be the ultimate platform for remote digital astronomy with your Meade Autostar Suite contains tools for dome controls, weather sensors, and other functions required for this purpose.

Connecting to the telescope and dome can be done with a single network connection. You can then communicate via an IP address, using Auto Star Net Scope to control the entire observatory over the Internet! This solves the biggest problem in setting up for remote access to your telescope, and that is the problem of distance from the scope itself. You can be in your living room to control the scope in your backyard, or just as easily, control a friend's system in another country.

In addition to these functions, Auto Star Suite offers still more, like building custom tours for the Autostar Controller, keeping observing logs, camera controls for the LPI and Meade's Pictor CCD systems for imaging and autoguiding, and image processing with a blink comparitor to aid in discovery work. And to keep your Autostar current, Autostar Update will upload the latest comets, minor planets, satellites, tours, and firmware over the Internet.

Features of Meade Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI):

  • Easy to use with real-time display of object on PC Screen, just center, focus and shoot
  • Magic Eye software-assisted focusing
  • Automatic and manual exposure control from .001 to 15 seconds (up to 450x longer than web cam)
  • Automatically takes multiple exposures, selects best images and aligns multiple images and combines them into one superior image
  • Works as an autoguider for long-exposure astro images

Features of Meade Autostar Suite Software:

  • Sophisticated planetarium program with over 19 million objects
  • Select objects from the planetarium display and have your telescope automatically slew to those objects
  • Control all Autostar functions from your PC
  • Talking Telescope software translates Autostar text to synthesized speech through PC speakers
  • Create observing lists and download to Autostar
  • Remote telescope control over the internet
  • Autostar Update Tool keeps your Autostar current by downloading the latest Autostar system firmware updates; comet, asteroid and satellite date from the internet.
  • Includes cables to connect your Autostar equipped telescope to your PC

Package Contents:

  • Meade Autostar Suite and Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI) Package

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Meade Autostar Suite and Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI) Package - 04520, MPN: 04520, UPC: 709942900002, Code: ME-TA-04520

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Customer Reviews
Helpful Positive Review Beginer by Legacy Reviewer, February 29, 2008
First Telescope ever owned.Thought I would buy the camera so all could see.Great success. joe Pros: Great Picture Cons: Short cable
4/6 found this helpful
Helpful Negative Review Meade AutoStar Suite and Lunar Planitary Imager by Legacy Reviewer, August 9, 2007
The Meade AutoStar Suite & LPI is the first product I have purchased from Meade I was disappointed in. The LPI drivers are not MS certified and MS issues a warning on installation. The software does install and work, but the warning is disconcerting...
20/29 found this helpful
Most Recent Review LPI - okay but don't use VISTA by Legacy Reviewer, March 19, 2009
Works well ...better if using XP ...have not tried on Mac yet but probably will go that route if possible ... Pros: good planetary imager Cons: does not work well with vista
1/1 found this helpful
Most Recent Review Meade Autostar Suite and Lunar Planetary Imager by Legacy Reviewer, January 11, 2009
the Meade Autostar Suite and Lunar Planetary Imager work fine!
1/1 found this helpful
Most Recent Review Meade Autostar Suite and Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI) Package - 04520 by Legacy Reviewer, August 10, 2007
This is a very easy product to install. It took a little while, but when it started working, it worked great. Highly recommended!
7/11 found this helpful
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