Meade AutoStar Suite and LPI
Posted 06 November 2003 - 02:57 PM
I took a few terrestrial shots that came out pretty good. The software seems quite good and has alot of features.
I used my ETX with the LPI because its easier to drag out and its raining The software will sum the pics as it goes creating a composite image. The user can set the min quality that will get added to the composite or you can add them all or you can save each individual image. There are filters that can be used during image capture. Pretty cool The LPI has an option to be used as an autoguider for Meade scopes. I have not tried this yet. You can take, save and average dark frames.
Here is a pic from this morning, since this is an astronomical forum I'll say its the Planet leaf, in the roof galaxy
Posted 06 November 2003 - 07:51 PM
Let us know how it works out in the long run. I've been bitten by Meade once already, but I'll have to give that some thought. Now I need a laptop.
Posted 07 November 2003 - 08:52 AM
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Posted 09 November 2003 - 06:43 PM
Not too bad for only 25 images IMHO.
10"LX200 GPS LPI 2.5x powermate.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 06:47 PM
The LPI will but and the Autostar suite won't talk to a Celestron for scope control. I guess the dome conrols would work and the LPI imaging module but the remote handbox and scope control module only want to talk to an Autostar Go figure.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:53 AM
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Posted 13 November 2003 - 12:48 PM
I traded focal reducers with a friend recently. The Meade reducer fits his C8 perfectly and I prefer the fit of the Celestron reducer on my Meade scope. Maybe we should all take photos and mail them in to the reps.
Posted 13 November 2003 - 01:27 PM
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Posted 18 November 2003 - 04:46 PM
One word of caution to anyone buying the new SMT scope: DO NOT upgrade the firmware. The scope ships with version 2.0b if you upgrade via the web you put on 1.7k this will remove your ability to access the smart mount features.
...and so for my first experience with Meade customer support the first person I talked to was... well... not good, then this fellow named John Piper called me back (wow) and fixed everything up and is shipping me v2.0b . Very nice solution to my dumb mistake.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 06:10 PM
No, I don't work for Meade, but I'm getting to know a lot of people there.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 10:22 PM
You should get a job there. At least you could visit your mount once in a while. I can't believe how nice you've been about this.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 11:22 PM
When I talked to someone who's name I couldn't even understand on the phone yesterday, he said to me "We're quite busy here right now", I said, "I don't doubt it".
I don't think he caught that.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 11:24 PM
Posted 20 November 2003 - 07:15 PM
"It could Be that the purpose of your Life is Only to serve as a Warning to Others!"
That one fits my life often!