Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Meade LPI-G camera review

A review of the LPI-G Colour camera has been published in the July 2017 issue of BBC Sky at Night magazine. The LPI-G is a planetary, lunar and solar imaging camera.

Note: for solar imaging the camera must be used with a dedicated solar telescope.

Planetary Imaging

The LPI-G is attached to a computer via a USB port and it is entirely operated through its bundled software. The camera has a built-in frame buffer (memory) to ensure that it does not drop frames when operated at high speeds. For planetary imaging, the camera can operate at a maximum resolution of 1280 x 960 pixels at 28 frames per second. Supported computer operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux


The LPI-G can operate as an auto-guide camera when used with a Windows based computer through the ASCOM software platform. An auto-guide cable is included with the camera. The auto-guide cable is attached to the telescope’s auto-guide port (ST4-type) on one side and on the camera on the other side.

Please note that if you wish to use the LPI-G with a Meade LX90 telescope, the Meade Auto-guider Port Module (SKU: 07509) is required. The port module is plugged into the telescope’s auxiliary port enabling it to be used as an auto-guide port.

Colour or Monochrome

There are two models of the LPI-G; colour (SKU: 645001) and monochrome (SKU: 645002). To produce colour images using the monochrome model requires optical filters and typically a filter wheel. This type of imaging is undertaken by experienced users in order to get the best results possible. However, the colour model can produce good results with less effort.

Find out more about BBC Sky at Night magazine at:

More information about the Meade LPI-G cameras on Opticstar’s Meade UK website:

Opticstar is official importer of Meade Instruments in the United Kingdom.

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