Last updated: 31 March 2007

This page covers the various models of the Meade Deep Sky Imager and DSI Pro with your comments, tips, and photos. Contributions welcome. In order to showcase the DSI you may occasionally see images taken with other telescopes on this page.

Subject:	Meade Vista Update
Sent:	Tuesday, March 27, 2007 19:51:28
From: (
Just a quick update:  I got the Meade USB to R232 cable from meade and
low and be-hold, it work without a hitch on Vista.  I think that is the
first thing that has worked the first time with Vista.  I tested it out
with the Autostar software and Starry Night pro 5.xx and it communicated
fine with scope.  Only if the weather will clear....

On a side note.  Is there any good solar hydrogen alpha filter for the

Take Care
Mike here: Not at a price that is worth it. You would be better off getting a Coronado PST or a higher end solar telescope. The PST can be piggybacked on an ETX. You can read a review of the PST on the Accessory Reviews: Filters page.
Subject:	DSI Pro II
Sent:	Saturday, March 24, 2007 10:09:26
From: (
I have been researching the Meade DSI Pro II  and have found they have
three versions; monochrome and color.  I have found that the monochrome
gives you better pics then the color.  I was wondering how much quality
is lost in the color camera compared to the monochrome.  Also how tough
is it to get the monochrome pics to color using the three filters taking
three separate shots? Is their a different camera you would suggest?

I had the LPI which took a tragic fall and no longer keeps powered up. 
I have the nikon D70 which does well...I just like being able to have
the view on the laptop for all to see..
Thanks for the advice...
Mike here: You could get "MaxDSLR" for controlling the D70 (if you use Windows). It allows you to view the image the D70 (and other DSLRs) see. The AutoStar Suite software handles the integration of the three colors using the three filters with the DSI monochrome version. But the filters add to the price. However, better images can result from processing individual colors; astronomers have been doing this for decades. Alternatively, the color version may be sufficient for your needs. Or you could get one of the webcams for astrophotography or the SAC imager.


Thanks for the tips.. MaxDSLR is not liking Vista or the D70..I think. 
I downloaded the trial and it says failed to connect to ccd..After
further review it is an unknown error...I am waiting to hear from tech
support...I have heard imagesplus is good for the D70.  I am really
hating Vista.....on top of that it has been real cloudy here...just bad
astronomy month so far.....
Mike here: I've heard that Vista is breaking many applications. But I avoid Windows whenever possible so have no experience with Vista.
Subject:	JPEG  image file format::  I just reread your  EMail Etiquette
Sent:	Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:15:28
From: (
I would appreciate your comments about my JPEG lunar eclipse sequence
(attachment enclosed).

I think I didnt yet submit to you my JPEG Moon Image I got last summer
(attachment enclosed).

In ref to my last message and your reply (24/02), I did my possible with
my ETX125PE and my DSI +0.3 Mogg red.,and I finally found out how to
focus nearly my DSI by focusing  before with my 26mm eyepiece+.3 Mogg
red. + .6 Mogg red.!!

What I see and read in your guest gallery let me think about buying a
(Nikon or Fuji or Olympus) digital camera to get more satisfaction and
stop fussing with my ETX125PE.

Your comments are always precious.


photo photo

Subject:	DSI2 driver information
Sent:	Monday, March 12, 2007 18:59:32
From: (
I understand that your web page is primarily astronomy related, but I
was wondering if you could lend a lowly grad student some help. I am a
mechanical engineering graduate student at Texas A&M and am working with
DSI2 cameras for my thesis study.

These cameras are not being used in the standard telescope
configuration, they are being used to study small jets of air. So
different optics, but same cameras. the difference is that I would like
to be able to take pictures with two cameras simultaneously.  I have
tried to communicate with the autostar people, with no success yet. 
specifically I am wondering:

1) Is there a 3rd party software that will allow me to take pictures
with two cameras plugged in to the same computer, simultaneously? I
understand that autostar car handle up to 8 cameras, but only one car
take a picture at a time.

2) I there a software (c++, Matlab, Mathcad, LabView, ect) that can
access the camera driver so I can write my own software?


3) Do you know the serial comands (inputs and outputs) to the cameras,
once again so I can write my own software.

I thank you for any help you have to offer or any suggestions you have,

Brent Nelson
Mike here: Interesting use of the DSI. Unfortunately, beyond what is posted on my ETX Site (on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page) I don't have any answers. Perhaps someone will respond to your inquiry.
Subject:	Great Orion Nebula image with ETX 80at and DSI
Sent:	Tuesday, March 6, 2007 15:54:49
From:	Renee Ann Wirick (
Well after our discussion last month I must say you were right about
saving me money now but costing me later :)  I decided not to get the
lpi and got the DSI instead and am rather pleased.  I thought this image
was no good till I got back in the house and looked at it in the Image
Processor.  It is a single 30 second shot with an etx 80AT, processed in
Photoshop.  It is a screen capture of the FITS file because for some
reason I everytime I try to save it as a BMP from the IP, it errors and
shuts the program down, on both my computers despite re-installing it.
Now if I can just get my drive to stop being so jumpy that it leaves
trails on most individual shots, it seems my tracking through Envisage
isn't so good.  I will keep trying though, I think I am off to a good
Many Thanks,



I knew I could do better than the one I sent you a few days ago!  Same
DSI and ETX 80at on altaz mount.  I put the stacked images through
Drizzle with the resolution to 2 and the pixel fracion to .75, them
saved as a BMP with the IP to edit in Photoshop, just some sharpening
and color balance.  TADA! :)  I am amazed at what this little scope can
do with some time to learn the DSI software!!  Thanks again for taking
all my emails.
Renee Wirick


Subject:	Lunar total eclipse with Meade DSI + ETX125PE
Sent:	Monday, February 12, 2007 02:49:18
From:	jbgoodwyn (
I need your point of view, eventually your advice, to  succeed  with my
Meade DSI or my TouCam Pro  following the total Moon eclipse on
3-4/03/2007. The Mogg focal Reductor (.3 or .6) seem not enough to
enlarge the field of vision with my MEADE ETX125PE.
Thanks for your help.
Jeanine, 73 this month...,  38 24'N, 0 24'W
Mike here: If you want to capture the entire Moon's disk you will need a shorter focal length or a larger imager surface. Sometimes have a long focal length telescope can be a drawback. You could attach a camera lens to the DSI (if you have such a lens).
Subject:	Black and white lines on Meade DSI - software issue
Sent:	Monday, February 12, 2007 08:17:40
From: (
I saw Ed Williams ( post on this page that details
a recurring problem with many DSI units that he replaced because of
black and white lines in the Envisage screen.  I had the same issue and
managed to fix it by reinstalling the software - and thought I would
share...  Here's the reply I sent today to the email given.

Please include if you see fit.


PS Great Site!!

Forgive me for cold-emailing like this, but I read your post on the Mike
Weasner's ETX site in desparation after finding the same problem with my
DSI Pro II when I first tried to use it last night.  If this is bounced,
I will try to post it on the Weasner site.

I wanted to share with you my findings in the hope it would help you or
other users out.

First of all, it looks like a software error caused by one of many
possible reasons - I will list the possible contributing factors here -
I am not sure which change I made fixed the situation since I have not
had a chance to run through the items one by one, but basically here's
what I experienced and how I solved it.

Got the DSI out of the box - I already had the LPI and the software CD
looked the same as the one that came with it so I didn't re-install. 
Connected the DSI to the laptop and the (seemingly) correct drivers
installed as stated in the quick start sheet - right down to two
installs/tones each time connected.

Went outside and connected to the scope, fired up Envisage and got the
black / white lines.  Appears as an area on the left and an area on the
right with a patch of 'image' in between.  I say image since this is the
only area of the screen that you can see change in contrast when light
levels on the chip are changed, though I could not discern any form to
the image.  The rest is static, appearing like a short-circuit may be
causing it or something.

Thought for a bit, got worried, started thinking about what I was going
to say to the dealer who sold me the thing at AstroFest (UK) earlier
that day...

Then I said, well, I might as well try uninstalling the LPI drivers -
there might be a conflict or sonmething, so tried to uninstall
Autostar/LPI drivers.  The LPI drivers came off ok, but Autostar would
not, complaining about the lack of an installLog file. I figured this
was down to me upgrading Autostar from Meade's 4M web site, so I just
installed from my new CD over the top and hey presto - it works now. 
And WOW, what a difference compared to the LPI, I hope you get/got yours

I went on to take a picture of the local gymnasium roof from nearly 100m
(estimated) and could see splinters in the wooden beams less than a
millimetre thick I would guess, as well as the grain of the wood clear
as day.  And this was at night!  I will send you the image if you are

I also changed out the lead I was using for the one supplied and removed
a 5m active USB booster cable, replacing with a standard 3m USB
extension.  Not sure if this made any difference.  I also took darks
with the camera before reinstalling and after messing around once it was
working, noticed they were still there.  Not sure if they were anything
to do with it, but the dark's had the same image on them, as you would
expect I guess.  I dont think it was this, cos the live image now looks
ok, and that does not have darks applied to it.

If you are interested, I will try deleting the darks/using the booster
cable and let you know the outcome?

Best of luck with your camera and clear skies!!!

Iain Melville

Subject:	etx 70 fotos
Sent:	Friday, January 12, 2007 13:44:50
From:	jkdfjsks sfsfsdds (
I send you some fotos that i have take.

I believe that for a starter like me ( 3 weeks from the day that bought
the telescope) is a good foto. All so i dont understand why many people
say that etx 70 is a toy, is not capable for astrofotography etc.I
believe that with a litle effort we can bring out the best of any
gadget.I like the 70 very mouch and i believe that people who in
holidays buy the telescope from a big supermarket like me , must give it
a shot for astrophotography.

many thaks
Stelios Ambazidis

photo photo photo

Subject:	DSI II models
Sent:	Wednesday, January 3, 2007 18:03:42
From: (
I am also interested in purchasing the DSI II or the DSI Pro II.  I
know the DSI II is a color CCD and the DSI Pro II monochrome.  What
are the advantages to the monochrome over the color?  I noticed
someone selling a DSI Pro II version 3.  What is a version 3?  Is
that the latest version or does it not matter?
Mike here: The monochrome model takes one color images so you have to use filters to get color. That requires extra image processing (done in the software). But it does require three separate exposures. However, you get better images with more control over the resulting image. However, if you want to do color you have to purchase the color filter set. Don't know what Version 3 is all about though.


Thanks Mike I appreciate the help.

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