Last updated: 23 December 2008
Subject: photo of Albireo & Moon Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 21:33:37 From: Neil Sumner (firstname.lastname@example.org) I just wanted to pass this on. This is one of My First Photo's Taken With my Meade125-PE With my LPI sitting in a opt. double Barlow Its a photo of Albireo & one of the Moon.
Hi Mike, Sorry to be a pest I forgot to add these Here is a Shot of Venus here to you can see that it appears to be 3/4 Venus with the LPI. Next is a telescope mount I made. I had an Aluminum Plate made so not to throw off the LNT True North. Looking right off my porch too see the sky is way kewl. But all the wires lpi cable w/16 ft USB Hub, 12 v power wire, 505 wire to control scope with. I can't wait to get a 1247 walking over to focous all the time is getting old. Well talk to ya later And Happy Holydays to ya P.S Let me know what ya think of my scope mount.
Subject: Re: LPI questions Sent: Saturday, November 8, 2008 05:36:15 From: Terry Godfrey (email@example.com) Here are a couple of single frame JPG shots from my first attempts at using the LPI (and Envisage 7.05) on the Moon on 7th November 2008. Regards Terry Godfrey. Oxford, UK
Subject: LPI questions Sent: Thursday, November 6, 2008 07:51:45 From: Terry Godfrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) I have just purchased a Meade LPI and AutoStar Suite and before attempting some images of the Moon etc. with my ETX 125AT (weather is terrible anyway!), I thought it would be worth familiarising myself with the operation on some static daylight terrestrial objects. I found Meade's LPI Camera Program Manual less than user friendly and hit upon several problems and would be obliged if you could help. 1) According to the LPI manual (page 14) the supplied Parfocal Ring is recommended to be used with a 26mm eyepiece. However, on my ETX 125AT, after fully inserting the LPI into the eyepiece holder and focusing in the normal way and then replacing the LPI with the 26mm eyepiece and Parfocal Ring, the eyepiece has to be almost fully withdrawn from the holder with only about 3mm remaining below the Parfocal Ring before it come into focus! Fortunately, I have a 32mm eyepiece and this together with the Parfocal Ring sits a little lower in the eyepiece holder. OK, so this is not a big deal. 2) The next problem I came up against was the use of the 'Magic Eye Focus' . According to the LPI manual (page21), "The Magic Eye Focus displays a graphic representation of the focus as you adjust your telescope's focuser. The orange triangles "grow" together to indicate better focus. The red lines indicate maximum focus levels." On my screen, the Magic Eye Focus panel remains a blank grey box whatever focusing adjustments I make. As accurate focusing is of paramount importance for obtaining good images I would like to get this to work. 3) There are many differences on my AutoStar DSI/LPI Envisage Imaging Software Version 4, compared with the supplied LPI manual. Although I have not yet needed this option, I am confused by the LPI manual's section on 'Tracking Boxes and Centroids' (page 23). Having created a tracking box the manual says to "Check the Track Box". But there is no Track Box on my version. Is tracking enabled simply by drawing the box around a bright object? Also under the drop down menu "LPI" alongside "Tracking" is a box labelled "Dark Spot". Creating a tracking box and 'checking' "Dark Spot" appears to move the tracking box to a dark area of the displayed image. I have no idea what this feature is supposed to achieve. The manual goes on to say: " If you're tracking a crater on the Moon, draw the box about the centre or a bright spot in the crater. Normally, you will check the Track box. However if you're imaging the Moon, uncheck the Track box." So for tracking the Moon, is the Track box checked or NOT? I guess this is enough to getting on with and I have looked at Meade's tutorial video for the DSI (no LPI tutorial) and other pages on your excellent site but cannot get to the bottom of these questions. Regards Terry Godfrey, Oxford UKMike here: I haven't used AutoStar Suite in a long time (it being a Windows app and I avoid using Windows). I know there is Version 5 available on Meade's site; you might want to get that version. Any display issues with AutoStar Suite are typically resolved by changing the screen resolution and/or the Windows-theme. That may solve your Magic Eye issue. For more on using the LPI and AutoStar Suite, see the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page.
Thanks for the quick response. The Meade CD originally installed AutoStar Suite V3.18 which incorporated the LPI imaging program Envisage 4.0. As you suggested, I updated to AutoStar Suite V5.00 but Envisage is still at V4.0. Therefore I still cannot get the Magic Eye Focus to work. If anyone has any suggestions I would be grateful. (I am running with XP Pro). Regards Terry GodfreyMike here: Envisage Version 7.05 is available on Meade's downloads page.
Thanks again. I tried updating to Envisage 7.05 for use with my LPI. There are some additional features on this version but the Magic Eye Focus panel still remains blank during focusing. Interestingly, the Magic Eye Focus panel transforms into a 3D contour map when a tracking box is created around an object although this contour map does not change during any refocusing so I'm not sure what its purpose is? What a pity Meade doesn't supply decent manuals for the use of their products. I appreciate your effort with this problem. Regards Terry Godfrey
Subject: A question about to Meade L.P.I. Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2008 12:55:53 From: Mike Thomas (email@example.com) Hi, my name is Mike Thomas, I am a keen amateur astronomer and I have just purchased the Meade L.P.I. , of which I have a questionI have set it up in the day to use on a terrestrial object, and the image was upside down on my laptop, could you explain this please? I know that the image is the right way up, but left to right when you use a refractor with a diagonal normally, and I was wondering if the L.P.I., not being a lens as such, just flipped the image it recieves upside down. I know it doesn't make much difference on planetary shots, but I would like to know what to flip, when I get my lunar shots. Any explanation of its shot orientation would be very much appreciated. Sorry to bother you about this trivial question, but thanks for reading. All the best, Mike Thomas.Mike here: Depending on the telescope design, the image may be reversed, left-right or upside down or both. For astronomical objects that usually doesn't matter. However, for terrestrial objects or if you want to adjust the orientation you can do so during image post processing on your computer. To determine which direction(s) you need to flip use a distant terrestrial object, preferably one with text.
Subject: mead l p i suite and trust webcam 14823 Sent: Friday, April 4, 2008 13:27:51 From: PATRICK GARLAND (firstname.lastname@example.org) i bought the lpi suite for my etx 90 2months ago cant get it to work the reason is windows vista only shows this as trust webcam 14823what i want to know is if i bought a trust webcam would it work i know this is not your scene but mybe someone out there might be abel to tell me thank for all your help paddy gMike here: I'm not familiar with a Trust Webcam. Perhaps someone else will know something about that.
Subject: Pics for guest astro gallery Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2008 04:18:52 From: alb (email@example.com) Thought I would send you my first nights attempts with the Meade LPI for your guests atro gallery section Quite pleased with the results for a first attempt. Both taken using a Meade ETX 90PE If anyone has any suggestions on how to bring out more detail in saturn images I would be very gratefull Cheers ABest from Light polluted Manchester in Englan UK
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