Last updated: 8 November 2010
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Subject: Jupiter With ETX-90 Sent: Sunday, November 7, 2010 05:56:27 From: Navid Voghoofi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Just wanted to share a stacked and processed image of Jupiter taken on Nov. 1, 2010. Telescope: Meade ETX 3.5 inch Maksutov Cassegrain @ f28 Mount: Orion AstroView(EQ3) with dual axis drives Camera: Meade Electronic Eyepiece Number of Stacked Images: 1465 Filters: None Captured directly to laptop via frame grabber Processed with Gimp image processing software Clear Skies, Navid
Subject: EIE Blues Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 11:04:12 From: Siddiqui, Irfan (email@example.com) I saw this webpage where there is a good discussion going on about the "Electronic Imaging Eyepiece (EEIP)". I want to put my question/experience out there, which I just have had recently, to see if I have an isolated experience with this device or there are others out there who have had the similar problems, and maybe I will learn something new about the usage of this device. I have acquired the Meade's EIEP online via www.telescopes.com, for a reasonable price, and after getting it delivered at home I hurriedly put it to use the same night, and imaged the moon on a small color monitor. However soon after, I lost tracking on the moon on my 6" Newtonian reflector and after I resumed it, I lost the imaging capability via the EEIP. I played around making sure that I had the moon perfectly aligned and centered in the eyepiece, but I could not get the image back onto the monitor. I also noticed that while placing the EEIP into the telescope's objective, there would be a bright flash on the monitor but when the EEIP is in place, the monitor went blank. Not sure if I am facing user issues or there is something wrong with the EEIP. If someone out there could relate a similar experience of their own, it would be highly appreciated. Other questions I have about this product are: 1. I could not figure out the aperture equivalence of this device. (25mm, 21mm etc?) 2. Is there anyway to adjust the size of the object relayed on the monitor? 3. Are there any kind of adapters out there which could be appended to the EEIP, so that one can play with the magnification? Thanks for your help in this regard, in advance. Cheers Irfan Siddiqui, Fort Worth TX.Mike here: I don't have one so can't comment directly but you might want to see the "Meade Electronic Eyepiece" page (this page) on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page.
Subject: Another (nice) moon photo Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 9:04:11 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Great site! Really. I bought a new ETX90 and some extra stuff 2 weeks ago. Made a cable for my mac to update my autostar (pin connections found on your site) and saw some nice things in the sky. I live in The Netherlands (Europe) and till now I watched the sky from my balcony in a light polluted area. Yesterday there was for 3 hours a full moon (now it's cloudy again) and because I don't have yet the appropriate things to use my Pentax MZ5 photocamera or my Philips Toucam Pro to make some good pictures (expect them this week) I used the electronic eyepiece from Meade. But the magnification is far too big to take a shot of the full moon, I recorded the whole moon as a movie on my Sony Handycam. Then I used Final Cut Pro to capture the movie and exported single frames as TIFF. Next step Photoshop to puzzle all the pieces together (hell of a job). Some brightness/contrastcorrection and sharpening and there she was. Ms. Moon. There was much turbulence in the sky when I took the movie of the moon with the electronic eyepiece, but it worked fine after all. Greetings Job Geheniau www.xs4all.nl/~geheniau Soon there will be an astropage on my website.
Subject: Meade electronic Eyepiece Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 12:31:01 From: RRoday@wpcarey.com I have shot the moon (can't miss) Jupiter and Saturn through my Meade Electronic Eyepiece (MEE) and ETX 125 but each time, I have trouble finding and centering on the planet. Its very hit and miss. Are there any tips ? and Are there better CCDs that don't cost thousands ? I would really like to get a hot image. RobMike here: A properly aligned finderscope will help immensely. Although it can be challenging, take the time to align it accurately. And good astrophotography requires a lot of patience and practice. As to other imagers, the Sonfest SAC is very popular as are webcams (see the Helpful Information - Astrophotography page).
Subject: Saturn picture Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 14:35:55 From: email@example.com (Mrio Pina) Here is my first picture of Saturn taken (11.12.2002) with my ETX-70AT, Meade Electronic Eyepiece+2x-Barlow. Mrio Pina
Subject: more etx 70 and electronic eyepiece Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 8:18:10 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (bob greef) Just got a solar filter from Orion for the ETX70. Teaming it up with the electronic eyepiece allows relaxed solar sunspot viewing with absolutely no risk of inadvertantly looking at our local star. You can even sit in the shade! Attached video capture using Happauge WinTV 2000 from previously recorded VHS tape. Perhaps a bit too much quality lost. Bob Greef Norwich England
Subject: Astrophotography Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2002 12:33:35 From: email@example.com (Richard Shoesmith) Here are my first efforts at astrophotography using the ETX-70AT. Taken using an Orion 60mm glass solar filter and the Meade electronic eyepiece. Each is a composite of six 320 x 240 .bmp's using Astrostack. The images were captured using the eyepiece plugged into an Hauppauge WIN TV card. Richard
Subject: Moon, Images, ETX, 70AT Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 10:48:44 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (bob greef) Just a couple of images captured from video via Meade electronic eyepiece/etx 70at. This was done while waiting for planets to appear from behind the clouds during the current alignment. Lots of cloud drifting past the moon which gave an added interest to the video but made selection of suitable frames to capture a bit of a headache. Bob Greef Norwich, England
Subject: Meade Electronic Eyepiece Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2002 11:33:28 From: email@example.com (John Cuckney) I have recently bought a Meade Electronic Eyepiece which I am trying to connect to my PC through Belkin USB video adaptor to both/either AstroSnap or Vega software using Windows Me. The Creative WebCam software I have on PC will find the Meade Eyepiece through Belkin USB but neither of the AstroSnap or Vega software will (they seem to only see my WfW drivers which are not routed through USB). The Creative webcam sees USB video and VfW as two source options. Both AstroSnap ans Vega only see Vfw as a camera option (they do see my USB webcam when that is inserted into USB port!) Anyone out there know what to do? Or does the Belkin/Meade Eyepiece not work like a Webcam? The eyepiece gives reasonable views through standard webcam software of planets and moon - I would like to try it with specialised astro software. Any help greatly appreciated as I have seen some planets this week here in UK.... and would like to try out my Meade Eyepiece. John Cuckney firstname.lastname@example.org www.cuckney.net
Subject: Moon Photo Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2002 14:47:03 From: email@example.com (Bill Hosmer) Electronic Eyepiece, ETX-90, VidCap to get the frame. Same as Previous, One note, some Meade Department store telescopes come with the electronic eyepiece. It may be cheaper to purchase this way? No touch ups on either photo, very happy with ETX and accessories.
Subject: Moon Meade Electronic eyepiece Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2002 11:22:52 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas Dorman) This was a image I took of the Moon during the Feb.20 2002 occultation of Saturn and the Moon. Jim Gamble and I are trying to make a movie of this event.The image was shot through a 41/2 inch f8.8,FL 1000mm reflecting telescope.The image was captured using Movie maker and processed using Photo shop deluxe.I have a ETX 70EC but this is a wide field telescope and not good for planets.I believe the Meade electronic eyepiece would work well on a ETX90 or larger scope.The longer the FL.of the scope the better image the camera will deliver.Do not expect this camera to give images as good as higher end digital camera, but as you can see from the images they are not bad. Stars in your eyes Thomas Dorman Far West Texas Sky Watcher Note: forwarded message attached.
Subject: Fwd: saturn moon Sent: Sunday, March 10, 2002 8:47:01 From: email@example.com (Thomas Dorman) I am forwarding an e-mail with and attachment that is the final processed picture i took using the Meade electric eyepiece of the Dec.26, 2001 occultation of Saturn. In the picture Saturn is just about to start its track behind the Moon.The image was captured and processed by my friend Jim Gamble who email this final image. Also Have Ok picture of the Moom if your interested. I do not know if the problems some have had is the monitors with no brightness or contrast controls and you must learn how to adjust the contrast thumb wheel on the camera. Hope all enjoy. Thomas Dorman Far West Texas Sky Watcher
Subject: Jupiter with the Meade Electronic Eyepiece Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2002 22:43:19 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Don Tabbutt) I noticed some folks have asked recently what can be done with the Meade Electronic Eyepiece. Although not taken with an ETX, the photo below of Io transiting Jupiter illustrates the capability of this eyepiece. It was taken with an 8" f/10 LX200 with the #140 Barlow. Thirteen still frames were captured to the Memory Stick of a Sony DCRTRV-17 camcorder, making sure that seeing was optimum for each capture. The frames were then stacked and processed with Adobe Photoshop. An 8" telescope has a Dawes limit of .6 arcseconds, and the ETX 125EC comes in with a Dawes limit of 1 arcsecond. What this means is that the 125EC should be capable of similar results, since Earth-based telescopes of any size are generally limited to 1 arcsecond of resolution due to atmospheric artifacts. I plan to attempt a similar image with my ETX 125EC as soon as my skies become favorable, and I will keep you apprised of the result. Regards, Don
It is a pain, Mike, and that's why I only stacked 13 frames. I'm getting MaxIm DL soon and saying goodbye to Photoshop for stacking. Briefly, here's what I do... I put each image, one by one, in a new layer, using copy and paste. The first image is the only one that actually gets modified. I set the new layer's opacity at or below 50% (this varies), and with the Move tool nudge it around at high magnification, aligning with the one under it (the background layer). Then I flatten the layers (becomes the new background layer) and get the next image, copy & paste, etc. In the case of Jupiter, I used Io's shadow as the registration point.
Subject: EXT 70AT imaging Sent: Monday, February 4, 2002 17:15:14 From: wilbur_ted@EMC.com (wilbur, ted) I've been dabbling with taking images using the Meade electronic eyepiece CCD imager that came bundled with my 70AT. I wrote up some of my initial observations which may be of interest to other 70AT users who are thinking about using the electronic eyepiece. As always, thanks for all you do! Ted WilburDownload the PDF file (216KB).
Subject: Electronic Eyepiece Sent: Monday, December 31, 2001 5:35:50 From: email@example.com (george lilley) I did get the chance to use the monochrome electronic eyepiece attached to a video camera last night. I thought I got some good results. I was lucky enough to catch a 757 eclipsing the moon. I attached a couple of the shots I captured from the video. The resolution was better than the snapped photos, some resolution was lost in the capture process. All in all I was very pleased with the electronic eyepiece. George L.
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