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Meade Planetary Imager and AutoGuider (Color)
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  • CMOS imaging camera featuring the AR130 color image sensor
  • Can be used for auto-guiding, or astrophotography of solar system objects
  • Includes 1.25" nosepiece and C-mount threads
  • 1.2mp sensor (1280x960 pixels)
  • 3.75 micron pixel size

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Item #  56984
Mfg Model #  645001

Let the Color Lunar, Planetary Imager and Guider (LPI-G) unleash the inner astrophotographer in you.

An excellent camera for auto-guiding and solar system astrophotography.

With our solar, lunar and planetary guide camera, experience the universe on a whole new level. Lightweight and portable, LPI-G comes with a 1280 X 960 pixel CMOS sensor with the ability of capturing 28 frames per second at full resolution. This camera has a USB 2.0 connection and ST-4 guider port for easy connection to the mount.

Also includes a USB cable, software drivers, ASCOM drivers and image capture and processing software. Features the AR 130 Color CMOS imaging sensor with 3.75 X 3.75 micron pixel size. Up to 28 frames per second at 1280 X 960, and 30 fps at 640 X 480.

Accessories include USB 2.0 cable, ST-4 guide cable (2.0m), and a C-mount and a 1.25" nosepiece. Also includes the Meade Sky Capture software CD.

CAUTION: Never look at the Sun, either directly or through a telescope, without a professionally made protective solar filter installed that completely covers the front of the instrument, or permanent eye damage could result.


Operating System: Windows (32 & 64 bit) Vista/XP/7/8/10

Processor: Intel Core2 2.8 GHz equivalent or higher

Memory: 2GB or higher



Power Source: DC 5V over PC USB port

Activity: Observing

Image Sensor: CMOS - AR130 Color

Chip Dimensions: 1/3" (4.8mm X 3.6mm)

Pixels: 1.2 Mega Pixels (1280 X 960)

Pixel Size: 3.75μm X 3.75μm

A/D Conversion: 12 bits

Frames per second/Resolution: 28@1280x960, 30@640x480

Shutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter

Minimum Exposure Time: 0.4ms

Maximum Exposure Time: 15 sec

Mounting Type: 1.25" nosepiece, C-mount

Back Focus Distance: 17.8mm

Image Format: JPEG, BITMAP, FITS1, FITS2

Binning: 1 X 1, 2 X 2

Spectral Range: 405-690nm

Operating Temperature: -10C ~ 50C

Storage Temperature: -20C ~ 60C

Operating Humidity: 30% ~ 80%

Contents Included: LPI-G Color camera, High Speed USB 2.0 A male to B male gold plated connectors' cable/ 2.0m, ST-4 Guide cable - 2.0m guide cable, 1.25" nose extension with C-mount, Meade Sky Capture Software on CD ROM- Includes Installation and Operating Instructions.

Product Dimensions: 1.25" diameter. 1.6" X 2.8" (41mm X 71.8mm)

Product Weight: 2.4 ounces


Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provide by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.

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  • Best for imaging
    Lunar & planetary
  • Imaging sensor
    CMOS - AR130 Color
  • Imaging sensor size
    1/3" (4.8mm X 3.6mm)
  • Pixel array
    1280 x 960 (1,228,800 total)
  • Pixel size
    3.75 x 3.75
  • Imaging chip
    Single Shot Color
  • Video frame rate
  • Autoguider capability
  • Exposure range
    0.4ms - 15 sec
  • A/D conversion
    12 bit
  • Thermoelectric cooling
  • IR filter
  • Mounting
    1.25" nozzle or c-thread
  • USB connection
    High-speed 2.0
  • Software compatibility
    Windows 7/8/10
  • Binning
    1x1, 2x2
  • Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
  • Weight (oz.)
  • Warranty
    Two year

When an item is not in-stock we will ship it as soon as it becomes available. Typically in-stock items will ship first and backordered items will follow as soon as they are available.


This product is available to ship Standard delivery within the 50 US states and APO/DPO/FPO addresses. Delivery is not available to US territories/protectorates. Delivery is available to Canada.


The Return Policy & Procedure for this product is different than Orion's standard return policy. Click here to learn more.

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