Meade Deep Sky Imager camera

Meade's Deep Sky Imager slashes the cost of skyshooting and makes photographing the night sky a snap.
By | Published: May 19, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Meade Deep-Sky Imager
Meade’s Deep Sky Imager (DSI) allows you to capture celestial images at low cost. The DSI captured all the celestial images shown in this review.
Astronomy: William Zuback

This review, “Easy imaging for everyone,” appeared in the June 2005 issue of Astronomy magazine.

What if I said you could create images like these your first night under the stars? Would you call me crazy? Read on …

“I can’t do this!”
Not so long ago, amateur astrophotography was reserved for those who had unlimited patience and deep pockets. Even after the introduction of a small silicon wafer called a charge-coupled device, or CCD, it seemed time, experience, and money were still keys to achieving satisfactory results when imaging celestial objects.

To top it off, anyone who was interested in trying astrophotography faced an array of costly CCD cameras and seemingly endless choices of image-capturing and processing software. Meade changed all that.

In 2003, Meade introduced the Lunar Planetary Imager (LPI). This easy-to-operate $150 CMOS camera (CMOS is the type of chip used — a complementary metal oxide semiconductor) introduced a simpler form of astroimaging to those who previously had been overwhelmed.

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