The new Deep Sky Imager PRO is the latest innovation from
Meade Instruments. The Deep Sky Imager PRO is 2.3 times more
sensitive and has 4 times the resolution of the color Deep
Sky Imager. It is a high-performance, easy-to-use monochrome
CCD camera that allows every astronomer to shoot and process
stunning deep sky photographs of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters
and planets. This CCD camera is designed with the intermediate
to advanced amateur astrophotographer in mind. Purchase the
new Deep Sky Imager PRO with our high quality RGB filter set
and produce stunning RGB and LRGB images.
High Sensitivity Monochrome CCD Sensor from Sony®
- The Meade Deep Sky Imager utilizes Sony’s ExView HAD™
Monochrome CCD Image Sensor Technology for incredible low
noise and higher dynamic range featuring a 16-Bit A/D converter.
USB 2.0 High Speed - Featuring a fast USB
2.0 High Speed connection. This will allow fast data transfer.
The actual download time for daytime or planetary imaging
is up to 5 frames per second. For longer exposures the download
time is 1/2 a second in order to sustain a higher signal-to-noise
ratio. There is virtually no delay between the time the image
is taken and when it appears on your computer screen. The
Deep Sky Imager PRO is also backward compatible with USB 1.1.
Drizzle – Drizzle was developed by
NASA for processing images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Drizzle will work on any AutoStar Controlled Telescope. There
are 3 enhancements that drizzle adds:
- Increased resolution.
By taking a series of course pixel grid images from the
DSI and applying them to a fine pixel grid image we are
able increase the effective resolution better then interpolation.
(See Fig. A below)
- Extended View.
Images are added to a final image that is up to 2 times
bigger horizontally and vertically. The Telescope is then
guided to the 4 corners of the image giving a final image
that is nearly 4 times larger.
- Field De-Rotation.
By selecting 2 stars, the software will rotate each image
before it is applied to the final image.
- AutoStar Suite will now support any number of
Deep Sky Imager and one LPI. You can now use a
separate guide scope and Deep Sky Imager as well
as have one for prime focus and wide field. Any
of the imagers can be selected for guiding. The
only limitation is computer speed and memory and
available USB ports. A 2Ghz machine with 512 MBs
of memory can easily run 3 Deep Sky Imagers.
Convection Cooled - In order
to draw heat away from the CCD sensor Meade uses
a proprietary "Convection Cooling" design, allowing
longer exposures with less noise.
Less Noise Means More Data -
You get all the data from your Deep Sky Imager
without compression, and that means no loss of
information in your raw images.
No Compression, No Loss - You
get all the data from your Deep Sky Imager without
compression, and that means no loss of information
in your raw images. So no matter if you take image
for beauty or for science, Deep Sky Imager will
give you the results you need.
No Batteries Required - Just
plug the Deep Sky Imager's USB 2.0 High Speed
cable into your laptop and you are ready to image
or autoguide. No other power supplies are needed.
Autostar Suite™ Software - Camera
control and image processing software is included,
eliminating the need to purchase expensive after-market
Light Weight and Portable - Weighs
only 10 ounces and is very compact, measuring
only 3.25" x 3.25" x 1.25" with no need for additional
- Deep Sky Imager works on any telescope and can
also be used as a sensitive and simple-to-use
CCD Color Filter Set
The new CCD color filter set is a high quality
filter set made specifically for the new Deep
Sky Imager PRO. These high quality Red, Green,
Blue, and IR filters are 1.25" in diameter,
parfocal and perfect for RGB and LRGB imaging.
All four filters are made in the U.S.A.
Suite™ Software - Autostar Suite
includes Sky Software, Image Capture Software,
and Image processing Software, including these
Lapse photography tool Create movies of the
rotation of Jupiter, moons transiting Jupiter,
and Manual exposure settings Let Deep Sky
Imager optimize the exposure, or set it manually.
Stretch Options Auto-stretch automatically
brings out dim objects at short exposures.
Optimizes the contrast of objects, with adjustable
Dark Subtraction Dark frames are automatically
stacked and averaged, then subtracted giving
you a clean image.
align and stack images using state-of-the-art
Eye™ focus For super fast, no-hassle
histogram Helps you optimize for the best
Sony® ExView HAD™ Monochrome CCD Sensor
||510 x 492 pixels
Size (in microns)
||9.6 microns (W)
x 7.5 microns (H)
image depth and contrast)
– Max. Exposure Time
||1/10,000 of a
second to one hour
||High Speed 2.0
/ Weight of product
3.25" x 1.25"/ 10 oz.