Moon over Redwood City

My wife Jaimie, purchased a Meade telescope for me a couple of years ago, but I was never really able to get into using it. My eyes just weren’t meant to look through an eyepiece. While browsing Amazon recently I came across an interesting little gadget, the Meade LPI Digital Camera. It fits into the telescope instead of an eyepiece and connects to your computer through USB. It’s just a basic camera sensor that allows you to take pictures of what you’re seeing through the telescope.

Last night I booted it up and snapped a few photos of the moon and I’m pretty impressed with how they came out. It was amazing to see the movement of the moon through the finder. The software has the ability to interface with the telescope and to track objects, but I didn’t have the right connector on my laptop. Instead I just used the software’s ability to define an object in the window and then to track it across the screen. The imaging software is pretty powerful and takes several images of the objects and then combines them for a better composite. All and all, I’m very happy with the equipment. Now I’m just going to have to get a bigger telescope.