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A $300 deep sky imager gets some exposure...

01/25/2005 12:00AM

A $300 deep sky imager gets some exposure...

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I read the review of the Meade DSI - after buying the unit. I have spent weeks of wasted time on yet another Meade product that , amongst other disabilities,has software that doesn't even recognise the camera.Meade's claims of a shoot and see camera are disgraceful. As an Australian I believe the United States should introduce effective laws against false advertising.M.Roberts.
you may have port conflicts. Although I have not used mine to image yet it booted right up and I took my dark frames. Join the yahoo DSI group those fellows can help a lot!<br>C. Provost


I read the review of the Meade DSI - after buying the unit. I have spent weeks of wasted time on yet another Meade product that , amongst other disabilities,has software that doesn't even recognise the camera.Meade's claims of a shoot and see camera are disgraceful. As an Australian I believe the United States should introduce effective laws against false advertising.M.Roberts.

  • jakilime [James Wallace]
  • 01/26/2005 11:13PM
Too bad, I bought one of these recently, the idea is excellent, but they should have got the bugs out of it before hitting the market, I can't get the software to recognize the imager, what a let down :C

  • Zoe [Tim Hickman]
  • 01/28/2005 11:08AM
The problem is not the camera.<br>My DSI would not work either with a older USB1 port until I downloaded a Meade updated driver but I knew that from the DSI discussion group. It works even better with the USB2 port I added to my laptop. <br>I got great images on my first night and by my third night I got an astonishing image with detail of a Galaxy that my eye could not even see with my 80mm APO from my urban sky.<br>What has been built into the hardware and software is amazing even more so for the price. <br>It is a computer technology product that has a learning curb and sometimes some patience to install. I have been in the computer business for many years and for such a product this one software and hardware is put together quite well.<br>If you are looking for an instamatic camera for a GOTO scope for Deep Space Imaging where you don’t have to know anything or learn anything this is not it. <br> For me the fun and satisfaction in Astronomy is learning about the sky and its wonders and the satisfaction of mastering new technological skills.

  • Spartan [Eric Pellegrini]
  • 02/11/2005 05:41AM
Meade has an update out that fixes many problems with USB1. It is recommened that you try that, unless you want to upgrade to usb2<br>eric