Meade Planetary Imager and AutoGuider Advanced (Monochrome)

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  • CMOS imaging camera featuring the Sony IMX178 Monochrome image sensor
  • Can be used for Auto-Guiding, or Astrophotography of Solar System Objects
  • Includes 1.25" nosepiece and C-mount threads
  • 6.3mp sensor (3072x2048 pixels)
  • 2.4 micron pixel size
Item #: 645004

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  • Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes
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  • The Binocular & Telescope Shop
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Experience our universe on a whole new level with Meade's Advanced solar, lunar, and planetary guide camera.

This USB 3.0 14-bit camera allows for increased dynamic range allowing the user to experience the universe like never before! Features a large image sensor along with a high pixel count that allows for increased resolution, making it ideal for planets and solar imaging. Has a back illuminated CMOS - SONY IMX178, image sensor with 2.4 X 2.4 micron pixel size and pixel array of 6.3 Megapixels (3072 x 2048). This Imager & Guider is able to take 59 frames per second at full resolution. The camera has a 3.0 connection and ASCOM ST-4 Guider Port for easy connection to the mount.

Also includes a high-speed USB 3.0 connecting cable, ST-4 Guide Cable, 1.25" nose extension with C-Mount, and Meade Sky Capture Software on CD Rom - includes Installation and Operating instructions.

The LPI-G Advanced is able to save images in a variety of formats including: JPEG, BITMAP, FITS, TIFF, PNG, PCX, TGA & BCM. It can also save videos in either SER or AVI formats.


Will work with the following Operating Systems:

Microsoft Windows XP (32 & 64 Bit)

Microsoft Windows Vista (32 & 64 Bit)

Microsoft Windows 7 (32 & 64 Bit)

Microsoft Windows 8 (32 & 64 Bit)

Microsoft Windows 10 (32 & 64 Bit)

Microsoft Windows 11


Computer Requirements: Equal to Intel Core 2.8GHz or higher. Solid State hard drive recommended for getting the maximum frame rates.

The LPI-G Advanced is available in both Color & Monochrome.

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.

Image Sensor: CMOS - SONY IMX178

Chip Dimensions: 1/1.8 inch (7.4mm x 4.9mm)

Pixels: 6.3 Megapixels (3072 x 2048)

Pixel Size: 2.4μm x 2.4μm

A/D Conversion: 8 or 14 bits

Frames per second/Resolution: 59 fps at full resolution

Shutter: Electronic Rolling Shutter

Minimum Exposure Time: 0.244ms

Maximum Exposure Time: 1,000s

Mounting Type: 1.25" nosepiece, C-mount

Interface Type: USB 2.0 or 3.0

Back Focus Distance: 17.8mm

Image Format: JPEG, BITMAP, FITS

Video Format: SER, AVI

Binning: Sensor Binning: 1x1, 2x2, Digital Binning: 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4

Spectral Range: 350-1050nm

Operating Temperature: -10C ~ 50C

Storage Temperature: -20C ~ 60C

Operating Humidity: 30% ~ 80%

Contents Included: LPI-G Monochrome camera, High Speed USB 3.0 A male to B male gold plated connectors' cable/ 1.5m, ST-4 Guide cable - 1.5m guide cable, 1.25" nose extension with C-mount, Meade Sky Capture Software on CD ROM- Includes Installation and Operating Instructions.

Product Dimensions: 1.24" diameter. 1.7" x 2.8" (43mm x 72mm)

Product Weight: 3.4 Ounces

Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for two years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.
Best for imaging
Solar, lunar, planetary & Messier objects
User level
Imaging sensor
Imaging sensor size
1/1.8 inch (7.4mm x 4.9mm)
Pixel array
3040 x 2048 (6,225,920 total)
Pixel size
2.4 x 2.4
Imaging chip
Video frame rate
Autoguider capability
Exposure range
0.244ms - 1000s
A/D conversion
14 bit
Thermoelectric cooling
IR filter
1.25" nozzle or c-thread
USB connection
High-speed USB 3.0
Software compatibility
Windows 7/8/10
1x1, 2x2, 3x3, 4x4
Backfocus distance (from T-threads)
Weight (oz.)
Two year