Rare Review of the Meade Deep Sky Imager III With Autostar Suite

At fraction of the cost of typical CCD cameras with the same or similar pixel counts, the Meade Deep Sky Imager III, or DSI III, is a user-friendly 1.4MP electronic camera designed to take extraordinarily high resolution single-shot deep sky photos with the least amount of hassle.

What’s new with the DSI III?

Meade Deep Sky Imager III with Autostar Suite 04535 integrates a 1.4MP Color Sony ExView HADTM CCD that features a large 2/3″, 1,360 x 1024 pixel, image sensor with a 16-Bit A/D converter for quick single shot full-color images accompanied by lower thermal noise, a wider field of view and a higher resolution. Reduces noise without a cooling fan which allows you to stack exposures for hours at a time. The thermal sensors monitor temperature and automatically matches dark frames to ambient temperature so it’s not likely to take uncalibrated pictures. Software features zoom feature for quick and easy focus, employing the new and larger chip for simple processing and astonishing images. It is very user-friendly. In fact, there’s nothing holding back an amature astrophotographer from diving in right away and getting to work on their passion. All this weighing in at a tiny 2.2 lbs.

What really sets this apart from its predecessors?

Drizzle Technology. Developed by NASA for processing images from the Hubble Space Telescope, it will work on ANY Meade AutoStar Controlled Telescope. Enhancements added by Drizzle are, increased resolution, extended view, and field de-rotation, obsoleting field rotation with breezy two-star selection.

Instead of relying on traditional interlaced scans, DSI III’s sensor and electronics deploy progressive scans for clear and awe-inspiring lunar and planetary imaging. Deep Sky Imager models will actually work on any telescope and can be utilized as an Autoguider on AutoStar computerized telescopes. Features increased resolution without interpolation, resulting in a final image that is nearly 4 times larger than previous DSIs. USB 2.0 High Speed: Download images with fast USB connection.

A Few Technical Details

Color images do not require multiple exposures through color filters as more expensive CCD cameras do. 1360 pixels wide x 1024 pixels high (1,392,640 total pixels). Each pixel measures 6.5 microns square. The square pixels make image processing easier and provide more realistic stellar images. Full 16-bit A/D conversion for greater image depth and contrast. From 1/10,000th of a second to one hour. This allows you to record images of bright lunar and planetary features as well as faint deep sky nebulas and galaxies that the unaided eye could never perceive, all in full color.

What to remember about the Meade Deep Sky Imager III with Autostar Suite

This remarkable product TRULY IS A BREAKTHROUGH in consumer-available technology for astrophotography and is not to be overlooked if you are serious about progressing your interest in astro-imaging. No other device in its category on the market today comes close to the DSI III. With so many experts agreeing on this, you’d have to be crazy to pass this up. It has everything an astrophotographer could ask for. No wonder it receives such high praise!

Final Words of Thought

This next step up in the DSI camera line brings numerous new features and enhancements that allow the user to achieve a higher level of imaging with the same ease of use and low cost that has made the DSI the camera of choice for so many beginning and advanced astro-imagers. Take the next next-step toward making a name for yourself, based solely on your commitment to nurturing your innate nature to explore and capture the universe in all its wondrous bounty!

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