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#1 karemrazim

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 12:35 PM

Stupid question:  How do you get the magic eye focus to work?  I know that there are supposed to be two triangles, and a pair of red lines, but my screen just remains a blank grey screen.  I use and LPI imager, does the magic eye focus not work with the LPI?  Thanks.
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#2 Fish Cat Fish Dog

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 04:08 PM

The Magic eye works automatically using the LPI for me. 

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:36 PM

You must be locked on a star for it to show up and work.
Lock on a star and let me know.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:18 PM

It will also lock on to a pine cone on a tree 1/4 a mile away.  It is kind off cool.  The wind is blowing the tree around and the cone stays locked in. 

The clouds have forced me look at other things.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 06:27 AM

Thanks all!  I'll give it a try today.  If it doesn't work, could it just be a software issue?  In which case I could just uninstall and reinstall the software to fix?
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Ok, so I hooked everything up, started the LPI, and BAM, 2 pretty orange triangle lookin at me!! So, either, I'm blind, or the software update that I did yeseterday fixed something, or...I'm blind.
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 06:26 PM

Im glad you are all set.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 07:10 AM

My advice is don't waste your time with the Magic Eye.  Make a Hartmann mask (instructions easy to find on the internet about 30 minutes work), focus on a star using the Hartmann mask and looking at your computer screen via Envisage, and then switch to the object you want to photograph.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 08:32 AM

My advice is don't waste your time with the Magic Eye.  Make a Hartmann mask (instructions easy to find on the internet about 30 minutes work), focus on a star using the Hartmann mask and looking at your computer screen via Envisage, and then switch to the object you want to photograph.

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The magic eye focus works very good once you know how to properly use it.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 08:24 AM

Not to high jack the thread, but what about the Magic Focus in the newer version?
I have Ver. 7.05 and it doesn't use the Triangles.
It uses a graph like view. With wavy lines and colored squares.
Almost like looking at a topo map. ???
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#10 Mark Sibole

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 12:25 PM

The magic eye focus on the older version was a bit flacky.
The Magic eye on the new version is the one im talking about.
What you do on this is focus on a star until you see a sharp point
This lets you know when you have a good focus
here are 2 examples of focus
The closer to focus you come the sharper the peak or point
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 12:56 PM

Thanks I'll try that tonight.
I want to try and get a better image of Jupiter, and figure out what I'm doing wrong.

Wish me luck.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 01:50 PM

good luck on Jupiter.
As it sits so low you will need excellent seeing conditions.
Ive attempted it a few times this season with not so good results.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 02:55 PM

But it does climb a bit higher if you want to wait until about 10:30 or 11:00.

Right now I just want to get a hang of the program(s) and do the best I can given current conditions.

Then say in October, when it's cooler, and less turbulent, I'll try some more.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:54 AM

here are 2 examples of focus
The closer to focus you come the sharper the peak or point

That doesn't look like my version - which is just two yellow triangles that get bigger and closer. Is this the newer 7.0 or something else?

#15 Mark Sibole

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:00 AM

This is the latest release on the Meade site version 7.5

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 08:03 AM

OK - thanks - time to upgrade I guess!

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:56 PM

Hi All...I've looked for the update to 7.5 on the Meade Website, but all I see is the 5.0.  Am I missing it?....George

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 03:12 PM

Found it!!  Never mind....just can't see the forest for the trees.....george

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 01:14 PM

Mark ,
Would you post a direct link to 7.5 version ?  I updated the Autostar Suite about two weeks ago and it version 5.0 .  I looked all over the Meade site and the 4M site , but I can't locate this version 7.5 .  Or is it specific to LX200 or 400 .  I'm using an LX90 .
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