Meade | 8 x 42 2.0D CaptureView TM Integrated Binocular and Digital Camera | Operating instructions | Meade 8 x 42 2.0D CaptureView TM Integrated Binocular and Digital Camera Operating instructions

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Operating Instructions
Meade® 8 x 42 2.0D CaptureView
Integrated Binocular and Digital Camera
WARNING! Never use a Meade binocular to look at the Sun!
Looking at or near the Sun will cause instant and irreversible damage
to your eye. Eye damage is often painless, so there is no warning to
the observer that damage has occurred until it is too late. Do not
point the binocular at or near the Sun. Children should always have
adult supervision while observing.
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Fig. 1: Top View
1. Diopter Scale (on
underside of right
2. SD Card Port
3. Eyepiece
4. Menu Button
5. Shutter Button
6. Left Button
7. Right Button
8. LCD Screen
9. Objective Lens
10. Camera Lens
(not visible, see
Fig. 2)
11. Barrel
12. USB Port
13. Battery
Compartment Lid
(see Fig. 2)
14. Focus knob (not
visible, see
Fig. 2)
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Fig. 2: Bottom View
1. Diopter Scale
10. Camera Lens
13. Battery
Compartment Lid
(squeeze and pull
back to remove)
14. Focus knob
I. Introduction
Meade CaptureView is an 8 x 42mm full-featured binocular integrated with a
digital camera that requires no film to take pictures or movies. For best results,
please follow these operating instructions to capture and download pictures.
• Fully functional binoculars.
• Take pictures and movies, and view them on your PC.
• Transfer pictures and movies to your PC for easy printing, editing,
enhancing, and manipulating.
• E-mail pictures to your friends and family.
• You can view pictures and movies you just took on the LCD panel. Also the
LCD panel indicates status for ease in selecting and performing desired
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II. How to Use Your Binocular
To enhance your viewing enjoyment, please take a moment to familiarize
yourself with your new binocular:
Adjustment of Eye Relief for Eyeglass Wearers
For best results when viewing an object while wearing eyeglasses, fold down
the rubber eyecups and place them against your glasses.
Adjusting the Eyepieces
The distance between your eyes is usually different than the distance between
another person’s eyes. This distance is known as the interpupillary distance, or
IPD. Adjustment to your IPD is important to the proper use of you CaptureView:
1. Hold CaptureView up to your face in the normal viewing position, using both
hands to hold each barrel firmly.
2. Pull the barrels apart or push the barrels together until you see a single
circular field with both of your eyes.
Focusing the Binocular
1. Set the Diopter Scale on underside of CaptureView (1, Fig. 1) at its center
point between + and -.
2. Choose an object that is at least 16 feet (4.9m.) away.
3. Looking with just your left eye, rotate the Center Focus Knob (14, Fig. 1)
until the object you are viewing is in best focus.
4. Looking with just your right eye, rotate the Diopter Scale (1, Fig. 1) until the
object you are viewing is in best focus.
5. Now, looking with both eyes, both far and near objects can easily be
brought into focus with a turn of the Center Focus Knob.
III. How To Use Your Camera
CaptureView performs best under good lighting conditions. It takes some practice to get used to high-magnification photography. Take some time to practice
capturing still pictures and movies. Depending on the available light and your
distance from the object, captured images may not appear as bright or
as centered as when viewed through the binoculars. Note also that
CaptureView has a fixed focus (you cannot focus manually) and takes focused
pictures even if the image in the binoculars is out-of-focus.
Inserting Batteries
1. Lift the battery compartment lid (13, Fig. 2) by squeezing the outer edges
and then pulling forward.
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2. Insert 2 AA 1.5v (user-supplied) batteries into the compartment, noting the
correct polarity as illustrated inside the compartment.
Moving through the menus
Press and hold the Menu button (4, Fig. 1) for 3 to 5 seconds to turn on the
camera. Press the Menu button to display the menus. Use the Right and Left
buttons to move the red selection box over menus or menu options. When the
box is over the menu or menu option you wish to select, press the Menu button. The following example demonstrates how to use these buttons. See Part
IV, Menus, for a description of the menus and images their on-screen icons.
Taking Pictures
1. Lift up the LCD (8, Fig. 1) to an upright position. Press and hold the
Menu button (4, Fig. 1) for 3 to 5 seconds to turn on the camera.
Point the binoculars and you will see images appear on the LCD.
2. Press the Menu button again and the first menu screen displays on
the LCD. Use the Right or Left buttons (6 or 7, Fig. 1) to move the
red selection box over the Resolution menu (the "2M" icon) and
press the Menu button to display the Resolution menu. Use the
Right or Left buttons to move the red selection box to the desired
Resolution option. Press the Menu button to select the option and
the main menu displays again. See RESOLUTION OPTIONS for the
resolution choices that are available with your CaptureView model.
3.Use the Right or Left buttons to move the selection box over the
Camera menu (the Camera icon) and press the Menu button to display the menu. Use the Right or Left buttons to move the red selection box to the Digital Still Camera (DSC) option. Press the Menu
button to select the option and the main menu displays again.
4. Use the Right or Left buttons to move the selection box over Exit
and press the Menu button to exit the menu mode.
5. Sight on a target by looking through the binocular eyepieces or by
looking at the LCD.
6. Hold CaptureView steady and press the Shutter button (5, Fig. 1). A
beep sounds to confirm that a picture was taken. The counter in the
upper right corner of the LCD increases by one.
Note: Be careful to hold the camera steady while taking a picture in
the higher resolution modes (see RESOLUTION OPTIONS, next page).
The camera is more sensitive to motion in this mode.
To playback your captured images:
7. To see the image(s) that you have captured, move the selection box
to the Playback menu (the right pointing triangle icon) and press the
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menu button. The last image you captured displays on the LCD
screen. Use the right and left buttons to scroll through your captured
images or movies (each movie counts as one item). A counter
appears at the upper left. If the counter reads, 3/5, for example, it
means the third of five items.
8. Select the Exit menu and press the Menu button to leave this mode.
To sum up this procedure: By moving the red selection box and then
pressing the Menu button, you can easily select a menu or a menu
option. Use this technique with all of the CaptureView menus. Select
the Second Set of Menus icon to display more menus.
IV. Menus
Erasing/Deleting Pictures
Delete last image. Select the "Delete Last Image" menu to erase the
last displayed image or movie.
Delete All Images. Select "Delete All Images" menu to erase all the
images and movies.
Resolution Options
CaptureView provides four resolution settings (displayed as 3M, 2M,
1M or VGA in the menus or as stars in the viewing mode). You can
take more pictures in the VGA mode than in the 1, 2 or 3 megapixel
(4 Stars) 3 megapixels mode (2048 x 1536). This mode interpolates
images to 3 megapixel resolution.
(3 Stars) 2 megapixels mode (1600 x 1200). Default.
(2 Stars) I megapixel mode (1280 x 960).
(1 Star) VGA Resolution mode (640 x 480).
Digital Still Camera (DSC) and AVI (movie) Options
AVI (movie) mode. Select to take movies. Then just press the shutter
Button to record and press again to stop recording. You can watch the
movie using the Playback button. Each movie you record counts as
one "item" in the Playback mode. You can erase a movie item, by
displaying it in Playback mode and then selecting Erase Last Image
(Erase Last Item erases the last selection that was displayed). The
length of a movie depends on how much memory you have available.
In playback mode, a bar displays at the bottom of the screen while the
movie is playing, representing how much of the movie has elapsed.
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Digital Still Camera mode. Select to take still images. Remember
to check your resolution setting before taking a still image.
Playback Mode. Select to review still images captured in the DSC
mode. Press the Right or Left Arrow buttons to scroll through the
items (still pictures or movies) you have captured.
Mass storage. Appears on LCD while you are downloading pictures
or movies to a PC.
Second Set of Menus
Second Set. Select this icon to display second set of menus.
Date Settings
Date Setting. Select this menu to set the current time and date. Use
the right and left arrow keys to scroll through the settings on each
line of the clock menu. Press the Menu button once the desired
setting is displayed. This will select the setting and move you to the
next line. When you press the Menu button in the Minute line, you
will exit the menu. The year, month, day, hour, and minute settings
are displayed in this menu.
Date Stamp ON. Select this icon to record the date stamp (the
current time and date) while taking still pictures. The date appears in
the lower right corner of all pictures.
Date Stamp Off. Select this icon when you do not wish to record the
date stamp.
Selftimer On. Select this icon to turn on the selftimer function. When
On, press the Shutter button. The camera waits 10 seconds before
taking the picture. If the buzzer is On, the timer will beep 10 times
(the last beep changes tone).
Selftimer Off. Select this icon to turn off the selftimer function.
Flicker Setting
Flicker Setting. Select the flicker rate (50Hz or 60Hz) for your
country. The flicker rate for the United States is 60Hz.
Display Setting
Monitor On. Select Monitor On to display the icons of the menus
options you have chosen on the LCD when in viewing mode.
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Monitor Off. Select Monitor Off to turn off menu icons on the LCD
(giving you a more unobstructed view on the LCD).
Buzzer Setting
Buzzer On. Select this setting to turn Buzzer on.
Buzzer Off. Select this setting to turn Buzzer off.
Exposure Type
Auto Exposure. Select this setting to allow CaptureView to
automatically select dark-light exposure of the image. Normally, you
will use this setting.
Backlight. Select this setting to manually set the exposure using the
Right and Left buttons. Use this feature only in the most extreme
lighting situations.
Default. Select this icon to change all the menu option settings back
to the factory defaults.
Format Storage. Erases the SD card.
Card Present. Displays when the SD card is in the camera. To load
or eject memory card: Press the card in and release when you hear
a click. The card may be read by any flash card reader. By using a
flash card reader, you can also download your images to a
Macintosh or Unix system. When using a flash card reader, the flash
card looks like a hard drive to your computer.
Note: You cannot load to a Mac or Unix system using the camera's
USB port—the USB port only can download to a Windows operating
Note: If you wish to copy files to or from your flash card, make sure
you change the Read-Write setting on the flash card to "Write."
Note: You may have to change the drive letter using your PC's Disk
Management function if the flash card tries to use a drive letter that
is already in use (e.g., E:).
Battery Life. Displays the amount of power left in your batteries.
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Fig. 3: Connecting CaptureView to a PC
V. System Requirements
Windows 98/Win M/Win 2000/Win XP
200MHz (or equivalent) processor or faster.
64MB of RAM free over System requirements
Video (VGA) card with 2MB of RAM for minimum 16-bit (High Color)
5. 4x CD-ROM drive.
6. USB port (1.1).
7. 600MB of free hard drive space.
If you have questions regarding your PC system specifications, please contact
your PC manufacturer.
VI. Downloading and Software Installation
No driver is necessary for downloading your pictures or movies unless you are
using Windows 98. Just attach one end of the USB cable to the camera's USB
port (2, Fig. 2) and the other end to your PC's USB port. Refer to Fig. 3. Your
PC considers the camera as a mass storage device and displays it like a hard
drive. You can then copy your still pictures or movies to your computer or even
copy files to the flash card on your camera.
Note: You may have to change the drive letter using your PC's Disk
Management function if the flash card tries to use a drive letter that is
already in use (e.g., E:).
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For Win98 Users
Note for Win98 Users: DirectX 8.1 or higher must be installed on your PC
before you can download images. If you do not have DirectX 8.1 or higher
on your PC, DirectX 8.1 is included on the CD ROM. To install, click the
"Install DirectX" button on the CD ROM.
1. Install the software first. Do not plug your camera in until step #5.
2. Insert the provided CD ROM into your CD ROM drive.
3. The CaptureView Manager menu displays. Click on the "CaptureView 2.0D
Manager (Windows 98 only)."
Note: Only click on the "CaptureView 2.0D Manager (Windows 98 only)"
button; do not click on any of the other CaptureView Manager buttons.
4. The driver setup begins. Follow the on-screen directions. Note that if a
window displays that gives you a choice of buttons to "Continue Anyway" or
"Stop Installation," click on "Continue Anyway."
5. After the setup is complete, follow any on-screen instruction (e.g., "Restart
Computer"). Using the provided USB cable, plug the one end of the cable
into the camera's USB port and the other end into your PC's USB port.
Refer to Fig. 3.
6. Wait for about 10 seconds, follow any on-screen instructions. You may now
download images to your PC using the CaptureView Manager.
7. Click on the "CaptureView Manager Manual" button to display the on-screen
instruction manual for the CaptureView Manager software.
For WinXp/2000/ME Users
1. Using the provided USB cable, plug the one end of the cable into the
camera's USB port and the other end into your PC's USB port. Refer to
Fig. 5.
2. CaptureView automatically installs drivers on your PC (there is no need for
external drivers).
3. After setup is complete, using Windows Explorer, you can browse the
camera's memory as if it were a hard drive.
4. If CaptureView does not appear in Windows Explorer, it might be using a
drive letter that has already been assigned by your PC (e.g., C:, D:, E:,
etc.). Use Windows' Disk Manager program to change the drive letter to an
unassigned letter (e.g., K:).
5 You may now copy images or files from the camera's memory to your PC
just as you would with any external hard drive or flash memory.
For Macintosh and Unix Users
1. Use a flash card reader to download your images to a Macintosh or Unix
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system (Note: You cannot load to a Mac or Unix system using the camera's
USB port—you must use a flash card reader). When using a flash card
reader, the flash card looks like a hard drive to your computer.
Other Software
The CD ROM also includes other software programs by Ulead that will assist you
in editing your images, allow you to transfer images to email, and provide you
with other useful functions. Ulead Photo Express®, Photo Explorer, and Cool
360™, and CaptureView Manager are proprietary programs, and may not be sold,
licensed or distributed without the express written consent of Ulead. For more
information about Ulead Photo Express, visit the Ulead website at Click on the "Product Documents" link in the Download
section of their homepage to find a link for the Photo Express manual.
It is very important to use the following connection and disconnection
procedures to download pictures.
1. Only connect CaptureView to your PC when the PC is on and Windows has
completed loading.
2. Your CaptureView camera and PC must be connected before running the
CaptureView Manager program.
3. Avoid physically connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting the camera
during a download session. Instead, disconnect the camera using Windows
software: Right-click the USB on-screen icon and select disconnect (or
connect to reconnect).
4. Always disconnect CaptureView before shutting down the PC.
If CaptureView is unexpectedly not recognized by the software program, close
the program, disconnect the camera and reboot your PC. Only connect and
disconnect your CaptureView using the procedure outlined in this section.
VII. Maintenance
Operating Environment: 41° to 104° F (5° to 40° C). 20%-85% relative
humidity, non-condensing.
Care of your CaptureView
1. Never immerse CaptureView into any fluid or liquid. Remove dust or stains
with a soft cloth dampened with water or neutral detergent. Keep in a dry
and cool dust-free environment or a container when it is NOT used.
Do not spray liquid cleaners directly onto LCD. Using only gentle pressure,
wipe the LCD with a slightly dampened cleaning cloth.
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2. Take the batteries out when CaptureView is NOT to be used over a long
3. Avoid dropping the CaptureView. Do not disassemble CaptureView.
4. Download pictures to your PC before removing the batteries.
VIII. Specifications
Binocular power
Binocular objective lens diameter
Binocular optical design
Binocular close focus
Angle of view (diagonal)
Binocular field of view
Image capture resolution
Folding roof prism, fully-coated
16 ft.
376 ft. at 1000 yds.
2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 24-bit color
2.0 megapixel CMOS sensor
Number of images at each resolution 3 megapixels (interpolated): up to 20
(Built-in Memory, average
2 megapixels: up to 35
subject matter)
1 megapixel: up to 60
VGA: up to 120
Max length of movie
90 seconds
Camera aperture
f/4.0; fixed lens
Camera optimum range
66 ft. (20m) to infinity
35mm lens equivalent
Memory (Built-in)
16MB SDRAM, 16MB flash
Memory (External)
Supported formats: Secure Digital (SD),
Multi-Media Cards (MMC) up to 256MB
Operating system requirements
Windows 98/2000/Me/XP
Interface type
Preview display
Color LCD
26 oz. (746g)
Product dimensions
4.9" W x 3.25" H x 5.75" D
Battery (user supplied)
Two x AA 1.5v
USB cable, instructions, neck strap
cleaning cloth, carry case, CD ROM
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Every Meade binocular/digital camera is warranted by Meade Instruments Corporation (“Meade”)
to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of
original purchase in the U.S.A. and Canada. At its option, Meade will repair or replace the
product, or part thereof, found upon inspection by Meade to be defective, provided the defective
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