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  3. Good morning! I am attempting to use Winjupos for derotation for the first time, and it lead to a question about exactly what timeframe I captured in BackyardEOS. Is the timestamp in the video filename (ex. jupiter_Tv1250s_3200iso_1024x688_20201023-20h52m58s-loop01) the beginning of the end of the capture? I know I've got 50 seconds of video so if I know the answer on the timestamp I can give Winjupos what it needs. Thanks!
  4. Agreed, but the assumption is that they already have a DSLR, and if one was going to go purchase a new DSLR primarily for use as an astrophotography device, then a dedicated astrophotography one would be my preference - since I would already have a decent DSLR for use for normal camera functions. If I was starting out with no device, then the Z6/Z7/Z50 would be a viable path that would grant both the ability to utilize for astrophotography AND normal photography. As in my case, I already have a D7200 (in addition to an older Nikon D50) that does everything I need it to do as a normal camera and could not justify going to buy another DSLR as easily as a dedicated device for astrophotography.
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    Extension of trial

    I just archived your first trial. Go ahead and add it again in your cart for a second 30-day trial key.
  7. Many DSLR / MILC Imagers select their Canon or Nikon because of a desire to have a Dual Purpose device - available for both Astrophotography and Daytime/Landscape/Family Photography. And, in tandem with the advances which ZWO and QHY and other AP CMOS Camera Makers regarding Resolution and Efficiency and Cooling and Buffering and Integration to Filterwheel Kits and even Micro-PCs, the major Consumer Camera Companies have also made great strides in Usability and Features and Noise Control and Resolution. It seems that Nikon and Sony and Canon have also "seen the light" in that they have quietly changed the IR Filter Designs and AA Filters so as to make the Unmodified DSLRs more useful for AP Imaging and Ha Data Capture. Now, if one were to take your advice, the ASI533MC-P is quite the interesting conjunction of a Sensor originally positioned for Consumer Cameras and now packaged in an AP Imaging Friendly "Pro" (Cooling and Buffering) format (and at a realistic DSLR-competative $899). The ASI1600MM-P, while rather Popular on AP Imaging Fronts, is essentially the Antithesis of a DSLR/MILC. Between the 12-bit / short-exposure approach to Image Capture, and the Monochrome Sensor requiring Color Filters and all which goes with that, and the Kit Price of $1500-$2250, that is quite the LEAP for anyone whose original goal was a DSLR and BYE/BYN.
  8. Hi Could I extend my trial as well please as skies have not been kind !
  9. astroman133


    Also, when you have the reported issue, do you have a lens on the camera? Is it in Manual Focus mode?
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    We can't help if you don't tell us what camera model you have, they each have their little intricacies
  11. Hanspal


    I am unable to get the bulb function to work. BYN 2.1 works with shutter choices but when I get to bulb - "BUSY" pops up, two beeps and back to the screen. Changing cables has not helped.
  12. If I was going to spend the money that a Z6, Z7 or Z50 was, I'd be looking at an actual CMOS ZWO ASI533MC-P or ZWO ASI1600MM-P with filters instead of trying to make a Nikon work. The nice thing about the Backyard Nikon is it works for you if you already have a supported Nikon camera, but if going to buy something new I'd personally be targeting a setup specific to astrophotography. I played with my D7200 and honestly was not that impressed with the quality of the images compared to a buddy that has an actual CMOS astro camera setup for his scope.
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  14. Yes, go to the download section and select pre-release from the right pane menu on the download page.
  15. Guylain, I want to use my new Canon R6 camera with BYEOS and I understand you may have a pre release version for this camera. Is it possible to download it. Thank you, Glen
  16. 10Micron:

    German "go to" equatorial mount, two separable parts body, exclusive 10Micron HPS technology with absolute axis-encoders and high performances motor drives; payload capacity of 50 Kg (110 lbs).
    Evolving perfection. The GM2000 HPS II Combi mount, is built for the demanding observer using photographic instruments up to a weight of 50kg – 110 lbs (counterweights not included). Movements are driven by two servo brushless motors , with timing belt reduction having zero backlash. Both axes feature a classic worm – wormwheel pairing. The wormwheels are made of bronze (B14), with a diameter of 172mm and 215 teeth, while the worms are made of alloy steel with a diameter of 24mm. The axes themselves are made of 50mm diameter alloy steel, for the maximum rigidity.

    This mount is basically a GM2000 HPS II Ultraport (“splittable” in two parts) with an additional locking system; beside the quick locking system, very useful to carry and assemble  the mount in the field, we added a further locking system for customers who have the mount permanently installed in an observatory; this will ensure a great , long-term stability, comparable to a GM2000 HPS II Monolith.
    You can easily revert the mount in a portable (“splittable”) version simply removing the locking screws.In this way we can have both the advantages of the previous models in a single mount and so the new GM2000 HPSII Combi will replace both the Monolit and  Ultraport models.

    The technical specifications, sizes and weight of the new GM2000 HPSII Combi are exactly the same of the GM2000 HPS II.

    The electronics is housed in an independent control box, easily removable. The connections of the mount and keypad feature secutiry lock screws. The mount can be controlled using the included keypad, without connecting an external PC. The keypad is built in order to maintain the maximum readability in all lighting conditions. Both the display and the ergonomic keys, allowing for the use of gloves, feature a red backlight. An heater keeps the display warm for usage below freezing temperatures.
    The mount can be controlled using the most common software packages by connecting it to a PC with the RS-232 serial port or the Ethernet connection, via the 10micron ASCOM driver or the Meade compatible command protocol. Furthermore, a dedicated software (also included with the mount) can be used to create a “virtual keypad” replicating exactly the functions of the physical keypad. The RS-232 port can also be used to control an external dome. This flexibility makes the GM2000HPS an ideal mount for observatories and remotized observing sites. The object database contains many star catalogs and deep-sky objects up to the 16th magnitude. Solar system objects can be tracked so that their motion is compensated with respect to the stars. You may load orbital elements of comets, asteroids and artificial satellites into the mount, so that these objects can be tracked directly using the keypad (without any external PC).
    Pointing is made accurate through the usage of a model containing up to 100 stars, which allows for the correction of the classical polar alignment and conic errors, and also of the most important flexure terms of the optical tube. In this way it is possible to obtain pointing accuracies of the order of 20 arcseconds RMS. The same model can be used in order to obtain the maximum tracking accuracy, compensating also for the atmospheric refraction (depending on the local atmospheric pressure and temperature). A series of auxiliary functions is provided to help the user for quick aligning the mount to the celestial pole. You may also save and recover the alignment data of different observing sessions. This function is very useful if you have many instruments in different setups, each one requiring different flexure corrections. Tracking through the meridian, a typical problem with german mounts, is solved allowing for tracking for up to 30° past the meridian (configurable), in both directions. In this way any object can be tracked for at least four hours.

    The tracking accuracy makes autoguiding not necessary for many uses. The absolute encoders on both axes allows to obtain a typical tracking error below 1 arcsecond.
    It is possible to autoguide anyway, using the ST4-compatible port or through the serial/Ethernet connection, with a guide rate configurable from 0.1x to 1x. The guide rate can be automatically corrected for the declination of the target, so that there is no need of recalibrating the autoguide when observing at different declinations. Among the other functions, you will find the electronically-assisted balance and the ability of parking the mount in different user-defined positions.
    Designed for field use, the ultraportable version is easily divided into two parts. All electrical connections are made automatically when assembling the mount. The biggest piece has a weigth of only 15 kg – 33 lbs, and in combination with the Centaurus II (21 kg – 46 lb you obtain a winning combination for the mobile observer.

    $15,440.00 USD

  17. ZWO Optical:

    The ZWO new EFW-Nikon-Ⅱ adapter with 20mm thickness design is independently developed by ZWO. It’s suitable for connecting Nikon lens and ZWO 1.25”/31mm/36mm filter wheel.

    The thread of the interface is M42*0.75 so it cannot be connected to 2” EFW.

    It can only match with ASI cooled cameras with 6.5mm back focus length.

    $63.00 USD

  18. Cool - I'll try this next time I have clear skies.
  19. That is your mistake. If you entered the RA/DEC manually then you should NOT select "acquire RA/DEC from displayed image (via platesolve)"... you did this manually. Instead, click "center" and BYE will follow the workflow I describe in my previous post.
  20. OK. I was trying to follow your instructions in your post above where you wrote for step #4, "Click solve." I was starting to make progress last night but then some clouds moved in and terminated my session. Before that happened, I did manage to get one plate-solve to work while pointing at Vega. I still don't know why the plate solve didn't work while pointing at Polaris, unless the image was too overexposed. It would be nice if there was some feedback other than just two honks so the user can correct whatever the problem is. After slewing to Vega, I entered "Vega" into the Target Name field and the RA/DEC coordinates form Stellarium. Then I clicked on the right arrow button and it looked like BYE did a plate solve because it changed the RA/DEC coordinates as shown in the first attachment, which is consistent with what you described above. I did not understand what the Slew or Center buttons did so I decided to experiment and see what happened. I don't remember which one I pressed, but it moved the mount farther away from Vega, not closer. Then the clouds moved in and that was the end of that. If the marine layer cooperates, I'll try again tonight. Based on what you wrote above, it sounds like what I need to do is enter my target coordinates and click on the Center button and everything should be auto-magic. Is that correct? Can you describe the Slew workflow as well? Is this only useful AFTER the mount has been centered and synced?
  21. ...also... I see you have the acquire RA/DEC from displayed image (via platesolve) selected. In this mode (and only if the displayed image was acquired by BYE/BYN) the right arrow to the right of this selection will trigger the image solve process for the sole purpose of finding the true RA/DEC coordinates and once the image is solved these coordinates will be updated on screen / image plan.
  22. There is no direct "solve" button in BYE. The plate solve is part of the center workflow. You need to click the center button. The center workflow will... slew to your RA/DEC coordinates take a picture solve the image sync the telescope start again at step #1 if number of 'attempt' and/or 'pixel distance' parameter are not met.
  23. I downloaded the RC and tried it out tonight, but cannot get plate solving with ASTAP to work. For starters, I don't see a "solve" button anywhere. I started with something very simple - right after doing polar alignment, I took a snapshot of the Polaris region where the mount was still pointing. I entered the RA and DEC values into the fields just in case, but that doesn't help. In the "Acquire RA/DEC from source" field, if I select "Displayed Image [via PlateSolve]" and then click on the unmarked arrow next to that field, then it launches ASTAP and something runs, but it just terminates with two honks and no indication of what went wrong. What am I missing? It sure would be nice if there was a user's manual.
  24. All RC's (Release Candidates) can be downloaded from the Download menu at the top of the website, then select Pre-Release from in the right pane menu. Regards,
  25. I have never used ASTAP, but with Astrometry.net, it speeds up the solution to provide hints about the image scale and sky location.
  26. Where do I find 3.2.1.RC3? Can't BYE get the RA/DEC values from the image? I had both my camera and telescope connected but couldn't find the "Solve" button anywhere. Did I overlook it or does it not display unless some specific steps are followed? Is there a User Manual that describes all of this?
  27. Try this... Make sure you have your telescope connected in BYE Make sure your camera is connected BYE. Enter the RA/DEC of the target you're imaging (same place where you selected ASTAP) Click solve center. Please make sure you download and install 3.2.1.RC3. I added more login and fixed a bug. Regards,
  28. I have the Premium version of BYE and would like to start using ASTAP for plate solving and syncing the mount. I have ASTAP installed on my laptop and have successfully solved a couple images using the ASTAP UI, so I know it's working. But I cannot find any instructions for how to configure BYE to use ASTAP or to do a plate solve from within BYE. I did select ASTAP as the Plate SOlver in the Advanced Mode window, but I don't know what do do next. Can someone please point me in the right direction?
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