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  2. THERE IS NO AUTOMATIC DELAY between exposures. Sorry for the caps, I just want this to be clear right from the get go. BYN will take pictures back to back, the only time in between is the actual download process and this depends one your physical connection. If the delay is of equal time then you have LENR enabled despite claiming you have it turned off.
  3. admin

    identifier error

    glad you figured it out.
  4. BYN does not add any "delay" as you suggest. That said, you have not told us which version number of BYN you are using or which model of camera you have. A few weeks ago there was a similar question on the BackyardEOS Forum. The cause of the delay was never solved, but the original poster was able to work around it by saving his images to the camera's memory card rather than downloading them to the PC. To my way of thinking that is not an acceptable solution. It doesn't give you the opportunity to see the images while you are shooting them. However, you do avoid the time to download the image to the PC and the time it takes BYN to "process" and display the image. BYN does not edit the pixel data, but depending on the options that you have selected the steps are as follows: BYN waits until the Nikon SDK says that the image is ready for download Download the image. There could actually be 2 image downloads if you have told BYN to save RAW and JPG files. Your anti-virus software may step in and check the image(s) for viruses. (you may be able to avoid this by whitelisting BYN with your A/V software) Save the file to BackyardTEMP/Downloads. Read the image metadata (EXIF data). (Optional) Update the EXIF data in the image to add BYN capture parameters (Optional) Move and rename the image from the temporary directory to the Download directory. Update the user interface to display the new image, the thumbnail, and histogram of the new image. Also if you have told BYN to save the image to the Camera and to the PC, it may wait to download the image to the PC until after it has been saved to the camera's SD card. You can shorten the processing time somewhat by Save only RAW (NEF) images to the PC only Connect your camera to a USB port on the opposite side of the computer from other USB connections Whitelist BYN with your anti-virus software Make sure that the BackyardTEMP folder and the Download folder are on the same local hard drive. Select Skip EXIF Read and Skip EXIF Write on the Advanced Settings dialog. This does not even go into the possibility that there is some hardware issue like a flaky cable or hub that is slowing the download rate. If the camera supports USB3.0 and you are using a USB3.0 hub to concentrate your USB connections from other devices at the mount like the mount, focuser, and guide camera you may not be getting the USB 3.0 speed. If any of the devices are USB 2.0 devices then the entire hub may be slowed down to the speed of USB 2.0. If your imaging camera is the only USB 3.0 device, try connecting it to a USB 3.0 port on the opposite side of the computer. Also keep in mind that newer cameras with larger number of pixels create larger images that just take longer to download. I would also say that there is no need to "delay a second or two (to dampen any vibration)" if you have not touched the camera or scope. In fact, BYN does not support Mirror Lock delay because Nikon does not support it. BackyardEOS is built on the same code base as BackyardNikon and for me with BYE 3.2.0 and 18 megapixel T5i, the time gap between images is about 6 seconds, regardless of the exposure duration. If you have a 35MP D800, it will take longer to download the image to the PC and your gap will be longer. There is no way around that if you have ruled out the above causes and taken steps to minimize them.
  5. Hi. I am new to Backyard Nikon and can't seem to figure out how to change the delay between exposures. The application seems to be automatically adding a delay between exposures that is equal to the exposure time. In other words if I try to shoot "X" number of 30 second exposures, it will insert a 30 second delay between each exposure... in effect doubling the elapsed time of the shoot. I do not have my camera set to "long exposure NR" and am not capturing additional dark frames. I have testing my new Backyard Nikon download using both a Nikon D750 and D7100 and get the same results. Ideally I would just like to have a delay a second or two (to dampen any vibration) and do not want double the amount of time it takes to complete a session. Any guidance would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
  6. I have figured it out. copy and paste kept putting a space at the beginning. Thank you
  7. muraylpn

    identifier error

    I purchased BackyardEos yesterday and keep getting License validation error! Key or Identifier error. I have copy and pasted my key and also tried manually typing it in. Where do I go from here?
  8. My experience has been that if BYE does not report an error that the images were downloaded to your PC. They will either be in C:\Users\Laurence\Pictures\BackyardEOS or in C:\Users\Laurence\Pictures\BackyardTEMP\Download. If you were on the Planetary capture screen then you need to check the 😄\Users\Laurence\Pictures\BackyardEOS\PLANETARY folder for the individual JPG images and/or the combined .AVI file. Of course, the camera might possibly shut down on its own due to a low battery or to protect itself from overheating or your Anti-virus software can prevent the images from being downloaded, or the USB port on the PC can shutdown to save power. Doing your imaging from the Frame & Focus screen is not the normal way to use BYE for single shot imaging. That is because LiveView is not designed to be on for extended periods of time and the camera can shut itself down to prevent overheating. You should control the camera from the Imaging screen if you are doing single shot imaging or from the Planetary imaging screen if you are capturing LiveView frames of the planets to assemble into a video. Also, Frame and Focus images are small JPG images and you want your single shot images to be CR2 RAW files. All Snap images from Frame & Focus, if you choose to save them to your hard drive, have the target field in the filename set as PREVIEW, so if your captured images are JPGs that have PREVIEW at the start of the name then they were likely taken from Frame and Focus. If somehow you did not capture as many images as you expected, then the log file can reveal what BYE was doing and if it encountered any issues. If you need help interpreting the log file, the admins ask that you do not post the log file to this forum, instead follow these instructions: Also, you can get familiar with BYE while sitting at the kitchen table during a gray day or cloudy night. There is no need to waste a precious clear, dark night fumbling around trying to learn how to use the software. This is especially true if you are using a Trial license that is only good for 30 days! When doing kitchen table testing, you can either put a lens on the camera or just leave the body cap on if you don't care what you are capturing.
  9. I really appreciate your time, I think I need to just go and use it more, these are my settings. Thing is, I watched it count the shots, noise, and download in the timer/circular window in the top right. But thankyou for trying!
  10. I am confused. C:/Pictures/BackyardEOS/BackyardTEMP/Download is where the images from the camera are temporarily stored. In that folder that are named something like IMG_0001.JPG. When they are moved to the folder specified as your Download folder, they are renamed according to your subfolder designation and the filename template. Only files in the Download folder would have the Preview prefix in the name. Your post seems to indicate that you have Preview images in BackyardTEMP\Download and no images in your designated Download folder. If you shot the images by clicking on the "Snap Image" button on Frame and Focus, the images will only be saved to your hard drive (in the Download folder) if you have selected the "Save Snap Images" option on the Settings screen. These snap images will have "PREVIEW" as the Target field in the filename template. So, if you saw new images on the screen, but they were not saved in the designated Download folder then it is likely that you have not selected to Save Snap Images on the Settings screen. I will say that some of the terminology can be confusing... #1. There is a Download sub-folder in your BackyardTEMP folder. This is different from the "Download folder" that you specify on the Settings screen. It would be better to change the label "Download folder" to "Images & Videos folder". And change the name of BackyardTEMP\Download to something like BackyardTEMP\FromCamera. #2. Giving Snap images a target name of Preview is misleading because Preview is an operating mode for the camera when it is not connected and when not connected you cannot take any pictures. A different target name like Snap or FFSnap would be less confusing.
  11. BYEOS 3.2.0 Canon EOS 500D C:/Pictures/BackyardEOS/BackyardTEMP/Download is where all the good Jupiter images are. JPG not AVI, about 500 stills. Nothing on the camera card. I thought I took them from focus and frame, but not so sure now. I can't find any images other than preview on that date.
  12. You need to provide much more information for us to be able to assist you. Preview images are created when you press the Snap Image button on the Frame & Focus screen. They are JPG images. What camera model? What version of BYE? How were you taking the images of Jupiter? Which screen were you on? Imaging or Planetary? Did you check the camera's memory card? Did you look in the BackyardTEMP folder for raw downloaded images? Did the images show in the screen as they were downloaded? If so, they will be on the computer, are you sure that you looked in the correct folder for the images? We only know what you tell us, so please tell us enough to provide a clear picture of what you did. Thanks!
  13. You're going to have to provide more info. Version for the software, full number? Where is your download folder? Is this planetary recording or still images? If planetary, AVI of JPG? etc...
  14. Last night I took hundreds of images of Jupiter, when I went to the downloads on the laptop today I only have a few preview images, what have I done? This worked fine a couple of days ago and I got all the images downloaded ok. Thanks for any insight.
  15. admin

    trial period

    Sure, I just archived your first trial. Go ahead and add it again in your cart for a second 30-day trial key. Regards,
  16. bigfellani5

    trial period

    Hi there I downloaded BYE a few weeks ago but have had camera issues that has not allowed me to use the software at all....these issues are now resolved. Is there a way to extend the trial so I can genuinely trial the software before I buy?
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  18. Images Plus is free, so the price is right. However, it has a pretty steep learning curve and it is unlikely to change as the author has "retired". Fortunately the web site has lots of tutorials to help. The author is a friend and I used to use it, but I switched away some time ago to use CCDStack and Photoshop. PixInsight is also a popular alternative so you can get lots of support. There are some regional workshops and online tutorials for sale.
  19. By the way I am using a modified 450D and Skytracker Pro. Mainly using a 50mm Canon lens, old Nikkor F4 200mm, and recently acquired Canon F2L 135.
  20. I need to get started with imaging processing. Would this be a good place for me to go? I am using BYEOS for capture and acquisition but need a good processing software.
  21. I found a USB port on the bottom of my hand controller so I think I am all set. Thanks for the prompt answers.
  22. You could use a text file editor like Notepad++ to display a manually-typed title. Notepad++ also lets you zoom to increase the size of the text. The window could be positioned to display over the top portion of the BYE Presentation mode window.
  23. What scope? There is no such thing as an "ASCOM port". Most Go To telescopes have a USB port, a serial port, or a LAN connection that can be connected to a computer or a network. This connection allows programs that are running on the computer to send commands to the telescope. One way to do this on a Windows PC is with an ASCOM telescope driver that is designed to allow any ASCOM telescope control applications to control the scope. However, it does not need to be an ASCOM application. Any program that can send properly formatted messages and receive the replies can also work.
  24. To answer your direct question: There is little direct value to using any Plate Solver (AstroTortilla or ASTAP or other) as implemented in BYE/BYN, unless you have some ASCOM Connection to the GOTO Function of your Mount. This is because the main functionality implemented is for Centering on an Object's Coordinates. You can, however, configure CdC (Cartes d' Ciel) or Stellarium or The Sky or Google Sky to display the Resolved Coordinates in a Planetarium View (complete with a Reticule) so that you can envision the Framing of the Images you are about to Collect.
  25. Would this be from live view images (frame&focus) or still images from the image capture mode?
  26. You can do this with a number of Image Viewers or Image Editors (everything from Microsoft Paint to Adobe Photoshop). My favorite for a POWERFUL but EASY and FREE program that really blurs the line between Image Viewer and Image Editor is IRFANVIEW (https://www.irfanview.com/) You simply OPEN the Image File (or setup to Watch a "Hot Folder" to display Most Recent Image), then Drag a Rectangle where you want your Text, and use the Insert Text dialog. This will allow you to continue with BYE/BYN Image Capture in the Background whilst engaging with the Public in the Foreground.
  27. You're going to have to be more specific. This is way too broad. Are you taking BULB image? Is the camera dial set to BULB? etc... be specific otherwise we can't offer meaningful help
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