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question on trial edition



OK, I got the trial edition and it worked fine at home. Tried it out with a camera from my den. Also tried it from the backyard and it worked ok.

So I packed up and went to a dark site and got all my stuff out and when I went to access it on the computer, it asked for my code and user name. It also required that I be connected

to wifi/internet. Of couse that was a nogo since I'm in the middle of nowhere. Luckily I had my intervelometer so I got my shots anyway. Now since this is my first foray into computer assisted astrophotography, not sure if I did something incorrect. If this is the norm well.....

    Thanks for any help you can give me.


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The Trial license activates all the features of BYN or BYE for 30 days. After that time, the trial expires and the software no longer works. Unfortunately, in the past, some users tried to use the expired trial license by changing their Windows system time back to when the license was active. In order to prevent this, the authors had to resort to validating the Trial license with their server each time the software is started up. This is why an internet connection is necessary.

You may be able to use a smartphone as a WiFi hotspot when you are at your dark sky site. Otherwise, if you feel that BYN is a good fit for your astrophotography efforts, you can purchase a Classic or Premium license and validate it. Once the license is validated, no internet connection is necessary.

BTW, if you purchase a permanent license, you can apply that license to your existing software. There is no need to download BYN again, just to apply a new license.


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As astroman133 said above, trial keys requires Internet access at each application startup, purchase keys do not.

To get around this... you can start a few instances of BackyardNIKON when you are at home with Internet access and minimize them.  I say a few because if something happens and you need to close the app you'll have a few other instances ready to go.


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