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Moonlite Nitecrawler and BYE


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Hello,

I am looking for a DSLR camera control software which can support Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, 6D, and 6D Mark II (which it appears that BYE can do). I would also like the software to interface with my Moonlite Nitecrawler focuser/rotator. From what I can tell it looks like BYE Premium will do that via ASCOM. And it looks like BYE Premium will overlay a bulls-eye of sorts to assist in pointing accuracy of my telescope. My mount is a Paramount ME II using TheSkyX Pro software. I would like to use TheSkyX Pro just to control the mount and dome, while using BYE Premium to control the camera and focuser. 

I tried Nebulosity but had disastrous results with it (causing my Canon 6DMII to go to the factory for servicing). BYE looks like it might be what I am looking for but I would like some feedback to validate my assumptions, and provided it is safe for my cameras.

 

Thank you,

 

Dale

 

 

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15 minutes ago, astroman133 said:

I have 3 Moonlite focusers and have used them with various applications for several years.

The most likely issues are 1) another application is connected, 2) incorrect COM port selected in the driver Properties dialog, 3) it is not actually connected.

It is also possible that you are accidentally connecting a different device than the focuser in BYE.

Turning on Serial trace logging and DriverAccess trace logging in the ASCOM Chooser may provide some additional information.

 

Thanks! I think I figured it out. Looks like I needed an ASCOM driver for the Nitecrawler installed, which I downloaded from www.focuser.com. Once installed, a Nitecrawler focuser device showed up in the menu and I was able to successfully connect and change focuser values. I'll put it to the test tonight when it gets dark!

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I am a frequent poster on this site, and a long time user of BYE. I believe that it is safe for your cameras, as long as the camera is functioning normally.

Certainly BYE, with a Premium license, can control any ASCOM-compliant focuser. However, I believe that BYE does not support the rotator, which ASCOM considers a different device from the focuser. The only ASCOM device types that are supported by BYE are telescope, focuser, and filter wheel.

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Hoping I can get some help here. Last night (first clear night in a while) I was using BYE Premium with my Canon 6D. I tried connecting to my focuser, a Moonlite Nitecrawler, but it failed to connect.I am attempting to use the ASCOM driver for Moonlite Focusers with COM6 as the port. COM6 is the same port I would use in TheSkyX Pro which has no problem connecting with it. I made certain that TheSkyX Pro was not running or at least not connected to the focuser when I attempted to connect through BYE. Any suggestions?

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I have 3 Moonlite focusers and have used them with various applications for several years.

The most likely issues are 1) another application is connected, 2) incorrect COM port selected in the driver Properties dialog, 3) it is not actually connected.

It is also possible that you are accidentally connecting a different device than the focuser in BYE.

Turning on Serial trace logging and DriverAccess trace logging in the ASCOM Chooser may provide some additional information.

 

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