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Canon 20d with BackyardEOS


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Is see you started another thread as well for the same issue.  Don't do this please, it's hard to follow the conversation afterwards.

Forget about ASCOM, it's irrelevant to connecting your 20D.

First thing first, does Windows see the camera?

For the 20D you need Windows 32 bits and you need to install the actual Canon drivers from the CD you got with your camera, these drivers are not in Windows.

Keep us posted.

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No, You may be able to download a 32-bit Plug-and-Play driver for Windows XP that will install and recognize the camera on 32-bit Windows 7, but the version of Windows must be 32-bit.

This should be true whether you use BYE or some ASCOM driver to talk to the camera.

Some people have been able to make this work, but some haven't. It might just be time to buy a new camera body.

 

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An "ASCOM Driver" is only part of the solution, as it only allows ASCOM to communicate with the low-level Windows Diver to be supplied by the Manufacturer.  You still need that original Windows Driver (which is only available through Canon) and the 32-bit version of Windows 7 itself.

Suggestion:  It may well cost you more in Time and Effort and Software (Windows 7 32-bit with valid COA Key can be found on eBay for $25-30), than it would to Buy an Good-Condition Canon T1i or T2i DSLR on eBay.  Pursuing this Alternative also gains you BYE LiveView for Focusing and Framing and Planetary Imaging, AND a Lighter Load, AND Longer Battery Life, AND Bulb Exposures without need of a DSUSB Device.  AND either of these Canon DSLRs will work with Windows 7 or Windows 10 in 64-bit.

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