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  1. No, that is not what I meant. What I said is that the feature is there, and your millage/experience may vary if you use it compared to the other feature. The manual already explain step by step how to use this feature. Bottom line is that you are trying to focus, and each imaging train/setup is different. As such each setup will have a unique 'critical focus zone' that will typically be between 20 and 200+ microns. Which mean your focus can be off to as much as 200+ microns or so and you'll be at the best focus you can get because your setup can't resolve any further. Here is a good
    2 points
  2. A DSLR makes a rather poor Guide Camera, for a number of reasons: Mechanical Mirror-Box - needs to be Opened for Each Exposure (excessive wear - as Astroman133 references) or kept Open via Mirror-Lockup (also wears on Mirror-Box Solenoid AND heats Sensor if performed by BYE LiveView Option) - Sensor Heat causes extra Sensor Noise and Hot Pixels (which might trip-up PHD) Image Size / Pixel Size - the Large Sensor of a modern DSLR is a poor fit for AutoGuiding - Too much data to download every 1-2 seconds; Pixel-size is also often wrong for Auto-Guider Focal Length - too big to provi
    2 points
  3. admin

    missing paid invoice

    As mentioned above, you need to log in with the account you used to purchase. All invoices are online, and I can guarantee no invoices are missing since the inception of the new website in 2015. You did not purchase with your "rogerdodger" and I can confirm this 100%.
    1 point
  4. s3igell

    Not getting images

    You've found the issue - Nikon Camera Control is blocking BackyardNikon. The Canon equivalent of Nikon Camera Control, EOS Utility, has specific settings buried in its menu to control whether the Program does the "Auto Connect to Camera". You'll need to either find the similar setting and turn it off, or configure it to NOT Load on PC Reboot, or simply uninstall it.
    1 point
  5. Jon, Scroll to the bottom of this page and under the BackyardNikon column, select the Supported cameras link. You will see two things. First you will see that the Nikon D80 is listed as "Not Supported" by BYN. Second, just above the table is a link to Shoestring Astronomy's web site where they sell shutter control cables. Obviously, because the camera is not supported, you will probably not need the serial cable. I mention it in case someone else has the same question regarding a cable for their camera.
    1 point
  6. Low frame rate can have any of several causes: The camera...the T4i seems to have lower frame rate than other models USB contention...traffic to and from other devices is slowing all USB traffic down. Communication errors due to a flaky cable O/S infrastructure issues, perhaps due to running a Windows VM on a Mac. So, try a different cable. If possible, the cable should be known to be good If the Mac has multiple, internal USB hubs as PCs do, try putting the camera on a hub by itself. Try the Canon EOS Utility software. If it gets a low frame rate then yo
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  7. astroman133

    Paying for BackyardEOS

    Click on the Store menu item at the top of this page. Click on the BackyardEOS button. Click on the button for either the Classic or the Premium version. Click on Add To Cart and proceed through the purchasing process. Once the purchase transaction has been completed, click on the My Purchases and Orders options at the top of the page. Find the license key for the purchased license, copy the key, without any other leading or trailing characters to the Windows Clipboard. Open your current copy of BYE and click on the padlock button at the top right to open t
    1 point
  8. astroman133

    Canon 5D Connection to EOS

    Glad you figured it out. The PTP option is not available on newer cameras. Oh, and the program is "Backyard EOS", not "EOS Backyard". It is kind of like calling you Mike when your name is Mark. The authors like customers to get the name right, as a matter of brand recognition. Thanks for letting us know.
    1 point
  9. Paul, if you wish to make use of your Bahtinov Mask, it is best to perform your Focusing on a Relatively Bright Star that is in the same quadrant of the sky. If your Scope is an SCT without Mirror-Locks, then try for the closest Bright Star to minimize any impact of Mirror-Flop. Don't chose a Close Double Star as your Focus Star - unless you want to see double. Don't use a Planet, as the Planetary Disk will bloat and invalidate the BM Pattern. Don't use Sirius or Canopus, as they will make overly bright and fat bases to the spikes. And don't use Betelguese as it's bloated size often s
    1 point
  10. gfunkernator

    Autofocus

    That and it would take more time away from a session than just focusing manually. BYE isn't SGP. Other than scripting how many images to take at certain exposure lengths and ISOs, it's a manual program. I sometimes take snaps to analyze the stars after finding my minimum FWHM to make sure they're as small as I can get them.
    1 point
  11. Okay, this is fixed and will be in the next release. I'm not sure how this has not been found before, it was a pretty serious bug IMO. In any case, it's fixed.... no one should be prevented to use their paid software regardless if the activation server is on-line, off-line, or on planet Mars for that matter. Thanks again for reporting this.
    1 point
  12. Never mind. I just found the lock icon on the top of the BYEOS window. Can enter key now
    1 point
  13. biaglow

    Problem With Flats

    This issue is resolved. I set the telescope up for flats inside the garage since it is raining here. But I wanted the exact same optical train and ambient temperature, controlling as many things as I can. Bottom line is that it appears that my filter is causing the issue. It is a narrow band triad filter from Radian. Apparently, it is blocking most of the light from my flat light source. The flats are really dark and the histograms are really attenuated. If I remove the filter from the optical train, everything seems fine. Images are bright with good histograms. If I return t
    1 point
  14. Great just did the Windows folder changes tested the application several times and the settings remained correct..saves a lot of frustration..thanks. Paul
    1 point
  15. astroman133

    License Validation Error

    The cameras need to be recognized by Windows as Imaging devices, not as file storage devices. When Windows first recognizes the camera it may prompt you to ask how you want to use the device. You should choose "Take No Action" to use it with BYN. Please provide details of how "BYN crashed" when you attempted to connect to your cameras. What error message did you see or hear. Even if BYN fails to connect, it should not crash. You also need to ensure that no other programs are connected with the camera.
    1 point
  16. Hi Paul, I've looked at it in more depth and I just want to confirm that this is a bug, I will need to fix this. At no time should you be prevented from using your paid software. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I take these issues to heart. Regards
    1 point
  17. What is Dithering? Dithering is the process of moving the image’s location across images. The result is that the noise generated by the camera will be in different location for ALL of your images. When you stack your images, the noise will be taken out more efficiently because it's never at the same location. Without dithering, you end up stacking your noise and dark subtraction can only do so much. BackyardEOS/BackyardNIKON sends a signal to PHD to tell it to move the “lock position” (the position of the crosshairs in PHD) by a small, random amount. Once PHD has moved the star and reestab
    1 point
  18. I'm locking this thread. My position has been stated and has remained the same for 7 years. This is not open of discussion.
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  19. You are in no different position than someone who has been using a camera that works with on old version of BYN but is removed from support by a newer version because the camera maker dropped support. Camera makers drop support for old models every year. Independent software developers are at their mercy, as are end users.
    0 points
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