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  1. 2 points
    mamayda

    TheSkyX Configuration for BYN

    Thank you too, Rick and Guylain. It looks like you have to be very fast to be at the head of the que with advice here! Again, I am impressed with the kind assistance and look forward to some basic imaging and learning about BYN tonight. Having a beer already to celebrate! Best, Mike
  2. 2 points
    astroman133

    premium edition

    Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the "Upgrade Instructions" link for your product (either BackyardEOS or BackyardNIKON) then select the link for instructions on how to upgrade from Classic 3.1 to Premium 3.1.
  3. 2 points
    It seems that people are routinely (at least every month) unable to find the information about which camera models are supported by BYE and BYN and to explain the possible reasons why a particular model is not listed. This causes a bad experience when they assume, without further research, that their camera is supported when in fact it is not, or that they only need a single cable and their camera requires a DSUSB cable for Bulb exposures along with the regular USB cable.. Perhaps the site navigation in the Store could benefit from more prominent placement of the Camera Support Grid for each of the products. It could boldly state that not all camera models are supported by the product and the reasons why. It could also boldly state that some cameras need 2 cables while most need only 1 cable and describe how to read the Grid to determine the cabling requirements. One way to make the support grid more visible is to display it on a page of its own that the user must navigate through to get to the product order page and get the user to agree that they have read and understand the page contents as related to their camera model. If they are unsure of the requirements for their camera they could be directed to the Support area to seek clarification. Another option could display the camera models in a dropdown list, instead of the entire grid, which brings up the support info in a separate panel that the user can read and dismiss.
  4. 2 points
    astroman133

    D700 BULB Issue

    The authors have, in the past, offered a deal to owners of one software product to purchase the other at a modest discount. You should investigate.
  5. 1 point
    Ruilo

    Canon Eos R support ?

    I can't use my Canon Eos R? Is supposed to be a 5d mkiv but mirrorles.. Is there any fix to that? 17:41:00 Licensed to Ruilo 17:45:15 Attempting to connect camera... 17:45:15 Canon drivers 'Canon\' initialized. 17:45:15 DEVICEINFO DESCRIPTION IS Canon EOS R 17:45:15 DEVICEINFO NUMBER IS (i deleted this for the post). 17:45:15 YOUR *REAL* MODEL NUMBER IS (i deleted this for the post) 17:45:15 YOUR camera is not currently supported by the Canon SDK available at the time of this software release. 17:45:15 Camera Not Found! Make sure it's connected to the PC and turned ON
  6. 1 point
    HyperCams

    Canon Eos R support ?

    No rush on my end. Get the software to where you are 100% confident and happy with it, and that will be payment enough for me since I plan on using this model going forward for OSC widefield imaging. I would rather you take the time you need/want with it than be <100% confident with it. Cheers!
  7. 1 point
    admin

    Canon Eos R support ?

    Well that was fun... looks like the EOS-R if fully functional... including CR3 decoder. I just finished uploading 3.1.18.RC5 in the pre-release download section. Having an EOS-R on hand for testing is pure gold. I did more in 1 day than the last 30 days going at it blind. A big thank you for Brent at Hypercam for lending me his EOS-R. This was not a small feat... Brent is in the USA (Florida) and I'm in Canada... still he shipped me his camera for testing. I'll run more tests in the coming days while I have the camera on hand but from what I can see, RC5 is fully functional. Thank you for all your help and patience. Regards,
  8. 1 point
    admin

    Canon Eos R support ?

    GOOD NEWS. I got the EOS-R on loan from a user (thank you Brent from Hypercam). It literally took 10 minutes and I got it to work with taking both RAW+JPG. This is working now and will be in the next pre-release. I will try to release late next week. I have 2 more things that I want to tackle while I have the camera. I'll try to see if I can decode the raw CR3 image because as of now you would need to take both .CR3 + JPG for BYE to display the images. Still not a bad compromise but not ideal. I would like to display the CR3 image when only raw is selected. I'm also going to see if I can control the lens for those that uses a lens instead of a telescope for wide field images. No promises... other than the biggest huddle has been resolved in that both images CR3+JPG how now downloaded and the JPG will be used for display. I'm happy.
  9. 1 point
    admin

    TheSkyX Configuration for BYN

    Thank you for noting this. People sometimes don't believe when I tell them I'm here on the forum at least 10 times per day... every day. It's the first I do in the morning (after my coffee of course) and it's the last thing I do at night before going to sleep. I real -all- posts without exception... and I will reply to over 95% percent of them. The only time I don't reply is when another user provided the right response before I could. This is often the case with 'astroman133', 's3igell', and a few other users as well.
  10. 1 point
    admin

    Canon Eos R support ?

    Brent from HyperCams is sending me his EOS-R for testing. I'm always amazed at the generosity from strangers sometimes. I had the same thing happen with the Nikon Z7 3 months ago. This is just amazing. Thank you Brent, I owe you a cold one.
  11. 1 point
    astroman133

    TheSkyX Configuration for BYN

    I got here too late. I believe that TSX needs to run just once in Administrator mode to initialize the TSX scripting engine.
  12. 1 point
    astroman133

    Plate Solvers for BYE

    AstroTortilla can be slow, if not optimally tuned. For example, if you have installed ALL of the astrometry data files and have set a Search radius of 180 degrees and set a large Scale Maximum value then you have not given AT any hints about the image scale in the picture or where in the sky the object may be. By removing the unneeded data files (I just move them to a different folder on the same drive), connecting AT to my scope, and setting the some of the parameters wisely it takes me about 20 seconds to solve an image. The most important parameters to change are: Set ScaleMax to 2 times my field width Set Search radius to 6 degrees Raise the sigma value to reduce the number of stars to match With a 5 second exposure a sigma value of 250 gives between 100 and 150 stars to match.
  13. 1 point
    astroman133

    Canon Eos R support ?

    Based on past evidence, the best advice is to NOT upgrade the camera's firmware unless you are experiencing a problem that the upgraded firmware addresses. Doing so can break the ability to operate the camera while tethered to a computer. This is due to the possibility that Canon will need to update the software that is used for tethering (the Canon EOS SDK) before tethering will once again be possible.
  14. 1 point
    spike13

    Canon Eos R support ?

    Thank you for your work on adding this, but I am still having the issue with displaying the last image taken. In my configuration even if I have RAW + JPG selected to save the files, only the RAW files are saved to the hard drive and the last image taken is not displayed in BYE. I can work around this as I have the Canon apps loaded and can just view the RAW(CR3) files there. Not sure if this matters, but I am using a Windows 10 laptop that doesn't have USB C. The EOS R only has a USB C connection. I bought a USB C to USB 3 adapter off of Amazon to connect the EOS R to the laptop. The great news here is that BYE does work with the EOS R testing in the lab! Now if we could just have a clear night to try it out in the field.
  15. 1 point
    I may be too late, but I apologize if my comments and questions in any way caused the frustration that you vented in the reply that you posted. I did read your post and I felt that it did not completely describe your issue. Nowhere in your post did you indicate that you were attempting apply your version 3.0 license to version 3.1 of BYE. This is a topic that has been discussed numerous times in this forum. The correct steps for how to use your existing license to get a new, no cost license are also available on the Upgrade area of this web site. Still, it seems that a few are not able to find the instructions. From what I read, you were attempting to copy your existing version of BYE onto a new PC and could not get the license to validate. This should have been easily achievable. I then realized that it was possible that you were attempting to apply a very old license to a new version of BYE as part of an upgrade. My comments described how you should proceed if that was your situation. Those of us in the BYE and BYN community who try to help new users on this forum are not professionals in customer service. We are simply users, like yourself, who volunteer our time and expertise to try to help new users to overcome the learning curve with using the application. I am sorry my reply to your question provoked such an angry reply. That was not my goal.
  16. 1 point
    s3igell

    BY EOS with Astro Tortilla and ST-4

    Similarly, because the SkyGuider is an RA-Only Tracking Mount, any AutoGuiding will Only be performed in that one RA Axis. Any Drift in Dec will go uncorrected. This isn't to say that attempting AutoGuiding is worthless. Rather, you will likely need to perform Drift Alignment as well as simply the iPolar "Rough" Polar Alignment. The SkyGuider, like the Star Adventurer Pro, DOES benefit from AutoGuiding in RA-Only. These Mounts have significant PEC issues that AutoGuiding can overcome.
  17. 1 point
    s3igell

    BY EOS with Astro Tortilla and ST-4

    AstroTortilla (and other Plate Solvers) require ASCOM in order to perform their "GOTO"/"Sync" functions. They have to tell the Mount "Where" to Slew-To via the ASCOM System. ST-4 is simply an old-school Electrical Connection, where the Camera gets the Mount to Slew for in a specific direction by asserting a Voltage along the ST-4 Wire for a certain number of Milliseconds. There is no way to communicate sophisticated data such as Coordinates along an ST-4 Connection. The SkyGuider would have another issue that would defeat AstroTortilla - it is only motorized in the RA Axis (any Slew required in Declination would need to be performed By-Hand - which has nowhere near the Accuracy needed for an Astronomical GOTO Slew). I have the SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Pro equivalent Tracking Mount - in all honesty you are coming very close to Overloading your SkyGuider with your SVX70 and the Camera(s).
  18. 1 point
    admin

    BYN RC3.....final version?

    You can buy now and use your key with any 3.1.x releases, including pre-releases. That is not a problem.
  19. 1 point
    HyperCams

    Canon Eos R support ?

    Guylain, that is correct. I didnt try Raw+jpeg but I could. I didnt see the point and have never used this setting for AP... I was shooting darks but there was a black rectangle on the screen so pretty sure the image was being previewed in BYE... Also, i wouldn't call me an authority on this camera. It is extremely complicated with a metric ton of settings and features. It is pretty intense. I figured it would work best with any and all internal processing turned off though it really shouldn't be applying any of these settings to Raw files...but best to leave off and minimize processing. I do know the camera runs pretty hot with the EXIF temp at ~35°C with ambient ~22-24. But it was solid at 35 without much movement so not sure how accurate that is. It's still very early for me and this model. I will try and get out to verify a real world setup someday with lights/darks etc..... if this hurricane ever leaves.....got me sitting here wondering if I bought enough beer.. I don't think I did. LOL Cheers!
  20. 1 point
    HyperCams

    Canon Eos R support ?

    BYE displayed my raw files during my initial testing with my R earlier today. I had it set to Raw only. Are you sure your computer has the latest Canon software installed? I had to update everything for my PC to recognize the R camera (can be found direct from canon site). After doing so I confirmed my R worked with EOS Utility without issue. Once I had that I knew my setup worked and could focus on setting up BYE. Only problem is now EOS Utility keeps launching when I plug in the camera and have to close it and then launch BYE. But thankfully BYE appears to be working with the R. Ran several sessions of darks just to test but ran fine. I was using the latest build (I think. Got the link directly from admin) Should be mentioned the R requires to be in Manual mode like almost all other Canon models but somehow I forgot that in the last 3 or 4 years of being away. I also have all in camera lens and image processing turned off, as well as LENR. The only error I got was when trying to use my RF lens and the frame and focus tool. It had an error about the focus mode or something like that but it worked just fine and focused. I removed the lens and just took darks with the body cap. My point....is there is hope that this will officially be a supported model soon.
  21. 1 point
    It is good to hear that you are reporting Success using WiFi connectivity. Please elaborate a bit on how you are connecting to WiFi - directly from startup or starting BYE Connection via USB during EOS Utility use (as has been the trick for some previous Canon DSLRs). Please realize that Canon has never guaranteed WiFi support through its Canon SDK (software required to connect to the DSLR), so Guylain has been hesitant to provide debugging support for WiFi. If your EOS R connects easily via WiFi, perhaps this is signs of a Change at Canon - and good for more future Canon DSLRs.
  22. 1 point
    Szumi

    Plate Solvers for BYE

    Astrotortilla was working fine two nights ago on my fully up to date W10 laptop. BYE plays fine with it.
  23. 1 point
    Added to the page footer along with other useful -direct- links.
  24. 1 point
    GregArgue

    Nikon D850 BYN #2 Premium failure

    My humble apologies. I had been shooting wide angle milky way shots previously and had left Long Exposure Noise Reduction in “on” setting. Hence a 4 minute exposure looked like a camera failure. But just the operator. LOL. thanks Cheers
  25. 1 point
    Thanks for letting us know that with the 250D that the LiveView Autofocus method can affect the functionality of 5X zoom in Frame & Focus and Planetary modes.
  26. 1 point
    I wonder if LiveView AutoFocus is causing a problem when used with 5X Zoom. You could try changing to a different AF mode. If you are using a lens, put the lens in MF mode. Let us know if these tests give different results.
  27. 1 point
    admin

    can i put a copy of BYE on my laptop

    Yes you can provided you only use one copy at a time.
  28. 1 point
    The End User License Agreement for BYE allows you to install it on multiple PC's as long as you only use it on one machine at a time. Simply copy the setup file to the laptop, install it, and validate the same license to activate it.
  29. 1 point
    astroman133

    D700 BULB Issue

    For the benefit of others who read your post and are unable to find the Camera Support Grid, please see the screenshot below of the BYN Product page with the Cameras tab circled in red. The Shutter Control Interface Products page on the Shoestring Astro web site describes what to order depending on your camera model. If this is not clear you should ask them. You will likely get a faster, more definitive answer from them than you will get here.
  30. 1 point
    s3igell

    D700 BULB Issue

    The Shoestring Astro site Serial Port Connector Page - http://store.shoestringastronomy.com/products_ds.htm - shows images of the Camera Connector end of each offered Cable. Which looks to fit your D7000 (DSCBL-15 or DSCBL-12)?? Then add the DSUSB Controller/USB-to-Serial Converter so that you can plug all in and control via a USB Port. And maybe an Extension Serial Cable (if your setup needs more than 6ft between DSLR and PC). Or you can mount the DSUSB unit on your Scope/Mount and use a standard USB2 Extension Cable to reach your PC...
  31. 1 point
    s3igell

    Plate Solvers for BYE

    It has become rather common in AP Imaging to eschew any real Star Alignment effort, and instead use the Plate Solver Sync to do a "cheap-and-dirty" equivalent. When Plate Solving works well, then this "Alternative to Star Alignment" works well... (It's kind of like relying on the combo of PoleMaster and Aggressive PHD2 AutoGuiding as an alternative to a Accurate Polar Alignment...)
  32. 1 point
    That could be it. That is the reason for this feature. Deep down though this is probably related to a cross-thread issue/bug... and processor affinity solves this by allowing BYE to only use a single CPU core. With processor affinity enabled, you might want to enable the Background Worker as well (but it's optional). This will push some long running process into a secondary process which will run on a separate CPU core, thus having 2 cores being used. Regards,
  33. 0 points
    admin

    Nikon D850 BYN #2 Premium failure

    Glad you figured it out.
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