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  1. 2 points

    Frame & Focus

    Live View exposures are very short, on the order of 10 milliseconds long. Only the brightest stars will show up at all at prime focus. BYE has a Maximum Sensitivity setting. Be sure to select that before using Live View for focusing. Then point at the brightest star available, like Vega or Arcturus. If you have a lens on the camera then even the Maximum Sensitivity setting may not show stars because they are so small at the shorter focal lengths. In that case you will need to use Snap images for focusing. These should work even with exposures that are only a few seconds long.
  2. 1 point

    License validation Error

    yes yes it was Very thanks
  3. 1 point
    I seem to remember a limitation where your symptoms would happen with certain memory card configurations. If you have RAW and JPG configured to go to different memory cards, your symptoms may improve if you have both image qualities going to card 1 and only switch to card 2 when card 1 is full. This is discussed in Setting the Image-Recording Quality on page 169 of the 5D Mk IV Instruction Manual. Let us know how this works for you.
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    Canon 5D Mark II

    Hi guys...yes I know the MkII and MkIV are very different cameras...but just to finish this I was looking at every thread related to connectivity and THIS particular thread had the most useful checklist of things to check and Astroman133 was correct...the laptop was NOT recognizing the camera until I restarted that laptop with it attached...then I definitely saw the camera on the list of active devices and connectivity to the BYE was simple and straightforward. as is many times the case, the main culprit is not the software but user error and/or something related to the user's system...I acknowledge that and appreciate the clue/thought provided by Astroman133 earlier in the evening. thanks so much!!! Bill
  5. 1 point
    Ha Thanks you, indeed it worked
  6. 1 point

    newbie start up

    Hi to Admin and all contributors, The reload of software has worked well , camera connects , red light application does what it's supposed to. Thank you's all round now I can get on with it !! cheers rob
  7. 1 point

    D5100 not connecting

    Your suggestion about using the default drivers solved my problem! I just assumed that since my camera is pre-2015 I should use the pre-2015 drivers. I must have done a firmware update since then. Thanks for all your help, and for a great product. I really enjoyed the demo video you did on the Astro Imaging Channel!
  8. 1 point

    newbie start up

    It sounds like you have executed the BackyardRED program. It produces a Red Screen effect. It is controlled / terminated by the little widget it places at the Top Center of the Screen. Hover over that, and "X" out.
  9. 1 point

    Permission needed?

    I wondered if he was trying to map a Windows drive to the camera's SD card and use BYE with Save To PC, but make the PC location be the camera's memory card. However, while I can see the SD card from windows I cannot find a way to map a drive to the memory card.
  10. 1 point

    Frame & Focus

    Frame&Focus is based on the same LiveView video feed as you see on the back LCD of the Camera (only displayed on a significantly larger screen). You can base your expectations on what you see on that smaller screen. It might be helpful to refresh yourself by checking that screen image some night before hooking up BYE. There are a few things you can do to improve your Frame&Focus session: Select the Max Sensitivity setting in BYE Ensure that your Lens or Scope is as close to In-Focus as you can manually set. If a Lens, set it to where you know Infinity Focus should be. If a Scope, set the Focuser to a Pre-Determined "In-Focus" mark (test in Daytime against a distant Pole or Tree and mark or record the graduated scale number if your Focuser Drawtube has such). Start with something extremely Bright or Large (Moon, Vega, Jupiter, Venus) to get Focus, then move to your Target Area to set Framing. Expect only Bright Stars (Mag 2+) to show - Brighter Magnitudes only when using Longer Focal Ratio Lens or Scope And when all else fails, revert to snapping Short Exposures at High ISO (just remember to reset everything to your Planned Exposure Settings before executing your Capture Plan). (This last may be an Imaging Session "Saver", in any case, as LiveView works to Overheat your DSLR Sensor which in turn adds Thermal Noise to the Captured Images until the Sensor has had time to Cool.)
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    A very newbie question

    I have moved this thread into the BackyardEOS forum.
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    A very newbie question

    In the future, if you have a question or issue with BackyardEOS, it is more appropriate to post it to the BackyardEOS Forum rather than the General Forum. When BYE is started, the only main buttons that are enabled are labelled Connect and Preview. The buttons labelled Frame & Focus, Planetary, and Drift Align are grayed out (disabled). When you click on the Connect button, BYE begins the connection process. If the camera is plugged into the PC, has been powered on and recognized by Windows the driver selection dialog should appear. For your T4i (650D) you need to choose the Canon drivers. This tells BYE to use the most recent version of the Canon EOS SDK. The Canon 210 version is for very old camera models that are no longer supported by the newest SDK. If the connection process succeeds, the label of the Connect button should say Disconnect, the Preview button is replaced by the Imaging button, and the remaining buttons become un-grayed (enabled). I hope this helps.
  13. 1 point

    A very newbie question

    If you only see the preview button then the camera is NOT connected to BYE. DId you hit the connect button to the left of the "preview" button? Regards,
  14. 1 point

    BYN plate solver enable button?

    AT is it for now. I do have some leg work already done for PinPoint and PlateSolve2 but they are no where near completion. Regards.
  15. 1 point
    eYes, please provide the version of BYE that you are using. Also, some of the newer cameras have LiveView autofocus functionality can interfere with the 5X zoom. I believe that the 6D Mk II is one of those models. Check the camera's menus. If LiveView autofocus is set to Face+Tracking, change it to one of the other modes and then retry BYE's 5X zoom feature.
  16. 1 point

    Missing cr2

    Yes, as Guylain has said, please report the complete version number of BYE that you are using. The newest pre-release is BYE 3.1.18 RC 11. If you are using a version that is older than 3.1.17 then please update to 3.1.17 or the pre-release before trying to re-create your issue. You specify where the image files are placed by BYE by setting the Download folder on the Settings screen, as well as specifying which, if any, sub-folder organization to use. The specified Download folder should be on a drive that exists and that you have write access to. Also remember that by default Windows hides file extensions for known file types, so the file may be in the specified location, but not be displayed with the .CR2 extension. If all this appears to be the case, please follow the instructions at the following link to post a log file (just one log file, not all of them) of your issue. For future reference, this post is pinned near the top of the How-To's Forum.
  17. 1 point

    EOS 90D Support?

    Bret, How long are the exposures that are out of order? Where are you getting the time from? The image file name, the image metadata, or from the images file's Properties? Is the BYE Background Worker enabled (on the Advanced settings screen)? I used BYE 3.1.18 RC11 with my T5i and was unable to recreate what you are reporting. I tried with a sequence 1 second exposures and a sequence of 10 second exposures. I made two capture runs; one run did not use the Background Worker and the other did use the Background Worker. In all cases the RAW and JPG images have the same name, including the timestamp portion of the file name. The only difference was with the file extension. This was all as expected. None of the images appeared out of order when viewing the Download folder in Windows Explorer, either when sorted by File Name or by Date.
  18. 1 point

    Can not be validated

    I have no idea about that. I unistalled 3.1.17 before install and validate 3.1.16. When I reinstall 3.1.17, it works without asking validation. Seems like it uses same validation protocols/file with 3.1.16. Seems everything is fine. Thanks for interesting and support.
  19. 1 point

    USB hub

    There is also a Big Difference in USB Hubs - between Cheapos and Solidly-built Unit - and between Chipsets Used. There is also a Difference between Powered and Unpowered Hubs. Your D7000 is self-powered, but your ASI224 is USB-powered. Make sure that you get a Powered Hub for use with the ASI224 - it will make a World of Difference. Powered Hubs also help overcome any effects of Cheap Thin-gauge USB Cables or Longer Cables in general. My preferred brands are ANKER and ASUS and NEEWER. (Note: You can also throttle-down the USB Port Throughput of the ASI224 to good effect -ZWO is notorious for setting their USB Interface chips at FULL-SPEED even when they know the problems are bad. I live in a Canon BYE and CMOS world, so I can't stipulate any specific USB Hubs which I've known to work with older Nikons. But, the brands listed above are Good Ones.
  20. 1 point

    USB hub

    Unfortunately my laptop has its three ports on one side. The connection issue doesn't really affect me right now as I only do frame/focus in BYN and then disconnect to use my intervelometer. Once I get the DSUSB hooked up I'll be capturing from BYN and will find out quickly if everything plays together...particularly 224-->PHD2 and D7000-->BYN. Thanks to the crappy weather we've had here, I've been able to set up in the garage and iron out most of the issues. Thanks again...great support here! Kevin
  21. 1 point

    USB hub

    Does you laptop have usb ports on both sides? If there is, it is very likely that usb ports on each side have separate host usb bus inside your computer. Make sure you don't connect both cameras on the same side, that will help as well. Regards,
  22. 1 point

    USB hub

    BYN doesn't care if you use a hub or not; but the Nikon SDK might. The key is the amount of data being transferred and any given time. If you plug your camera in a hub along with other devices that are data hungry, the usb host may get saturated with data and this is where things start to go downhill... the Nikon SDK will see this as a camera disconnect since it's expecting instant communication and it's being delayed by the over saturated hub. Separate your cables and use a hub only for a few low data items. The DSUSB cable is a good candidate for a hub, your handset too. Regards,
  23. 1 point

    USB hub

    Kevin, The problem with using a hub with your Nikon camera occurs in the Nikon SDK's communication with the camera. Since BYN relies on the SDK, this means that BYN is at the mercy of the limitations of the SDK. In short, if a fix comes it will be due to Nikon "fixing" their SDK to eliminate the hub limitation. Certainly this seems possible since their main competitor (Canon) has no such limitation. In the meantime, you could try to use only Microsoft certified cabling and high-quality, powered hubs to try to try to find a combo that works. Also make sure to pay particular attention to keeping the cable lengths shorter than the USB specification and no longer than is necessary.
  24. 1 point

    canon eos 4000d

    Sorry, but you need to provide more information...What version of BYE are you using? Please provide the complete version number, like 3.1.17 or 3.1.18 - RC6, along with the steps to recreate the error and any error messages that you are seeing. The 4000D is a new model that is not in the list of supported cameras. Perhaps you are the first BYE user to try to connect with that model. Thanks,
  25. 1 point

    canon eos 4000d

    Hello, Please provide a good bit more detail, and follow some initial steps. Info: Which version of BYE have you installed?? Need the version numbers. (Needs to be the latest v3.1.18 beta release) Have you installed the Canon EOS Utility software which came with the Camera?? (Needs to be Installed to get the Low-level Drivers) How are you connecting the Camera to the PC?? (Needs to be USB, even if the Camera has WiFi) What is the actual message posted to the BYE Camera Log Window?? (Need to know the Numbers reported in the Error Message) Initial Steps: Install the EOS Utility software that comes with the Camera. Connect with that EOS Utility a first time (to prove that it will connect and all the Canon Drivers have been Installed), then set that Utility to NOT run in the background. Download and Install the Latest Release Candidate of BYE Software from the "Pre-Release Software Page". Set the Camera to it's Basic Settings - Manual Focus, Manual/Bulb Exposure, etc. (Make sure Focus Mode is not Auto Face Mode) Connect the Camera to the PC via the USB Cable supplied with the Camera. Make sure EOS Utility is NOT Running in the Background - connecting to the Camera automatically when it is Cabled-Up. (Yes, EOS Utility is that persistent -by design.) Start BYE and press Connect Button. Capture and Report the message in the Camera Log Window. Welcome to BYE/BYN. The Software is really successful for AstroPhotography Imaging. (...Once the initial required SDK Update is provided by Canon.) BYE Requires the SDK supplied by Canon be Updated to support each specific DSLR Model (something which Canon usually does within 6 months of releasing a New Model). Since the 4000D was announced alongside the 2000D and the M50, and both of those Models have recently proven to be SDK-supported, there is good reason to expect the 4000D is also Supported. (But, as Canon's newest "Lowest/Entry Model", it remains to be seen if all the desired elements and Features are supported.) Follow the Setup steps, Post the Detail Info, and Guylain (BYE's Developer) should be along to help shortly.
  26. 1 point

    D5300 & Live View

    On the d5300 the exposure rate of live view can be altered between 1/4000 sec to 1/50 sec. The ISO can be any value, 100 to 12800 or the extra Hi 1. The way to do it on camera is not straight forward but not difficult. Go menu- shooting menu- movie settings- manual movie settings- ON. Now when you use live view and change ISO the image will lighten or darken depending on chosen value. The same with exposure setting, but only up to 1/50sec. If you switch LV off a higher exposure than 1/50 can be used, but that value is cancelled if LV is used again and returns to 1/50 sec. Switch off manual movie settings to go back. Before using BYN or any capture software, i would for the purpose of frame and focus with bat mask, switch manual movie settings on, bump up ISO so i can see an image on screen, frame and focus, then switch manual movie settings off, change ISO to imaging value and set exposure to bulb where an intervalometer did the rest. edit to say- just been trying manual movie setting ON when connected to BYN and i can get full ISO range on liveview, and without turning manual movie setting OFF, the capture plan works as expected. Hope this helps Richard
  27. 1 point

    Plate Solvers for BYE

    Yes that would be one place to put it. As for charging for it... nope, nada, ziltch One way I have been able to differentiate myself from other commercial package is my free upgrade path and UI simplicity. I prefer to give free upgrades, including new features, big or small, as part of the free upgrade. My business case is linear... free upgrade = more users = more user generated word of mouth = free marketing = more new net sales. In other words I think free upgrades for new releases generates more revenue in the long by selling to new users rather than up selling new features to exiting and loyal customers. I may be the odd ball here compared to other commercial package where they try to squeeze another $20 or so from their customers with upgrade cost. I prefer to acknowledge my customer's loyalty by saying thank you... here's a free upgrade. I'm not saying I will always follow this path. Up until now I have been able to offer free upgrades and I have no plans to change this any time soon. Thank you for the offer to pay a bit extra but a plat solving feature, I appreciate the gesture. Regards,
  28. 0 points
    The speed setting in BYE is based on the Axis rate astroman speaks of, so this might be a good exercise to try his tool, but I respect your decision not to install it. If my memory serves me right BYE will set it at 10% of that range so if the range varies based on other mount settings, the speed at which BYE instruct to mount to move may depend on it as well. If there's a weak module in BYE it would have to be the Telescope ASCOM module sadly .
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