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  1. admin

    BackyardEOS 3.2.1

    Version 2020-12-03

    3,103 downloads

    BackyardEOS is Windows only software! Take control over your Canon DSLR. Purpose built for astrophotography. There is no separate download for the Trial, Classic, or Premium Edition. Your software activation key will automatically enable the functions you are entitled to. This is commercial software. This download requires a software activation key upon installation. You can find your activation keys in your client area under "My Purchases -> Orders" from the top menu bar. To get your free 30-day trial key you need to add BackyardEOS Trial Edition in your cart a
    Free
    3 points
  2. admin

    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 t
    3 points
  3. astroman133

    ASCOM 64bit only driver

    I would offer a slight correction to your statement...BYE does not "launch" ASCOM like one program can launch another program. The ASCOM Platform is referenced by and used within BYE. The Windows "bitness" rules are somewhat confusing. Here is a summary: A 64-bit version of Windows can run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, but a 32-bit version of Windows can only run 32-bit applications. This works because 64-bit versions of Windows include a 32-bit subsystem. There is no 64-bit subsystem for 32-bit versions of Windows. A 32-bit application can only use 32-bit DLLs and a 64-b
    3 points
  4. FITS is a "manufactured / generic" Format, designed originally to facilitate Data Interchange from all sorts of Scientific Equipment (much not even Cameras). To convert a Camera's output from RAW (whether CR2 or NEF) to FITS means that you will be dependent on and subject to Guylain's choices of Conversion Parameters. This is usually something which most AP Imagers wish to have sole control over...
    3 points
  5. astroman133

    Eclipse Experiences

    I viewed the eclipse from Ramkota Hotel parking lot in Casper, Wyoming. There was a huge influx of eclipse chasers into Wyoming in general and Casper in particular for the event. I arrived in Casper a week before the eclipse to attend the annual convention of the Astronomical League (ASTROCON 2017). ASTROCON ran from Wednesday through Saturday and featured a large vendor area with talks and workshops. I had the opportunity to talk with folks from Celestron, Meade, Stellarvue, and Astro-Physics, as well as several others. I attended their Star-B-Que on Friday evening and the Gala Awards Banquet
    3 points
  6. rottielover

    Solar Eclipse ?

    Link to the recorded Live Stream. Watch me get mesmerized and forget to take the solar filter off the telescope ...
    3 points
  7. Jim, Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Supported Cameras under the BackyardNikon column. Then click on the Shoestring Astronomy DSUSB link near the top of the page, just before the table of cameras. Their cable has been tested and proven to work with Backyard Nikon. However, this cable only controls the shutter for BULB exposures. You also still need the regular USB cable for all other functions.
    2 points
  8. You are spot on about how to verify that LiveView causes the camera to heat up. It is not possible to take still photos without interrupting LiveView. The simple fact is that LiveView cannot be causing the sensor to be read out while the camera is in the act of collecting data for an image. With my T5i, I can image while LiveView is active, but the camera interrupts the LiveView display to take the image. Once the image is complete LiveView is automatically resumed. This works with both Tv and BULB exposures.
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Disconnect BYE from the camera Go into Settings and then Advanced Settings Under Experimental Settings click on Delete Cache Data. Click Save and Save. Restart BYE. Make sure the camera is in Manual shooting mode and connect BYE to the camera. Do you have all the ISO settings?
    2 points
  12. With Canon cameras 5X zoom is a full resolution crop of the selected portion of the image. You cannot get a full image at full resolution with LiveView (Frame & Focus, Planetary, Drift Align) because of the design of the camera. Planetary mode uses LiveView and unzoomed LiveView images are downsampled to fit on the LCD display. These downsampled images are sent to BYE. 5X zoom is 20% of the width and 20% of the height of the full image, at full resolution, which by design fills the LCD display. This is the full resolution of the sensor where there is a 1:1 ratio between sensor pixels
    2 points
  13. The SL3 is a newer camera, and if you are running Windows 10, the low-level Canon driver is already installed with Windows. With older versions of Windows and older cameras, you had to install the driver from the software kit that either came on a CD with the camera or you downloaded from Canon. When users needed to install the CD software in order to get the camera to work with the PC they often chose to install Canon's EOS Utility, which is a general purpose camera control program. The problem is that Windows could automatically launch the EOS Utility whenever the camera is first detected by
    2 points
  14. astroman133

    Only Preview Downloading

    My experience has been that if BYE does not report an error that the images were downloaded to your PC. They will either be in C:\Users\Laurence\Pictures\BackyardEOS or in C:\Users\Laurence\Pictures\BackyardTEMP\Download. If you were on the Planetary capture screen then you need to check the 😄\Users\Laurence\Pictures\BackyardEOS\PLANETARY folder for the individual JPG images and/or the combined .AVI file. Of course, the camera might possibly shut down on its own due to a low battery or to protect itself from overheating or your Anti-virus software can prevent the images from being downloa
    2 points
  15. dkerber

    Saving captured images

    There is also a setting that will save snaps that you take while in frame & focus mode, if you wish to do so, but the default is not to save them.
    2 points
  16. s3igell

    Canon EOS Ra

    AstroTortilla has always read the JPG Image for Plate Solving purposes. It should work as well with the JPG Exposures of the EOS Ra as any other DSLR, once you identify a suitable FOV setting for AT "hinting". Of course, the JPG files (like the CR3) will be somewhat larger than other older DSLRs - but I've not seen any reports on the AT Forum about JPG Image Size being a particular concern. Let us know how your efforts turn out...
    2 points
  17. admin

    BYE Pre-release 3.20

    I just finished uploading 3.2.0 RC2 with the ability to acquire RA/DEC from the connected telescope.
    2 points
  18. Search through the BYN Forum. You'll find that while others also have asked, the reality is that WiFi is not a Supported Connection between the Nikon Camera Firmware and the Nikon Camera SDK. There is nothing that BYN can do about the Connection - WiFi or USB. Some Canon users have found that they can use the Canon EOSUtility to initiate a WiFi Connection that persists after EOSUtility is terminated. But since Nikon doesn't really provide a similar Utility Program... As for your USB Connection, flakiness is almost always an issue of a Bad Cable, or a Too Long Cable, or unwanted Po
    2 points
  19. I figured this one out myself and it wasn't BYE's fault, but figured I would post it, as I didn't find anyone else having the exact same issue. Situation: Brand new Rebel T7, ready for its first imaging session Very old (2013-era) small laptop with Windows 10 Enterprise N, build 1809 This laptop used to happily control my old Rebel T2i with BYE 3.1.17 until said T2i's USB port died. Took it out to image last night, and BYEOS wouldn't talk to my Rebel T7. It would error out after selecting the camera as if it wasn't even connected. The computer also didn't re
    2 points
  20. astroman133

    Mirror Up

    When doing long exposure AP, the milliseconds of vibration, if there is any vibration, are overwhelmed by the following several minutes of exposure time. This makes mirror up unnecessary for that type of imaging.
    2 points
  21. AaronSmall

    ISS Transit

    Guylain, Wanted to say thanks again. I was able to capture a ISS Lunar Transit using Planetary in BYE. Zoomed in nicely and had it running at ~15 fps a few minutes beforehand. My daughter actually saw it on the screen and then I was able to look in the capture folder (I was saving JPGs instead of AVI) where I ended up being a little disappointed when I saw a small black dot cross. Turns out it was only a bird (my daughter told me it was not where she saw it). Only wish we could get RAW but I understand the limitations of the liveview method. Had only one glitch. When first boot
    2 points
  22. s3igell

    Licence fault error

    You will also want to use a Powered Hub at the PC-end of this Active Cable (especially if PC is a Laptop - most are rather short on USB Power). If you are also connecting to the Mount and/or the AutoGuider via USB, move the Powered Hub to the Mount-end of this configuration (in order to fully power the AutoGuider Camera). If the AutoGuider Camera is a ZWO, you will need to remember to "Throttle USB Throughput to 40-50%" in that Camera's Control Settings (they are notorious for running "full speed" without buffering for other USB Traffic). Else you should run a 2nd Active Cable all t
    2 points
  23. Ben, It should not be necessary to uninstall and re-install BYE just to replace a cable. Keep in mind that the authors limit how many times a license can be registered. I assume the reason is to prevent unscrupulous people from sharing their license key with friends. If uninstalling and re-installing BYE causes re-registration then definitely do not uninstall and re-install it for no good reason. I would suggest replacing the cable and try your existing installation of BYE. If it fails to connect or operate correctly then post your symptoms back with this group for advice. The only reaso
    2 points
  24. How old is the driver? .NET-based ASCOM drivers can be built for "Any CPU". This means that they will work with either a 32-bit or a 64-bit app. 64-bit only drivers are very rare because most astronomy applications are still 32-bit. BYE must be a 32-bit application, because it uses the Canon SDK which is a 32-bit unmanaged DLL. The following from the Sesto Senso Focuser manual indicates that there is a 32-bit version of their driver. NOTE: SESTO SENSO comes with both 32 and 64 bit version of ASCOM drivers. You have to choose the version based on your Windows operative sys
    2 points
  25. Running in admin mode causes a cascade of other issues. The best solution is to NOT run in admin mode. We need to help you solve your original issue about saving BYE's settings. I suggest 1) upgrade to BYE 3.1.17 and 2) re-install BYE to a different folder. Installing to a different folder has helped others with the same issue.
    2 points
  26. Just wanted to share that I took the modified 80D out last night for a trial run. It was on a Hyperstar on a Celestron 14" Edge SCT. I normally run a Lodestar x2 guide camera in a ES 80mm triplet, but didn't do any guiding for this first trial. The 80D performed flawlessly and although the cooler isn't really required yet, it functioned very well also. BYEOS works so well and when I add PHD2, I'll be able to get multiple frames quickly now, without the heat buildup on the camera sensor. As you can see in the upper left, the Orion Neb & Crab were shot at 40 sec, 1600 ISO; the Horsehead
    2 points
  27. BYE and BYN have support for several device types (Telescope, Focuser, Filter Wheel), but adding support for ASCOM Observations for reading ambient temperature would be a good feature for many users. You may even find additional ambient values that could be incorporated into the Backyard metadata.
    2 points
  28. OT: I hope this was a Spell-Checker Auto-Correct error, as Home ASTROLOGY has surely (hopefully) shrunk in the past few decades of "Enlightenment"... :^)
    2 points
  29. astroman133

    Canon 200D

    EnderBoy, Please create a new thread for your issue. It is unrelated to Ckevin's old post. Creating a new post for each issue makes it easier for future readers to make sense of what issues people are having and how they got fixed. When you create a new thread, please let us know what version of BYE you are using (for example 3.1.16), what license you have (Trial, Classic, or Premium), and the details of the steps to re-create the issue. That said, according to another thread you need to download BYE 3.1.17 RC2 from the Pre-release area to get support for the 200D/SL2. Tha
    2 points
  30. astroman133

    not working

    So, I am assuming that you have a valid license. You need to log onto the OTelescope web site using the same username as you used to get/purchase your license. Go to your My Purchases area and find the applicable license. Swipe across the license key and copy it to the clipboard. Note that the identifier is the case-sensitive username. Install BYN and launch it. Click on the padlock at the upper right and then select Edit License. Paste in the license key and enter your O'Telescope username (NOT your email address) as the identifier. You should be good to go. astroman133
    2 points
  31. Follow the link in the previous post to the BYE Product Page. Click on the Upgrade tab below the 3 large license buttons. Find the instructions that are appropriate for the version of BYE that you are upgrading from and click on that link to see the upgrade details. Follow the displayed steps to purchase a new license. Note if you are upgrading from 3.0 Classic to 3.1 Classic or 3.0 Premium to 3.1 Premium the cost is $0, but you still need to go through the purchase process to get a new license. That license will be maintained on the OTelescope web site, so you no longer have to safeguard
    2 points
  32. I presented BackyardEOS on "The Astro Imaging Channel" Sunday September 14th 2014. I covered pretty much all major features in BackyardEOS during the presentation. The presentation is available on YouTube. BackyardEOS Video Index (as compiled by Jerry_K) 0:03:10 -> Connecting camera 0:07:00 -> Capture plan 0:20:00 -> Zooming on image in Image Window 0:22:00 -> Zooming on histogram in Image Window 0:26:20 -> Remotely focusing camera lens and Understanding focus parameters 0:55:55 -> Understanding Histogram 0:59:45 -> Grading/Classifying Images 1:02:24 -> Previe
    2 points
  33. I have to apologize. I just retested it, and BYN was not responsible for changing the RAW size. It was either another piece of software or my stupidity. MP
    2 points
  34. Alexey, You should create a post in the Feature Suggestion Box forum to suggest a change in behavior to preserve the values in a capture plan row when the exposure count is set to 0. Your use case seems valid to me. I have the Premium license and always save my capture plan after a change as a work around for exactly that situation.
    2 points
  35. The "Minimum PC" needs to take into consideration both what you Need to run on it and what you Don't... It's easiest to list the Don'ts: Don't expect to perform any Image Stacking with any sort of "Inexpensive Laptop" - this needs 8-16GB RAM Memory and 300GB+ SSD Storage and a Quad Core CPU Don't expect to use Internet Connection for any important functionality such as Cloud Storage - BYE/BYN is designed for Local Storage only Don't expect to be able to run all the other Astronomy Apps unless you have added additional CPU and RAM and Storage - Stellarium or Plate Solving
    2 points
  36. s3igell

    BYN with INDI Server

    The INDI environment has expanded to include Windows, so being a .NET Program does not necessarily set a barrier for BYE/BYN. However, BYE/BYN neither provides an ASCOM Output Interface such as would allow the Image Data to be streamed to an INDI Device or to allow BYE to be Controlled Remotely via an INDI Interface. Nor does BYE/BYN have the ability to manage an ASCOM Camera such as could be augmented with INDI support to allow BYE to be that Remote Controller. These have simply not been the uses which Guylain has designed BYE/BYN to fill. Instead, users have had great success
    2 points
  37. If you are using a 50mm finder to try to guide a 2800mm imaging scope, that could be part of your problem. You might find that your guiding would be improved if you used a guide scope that has a longer focal length, say around 400mm. Switching your imaging scope to a shorter focal length refractor will make a world of difference. You may even be able to guide through the finder. I believe that you can use the PHD History graph to how far you are dithering.
    2 points
  38. Hey there Goldwater 58, just a couple other things that may be of help. I too have a Canon T-3 Rebel similar to yours. I have found that when trying to shoot DSO that a solid polar alignment is critical, whether using a guide scope or just going with guts poker alignment its really pretty important. One of the great things about BYE is that under "Frame & Focus" you can lock onto a star for focus, but it will also let you know how well your polar alignment is. If the star drifts greatly while trying to focus then your alignment is in question and may need to take another shot at it. The ot
    2 points
  39. First, you should upgrade your version of BYE (3.1.1, per your post) to the latest release (3.1.16). There is no sense trying to troubleshoot software that is 15 releases out of date. Have you read the section of the BYE user manual that describes how to configure and test the serial cable? What user manual, you say? Click on the ? icon at the upper right of the main window to launch it. The serial cable instructions are not extensive, but the process is not too involved, especially if you are using a cable from Shoestring Astronomy. The cable vendor should also provide software to allow
    2 points
  40. I believe I have finally came across the solution. In this instance it is two fold. In my D810 I had "Rotate Tall" turned off. It turns out this is only for display. Another setting "Auto Rotation" was turned on and as the telescope tracked throughout the night the camera was interpreting even a slight shift as a rotation. The second problem was occurring in PixInSight, as suggested by Ron. When trying to stack images PixInSight was rotating again some photos and not others. Again, the solution to this problem came from Ron in the form of telling PixInSight to ignore rotation information in th
    2 points
  41. Astroman gave you most the mechanics of how AT works. But to answer your question: "How do you use AT to successfully Point to M33?" Find an existing Image of M33 - either from a past Imaging Session or from the Web In AT, select Tools/Goto Image - select that Image Let AT Slew and then Image/Solve/Repeat until it has moved the Scope into the Position of that Image
    2 points
  42. astroman133

    ATIK camera version?

    I would have thought that you would have an entire dogsled team by now! <BG>
    2 points
  43. I started my planning about one year ago, and included an eclipse day in the northern Rockies, followed by a few days of fly fishing. After some research on locations, weather patterns, access, and some conversations with a few fishing friends I settled on Rexburg ID for the eclipse and a four day fishing tour with Mile Lawson's angler's shop in Island Park ID, about 45 miles north of Rexburg. Knowing what lodging would soon be a problem we booked a week (Sunday 8/20 to Saturday 8/28) at the Elk Creek Lodge, also in island Park last December. We left our home base in Albuquerque on
    2 points
  44. masterdrago

    Eclipse Experiences

    We started our Eclipse Experience by meeting up with friends in Heber Springs, Ar. and stayed at the Stoneflower Fay Jones Cottage on Eden Isle, Greers Ferry Lake. Bats in the loft ran us to a motel after the first night. Next we made our way to Belle, Mo. where we met up with son and daughter-in-law at a Lakeside French Chateau on 25 acres overlooking some amazing Ozark scenery to the northwest all downhill. I was hoping to view the shadow onrush. The video does not show it. The weather prospects did not looks good early Monday morning and we looked at moving to near Carbondale. Vote was to
    2 points
  45. s3igell

    Solar imaging

    In Settings / LiveView remove the Checkmark from "Maximum Sensitivity".
    2 points
  46. astroman133

    D610 Problems

    I am sure that the issue matters to Guylain. It is a matter of priority, in advance of the eclipse. Since your issue has a workaround, it would be a lower priority than an issue where a feature is broken with no workaround.
    2 points
  47. admin

    BackyardEOS 3.1.11

    Version 2017-05-04

    2,277 downloads

    Take control over your Canon DSLR. Purpose built for astrophotography. There is no separate download for the Trial, Classic, or Premium Edition. Your software activation key will automatically enable the functions you are entitle to. This is commercial software. This download requires a software activation key upon installation. You can find your activation keys in your client area under "My Purchases -> Orders" from the top menu bar. To get your free 30-day trial key you need to add BackyardEOS Trial Edition in your cart and proceed to checkout. This process is nece
    Free
    2 points
  48. You can enter filter names, separated by spaces, into the Filter List on the Setup screen.
    2 points
  49. Windows XP, BYEOS, Canon 450D XSi, ED127ES, .7 reducer, various post-processing programs -- thanks, Guylain!
    2 points
  50. Rojoyinc

    BackyardCCD?

    I posted this request elsewhere and I was linked into here. Keep us trouble makers in one spot I guess = ) I usually spend all kinds of money doing something (changing my 5DMKII to full spectrum, buying filters for the body only to say I'm going CCD and being out all that cash as I have to spend it on CCD STUFF. New filter sizes, filter wheel etc. SO I SAID I'm skipping my normal path. Jumped in to ASI071MC-c Now after I had played with BYE - the other software is confusing. I'm trying to work my way through SGP... it's very capable. But I want to shoot a shot and see a shot n colo
    2 points
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