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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. s3igell

    Canon EOS RP

    Please make sure that you download the Latest Version from the Download Page - BYE v3.1.18. The Canon RP is supported in that version.
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. astroman133

    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 points
  12. 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
  13. 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 points
  14. 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.
    2 points
  15. 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 e
    2 points
  16. 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.
    2 points
  17. I just uploaded BYE 3.1.18 RC1 in the pre-release download section. There are few changes in the capture section itself... perhaps the most prominent and useful one is the ability to have a mixed of LIGHT/DARK/FLAT/BIAS image in the same image run. You will be prompted to cover/uncover the scope as required. https://www.otelescope.com/files/category/24-pre-releases/ Regards.
    2 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. I believe that the amount Guylain pays for web hosting this content increases according to the size of the site. He discourages uploading log files by attaching them to posts. You should delete all the log files and create a new file that contains entries that were written when you had your issue with TSX and BYN. Then take just that file, zip it up, and send it to Guylain privately. See this post for instructions. It is also pinned near the top of the How To's Forum.
    2 points
  25. I cannot duplicate it on my T5i. Same EXIF parameter, translated to degF shows up in my Camera Information Center after the image is downloaded and stored. By chance to you have the "Skip READ Exif data" option checked on the Advanced Settings screen? If so, BYE will not read the data and so cannot display the value. BTW, I typically leave both the Skip READ and Skip WRITE options unchecked.
    2 points
  26. 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
  27. If BYE is not creating log files or downloading images, then it could be that Windows Update caused a change to file permissions that is preventing BYE from saving images or creating logs. This has happened to other BYE users with Windows 10 computers. You could try removing BYE and re-installing it to a new folder.
    2 points
  28. astroman133

    Delay after image capture

    The behavior that you are reporting could be due to having Long Exposure Noise Reduction (LENR) enabled in the camera. Turn it off and the problem should go away.
    2 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. astroman133

    Remote laptop

    No additional license is necessary. You can install and use BYE on multiple computers, just only on one at a time. This is in your End User License Agreement. So just install the same license on your remote laptop.
    2 points
  35. Remember, there is very little that you need to wait for a Dark Clear Sky in order to test and learn. Set your Camera (with or without the Scope) on the Kitchen Table on a Dreary Afternoon to test your Cabling Issues. It's Warmer, easier to access the Internet, and oh so much closer to the Coffee Pot!!
    2 points
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. OK I found the post but forgot the title that helped me. It is in the BYE Forum tthe title reads something like "Why are the images horizontal at times and vertical at times". First, I only have Canon equipment and don't know anything about Nikon or BYN. This is for reading RAW files But go into PixInsight Bring up the "Format Explorer" (You may have to click on "View" on the top command line.) Click on "DSLR RAW" Click on "Edit Preferences" in the DSLR RAW box at the bottom Put a check mark in the box in the box next to "No Image Flip" Click
    2 points
  39. s3igell

    BYEOS and Astro Tortilla

    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
  40. astroman133

    ATIK camera version?

    I would have thought that you would have an entire dogsled team by now! <BG>
    2 points
  41. 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
  42. AaronSmall

    Eclipse Experiences

    I went down to my cousin's in the Smokey Mountains of southwest NC. Forecast the week prior was looking spotty with 50-50 shot of clouds and rain. Didn't matter since I was going anyway to visit my 95-year old grandmother before trekking north on Tuesday to drop off my oldest for her freshman year at Va Tech! Leading up to the weekend, the forecast improved to a 20% chance of clouds/rain. My hopes were high! Set up my camera piggybacked on my telescope. Instead of BYE (Sorry, Guylain) I ran a Magic Lantern script from another user so I couold run automatically without having to worry
    2 points
  43. Oright

    QPPA2

    Just found this very nice thread. I downloaded and hope to try it as soon as possible. I usually have very little time and bad UK weather [as many know!] and this application ca be one 'time-saver' and do a very good job. Thank you for your efforts - it expecially helps those who cannot afford to buy 'everything' but just the necessary tools to have a decent experience. ;p]
    2 points
  44. s3igell

    Solar imaging

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

    Solar Eclipse

    I read the same advice about using a serial cable to speed up the lag between exposures. After some experimentation I decided to ignore it. I tested with my T5i and found that I got acceptable performance without the serial cable, especially when saving to the camera's memory card. My lag without the serial cable is less than 2 seconds. That allows me to capture everything that I want, especially just before, during, and after totality. Based on my performance I decided to forego the purchase of a serial cable that would likely only be used for the eclipse. The serial cable is primarily f
    2 points
  46. astroman133

    5x and 10x video

    I found the post that Jim was referring to. Here is the relevant bit: ... there are three AF modes during Live View - Face+Tracking, Flexizone-Multi, and Flexizone-Single. Zoom is not available in Face+Tracking and I think it's the default mode. Once I switched to FZ-Multi, zooming worked. He also said that this is documented in the camera manual. If you can get it to work in the EOS Utility, it is very likely that it will work in BYE. Also, for Guylain, if EOS Utility can determine that 5X zoom is not possible, then BYE should also be able to determine this and gray out the
    2 points
  47. astroman133

    zoom box 5x not centered

    You need to upgrade to the latest version of BYE. You are seeing an old bug that was fixed several months ago.
    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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