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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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. How to be a Star at a Star Party - Show off BEOS! Last night I attended the SCOVAC public star party. Equipment: Canon 60D, a vintage 1981 Meade Model 2080 SCT, on a Celestron CGEM DX mount and tripod, PoleMaster polar alignment camera, and BEOS on a 16" laptop. (Could have installed the alignment camera but kept it simple). I setup my scope much like everyone (five others brought their go to telescopes). I then took off my eyepiece and attached my 60D and fired up BEOs I got the 60D into fine focus with FWHM in Frame & Focus, which everyone thought was better than
    2 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. Hi Guylain. On a future release, is there a possibility of making Telescope as default window rather than Filterwheel on start-up? For those of us not using a Filterwheel (which I suspect would be the majority as we are mostly using OSC cameras) it would be a convenience. Cheers, Gord
    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. A 50mm Guider (usually 160mm Focal Length) is far too little Focal Length for a 2000mm Imaging Focal Length: the Rule-of-Thumb is the Guiding Pixel Resolution needs to be at least 1:5 the Imaging Resolution. You were attempting more like 1:20 Resolution-Ratio, and would need to mount an 80mm f/8 Guide Scope or else use OAG (which also has its challenges). Mounting a C11 with all the gear (Camera, Guider, Losmandy Dovetail) will weigh near the top-end of what a well-maintained NEQ6 can readily handle, but you likely were fighting other Issues than Weight. Unless your C11 is actually
    2 points
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. Sorry, I am not able to duplicate your issue. 5X zoom for me with BYE 3.1.16 and my old EOS Rebel XS. It works fine for me. However, others have had LiveView issues with 5X zoom because of the default setting of LiveView autofocus mode. You should find this setting in the camera's menus and try a different setting. I looked for the old emails that solved this issue, but could not find them. If memory serves me, you need to change from "Face+Tracking" to a different setting. Sorry that I could not be more helpful.
    2 points
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. astroman133

    ATIK camera version?

    I would have thought that you would have an entire dogsled team by now! <BG>
    2 points
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. s3igell

    Solar imaging

    In Settings / LiveView remove the Checkmark from "Maximum Sensitivity".
    2 points
  45. DH, Any Luck? I was able to get my PST couple with my T3 using a basic 2xBarlow. I think I had to direct screw it into the Canon t-adapter to shorten up the focal length but I did get some decent images (see attached). This was my first attempt back in February. Aaron
    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. 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
  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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