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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. s3igell

    Mirror Lock Up (again)

    Go ahead and Name the Mount. It's a Good Bet that one of us "Regulars" has experience with that Mount, and can possibly give Hints as to how to Improve its Performance.
    2 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Great just did the Windows folder changes tested the application several times and the settings remained correct..saves a lot of frustration..thanks. Paul
    1 point
  8. Well ... while the problem was occurring with and without a lens attached previously it looks like the suggestion of Astroman133 to Enable "Release shutter without lens" in custom function 5 (which I'm not sure I would have come a crossed buried as it is ) has done the trick!!!! After that one change I can't see any problems persisting on a capture bench test tonight! Excited to be a new BYE user! As far as the questions above (hopefully a moot point now) SD card is installed. Yes the camera shutter works and pictures import to BYE when manually taken. Thanks to you both. Appr
    1 point
  9. Please ensure that you've followed all the "Basic Nikon DSLR Connection Advice": Make sure that PC is updated to latest Drivers for specific Camera (don't count on Windows Update for oldest DSLRs or newest Just Released Cameras) Ensure that WiFi is OFF and Connection is made via USB Cable supplied with Camera Make sure that an Empty (but properly formatted) or "near empty" Memory Card is installed in the Camera (Primary Slot if a Multi-card Pro Model) Make sure that Lens is set to Manual Focus Make sure Camera is NOT set to any Face-Detect Focus Mode Make su
    1 point
  10. Your license key can be installed on multiple computers, as long as you only use 1 at a time. Just log onto the site with the same username that you used to purchase your license and scroll to the top of this page and click on My Purchases and Orders to see your key. To get the program onto the new computer you can either transfer the installer, or download the latest version directly onto the new PC..
    1 point
  11. How do your flats look, as far as the dark band and the histogram? I would not use the BYE histogram as this is based on the JPG that embedded in the RAW and as such has an auto-stretch applied. Look at the histogram of an individual flat frame in PI Does the processed image change if you don't apply the master flat? Like does the dark band disappear? I don't use PI, so I can't comment on changing that process. I use an electroluminescent panel to shoot flats. The panel operates with AC power so its brightness changes at a 60 Hz frequency. I need to be sure that my exposures are
    1 point
  12. Hi, I have BackyardNikon and have recently gotten a Z5 - I downloaded the release candidate above to test it on the Z5, and it seems to work well EXCEPT for when you are in Frame and Focus, you get NO live view, and there are a bunch of error messages "Parameter is not valid." (see screen shot) Attached are the two log files zipped up from my playing around with it - looks like you might be able to figure out the source of the problem from these. I'm happy to help out with additional testing, etc, if you want - Logs.zip
    1 point
  13. When I first started using BYE, I used both the Bahtinov mask and the FWHM focus metric. They agreed so well that I stopped using the mask and only use the focus metric. This gives two advantages. First I don't have to touch the scope to add and remove the mask. Second, I don't even need to be near the scope to focus.
    1 point
  14. After entering the license key and identifier, click the Validate button, not just simply hitting return.
    1 point
  15. You need to use both cables at the same time. The DSUSB cable from Shoestring Astronomy only controls the shutter for BULB exposures. You also need the regular USB cable for all other control functions.
    1 point
  16. Works great now. Confirmed as fixed for me. Thanks so much!
    1 point
  17. Is it possible that the server changed and access now prevents anonymous access for validation?
    1 point
  18. Try changing your download folder to be in the Windows virtual C drive rather than on vmware-host. The UNC path is causing BYN to report errors in the log like: ERROR - Object must be a root directory ("C:\") or a drive letter ("C"). Although I do not know if that is causing your issue since it worked for a few images. I also wonder whether Windows is going into power saving mode and powering down the USB port.
    1 point
  19. So I received several replies from han.k the developer of ASTAP. In one message he mentioned that the latest version, 0.9.452 has improved features that may be relevant to this issue. My question has not been posted on the sourceforge website so I will quote his relevant passage here; (xxxxx?) is what I think he meant to say. "Most problems with previous ASTAP version was with global (globular?) clusters. The Gaia contain a big portion of the global (globular?) cluster stars but they are so close (together?) that an earth based telescope can not separate them. This should be mostly
    1 point
  20. BYE takes its date from Windows, there is not such thing as a BYE time stamp, let alone daylight saving times. All dates/times are those of either the camera (exif data) or Windows.
    1 point
  21. Have you tried a different USB port on the PC? Have you tried a Factory Reset on the camera? If the camera is recognized by Windows, but BYN, and other camera control software will not connect then it would seem that there is some other software on the computer is preventing this. If Windows recognizes the camera SD card as an external storage device then perhaps Windows is preventing the Nikon SDK from connecting with the camera. This would be the case if Windows shows the camera's memory card in a File Explorer window as a mapped drive. Sometimes when a camera is plugged into the P
    1 point
  22. glad you got it to work
    1 point
  23. astroman133

    Canon T6s connection issue

    The log file shows the following: 2020-09-23 10:42:43,330 [Main] INFO - Canon drivers 'Canon210\' initialized. The "Select your camera driver" dialog that is displayed when you click the Connect button says: Canon210 is for DIGIC II cameras generally manufactured before 2008 This is the wrong option for your T6s. The reason that it will not connect is because your camera is newer than the version of the Canon 2.10 SDK that you are selecting. Select Canon instead.
    1 point
  24. Problem resolved! I'm running WIN7 on my imaging computer. I connected the T6i directly to the computer and the Canon driver installed - it did not do this in my prior attempts. Once that happened, Device Manager in WIN7 recognized the T6i, and I was able to connect the T6i to BackyardEOS immediately. Not sure what went wrong the first time, but everything appears to be working nominally now. Thanks for your help!!
    1 point
  25. astroman133

    Expired license?

    If you bought BYE in 2014, then your version was 3.0, not 1.0 0r 2.0. The instructions are different and basically you would copy/paste a portion of your 3.0 license into the coupon field for the free purchase of a new 3.1 license key.
    1 point
  26. I am not sure what you are seeing, but there are exposure controls on the Frame & Focus screen that should affect the brightness of the LiveView images. The Shutter, Aperture, and ISO controls should all affect LiveView brightness. They also are used for Snap Images. They are all live with my T5i and every version of BYE that I have used. There is also a Maximum Sensitivity checkbox in the LiveView control group in the Settings dialog. When Maximum Sensitivity is set, the Aperture is set to wide open and the ISO is set to maximum every time that you enter Frame & Focus mode. If you the
    1 point
  27. This is a odd behavior for sure to have both Imaging and Frame&Focus lit at the same time, it would indicate an in-software event timing issue, probably caused by a slow computer of other computer resource contention preventing the events to be processed in a timely matter. This would be a first, but not impossible. As suggested in the previous post, please download and try BYN 2.1.
    1 point
  28. You could upgrade to BYN v2.1. There were numerous new features, improvements, and fixes.
    1 point
  29. s3igell

    Focusing?

    F/10 (2000mm) Prime Focus is better than f/6.3 (1260mm) "Reduced", but for the C8 you can still usually support about 3500-4000mm Focal Length (2x Barlow) under "Decent" Seeing Conditions with a DSLR. No, I am not suggesting Eyepiece Projection - although that too is another way to increase the Effective Focal Length of the Scope. It's a bit confusing regarding references to "eyepiece into the Barlow", as a Barlow is piece of inline Optics which extends the Focal Length. I'm unaware of any Barlow design which Requires (or even allows) an Eyepiece to be fitted within it - most will h
    1 point
  30. BYN does not download AVI files. It downloads individual LiveView frames and after the requested number have been collected, it assembles the individual frames into a video (AVI) file. You never said which version of BYN you are using. This could be important and should always be provided. Please provide the full version number, not "the latest". Someone else reported Planetary issues with longer video files. Their issue was resolved by enabling the BackgroundWorker on the Advanced Settings dialog. You should also download BYN 2.1.0.
    1 point
  31. astroman133

    bross199@comcast.net

    When you got your Trial license key there were on-screen instructions about how to get your key. Basically, click on "My Purchases" at the top of this page after logging onto this site with the same username that was used to get the Trial license. Be sure to use Copy and Paste to transfer the key into the software. That way you will be sure to not mis-spell the key.
    1 point
  32. Szumi

    Celestron Focus motor

    I've had no problem with the Celestron or cpwi ascom drivers. I've been using 3.1.16 with an ioptron mount and my canon EF lenses. Switching to running a Celestron GGEM II, C8 Edge, Celestron focuser was painless. I did calibrate the focuser with the hand controller as I commissioned the mount. I'm using a W10 home box.
    1 point
  33. I don't disagree. You should create a post in the Suggestion Box Forum to allow the LiveView frame rate test to be bypassed per a new setting. Be sure to state your reasons why such a change would benefit your workflow. The frame rate is not that useful to experienced users, but it may be used internally to determine the most efficient way to process the incoming data. You can use the Loop count to direct BYE to capture multiple AVI files. This only causes the frame rate to be sampled once. You can also loop numerous times and for example you can use a capture to reposition the sco
    1 point
  34. It is 3.1.18. I did do a copy and paste. And got another error message about length of key. Then I noticed that the paste was sensitive to start location. It actually was moved over one space and then that also resulted in dropping the last digit. Fixing both of those manually got it to accept the key. The only other thing that I could have been doing wrong was confusing the ZERO and O. I assume that on my license key those are both O's??? The zero would have a slash through it??? Anyway...it works. Now to connect it to the camera. Thanks. Vladimir
    1 point
  35. Antonio, Please read the red banner at the top of this page.
    1 point
  36. Aplajoie

    600d connection issue

    Issue resovled. I rebooted the computer and all is working.
    1 point
  37. This has been discuss many times before. Driving a lens is not a camera function, it is a lens function.... that is where the lens motor is. In order to drive the lens, it must have the ability to be driven by the SDK and the camera must also be capable and handing over the command to the lens. It's been long documented and talked about here on the forum. It's the same for Canon. The other issue is that most lens must be put in AF mode to engage the motor... but when you want to take a picture at night you want/need it to be set to MF. It's one of those features that is sim
    1 point
  38. admin

    Nikon D6

    It won't work. It's not supported yet. Please read the camera support grid for all supported camera model. The link is in the page footer. I just downloaded the Nikon SDK for the D6. I'll try to recompile this weekend with it and upload a pre-prelease in the download pre-release section. Regards,
    1 point
  39. admin

    New Canon T8i

    It's not the same result. The number 80000435 tells me that the current SDK supports it. Give me a few days and I'll upload another RC. That number was FFFFFFFF in your previous post.
    1 point
  40. This is a very respectable Frame Rate for a Dedicated Planetary Astro Camera. It is a GREAT Frame Rate for a Tethered DSLR (and is likely limited by the Camera's USB2 Port ). It is definitely more than enough for Planetary Imaging. Even for the Speedily-Rotating Jupiter, it is usual to be able to Stack 5 minute Videos without needing to worry about Derotation - and 5 min would give you 10K Frames to Stack. Seeing Conditions and Equipment / Resolution will likely be bigger Factors...
    1 point
  41. BYN does not use the camera's movie mode, so the camera's movie frame rate is not applicable to BYN. BYN's frame rate is the rate at which it downloads LiveView images. This has to do with the speed of the USB connection and your PC. The ISO and Shutter settings do not affect the frame rate only the brightness of the frames. This is how the camera is designed to work and BYN cannot change that.
    1 point
  42. Before you tear into a Provider of Software for the Hobby you are looking to get into, do some research: Just how many AP Imaging Softwares are there currently for MacOS?? And how many are Low-Cost?? What is the realistic distribution between Windows and MacOS and Linux amongst Amateur AP Imaging Hobbyists?? (probably 85/5/10 respectively) What is the Cost of all the Required AP Imaging Equipment?? (Scope, Mount, Imaging Camera, AutoGuiding Rig, Software, Accessories) Factoring the purchase of a $300-500 Windows Laptop into the mix is only going to add 15-20%.
    1 point
  43. The bottom line is that there are nearly 10 times as many Windows systems as there are macOS systems and if anyone is going to commit to an effort of several thousand hours to develop an essentially new application for macOS, there has to be some realistic expectation of reward for the effort. Making the time to do this has also got to be behind any day job and family commitments. I understand why the authors have decided to let someone else write a DSLR camera capture app for macOS.
    1 point
  44. The no image appearing on screen is odd for sure. Can you confirm in your imaging plan you have the 'Save To' set to "PC" or ""PC + Camera" and not "Camera" exclusively.
    1 point
  45. What is the Save To setting in the capture plan area? Is your Anti-Virus software preventing the image from being stored? Make sure advanced shooting features like exposure bracketing, LENR are disabled.
    1 point
  46. dkerber

    Camera support grid

    You can add the 1DX Mark II (Digic 6) as a supported camera; it works perfectly with ver .18
    1 point
  47. Yes, had the same problem. Uninstall the previous version and delete the old folder in \Program Files, there's some stuff left behind. Worked fine second time around, also it remembers your key.
    1 point
  48. Page 30 of the BYE User Guide describes Mask Framing. This is exactly what you want to do.
    1 point
  49. BYE also has a "Maximum Sensitivity" setting that you need to disable in order to use exposure simulation. Also, if you shorten the exposure down to 1/1000 sec and the image still is over exposed then exposure simulation is not enabled.
    1 point
  50. astroman133

    Planetary Live View

    When in LiveView, the camera uses both ISO and shutter as brightness controls. They do not affect the frame rate, just the brightness. You can play around with these controls to see what I mean with a lens on the camera and not even connected to BYE. Set the ISO to 200 and the shutter to 2" (2 seconds). Then use the shutter speed wheel on the camera to shorten the exposure while watching the LiveView display. As you get shorter the display should darken. You will see the same behavior when you are connected to BYE on the Frame & Focus or Planetary capture screens, if you uncheck Maxim
    1 point
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