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  1. admin

    BackyardEOS 3.2.1

    Version 2020-12-03

    3,067 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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. astroman133

    Live Autofocus

    Yes, you must have LiveView enabled in the camera for Frame & Focus to work. If you put the lens in MF mode and manually run it through the full focus range do you see the star at some point? The correct focus point should be at infinity. LiveView exposures are very short and the camera's autofocus circuitry is unlikely to work when the image is mostly black or nearly so. Even a bright star will be just a dim dot.
    1 point
  9. s3igell

    Planetary mode confusion

    @kostaspap92It seems that you have some confusion about the meaning of 1:1 Pixel Resolution (and also what Video Mode does on a High Resolution Sensor such as your D5600). The reference to 1:1 Pixel Resolution means that every Single Pixel in the Output Video results from a Single Pixel on the Sensor. This is important when you need to capture the Finest Details - such as Planetary Video Imaging. On the other hand, Modern DSLRs with Multi-Megapixel Sensors (6000x4000 for your D5600) store the contents of the entire Sensor in an FullHD Video (1920x1080 pixels). This means that the d
    1 point
  10. astroman133

    Canon EOA Ra to BYE

    PLEASE tell us which version of BYE you are running. You need to have 3.2.2 for the EOS Ra. Have you disabled WiFi in the camera and connected it to the PC with a short USB cable that is known to work? Also you need to prevent the Canon EOS Utility from automatically connecting to the camera when you first power it on.
    1 point
  11. astroman133

    Mirror Lock setting

    The screenshot below shows where to toggle the option, as well as the control to adjust the mirror lock delay. Both controls are annotated with a red rectangle. That said, it is almost never necessary to specify a mirror lock value. This is why it is hidden by default. For mounts that are capable of doing long duration astrophotography there is no discernable degradation of sub-exposure from vibration due to the camera's mirror flipping. This vibration is of very short duration compared to the length of the exposure and the typical effects of seeing.
    1 point
  12. Do you have the required version of the .NET Framework installed on the new laptop. I believe that it is 4.5. Have you tried re-installing BYE? Be sure to use the latest version (3.2.2) and in the future please include the version number in your posts. Did you enter your Premium license key into the validation dialog in BYE on the new machine?
    1 point
  13. Jon, Scroll to the bottom of this page and under the BackyardNikon column, select the Supported cameras link. You will see two things. First you will see that the Nikon D80 is listed as "Not Supported" by BYN. Second, just above the table is a link to Shoestring Astronomy's web site where they sell shutter control cables. Obviously, because the camera is not supported, you will probably not need the serial cable. I mention it in case someone else has the same question regarding a cable for their camera.
    1 point
  14. Low frame rate can have any of several causes: The camera...the T4i seems to have lower frame rate than other models USB contention...traffic to and from other devices is slowing all USB traffic down. Communication errors due to a flaky cable O/S infrastructure issues, perhaps due to running a Windows VM on a Mac. So, try a different cable. If possible, the cable should be known to be good If the Mac has multiple, internal USB hubs as PCs do, try putting the camera on a hub by itself. Try the Canon EOS Utility software. If it gets a low frame rate then yo
    1 point
  15. The Z2 Mk II was only released in October 2020. It is not yet supported by BYN. That said, if BYN 3.2.2 Release Candidate uses a new SDK, you may be in luck. You should try the pre-release version, as s3igell said.
    1 point
  16. eigenfreq

    Auto focusing

    Your Nikon software is excellent! I image using a Nikon D810A and 800mm prime lens on a Celestron AVX mount, guided, using Astrodon narrowband, 52mm drop-in filters. I found with my narrowband imaging that every 2C temperature change requires a refocus. If this could be automated for the Nikon Prime Lens arrangement, I could sleep all night while my data was acquired! So if NRE for the development was needed, I could help with that. Thank you so much for creating such a useful software for the Nikon DSLR users!!
    1 point
  17. badube

    Backyard EOS not working.

    Thanks, I realised my mistake: I enterer the trial key. With the right key it works just fine
    1 point
  18. When you say "it hung at the end of the capture of the dark flats" do you mean that BYE never completed the dark flat capture sequence? If you took 10 dark flats, you got 9 dark flat images successfully, but never got the 10th image and had to kill BYE to recover? If so, intermittent hangs like that can be due to a flaky cable or hub. The hub can be an external hub or a hub that is internal to the PC. Try using shorter cables, different cables, different hubs. Try moving the camera USB to a USB jack on the opposite side of the PC. I would also suggest that if you are using a USB hub that
    1 point
  19. I have the Premium version of BYE and would like to start using ASTAP for plate solving and syncing the mount. I have ASTAP installed on my laptop and have successfully solved a couple images using the ASTAP UI, so I know it's working. But I cannot find any instructions for how to configure BYE to use ASTAP or to do a plate solve from within BYE. I did select ASTAP as the Plate SOlver in the Advanced Mode window, but I don't know what do do next. Can someone please point me in the right direction?
    1 point
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  21. Please try again, for some reason there were 2 accounts with the same email and same username. I just merged both accounts. You should see your key now. If not, sign out of the website and then sign in again. Regards,
    1 point
  22. Thanks for letting us know!
    1 point
  23. Based on this post I'm not sending the correct sequence to close the shutter. https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/108448/controling-an-xd-40-lcus-usb-relay I'll try to upload a new version in the pre-release section later tonight. No promises and if this is not working, I won't be able to do anything else for now.
    1 point
  24. I believe this is now fixed. It was related to TLS 1.1 being deprecated; I had to force it to use TLS 1.2 and now it should work Please download 3.2.1
    1 point
  25. Works great now. Confirmed as fixed for me. Thanks so much!
    1 point
  26. Is it possible that the server changed and access now prevents anonymous access for validation?
    1 point
  27. Thank you for sharing this.
    1 point
  28. Here is info from the User Guide. However, you need to take this with a grain of salt and read to the end of my post. Prerequisites BackyardEOS is built using the Microsoft .Net Framework and runs only on Windows operating systems. The Mandatories: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 or higher Microsoft .Net 4.0 (the installer will detect if it is not installed on your computer) The Minimum: All items in 'The mandatories' Screen resolution of 1024 x 600 Single CPU 1GB memory The Recommended: All items in 'The mandatories' Screen resoluti
    1 point
  29. Both the Canon T7 and the Canon 7DmkII have the same Canon EF-S Lens Mount and the same Back-Focus. These are Mechanical elements of the Camera Design which DO NOT Change. So, however inadvertent the Change of the Focuser, you Must have bumped it while swapping the Camera Bodies off/on to the Scope.
    1 point
  30. astroman133

    Picture size

    You are incorrect that Imaging mode only supports bulb exposures. As you can see from my screen grab below, for my T5i with BYE, the full range of exposures is available. Bulb is only one choice. While the dropdown list does not is not large enough to display all the shutter speeds I can scroll down to the bottom of the list to display the shortest exposures. When Shutter settings other than Bulb are selected, the Duration column in the capture plan is disabled.
    1 point
  31. 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
  32. muraylpn

    identifier error

    I have figured it out. copy and paste kept putting a space at the beginning. Thank you
    1 point
  33. 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
  34. astrohound24

    Error Message 450D

    Ok found it. LCD monitor off while shooting toggle. I think I figured this out. I hope so because Backyard EOS is awesome! Greg M
    1 point
  35. astroman133

    fox49

    I went back and examined the Ra manual and found that s3igell was correct. There is a Custom Function setting (Release shutter without lens) in the camera's menus that when enabled will let you shoot photos without a lens attached. This setting is not available to BYE to read or change, so you must make the change yourself.
    1 point
  36. 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
  37. s3igell

    Focusing?

    That Blue Fireball adapter is a good choice. I actually have one for my C9.25 (packed away in Colorado). If I remember, it grips the Nosepiece of whatever is inserted quite tightly. As for your Barlow-to-T-Ring Connection being "loose" - are you sure it is not the T-Ring Bayonet Connector being a bit Loose in the Camera Body?? That is a common issue with many brands of T-Ring (with little one can do to address it). But, if it is the T-Ring Threads that are a bit loose, then a washer (even if made out of gasket material) should work.
    1 point
  38. astroman133

    Focusing?

    It would be exactly what you need, if you didn't have an EdgeHD. The threads are different. I mentioned this in my previous post when I said "Note that this part is specific to the EdgeHD so a standard SCT 2" adapter will not work".
    1 point
  39. astroman133

    Focusing?

    I have been looking for the part that you need for over an hour and cannot find the one that I have. Neither can I find that part on any web site. I posed the question, vie email to a vendor. I will let you know what I hear. Basically what you need is an EdgeHD 2" Adapter. It is often used to allow a non-Celestron diagonal with a 2" barrel to be connected to the rear cell of an EdgeHD SCT. Note that this part is specific to the EdgeHD so a standard SCT 2" adapter will not work. Then you can put Barlow into the 2" adapter and your camera into Barlow. Of course you would need a T-Ring, a T-
    1 point
  40. astroman133

    Focusing?

    Tony, All Celestial objects that you look at through the telescope are essentially an infinite distance away. I would suggest that you focus on a bright star. This uses LiveView on the Frame and Focus screen. The BYE User Guide explains how to use the Focus Metrics to achieve critical focus on a bright star. Once you are focused, you can move to the planetary object. The live Planetary image should be dark, with Jupiter's equatorial bands just becoming visible. You will be able to brighten the image during processing. I hope this helps.
    1 point
  41. Also make sure that you have LENR=OFF (Long Exposure Noise Reduction - it takes a In-Camera Dark after the Exposure; and the 7DmkII will "Group" 2-3 Exposures before taking 1 Dark...)
    1 point
  42. admin

    BackyardEOS 3.2.0 released

    I just released BackyardEOS 3.2.0, see download section. Enjoy
    1 point
  43. 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
  44. Antonio, Please read the red banner at the top of this page.
    1 point
  45. Aplajoie

    600d connection issue

    Issue resovled. I rebooted the computer and all is working.
    1 point
  46. astroman133

    Trial version update

    Your issue has nothing to do with downloading, installing, removing, or reinstalling BYE. You did not need to any of that. The software is the same for all licenses. It is the key itself that enables or disables features in the software. What you do need to do is to enter your purchased license key in place of the Trial license key in BYE's License Validation dialog..
    1 point
  47. admin

    Session canceled

    Glad you were able to troubleshoot successfully.
    1 point
  48. 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
  49. What is Dithering? Dithering is the process of moving the image’s location across images. The result is that the noise generated by the camera will be in different location for ALL of your images. When you stack your images, the noise will be taken out more efficiently because it's never at the same location. Without dithering, you end up stacking your noise and dark subtraction can only do so much. BackyardEOS/BackyardNIKON sends a signal to PHD to tell it to move the “lock position” (the position of the crosshairs in PHD) by a small, random amount. Once PHD has moved the star and reestab
    1 point
  50. 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
    1 point
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