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  1. 2 points

    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. 2 points

    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...
  3. 2 points

    BYE Pre-release 3.20

    I just finished uploading 3.2.0 RC2 with the ability to acquire RA/DEC from the connected telescope.
  4. 2 points
    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 Power-Down Settings in the PC for its USB Ports.
  5. 2 points

    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.
  6. 2 points

    How to be a Star at a Star Party

    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 sliced bread. I did a couple more star alignments with BEOE using Frame & Focus with the Zoom box grid - educating them on what the goto was actually doing and calculating. Most people were checking in and out with the different scopes being awed by Orion M42. I instructed my mount to go there, leaving it in Frame & Focus - onlookers were underwhelmed as expected. I told them "lets throw some more light in the 60D" and took one under exposed, couple of seconds, photo by only selecting the first entry in the Capture Plan Center. Better, but they could tell I was up to something... I then ran the entire Capture Plan - they loved the count down timer - and as each new image appeared with more and more detail of Orion nothing but ewes and awes! They loved how each finished photo just popped up (occasionally going into presentation mode was killer as well) I was able to teach them a little bit about the histogram when asked about the weird graph "thingy". I finished M42 with a very overexposed core but a more detailed fringe. We moved onto Venus, Andromeda, the Pinwheel, and more. I kept hearing "He just took that with that..." I got to teach them a little about astronomy, photography and light science but it all would have been very dull and tedious without BEOS! BEOS was the real star of the party last night - Thank you Guylian for making it all possible! Randall Initially tried to put this in how to but not an option...
  7. 2 points

    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.
  8. 2 points

    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 booting up the laptop after set up, BYE asked me to validate my license. Never had done this since many moons ago I was stumped. I panicked after it didn't take my password(s). My daughter even set up a wifi hotspot and I tried to find the password on the website. I finally READ THE DIRECTIONS and typed in my username (DUH) where it let me in. Then it wouldn't connect to the 700D. I shut down. Waited 10s. Restarted BYE and then it connected and we were in business. Didn't keep the logs (I think). Weird behavior but I luckily had 15 minutes to spare. See attached animation.
  9. 2 points

    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.
  10. 2 points

    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 the way back to the Laptop (which necessitates a 2nd USB Hub - or other Guide Camera powering arrangement). Yes, it gets more complicated once you start to look to "Remote" your Imaging Rig...
  11. 2 points

    TheSkyX Configuration for BYN

    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
  12. 2 points

    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.
  13. 2 points
    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 each of the products. It could boldly state that not all camera models are supported by the product and the reasons why. It could also boldly state that some cameras need 2 cables while most need only 1 cable and describe how to read the Grid to determine the cabling requirements. One way to make the support grid more visible is to display it on a page of its own that the user must navigate through to get to the product order page and get the user to agree that they have read and understand the page contents as related to their camera model. If they are unsure of the requirements for their camera they could be directed to the Support area to seek clarification. Another option could display the camera models in a dropdown list, instead of the entire grid, which brings up the support info in a separate panel that the user can read and dismiss.
  14. 2 points

    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.
  15. 2 points

    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 to exiting and loyal customers. I may be the odd ball here compared to other commercial package where they try to squeeze another $20 or so from their customers with upgrade cost. I prefer to acknowledge my customer's loyalty by saying thank you... here's a free upgrade. I'm not saying I will always follow this path. Up until now I have been able to offer free upgrades and I have no plans to chance this any time soon. Thank you for the offer to pay a bit extra but a plat solving feature, I appreciate the gesture. Regards,
  16. 1 point


    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.
  17. 1 point
    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.
  18. 1 point


    Actually, this is what I decided on. Based on comments on this one and the other one, I like the idea of 2 thumbscrews to keep things straight and handle the weight. https://agenaastro.com/blue-fireball-2-sct-visual-back-sct-2-adapter.html So I will wind up using s3igell's 4th suggestion, C8 -> Visual Back -> Barlow -> optional Extender -> optional T-Adapter -> T-Ring - DSLR (use T-Adapter if Compression Ring end on Barlow / else use T-Ring if Threaded end on Barlow), but without the optional extender. The only issue I have to correct is where the Barlow screws into the T-Ring adapter. It seems the Barlow doesn't have long enough threads for the T-Ring flush surface to touch it so there is a tiny bit of play. I think my choices are to fashion some kind of washer to fill the gap temporarily, and permanently to see if I could find a machine shop that could cut a couple more threads into the Barlow. After all this I can't believe has simple the solution is. I guess it took just letting others give me some advice so I could search the right places. Hats off toastroman133 and s3igell, you folks were great!
  19. 1 point


    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-adapter, and a 2" T2 adapter in between the Barlow and the camera.
  20. 1 point


    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.
  21. 1 point

    Celestron Focus motor

    I work on the ASCOM support forums quite a bit and have written several drivers and ASCOM applications. That message ("Move is not allowed...") must be coming from the Celestron driver. ASCOM does not have the concept of a focuser needing to be calibrated before it can be used. There is nothing that BYE can do, except to catch the exception and report the error to the user rather than leaving the exception be unhandled. For developers, ASCOM's mantra is do it right or raise an error. From the application programmer's perspective the developer needs to be prepared for any ASCOM call to raise an error. BYE is not doing this which is why you are seeing the Unhandled Exception dialog. My guess is that Celestron provides different variants of their focuser with draw tubes of different lengths. If that is the case then "calibrating" the focuser would be related to the process of determining the number of steps between the full in and full out positions. This is solely a focuser driver and/or focuser issue and there is not much that O'Telescope can do except to catch the exception and report it, which they are not now doing. It is up to you to ensure that the focuser is ready per the manufacturer's recommendations. Celestron provides a program for calibrating the focuser.
  22. 1 point

    Camera Selectio

    Rafael, You should get a clean install and then read the manual with regard to how to set up 2 cameras. There are two options. You can access the manual from the start menu or by clicking on the "?" icon at the upper right of the BYE main window, assuming that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. You have two camera models, but there may not be any model-specific setup necessary. So it is likely that you can use the same setup for both cameras. This means that you would only need to use the second instance of BYE if you are trying to control both cameras at the same time.
  23. 1 point

    D5100 and AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D

    That is great Sadat. I wish Nikon (and Canon) would provide real support and real documentation for their SDK in situation like this. I'm sure is not that complicated to do but without any real documentation it is like looking for a needle in a haystack in a barn full of haystacks... and then some. Regards,
  24. 1 point
    I should also say that the How-To Forum is not the place to ask questions. If the How-To information did not address your question or solve your issue, you should have posted to a new thread in the BYN Forum (or the BYE Forum for a Canon camera). The vast majority of users do not have a problem validating their license, but if everyone who did replied to this post then it would be difficult for any reader of the thread to find help for their issue. Thanks!
  25. 1 point

    Can't connect Canon T7I

    I was cleaning off an older Windows 10 Home lap top to use as a remote AP setup. When I plugged in the T7i it immediately recognized it and I am able to use it in BYE now as well as access the SD card inside the camera. The cords were not the issue but I don't know what the actual issue was. The lap top I was trying it on before is a newer Windows 10 Pro laptop I had built for 3D CAD. Would it be some setting I have to change in order to use the T7i on the newer lap top? Anyway, I'm good for now. I plan on setting the older lap top outside and accessing it using Any Desk or Team viewer. Thanks for all the suggestions. Hopefully this will help someone in the future.
  26. 1 point
    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.
  27. 1 point
    Page 30 of the BYE User Guide describes Mask Framing. This is exactly what you want to do.
  28. 1 point

    Weather Data via Text File

    I just tried your settings with your file and I get a reading.
  29. 1 point


    Do you have a lens on the camera, just the body cap, or a telescope? If a lens, you need to be sure that it is in manual focus mode. Depending on the view, it could be hung trying to focus before starting the image.
  30. 1 point
    Interesting...My initial reply to David's post, back on March 7th, indicated a saturated USB hub as a possible cause for a momentary disconnect which could cause BYE to hang. This is also borne out by the fact that the issue occurs when a completed image is being downloaded from the camera to the PC when BYE locks up. Another thing to try, for testing purposes, is to save the image only to the camera's memory card. Then operate the camera both with BYE restored and minimized. This is most likely an issue on your Computer since no other users are reporting anything remotely (no pun intended) like it. One other thing is that Windows 10 has a USB Selective Suspend setting that could be causing your issue, even if you think that you have disabled the power saving features. Following is a link with instructions on how to disable it: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-prevent-windows-10-turning-usb-devices
  31. 1 point

    focus control

    I don't recall the brand name, but there is at least one camera focusing system out there that works with manual or auto focus lenses by using a separate stepper motor with a pulley and a belt that goes around the focus ring on the lens. The software controls the motor, which then moves the focus as ordered. I believe it's ASCOM compatible, too.
  32. 1 point

    BYE Pre-release 3.20

    CPWI functions as an ASCOM telescope driver in addition to its UI functions. I've been using it for a year or so, and it works well. PHD, NINA and APT all talk to it just fine by selecting CPWI in the ASCOM telescope setup dialog
  33. 1 point

    NET. 3.5 not installing

    It may not be needed by BYE/BYN, but if the OP has a Premium license, .NET 3.5 SP1 is required by ASCOM 6.4.
  34. 1 point

    Which laptop is best?

    My new laptop computer specs: Lenovo y540 LEGION with 9th gen Intel Core i7-9750HF processor; Windows 10 Home 64 OS; 16GB DDR4 memory; 1TB HDD; 17.3"display; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB graphics; 256GB SSD PCle second hard drive; backlit keyboard. Having to learn Win10 after my Win7 laptop died after 8 years, I did a lot of head scratching, sweating and cussing to reload all my astro and photo processing software. The only glitch was that the installation CD for my Celestron CGEM mount wouldn't run. I found a link to Celestron's download site and successfully loaded the NexRemote software. Luckily I still had the original "license" for that software. Never throw anything away!
  35. 1 point
    Guylain, BYEOS 3.2 works perfect! Thank you so much for your time. StargazrVern.
  36. 1 point
    Brian Clark

    connecting new camera

    Guylain Thanks, I had to download it twice, first attempt didn't install correctly, but the second install went well and seems to like the new T7 just fine... I've really missed Byeos since my T3 failed. I feel so much better now.😃
  37. 1 point


    BYE can do this if you synchronize the two instances. This is discussed in detail in the user manual. You should know that this only makes sense if both instances of BYE are taking synchronized exposures with the same exposure duration, f/stop, etc. In this case the master instance sends the take picture command to the slave instance(s). So it will only work for you if the exposure parameters will work for both scope/camera combinations. I hope that this helps.
  38. 1 point

    Celestron Focus motor

    You should install the latest Celestron ASCOM driver since it supports both the telescope and optionally the focuser. If you want to, you could ask Celestron tech support about what you are trying to do. The Celestron driver that can be downloaded from the ASCOM web site is written by an independent developer and is implemented as a local server so the same executable can be used with both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
  39. 1 point

    Images not transfering to PC

    Looks like Windows messed up your folder permissions somehow. If this is the case the easiest way to fix this is to reinstall in a separate folder. Please let us know if this solves your issue. Regards,
  40. 1 point

    Connecting EOS1000D via hub

    Brendan, Thanks for letting us know that your issue is resolved. The Canon210 version of the SDK is for DIGIC II cameras that are not supported by the current Canon SDK. However it is possible that version 2.10 of the SDK does/did support the 1000D which was released in 2008. It may have a problem today with your camera if the camera's firmware has been updated. The 1000D is supported by the current version of the SDK this is the version that you should use since it would support later firmware versions. I am glad that you are working.
  41. 1 point

    Connecting canon t1i

    BYE (BackyardEOS) has one of the Most Straightforward User Interfaces in the Astrophotography Imaging world. That has been an Overriding Design Philosophy of the Author since the beginning... You should be able to conquer the initial Learning Curve very quickly. Suggestion: You don't need a Dark Night nor your Telescope to Learn the Basics of BYE. Setup at your Kitchen Table or Den Desk, just your Laptop and T1 with a standard Lens attached. Dim the room a bit if you wish, but make sure that you can still see what you are doing. It'll help if you are at your Desk, if you have a 2nd Monitor attached - open the BYE Help File ("?" in Upper Right) onto that 2nd Monitor. Set the DSLR Dial to "M", and the Lens to Auto Focus. Setting the DSLR on the Table/Desk (maybe propped on a Book/Box), point it at something with a Pattern or Image on a Far Wall (or Out the Window). Click the Shutter Button and take 1 Image to Force AutoFocus. Now, without changing the Focus, set the Lens to Manual Focus. Fire up BYE and get Connected to your DSLR. Explore all the Basic Functions - using the Help Manual when needed. The only elements which won't work are those associated with a Telescope Mount in the ASCOM Control Advanced Options (Slew, AutoFocus, etc). Just remember that Exposure Times will be less (fractional seconds not minutes) in the Room/Daylight.
  42. 1 point

    Questions re evaluating BYN and D810

    Focus via Software Control - NIKON does support it - Search of the BYN Forum finds uses of D800 and D500 and D7200 with success. The higher-end NIKON DSLRs need to do several In-Camera changes such as selecting a "simpler Auto-Focus mode" than Face-Detection, etc. And the Camera Body and Lens need to have AF=ON (not a problem for D810 and Newer Lenses) for Focusing, then AF=OFF /Manual Focus Switch before attempting an Exposure. (There's decent detail deep in the BYN Forum)
  43. 1 point

    Mirror Up

    Thank you both for your responses. I'm using a Celestron C8SE on an AVX mount. However, between the back of the SCT and the back of the Nikon (sensor) there is a Moonlite focuser and rotator as well as a T-adapter for the DSLR. That's a lot of distance between the two optics. My past experience from 50yrs of industrial and commercial photography with tripods on location have taught me the the further the camera is located from the designed point of attachment (where the legs come together), the more likely there is a potential for unwanted vibrations. I saw the post from 2018 and wondered if that would help remover one more variable from my imaging process. I thought the test with the D850 might have been successful so I posted to find out. I'm sure it's difficult working with all the makes and models of Nikons and Canons, so my hat's off to you for such a nice piece of software. I have enjoyed my BYN and hope to continue trying to learn this new hobby of mine. Thanks again for both of your replies.
  44. 1 point
    You're welcome! I've heard nothing but good things about BYE from a colleague and I'm happy to report that it definitely doesnt disappoint in any way. On a side note I read in another thread that a user was able to successfully use the WiFi function to connect BYE to his Canon 5D MkIV (or maybe it was his 6D?) ...In any event I was able to recreate that result. It does require going through the WiFi pairing process and you have to remember that the camera is the WiFi hub and disconnect laptop from home WiFi to connect to the camera's WiFi and, just like with the cable, make sure the EOS remote utility is closed and select Camera within BYE and bada-bing bada-boom it connects right up (the first attempt I deliberately left the EOS utility connected) log files and screen shot of imaging thru BYE connected to 5DMkIV via the camera's WiFi. The downloading is definitely a little slower but it didnt appear to be so slow as to be an issue. 09:58:57 Licensed to photographybywam@gmail.com 09:58:57 BackyardEOS 3.1.18 RC12 09:59:07 Attempting to connect camera... 09:59:07 Canon drivers 'Canon\' initialized. 10:00:18 Attempting to connect camera... 10:00:18 Canon drivers 'Canon\' initialized. 10:00:19 5D-MkIV CONNECTED! 10:00:42 Unable to set LiveviewAutoFocusMode, current setting is assumed! 10:01:02 Imaging session started. 10:01:22 Imaging session completed successfully 10:01:22 LIGHT_1s_1600iso_f4-5_+30c_20191118-10h01m04s529ms.CR2 10:01:22 LIGHT_1s_1600iso_f4-5_+30c_20191118-10h01m04s529ms.jpg 10:02:05 Imaging session started. 10:02:34 LIGHT_Tv1100s_100iso_f13_+30c_20191118-10h02m07s947ms.CR2 10:02:34 LIGHT_Tv1100s_100iso_f13_+30c_20191118-10h02m07s947ms.jpg 10:02:34 Imaging session completed successfully
  45. 1 point

    D5100 not connecting

    Your suggestion about using the default drivers solved my problem! I just assumed that since my camera is pre-2015 I should use the pre-2015 drivers. I must have done a firmware update since then. Thanks for all your help, and for a great product. I really enjoyed the demo video you did on the Astro Imaging Channel!
  46. 1 point

    newbie start up

    It sounds like you have executed the BackyardRED program. It produces a Red Screen effect. It is controlled / terminated by the little widget it places at the Top Center of the Screen. Hover over that, and "X" out.
  47. 1 point

    USB hub

    Kevin, The problem with using a hub with your Nikon camera occurs in the Nikon SDK's communication with the camera. Since BYN relies on the SDK, this means that BYN is at the mercy of the limitations of the SDK. In short, if a fix comes it will be due to Nikon "fixing" their SDK to eliminate the hub limitation. Certainly this seems possible since their main competitor (Canon) has no such limitation. In the meantime, you could try to use only Microsoft certified cabling and high-quality, powered hubs to try to try to find a combo that works. Also make sure to pay particular attention to keeping the cable lengths shorter than the USB specification and no longer than is necessary.
  48. 1 point

    Licence fault error

    You should be able to exceed the 5 meter max length limit if one of the cables is an active extension cable and neither of the cables are more than 5m in length. That is the purpose of the active extension cable.
  49. 1 point

    Canon Eos R support ?

    No rush on my end. Get the software to where you are 100% confident and happy with it, and that will be payment enough for me since I plan on using this model going forward for OSC widefield imaging. I would rather you take the time you need/want with it than be <100% confident with it. Cheers!
  50. 1 point

    Canon Eos R support ?

    Brent from HyperCams is sending me his EOS-R for testing. I'm always amazed at the generosity from strangers sometimes. I had the same thing happen with the Nikon Z7 3 months ago. This is just amazing. Thank you Brent, I owe you a cold one.
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