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  1. Jim, Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Supported Cameras under the BackyardNikon column. Then click on the Shoestring Astronomy DSUSB link near the top of the page, just before the table of cameras. Their cable has been tested and proven to work with Backyard Nikon. However, this cable only controls the shutter for BULB exposures. You also still need the regular USB cable for all other functions.
    2 points
  2. You are spot on about how to verify that LiveView causes the camera to heat up. It is not possible to take still photos without interrupting LiveView. The simple fact is that LiveView cannot be causing the sensor to be read out while the camera is in the act of collecting data for an image. With my T5i, I can image while LiveView is active, but the camera interrupts the LiveView display to take the image. Once the image is complete LiveView is automatically resumed. This works with both Tv and BULB exposures.
    2 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The SL3 is a newer camera, and if you are running Windows 10, the low-level Canon driver is already installed with Windows. With older versions of Windows and older cameras, you had to install the driver from the software kit that either came on a CD with the camera or you downloaded from Canon. When users needed to install the CD software in order to get the camera to work with the PC they often chose to install Canon's EOS Utility, which is a general purpose camera control program. The problem is that Windows could automatically launch the EOS Utility whenever the camera is first detected by
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. Unfortunately, this scenario plays itself out a large number of times every night with all sort of DSLR Astro Imagers. They use LiveView in combination with their Capture Software of choice (frequently BYE) in order to perform the Mount Alignment procedures, and the Polar / Drift Alignment, and then when Framing and Focusing on their Target. This often runs up against the LiveView Timeouts of their DSLR. We know - we've been active supporting users on this forum for better than 10 years (Guylain and Rick and I and a few others). Correct, the Sensor is always read in RAW format. But
    1 point
  11. It's not clear where you are getting this information, but it is incorrect. LiveView is NOT the act of Lifting / Holding Open the Mirror. Rather it involves the triggering of the Camera's Video Mode (And Focus and Tracking Logic) activating both the Sensor and the DIGIC 7 Processor and Buffer Memory as well as the extraction of "Frames" from the ROI of that Video Feed and the Queuing of those "Frames" to the USB2 Host Controller and Transmission Hardware - and Energizing the Mirrorbox Lift Solenoid. It is all the Sensor and Controller activity which generates the bulk of the heat, and which
    1 point
  12. lhammargren

    Slow load of BYEOS

    Put in 3.2. Wow! What a difference! Loads in 5-6 sec. Thanks again.
    1 point
  13. astroman133

    Slow load of BYEOS

    There have been changes made since 3.1.18 was released to speed up loading. You should upgrade to 3.2.2.
    1 point
  14. Inconsistent symptoms does not seem to be a software issue. I would look at cabling and connections. Let us know how it goes.
    1 point
  15. Comments on your previous test with In-Camera Quality and Save To Camera. 1- You said that the capture executes and but that no image is saved to the camera's memory card. How did you verify that? 2- I don't get your point about the estimated finish time. Here is what I see: you are 8 seconds into a 60 second exposure, not a 1 second exposure. The Duration in the Capture Plan Center is 60! The current time is 22:56:23 as displayed on the title bar next to the padlock icon at the top right. The estimated finish time is 23:57 displayed in 2 places and is sometime in the next minute.
    1 point
  16. 19:14:35 D5100 CONNECTED! 19:14:39 Imaging session started. 19:14:39 Imaging session cancelled 19:14:39 Your camera requires a configured serial cable for BULB or Mirror Lock. The above message for the D5100 is correct. You can confirm by looking at the entry for that model in the Supported Cameras page. The D5100 does not support BULB exposures over USB so BYN requires a second cable, in parallel with the regular USB cable, to control the shutter during BULB exposures. This limitation is not necessary with the 1V3. When you say Frame & Focus works that description
    1 point
  17. In 2012 I used a Canon XSi and an early version of BYE to image the moon. I used 5X zoom in Planetary mode to do a lunar capture of a portion of the disk at full resolution. I understand that 5X zoom does not work the same way with Nikons, so this technique will not work for you. In my case I used BYE to capture an 800 frame video of part of the lunar disk. Then moved the zoom box to a different portion of the disk and repeated. It took 6 captures to get the entire visible disk. Then I used Registax to stack each of the 6 videos and RegiStar to assemble the 6 images into a single image.
    1 point
  18. Thanks Admin, It's not a major issue I just wondered. I still feel BYN has the edge over anything else I've seen to-date... but that focussing tool would have been the icing on the cake. I'm going to be starting out with using my camera on my scope for lunar and planetary stuff so the focussing will be a mute point for that. But at some point I'd like to move onto other basic deep sky stuff and figured it would be very helpful in the longer term.. But I guess not essential. When I bought my camera I had no idea it could be linked to my laptop at all - so this is all a big bonus.
    1 point
  19. No, not an old Nikon, sorry.
    1 point
  20. Nobody said that the Camera doesn't have the ability - rather that the Nikon SDK (developed and published by NIKON) doesn't expose certain functionality to the Program(s) which connect to the DSLR through that SDK. This is complicated by the fact that NIKON has used several 3rd-party Companies as sources for the Sensors and Processors in various Model Series. Certain other "control...nikon" apps use other connectivity methods than the SDK - methods which expose different features (and only work for some Model Series). BYN Developers decided to stick with the SDK, as that is provided by
    1 point
  21. For Canon cameras, the exposure setting does not control the frame rate. It does control how much the camera brightens the image, which is always just a few milliseconds long. This is how the camera works and BYE cannot change it, since it must go through Canon EOS SDK to control the camera. If you want longer duration images on BYE's Frame & Focus screen, use Snap images. Snap images are small JPG images that update quicker than RAW images. You can set the Snap image parameters and then Loop to continuously update the image. Snap images can also be used for focusing, with FWHM and HF
    1 point
  22. astroman133

    Live Autofocus

    Some of the newer cameras have "smart" LiveView autofocus modes that are not compatible with the Canon SDK and BYE. Unfortunately the Face+Tracking mode is one of those modes and is the default. Use the camera's menu to choose the various modes to see if one of them will allow LiveView to work with BYE.
    1 point
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. astroman133

    Paying for BackyardEOS

    Click on the Store menu item at the top of this page. Click on the BackyardEOS button. Click on the button for either the Classic or the Premium version. Click on Add To Cart and proceed through the purchasing process. Once the purchase transaction has been completed, click on the My Purchases and Orders options at the top of the page. Find the license key for the purchased license, copy the key, without any other leading or trailing characters to the Windows Clipboard. Open your current copy of BYE and click on the padlock button at the top right to open t
    1 point
  27. astroman133

    Canon 5D Connection to EOS

    Glad you figured it out. The PTP option is not available on newer cameras. Oh, and the program is "Backyard EOS", not "EOS Backyard". It is kind of like calling you Mike when your name is Mark. The authors like customers to get the name right, as a matter of brand recognition. Thanks for letting us know.
    1 point
  28. Paul, if you wish to make use of your Bahtinov Mask, it is best to perform your Focusing on a Relatively Bright Star that is in the same quadrant of the sky. If your Scope is an SCT without Mirror-Locks, then try for the closest Bright Star to minimize any impact of Mirror-Flop. Don't chose a Close Double Star as your Focus Star - unless you want to see double. Don't use a Planet, as the Planetary Disk will bloat and invalidate the BM Pattern. Don't use Sirius or Canopus, as they will make overly bright and fat bases to the spikes. And don't use Betelguese as it's bloated size often s
    1 point
  29. biaglow

    Problem With Flats

    This issue is resolved. I set the telescope up for flats inside the garage since it is raining here. But I wanted the exact same optical train and ambient temperature, controlling as many things as I can. Bottom line is that it appears that my filter is causing the issue. It is a narrow band triad filter from Radian. Apparently, it is blocking most of the light from my flat light source. The flats are really dark and the histograms are really attenuated. If I remove the filter from the optical train, everything seems fine. Images are bright with good histograms. If I return t
    1 point
  30. Hi Paul, I've looked at it in more depth and I just want to confirm that this is a bug, I will need to fix this. At no time should you be prevented from using your paid software. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, I take these issues to heart. Regards
    1 point
  31. admin

    API takepicture command issue

    Yes, you just need to poll with the getstatus command and send the next takepicture command once the status is idle again.
    1 point
  32. figured it out. i had installed CPWI first before the ASCOM DRIVERS, apparently thats bad. i uninstalled CPWI and then reinstalled it. launched BYE and selected CPWI as the ASCOM telescope chooser window. success!
    1 point
  33. You cannot get your current BYE to work by dropping in a newly released version of the SDK. First, the SDK is only available to registered developers so you could not grab the SDK and just drop it into your existing BYE installation. You can only use the new SDK with a new version of BYE that is designed to work with it. This is also because there is a bit of custom code in BYE for every camera model. I know this not only because I am a long time user/supporter of BYE, but also I am a registered developer with Canon for the EOS SDK.
    1 point
  34. admin

    BYE - download

    You buy it you own it. It's not tied to a computer. You can download and install on more than one computer and use the same key. Regards,
    1 point
  35. admin

    Unable to download image

    Have you been able to solve your issue?
    1 point
  36. The authors ensure that O'Telescope downloads are virus and malware-free. AND nobody has reported an actual issue with the downloads. Some security software flags software that it does not know. There should be a way to override by saying that "I trust this software"; either for just this download, of for the future as well. BTW, there is strictly no such thing as "BackyardEOS Trial software" as the subject of your post states. There is only BYE software. After downloading and installing BYE, you apply your Trial license to the software when you start it to activate all the features
    1 point
  37. s3igell

    Nikon D5100 Settings for AP

    What do you have setup for Dithering?? If it is setup to occur after each Image, this could well be your "4 minutes of grinding" as it performs the Dither and then waits for the Guiding Track to Settle to your configured Settings.
    1 point
  38. 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
  39. s3igell

    Support EOS Ra?

    Suggestion: Test it at your Desk or Kitchen Table. Don't waste a Clear Night on any potential Connection or Configuration Issues. Work them out when you have the leisure and access to the Internet. Then, be assured that you are READY for that "Precious" Clear Night when it comes...
    1 point
  40. dkerber

    Display frame # during pause

    This is a relatively minor display enhancement request. Currently, during the pause time countdown between frames, there is nothing that shows which frame number it is on; there is one during the exposure countdown. I would like to see one during the pause countdown as well. My use case is that I typically add a pause time equal to the expose time between my dark frames to let the sensor cool down. Currently I have to wait until the exposure starts to tell what frame I'm on when I come back to it. Ideally, it would show something like "Pause 6 of 10" and the seconds counting down, just li
    1 point
  41. Hello! I just wanted to let you know I got the cable figured out and that the SMAKN is now working just fine. Thanks for making the change! All the best to you and yours, Paul
    1 point
  42. Thank you for sharing this.
    1 point
  43. BackyardNIKON does not have a large footprint, it will run on pretty much anything, including a 10-year-old laptop. It runs a basic NUC computers as well. BackyardNIKON is a Windows application, it will not run on a MAC natively unless your use virtualization software.
    1 point
  44. astroman133

    Not temperature display

    Have you taken a picture??? BYE gets the temperature that is displayed in the Camera Information Center from the EXIF data in a downloaded image. In order to display this information, you need to tell BYE to store the images on the PC. You also need to be sure that the Skip EXIF Read setting (Advanced Settings) is not checked. Then you need to take a picture and wait. BYE looks for an EXIF value called CameraTemperature. You can view the EXIF data for a displayed image by clicking on the "Rubik's Cube" button that is displayed just to the right of the displayed image.
    1 point
  45. 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
  46. Using Backyard EOS, I have to move the focuser position using the arrow buttons, +/- 500,100,10, and 1. It would be nice to be able to enter a position number since I have all them saved for different image trains. As of now I go into CPWI and enter the position which can be cumbersome when I have the find target window open which covers most of the screen, and also the side panel submenus.
    1 point
  47. The coupon includes the dashes. What do I need? You need your 5-line BackyardEOS 3.0.x license key. Your coupon code is the first 25 characters of your 5-line BackyardEOS 3.0.x license key, including dashes. It looks something like this QS3ER-5RTE4-WE3GR-3RG65-9. What do I do? Sign-in or create an account if not already done. Go to our store and add BackyardEOS Classic Edition in your cart and proceed to checkout. Enter your coupon code on the checkout page. Your new activation key will be issued ONLINE immediately once the transaction
    1 point
  48. 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
  49. Enabling Maximum Sensitivity causes BYE to adjust the ISO and f-stop when you change from imaging to Frame & Focus or Planetary mode. I had thought that it also changed the exposure, but that does not appear to be the case. Maximum Sensitivity is useful when trying to focus on a bright star. You should uncheck it for planetary imaging.
    1 point
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