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    Weather Data via Text File

    Outstanding, Guylain! Thank you very much for this.
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    Weather Data via Text File

    Here is a portion of the text file generated by the Davis weather station software - I have highlighted the temperature values showing the below 0F in red and the above 0F in blue. The minus sign (-) when the temperature is below 0F adds a character to the text string. BYEOS captures the temperature data using character positions in the text file, so when the temperature goes below 0F the additional minus sign in the string makes the setup in BYEOS incorrect. If the temperature comes back above 0F, the temperature is correct again. The same issue occurs if the temperature goes from one digit to two or three digits - say from 9F to 10F or 99F to 100F. If it were possible to use the comma as the delimiter instead of character position, the temperature should always be correct no matter if it is above or below 0F, or if the temperature is one, two, or three digits. Hope that explains what I'm talking about. I'm also attaching a PDF of this in case the info doesn't show up well in the forum. 07/01/17,09:20,2.0,83,-2.0,2.0,4.0,260,0.00,0.00,30.539,0.72,68.1,36,3.0,-4.5,2.0,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-5.5,110,0.0,242,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,09:30,2.4,82,-1.8,3.0,7.0,256,0.00,0.00,30.542,0.72,68.1,36,5.0,-7.6,2.4,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-5.7,134,0.0,288,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,09:40,3.0,82,-1.3,3.0,7.0,258,0.00,0.00,30.542,0.72,68.0,36,2.0,-0.8,3.0,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-5.0,158,0.0,242,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,09:50,3.6,82,-0.7,3.0,6.0,252,0.00,0.00,30.544,0.72,67.9,36,4.0,-4.6,3.6,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-4.4,181,0.0,282,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,10:00,4.2,80,-0.6,3.0,6.0,263,0.00,0.00,30.546,0.72,68.0,36,4.0,-3.9,4.2,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-3.8,204,0.0,277,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,10:10,5.1,80,0.3,3.0,8.0,250,0.00,0.00,30.552,0.72,68.1,36,4.0,-2.9,5.1,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-2.9,226,0.0,249,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,10:20,5.3,79,0.2,3.0,7.0,257,0.00,0.00,30.555,0.72,68.3,35,3.0,-0.8,5.3,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-2.7,248,0.0,279,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,10:30,5.7,79,0.6,4.0,6.0,248,0.00,0.00,30.553,0.72,68.5,35,3.0,-0.3,5.7,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-2.8,268,0.0,262,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,10:40,5.9,78,0.5,4.0,8.0,243,0.00,0.00,30.550,0.72,68.6,35,7.0,-5.9,5.9,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-2.6,287,0.0,253,0.00,0.00 07/01/17,10:50,6.8,76,0.8,4.0,7.0,259,0.00,0.00,30.550,0.72,68.8,35,2.0,3.3,6.8,0.0,0,0.000,0.000,-1.7,304,0.0,277,0.00,0.00 Davis Log File.pdf
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    Night-Vision Safe BYE/BYN User Guide PDFs

    If you start BackyardRED before you begin your imaging session, the User's Guide can be viewed with much less night-vision impact. There's a slider bar at the top of the screen that allows control of the amount of 'redness'. I found this to be very helpful.
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    Focus Control - Help Please

    So, based on info from Starizona & Starlight that it is ASCOM compliant, I bought the MicroTouch II focus control system and attached it to my scope. The ASCOM drivers are installed, and the focuser is controllable from my PC via the MicroTouch II controller software. Now I'm trying to get my BackyardEOS to recognize the ASCOM focuser but have not had any luck. What is the process to get BYEOS to recognize the focus controller? Should it recognize it immediately on startup, or is there something I need to do to make it work? Thanks for your help. EDIT: Never mind - I turned on the MicroTouch AFTER I had already started BYEOS - once I shut down the BYEOS and restarted it, it recognized the MicroTouch. All is good!!
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    Success, then a problem.

    I'm running BackyardEOS over a 5 meter USB repeater cable from Newegg - cost about $10, and I've successfully run other programs with two of these connected. According to the Newegg website, these cables can be cascaded up to 25 meters.
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    Weather Data via Text File

    I've managed to get BackyardEOS to access the daily text file from my Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station for temperature/humidity measurements. For the most part, this works very well - but we've had a significant cold spell here where the temperature has been single digits and below zero. Every time this happens, BackyardEOS chokes on the data because the characters reported by the Davis text file change position (different starting point and different length). I can see that the same situation will likely occur if the temperature gets above 99F, but I won't likely be imaging under those conditions where I live!! I believe that this issue could be corrected if BYEOS could read the text file as a delimited text file with maybe a dropdown for the delimiting character (comma, semi-colon, etc.) rather than a fixed length text file. Any chance this could be done? Thanks for listening.
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    Focus Control - Help Please

    Just spoke to Dean at Starizona, and he says that the MicroTouch Focusing System is ASCOM compliant. So my assumption is that since BYEOS can accept input from an ASCOM compliant focuser it should work. Dean did question whether BYEOS can accept ASCOM compliant connection, but as I'm reading the info here the Premium version does.
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    Focus Control - Help Please

    It looks like Starlight also sells the MicroTouch Focusing System, which includes a stepper motor plus the hand controller. Significantly cheaper than the Focuser Boss II which is basically an autofocuser. The MicroTouch Focusing System has a USB connection, so my guess is that this will work with BYEOS. I'll contact Starlight to see if they agree. EDIT: It actually looks like the stepper motor in the MFS is different than the FB II. Appears that the FB II is an upscaled version of the MFS - I think the MFS will work just fine in BYEOS, but I'm trying to confirm that with Starlight.
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    Focus Control - Help Please

    I've searched through the forum, but have not found an answer to my question. I have a TEC140ED with a 3.5" FeatherTouch focuser that I would like to motorize and control with BYEOS. Starlight sells the Handy Stepper Motor for my focuser and they also sell the Focuser Boss II controller for this HSM. My question is this: with BYEOS, do I need to buy the Focuser Boss II controller for the HSM, or can BYEOS control this motor directly. Obviously, I would save a bunch of money if I only need to buy the Handy Stepper Motor. I'm just not smart enough about this to know if I need something between the HSM and my computer running BYEOS. Thanks for your help.
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