Jump to content

Canada's top-tier Telescopes & Accessories


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


s3igell last won the day on February 11

s3igell had the most liked content!

About s3igell

  • Rank
    Nuclear Fusion

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Tampa FL

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Does this PC/Laptop have any special provenance?? Was it originally built for Work Usage - maybe a Locked-Down Environment?? Or running within a VM?? Do the selected File Names or Directory Path from which they come have anything special?? Special Characters?? Stored on an External / Network Source??
  2. Remember: You can test most of the Features (and definitely get a good feel for the UI and how it works with your T3i) right from your Desk or Kitchen Table. You can even see how your DSLR will work with a Lens or Scope attached to it. About the only thing hard to do at the Table is some of the Mount Control via ASCOM work.
  3. Drag-Drop Image Viewer is a Premium Feature.
  4. If by "focus screen" you mean the Frame&Focus mode main Image Display... Select a decently Bright Star in the same general direction as your Target for use in Focusing (Dim Stars don't provide enough feedback to Focus). Don't attempt to "Force" the Focus operation within the FOV of your Target, as it is neither required nor likely suitable (Dense Clusters don't provide enough Distinction, Nebulae mask Detail, etc). Ensure that you are starting from a position of "Near-Focus" - when Far from Focus, the Starlight is so diffused that you may well "see nothing". Make a habit of r
  5. Guylain: Could you gin-up a special debug version that loaded more LiveView Startup Debug Info into a Log File?? (Next best thing to being there??)
  6. LiveView causes the Sensor and Electronics to Heat-Up. The longer utilizing LiveView, the Hotter the Sensor. Until it reaches the Sensor Thermal Protection Limit, after which LiveView Shuts down. This is not a BackyardEOS feature, but rather a Protective Feature of ALL DSLRs. Some are based on Direct Sensor Temp, and others are based on a Timer (20-30 minutes). Ways to avoid LiveView Thermal Shutdown: Do something other than LiveView for 30-60 minutes after Polar Alignment.
  7. And, for Newly Released models: Ensure that you Download and Install the Latest Pre-Release Candidate version of the BackyardEOS/Nikon Software (Bottom Category to Right on Software Download page)
  8. 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
  9. You can easily set BYE to collect ONLY the RAW files. There really is no need for creation of JPG versions of the Initial Exposures - all current PCs are capable of parsing CR2 (and now CR3) files on-the-fly. And until after Stacking, these files aren't really meant for Public Consumption. You can also always use the File Manager Sort-by-Extension functionality...
  10. If you find any such list of SNR or other pertinent Sensor parameters, let the Forum know. Some "busy-body" successfully lobbied to have Wikipedia take down their once thorough list of Canon DSLR Models under the guise that such a list was "advertising" for the brand. As for the BYE Compatibility List: You found your model in the list; You know whether it is Supported or Not; it served its purpose.
  11. If you do continue to perform Photography Tripod shots, read up on the "Rule-of-500". (This site does a good job explaining the math behind it, and the adoption for Crop Sensors such as Canon APS-C Sensors.)
  12. There are a few tricks to improving the STABILITY of a Photographic Tripod: Set the Tripod Legs as Short as they will go - especially Do Not extend the skinniest last Leg Segments Make sure that the Legs are set as wide as the Tripod allows - try to scoot each Tripod Foot an extra inch or two by hand (having the Legs in tension stabilizes the Tripod) Do NOT Extend the Tripod Neck - the Tripod Head should be as close to the Tripod Shoulder as possible Hang a 5-10lb weight (perhaps the Camera Bag) on the Bag Hook at the bottom end of the Tripod Neck (and use the Straps ti
  13. Both of you are arguing from an essentially outdated effort to ensure that the Flats were within the most Linear (center) portion of the CCD Chip's Output. The days of CCD are Long Past, and with modern CMOS Sensors and ADC Units, Linearity exists almost to the far ends of the Histogram. Assuming your Flats are far enough separated from the Null and Fully Saturated, and within the Linear Response area of the Sensor, everything else is straight forward Math performed within the Master Flat Calibration routine. (I'm having no luck finding my preferred reference - site may be down for repa
  14. 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.
  15. Mirror Lockup (MLU) is NOT worth the hype, unless you are taking Short Exposures on an Unsteady Photographer's Tripod. And, if you are, MLU is amongst the least of your Challenges... MLU is not worth it - Why: AP Image Exposures are Long Duration - any Mirror-Slap induced Vibration will die-out in the first 1-2 seconds (during which very few Photons have been captured) AP Mounts are Massive (compared to the DSLR Mirror-Box - any Mirror-Slap induced Impulse will be overwhelmingly dampened by the Mass of the Mount AP Imaging involves Purposefully Induced Motion - Ditherin
  • Create New...

Important Information

This site uses cookies to offer your a better browsing experience. You can adjust your cookie settings. By closing this banner, scrolling this page, clicking a link or continuing to browse otherwise, you agree to the use of cookies, our Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use