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  1. s3igell

    Mask

    To learn how this feature works, you can take a tabletop Daytime Photo of an object/scene (with BYE or without - just load onto PC). Then, connect BYE and set the DSLR using same Lens settings (Zoom and F/stop) pointing at same object, just slightly shifted or rotated (or both). Load the 1st Image to the BYE Image Display, change to Mask mode, and take your 2nd shot. BYE will display the Images overlaid (you control the opacity and rotation/orientation). Then, you can minutely shift your DSLR and shoot again (out at night "shift DSLR" would actually be accomplished by moving the Mount via Hand Controller or ASCOM Mount Control).
  2. The downloaded file referenced is the "Pre-Release" v3.1.18 RC2, which has now been further updated. Please download the file in the Downloads (Tab next to "Forum" at home of website); Pre-Releases (Right side of page); BackyardEOS v3.1.18 Release Candidate (all you need is the current Release Candidate). Let us know your Success.
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    USB hub

    There is also a Big Difference in USB Hubs - between Cheapos and Solidly-built Unit - and between Chipsets Used. There is also a Difference between Powered and Unpowered Hubs. Your D7000 is self-powered, but your ASI224 is USB-powered. Make sure that you get a Powered Hub for use with the ASI224 - it will make a World of Difference. Powered Hubs also help overcome any effects of Cheap Thin-gauge USB Cables or Longer Cables in general. My preferred brands are ANKER and ASUS and NEEWER. (Note: You can also throttle-down the USB Port Throughput of the ASI224 to good effect -ZWO is notorious for setting their USB Interface chips at FULL-SPEED even when they know the problems are bad. I live in a Canon BYE and CMOS world, so I can't stipulate any specific USB Hubs which I've known to work with older Nikons. But, the brands listed above are Good Ones.
  4. Hello, Please provide a good bit more detail, and follow some initial steps. Info: Which version of BYE have you installed?? Need the version numbers. (Needs to be the latest v3.1.18 beta release) Have you installed the Canon EOS Utility software which came with the Camera?? (Needs to be Installed to get the Low-level Drivers) How are you connecting the Camera to the PC?? (Needs to be USB, even if the Camera has WiFi) What is the actual message posted to the BYE Camera Log Window?? (Need to know the Numbers reported in the Error Message) Initial Steps: Install the EOS Utility software that comes with the Camera. Connect with that EOS Utility a first time (to prove that it will connect and all the Canon Drivers have been Installed), then set that Utility to NOT run in the background. Download and Install the Latest Release Candidate of BYE Software from the "Pre-Release Software Page". Set the Camera to it's Basic Settings - Manual Focus, Manual/Bulb Exposure, etc. (Make sure Focus Mode is not Auto Face Mode) Connect the Camera to the PC via the USB Cable supplied with the Camera. Make sure EOS Utility is NOT Running in the Background - connecting to the Camera automatically when it is Cabled-Up. (Yes, EOS Utility is that persistent -by design.) Start BYE and press Connect Button. Capture and Report the message in the Camera Log Window. Welcome to BYE/BYN. The Software is really successful for AstroPhotography Imaging. (...Once the initial required SDK Update is provided by Canon.) BYE Requires the SDK supplied by Canon be Updated to support each specific DSLR Model (something which Canon usually does within 6 months of releasing a New Model). Since the 4000D was announced alongside the 2000D and the M50, and both of those Models have recently proven to be SDK-supported, there is good reason to expect the 4000D is also Supported. (But, as Canon's newest "Lowest/Entry Model", it remains to be seen if all the desired elements and Features are supported.) Follow the Setup steps, Post the Detail Info, and Guylain (BYE's Developer) should be along to help shortly.
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    EOS-M support

    Hopefully everything will turn out positive for SDK Support of the M50, however there are a few PC apps which provide Tethered Support of several Canon models but do NOT use the Canon SDK to do so. Unfortunately, that doesn't indicate that there will ever be SDK Support for such a specific Model. And BYE is heavily dependent on the Canon SDK...
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    Reticule screen.

    You need to be in Frame&Focus Mode. Then the "Crosshairs" Reticule is toggled by the 2nd button down along the upper-right corner of the View frame.
  7. Hmmm... The Canon USA Specs page does look promising: USB-C Connection Port Bulb Function - 1-sec to 99hrs-59min-59sec Built-In Intervalometer functionality Shooting Modes: "Night Portrait" and "Handheld Night Sceen" However, BYE has been bitten by Canon Mirrorless Design Decisions before. And the Spec Sheet for this Model is more of the same: Remote Shooting Control is referenced ONLY via Bluetooth Bluetooth Connectivity is via an Apple / Android App (which they explicitly state may be only lightly supported by Canon) There is NO External Remote Control Port, hence the Built-In Intervalometer functionality So, I won't be an Early Adopter... But, if you do, consider sharing with Guylain in order to facilitate Support for the M6mkII in BYE.
  8. There are numerous Mini and Stick PCs which run Windows 10 so that BYN can run on it and your Camera (and AutoGuider and Mount) can in turn be connected via USB. Most of these Mini / Stick PCs also have WiFi modules through which you could connect via Remote Control Software (recommend builtin RDP - no requirement for Internet). There are even numerous Astro "Controllers/Mini PCs", but as most of these are Linux-based BYN could not be utilized. Having a Stick PC at the Mount is much better and robust than controlling the Camera via direct WiFi link. Amongst the other issues, a direct WiFi Link such as the newer Nikon Cameras generate could likely mean needing to reconnect and restart your Imaging Session after every short loss of WiFi Signal. And such direct WiFi Links do not allow for connection to the Mount and AutoGuider.
  9. BYN allows Exposures of ANY Length via use of the DSLR's Bulb Exposure Feature and BYN's Exposure Plan. For most modern DSLRs this is accessed by setting the Camera to M and letting BYN do the timing.
  10. You will find that there are a few essential tools in BYE that EOSUtility can't replicate, as well as numerous niceties. Everything from Dither integration with PHD2 to Inspection of RAW Images whilst the next Exposure is underway. Honestly, you can simply test the functionality at your Kitchen Table some Rainy Saturday. There is no difference to BYE if the Camera is attached to a T-Adapter and Scope or to a Lens set to Manual Focus. And Exposures need not be minutes long (although you can readily make a pinhole F-stop cover for your Lens. Then once you satisfy yourself that BYE works with your Camera and your VM Environment, you can buy your License and be untethered from the Internet Registration requirement.
  11. When installing inside a VM, you will need to make sure that all the Installation Paths, as well as all the Configured Option Paths and Settings, refer to Local Resources to which the VM Windows User has full Permissions. As well, you'll need to assure that the VM has Fully configured access to the USB Hardware and any ports to PHD and such (1499, etc) are suitably Open.
  12. Yes, BYE is good for all AP Imaging Capture Modes: DSO Capture - with DSLR attached to a Telescope via Prime Focus or Eyepiece Projection or to a Long Focal Length Lens Widefield/Nightscape Capture with DSLR attached to Medium to Wide Lens or Widefield Scope Planetary Imaging - via DSLR attached to Long Focal Length Telescope using LiveView Video Capture Lunar Imaging - via either Still Frame or LiveView Video Capture Solar Imaging - via either Still Frame or LiveView Video Capture Bye works equally well with a DSLR and Camera Lens or attached via a T-Adapter to a Telescope. In the latter case, the Camera acts as if the Telescope is simply a Large Manual-Focus Lens.
  13. 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...
  14. The "size" of a Planet is a factor of the Focal Length of the Scope and the Dimensions of the Imaging Sensor. Even Jupiter is going to produce only a Small Image with Consumer Grade Optics and Cameras - unless you have a 4x/5x Barlow on a 14"-16" SCT - covering a few hundred pixels at most. If using the DSLR's built-in Video Modes which utilize the entire breadth of the Canon 5D Mark II 21MP Sensor to produce a 1080p Video, it will be even smaller by 2.7x. Instead, BYE uses a 1:1 Crop of the LiveView feed (which is only about 1000 pixels wide) centered on your target to capture the highest possible resolution of whatever Image Size your Optics is able to produce. Beyond that, the use of Planetary Video Capture routines in Post-Processing Software will use that data to produce the Sharpest and Most-Detailed Image possible.
  15. Be careful: DO NOT post your License Key to this or other Forums... Not even in a Screenshot... But, as Rick says, if you use Copy-Paste instead of Manually Keying, you should be able to Validate your License. If, on the other hand, your issue is truly that you can't get BYE to Start-Up/Open - then look at your AntiVirus Program. Since BYE is updated with some frequency, and has a lot fewer users than Google or the current Fad Game, many AntiVirus Programs will Block it from Executing. Every AntiVirus App has some way to override and allow Programs to execute - you'll just need to follow the instructions for your AntiVirus Program.
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