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  1. s3igell

    Lunar imaging

    You should remember that you can also add a good quality 0.63x Focal Reducer to get a Wider FOV. You can go further with a 0.5x or even 0.33x Focal Reducer - but these are harder to find and have stronger distortion issues.
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    Lunar imaging

    Options such as Control of the Camera's actual Video Mode (rather than the LiveView data captured from the Rear LCD Screen) are choices which the SDK usually fails to support. And since BYE/BYN is wholly dependent on the SDK for accessing the Camera...
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    Lunar imaging

    The purpose of the LiveView Planetary Imaging limit of 640x480 (which size is dependent on your Model) is because the overriding goal is to record 1:1 Pixel Resolution Video (one Pixel on the Sensor records to 1 Pixel in the Data). This is different than the Camera's native FullHD Video, which jams the Full Resolution of the Sensor (12MP to 24MP depending on your Model) down into 1920x1080 FullHD size (meaning 3-7 Sensor Pixels are jammed down into each Recorded Pixel). This causes significant Loss of Detail. For Full Resolution, you will need to switch to Still Images. You can set an Image Plan to snap 100-200 individual Images which you can then Stack in AutoStakkert3 or RegiStax6.
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    Cannot control shutter speed Nikon D750

    That things are working better once you performed the Factory Reset indicates that there were one or more Camera Settings which were causing the bulk of the Frustations you encountered. This is all too common - especially on Nikon DSLRs. Nikon offers so many settings in the various menus and controls of their higher-end DSLRs which they (Nikon) then fail to support through their SDK (Software Development Kit - written by Nikon). You will be able to use BYN with your D750 - as so many other users do. But you will need to do it with a number of the Camera's special Features turned OFF - because Nikon doesn't support them when connected via USB. Some of the settings to turn OFF: WiFi, Auto-Focus, Mirror Lockup, Long Exposure Noise Reduction. Please don't get frustrated, you can use BYN with your D750. And once you learn the necessary settings, you'll have success and learn how strong your D750 Sensor is for AP Imaging.
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    Pegasus Astro Weather Station

    While the Pegasus Astro "Ultimate Power Box" isn't quite the level of a MiniPC, it does look impressive as a PDU/Hub/Heater Controller. And YES it reports Full ASCOM 6 integration. Nice...
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    canon 77d wont connect 3.1.16 trial windows 10 64bit

    To get your 77D to connect to BYE v3.1.xx, you first need to load the necessary Canon Drivers. The easiest way to do so is to load the Canon EOS Utility from the CD/DVD that comes with the Camera. EOS Utility is also the best diagnostic tool for Connectivity Issues. But then, after any such tests, you need to ensure that EOS Utility is no longer running - not even in the background.
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    canon 77d wont connect 3.1.16 trial windows 10 64bit

    Your Canon 77D is NOT an Older Camera by any means... See this regarding the Supported Cameras table:
  8. s3igell

    Focus Feature

    One of the main Focusing Tricks with an Imaging Camera on a Scope: Set your Camera and Focuser to a Rough-Focus position (learned from previous use - some use a Marker on their Focuser Drawtube to mark the starting position) Balance your Mount and Scope Polar Align and Star Align Slew to a BRIGHT Star in the same quadrant of sky as your Target Focus on the Bright Star - using Frame & Focus or Snap Images or Bahtinov Mask or other preferred method. Lock Focuser Slew to your Target Get your Autoguiding Calibrated and ready to go Use Frame and Focus (now more effective since well focused) to make Final Positioning tweaks Start your Imaging
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    Jpeg frames not being sent to computer

    As you grow more interested in AP Imaging, and as you collect more Images, you are going to need to add one or more Image Processing programs. Some of these are "simple to use" and some have "significant learning curves". Starting with a capable Image Viewer: Free - you get Canon DPP and ZoomBrowser on the Software CD that came with your DSLR; you can download IrfanView; or you can search the Web for an alternative. And by late Summer/early Fall Windows Update will have pushed out the 2019 Spring Update where they once again support RAW Codecs so that one can view RAW Images directly in File Explorer. Paid - Adobe offers Lightroom, ACDSee offers PhotoStudio, others offer similar Photo Viewers as part of their Powerful Image Processing Suites. AND - you'll have a historic stash of RAW Images which you can attempt to Astro Image Process, once you grow into that aspect of the hobby...
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    Modified (cooled) Canon 80D

    The Astro 80D pdf is quite interesting. CentralDS has taken a very aggressive approach to re-engineering the Camera in order to add their TEC Cooling. If done with Care and Quality, it should provide you with essentially a APS-C size Cooled OSC Full-Spectrum AP Camera equivalent to any of the high-end CMOS Astro Cameras. But it does lose so many of the Features / Functionality of a DSLR (Lens Control, Shutter, Exposure Metering). One of the only thing I didn't see referenced is how they addressed the temperature control of the AR Window (the Hoya Clear Filter) - will it have frosting issues when using a large amount of Cooling under high Humidity. Another concern would be the language on page 7 that seems to indicate the TEC is "Uncontrolled". The main purpose of adding Cooling to a Camera is to provide a Controlled Lowered Temperature Sensor, not just The Coldest Possible Sensor. Hopefully there is some Temperature Control - whether ASCOM or Manual Hardware.
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    Modified (cooled) Canon 80D

    Any chance that you can share that Manual?? Or even the Snippet about the Temperature Sensor?? There's been a number of folks interested in CentralDS's Products and Processes - but CentralDS hasn't been to Clear on their Website.
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    Support for Mirrorless Canons

    The Pixels on the 490ex are as large or a bit larger than those of the Rebel DSLRs mentioned above. That is because it is the Sensor from an earlier version of Sony Camera. Results of the 490ex will be better simply because of the Cooling and the lack of an Anti-Aliasing Filter found in the DSLRs. Yes, unless your TAK has a Built-In/Built-On Frame Flattener, you will WANT (but not necessarily Need - You can take Images with some amount of Aberrations notable around the Outside) the suggested FF. While I'm no expert on your TAK, it appears there are 3x TAK FF's that are noted to work with your Scope. They are Pricey, Pricier, and More-Pricier; but you have a High-End/Expensive Scope on your hands. Speak to an expert such as at OPT or Highpoint... I mentioned "USED" rather than "REFURB'd" - there can be significant Price Differences (ADORAMA has one USED T5i listed for $199.00 and others for $300). Remember, with AP Imaging use one does NOT need 100% of the Features of a DSLR to Work. At a minimum, the Sensor and Shutter and USB need to work. Rear-LCD and SD Card Port and Anti-Shake and Auto-Focus and ViewFinder and Light Meter and Flash are literally "Bonus Features" that won't be used for most AP Imaging with a Scope. (And that $199.00 T5i is at that Reduced Price simply because the Built-In Flash "Will Not Pop-Up Automatically - But WILL Manually Extend and WORKS" - totally UNIMPORTANT for AP Imaging!!)
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    Support for Mirrorless Canons

    Comments on a few points above: A modern DSLR with an Articulating Screen is Good, as it allows you a less-cumbersome way to get a quick view at where the Scope is aimed, but for Focusing or Framing or Image Review you will REALLY Want the 8x larger LCD Screen of your Laptop. However, for Daytime Imaging, the Flip-out Screen is a godsend. Resolution should be about 2x the average Seeing at your Imaging Locations (much of USA is at 2-3arcsec Seeing - best in New Mexico and Southern Arizona is 1.25-1.5arcsec). Anything is deemed Oversampling, whereby all you can do is "Chase Seeing Conditions". Thus, you can do well with a Pixel Resolution of 1arcsec. The 80D and 7DmkII and any of the Rebel Series (from 550D through 750D and 77D) will give you that, only the 6D fails to give at lease 1arcsec/pixel for your TAK TSA-120. (see https://astronomy.tools/calculators/field_of_view/) Your TAK TSA-120 has a 2.7" Focuser, which will surely Fully-Illuminate even a Full-Frame Sensor. At f/7.5, even an M48 T-Adapter should do so (that is what they were designed to do). BYE/BYN is your best bet for "near 1:1 cropped LiveView". In fact, except for the old 550D and 60D, it is your only recourse to produce that sort of Video Capture (both those models had true "Native 1:1 Crop Video 640x480 Output"). The 6DmkII and original 6D are the Champs at that for Canon DSLRs. The 7DmlII is rather close behind, per some tests (not per others). Even the 80D does much better than the Gary Honis post that you referenced (even Gary reports in that same thread that a 2nd copy did well enough in his informal testing that it would have been 2nd only to the 6D of his more thorough tested models). And, except for the 2-stage and 3-stage cooled Astro CMOS/CCD Cameras, these DSLRs are about as good at Low Noise as any Camera. (Sony excluded - but those have "Star-Eater" issues instead). ISO-less-ness may be a "fad", as DSLRs need only Image at "Native ISO" (usually 800ISO). That is the sweet spot between Noise Generation, Read Noise, and Dynamic Range. (Similarly, most AP Imagers with CCD Cameras are told to Image at "Unity Gain" for same reasons.) High ISO doesn't make the Sensor any more Sensitive - these aren't the old days of true "Chemical ISO" film formulations. I like my 7DmkII - all except it's "Cloud Magnet" Feature. As noted above, Gary Honis contradicted himself in the "80D is anathema" thread. My suggestion: Snag a Used T5i (700D) and get on with Imaging. Once you know more about what you Can Do, then start the Upgrade Process. I'd bet that there will be other areas of your AP Gear that you decide to Upgrade first (Mount, AutoGuiding, Image Processing Software and Hardware).
  14. s3igell

    Support for Mirrorless Canons

    The list of DSLRs in your post is rather confusing, as none of these are Mirrorless Cameras. I own the 550D and 7DmkII, and while almost a decade apart in design, BOTH do almost the same for BYE Planetary Imaging as this feature is based on transferring the LiveView data that is otherwise used to display on the DSLR's Rear LCD. 77D, 80D, 7DmkII - all of these use Sensors with very similar design and capabilities. All of these use the Canon "mid-size body" (except the 77D which is actually part of the REBEL series with a smaller body). The Bulk and Weight of the DSLR Body factors into the Imaging Performance of the Mount and the Focuser of your AP Imaging Rig.
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    Sky X Pro connection

    This may also be another case where the Firewall element of your AntiVirus software has decided to kick in... You may want to list the TCP Port of the BYE TCP Server as "Allowed" in your PC Firewall - Windows Defender or other... (As you are running BYE and TSX on the same PC the IP Address would be

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