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  1. Francesco, I hope that the log file reveals clues to your issue. Please understand that there are other users of BYN, even some with the D810 who do not experience the same issue as you are seeing. This leaves the admins and people like myself who try to help people a bit in the dark as to the cause of the issue. Please make sure that the Download and BackyardTEMP folders exist and are writeable by BYN. The BackyardTEMP folder must be on a local, always available, drive. It will not work to put BackyardTEMP on a thumb drive. Do you see any image files in the BackyardTEMP folder? Thanks for your patience.
  2. I am trying to help an online friend to decide whether a T6 and a T7i are compatible with a particular image processing program. Can someone provide me a RAW file from either of those cameras? Send me a Private message and I will provide my email address. Thanks!
  3. Please note that I am a long time user and not an admin, so my answer is not final, but it is in agreement with the License Agreement and what advice has been given in the past. It is possible to control to cameras from the same PC with 2 instances of BYE with only a single license, but if you are going to use BYE on 2 PC's at the same time then you need 2 licenses.
  4. Your anti-virus software may be preventing the image download process from completing. Try operating the camera with the A/V software temporarily disabled. If this fixes your issue, you should whitelist BYN (tell the A/V software that BYN is OK). You should also confirm that you have write access to your Download and BackyardTEMP folders and that they are on a local hard drive that is always available.
  5. Could you implement a built-in Save To Camera delay time and expose it as a Setting? Then allow the user to set a value that they have determined works for their camera(s). A dropdown list, slider, or up/down control with a range of numbers from 1 to 20 seconds with an increment of 1/4 second should work.
  6. Just tell us what version you are using. Or go to the Downloads page via the tab at the tope of this screen to see the latest. The problem with giving you a link to the "latest" is that after the next release, the link will be the same but the "latest" release will have changed. This is misleading to someone reading this thread two years from now.
  7. Your issue has nothing to do with downloading, installing, removing, or reinstalling BYE. You did not need to any of that. The software is the same for all licenses. It is the key itself that enables or disables features in the software. What you do need to do is to enter your purchased license key in place of the Trial license key in BYE's License Validation dialog..
  8. Dark frames are NOT "of the same scene" as light frames.. Dark frames are ideally taken with no ambient light reaching the sensor so where the camera is aimed is of no consequence. Only the sensor temperature, exposure, ISO, and that no ambient light reaches the sensor are of any importance. Based on my testing, BYE's behavior is NOT as you state when you say that "Backyard EOS only allow an image of a specified length and then immediately downloads". BYE only downloads an image when the camera says that the image is ready to be downloaded. I turned on LENR on my T5i from the in-camera menus and used BYE 3.2.0 - RC4 to shoot images of different lengths (10 seconds, 1 minute, and 5 minute). In each case BYE patiently waited while he T5i shot and applied the in-camera dark frame, and only then downloaded the resulting image. It may be that at some point BYE times out and says that no image was available, but it did not occur with a 5 minute exposure. I don't know what would happen if you tried to take a 20 minute Ha image with LENR turned on. You should download the free 30-day trial of BYE and try it yourself, at the kitchen table, during the day, with the lens cap on the camera. Personally, I would prefer to capture twice as many light frames rather than use LENR, but I have no data to support my conclusion. However, my testing shows that BYE is programmed that LENR may be used and is tolerant of that.
  9. Also, please tell us which version (like 2.1.10) of BYN you are using. It is also useful to know if you have a lens on the camera or not. When you are imaging with a lens, you should put the lens in Manual Focus mode since it will not be able to focus on a dark sky and will not be able to take picture.
  10. If the lens is an autofocus lens, make sure it is set to manual focus before trying to shoot images. You may be able to use it in AF mode with LiveView to focus on a bright star or the moon, but tape it down and switch to MF to image.
  11. Isn't this something that BYE could react to? If BYE attempts to start a new exposure and the camera is busy, pause and retry a certain number of times before giving up. It could expect this if the SaveTo destination is the camera only.
  12. If you can drive your lens when the switch is in the manual focus position, then the lens is not typical. Usually the MF position disengages the motors so you can easily move the focus ring manually and so the camera will not be able to adjust the focus when you take a picture.
  13. Another issue is that with the short focal length, the stars will be so small that the focus metrics will likely not work. I have a manual focus 16 mm Rokinon lens that I have used to shoot widefield nighttime images. One of the reasons that I bought it was because it has an accurate infinity mark on the focus ring. I adjusted the focus on the infinity mark and taped the focus ring in place so that it could not accidentally shift. I was able to shoot 1300 20 second images of the Milky Way rising and setting over nearly an entire night. The camera was mounted on a vixen Polarie camera mount. The Polarie is usually polar-aligned, but I oriented it horizontally and let it pan across the southern horizon.
  14. James, Please post issues and questions about BYE in the BYE Forum. This makes it easier for someone who is experiencing a similar issue to see how others have solved it. BYE uses the Canon EOS SDK software library to control the camera. The SDK does not have access to all the camera's settings, so BYE cannot warn you that they may be set inappropriately. If it worked a few days ago, but not during your most recent session, it seems that it is likely due to one of those settings being set inappropriately for BYE's use. Some cameras have a setting that prevents the camera from taking an exposure without a lens attached. Is it possible that your camera has this setting and that you changed it after your last imaging session? The symptoms are the same as yours. Look at this post from last week in the BYE Forum: Thanks!
  15. No, currently you can only obtain focus metrics on the Frame & Focus page. This means that you need to abort the capture plan, switch to F&F to refocus, then back to Imaging to edit the capture plan and restart it.
  16. astroman133


    If Canon supports the camera via their Software Development Kit (SDK) then it is likely that BYE will also support it. The SDK does not support WiFi control, but some users have figured out a multi-step process to pair the camera with the PC wirelessly before starting BYE. You should look through the archives of the BYE forum for posts that detail how to do this. According to the M100 Manual it does have a USB port, to support wired control by a PC You also need to read the post below which explains why a camera model may not in the list of supported models.
  17. I should also say that the How-To Forum is not the place to ask questions. If the How-To information did not address your question or solve your issue, you should have posted to a new thread in the BYN Forum (or the BYE Forum for a Canon camera). The vast majority of users do not have a problem validating their license, but if everyone who did replied to this post then it would be difficult for any reader of the thread to find help for their issue. Thanks!
  18. You are correct. Some users experienced issues with Windows 10 folder permissions that prevented BYN and BYE from accessing the AppData folder. As a result, the storage location of the license data was changed. Can you tell us what you mean by "keeps asking me to enter the license key and identifier continuously". Did you enter your trial license key and your username as the identifier into the license validation dialog?
  19. BackyardEOS does with BackyardRED. BackyardRED acts as like a red filter. You are running the wrong program.
  20. You should be able to use remote desktop software to access your imaging laptop remotely. However, you need to be near the camera to change the shooting mode dial, if necessary.
  21. When you have the option to create TIF files selected, BYE creates them on the PC, so they are not downloaded from the camera.
  22. The BYE focus metrics like FWHM and HFD really need a point source of light, like a star, to be able to measure its diameter. You can simulate a star by poking a small hole in a piece of poster board and putting a light source, like a desk lamp, behind it. Then move the camera across the room and use BYE with a lens try to get a good diameter for focusing. You may want to rethink using an alt-az mount for prime focus astrophotography. The motion of horizontally-oriented alt-az mount does not match the movement of the stars and is vulnerable to the effects of field rotation. Field rotation causes the stars at the highest and lowest declination to be elongated even while the stars across the center of the image may be pinpoints. In your images this causes an unappealing mixture of round and elongated stars. There are 4 solutions. 1) use a wedge to equatorially mount the telescope, 2) replace the mount with a German equatorial mount, 3) find a way to de-rotate the camera, or 4) keep your exposures very short. Each of these options have drawbacks. The wedge makes the telescope less stable and there may not be a wedge for your mount. Replacing a new alt-az mount with a GEM costs $$$ and may not be feasible. Low-end de-rotators are not very popular and may not provide a satisfactory solution, if you can even find one. Keeping the exposure duration short may prevent you from capturing the dim detail that is the hallmark of deep sky astrophotography and so your targets my be limited to brighter objects. Depending on what your goals are, you may want to consider returning the Alt-Az mount without even taking it out of the box. The supplier may be able to suggest a better alternative, if you share your intended use with them. Or you could decide to use it solely for visual work and buy a different mount that is suitable for astrophotography.
  23. Guylain has already said, above, that he is unable to personally test every new model of camera with BYE. He is largely relying on the Canon EOS SDK to hide the differences between models, so I'll turn it around. Since you are the owner of a T8i, have you had the opportunity to test the imaging capability of the T8i with BYE? Does it correctly create RAW, TIF, and JPG images from your camera? Is BYE able to set the camera's ISO and lens' aperture? Does it control the camera correctly to shoot Tv and Bulb exposures? Does BYE fully function with the T8i, except for LiveView? All of the suggested testing can be done indoors during the day with a lens attached to the camera.
  24. WinJUPOS is what is typically used to de-rotate and combine images of Jupiter and Saturn. The AVI file contains the JPG images which are downloaded from the camera. The AVI is not uncompressed because the JPGs are not uncompressed. I am not sure why you get such variation in the frame rate. AFAIK, lower frame rates are not better, or worse either. The rate may be lower because the PC is busy processing the first image. In any case you cannot control the frame rate. BYE gets the LiveView frames as quickly as it can.
  25. With a short focal length wide angle lens, the stars are soooo small that the focus metric may not be useful. I assume that you are trying to focus with LiveView. If that is not working, manually set the lens as close to infinity as you can get and try taking a couple second snap image. This may help you where LiveView is failing.
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