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Everything posted by astroman133

  1. First, BYE uses the Canon EOS SDK to control the camera. In general BYE cannot make the camera do things that are not supported by the SDK. The SDK provides different capabilities for different camera models. Also, most of the capabilities that you describe are discussed in the User Manual which you can view by launching it from the Windows Start Menu or from the BYE question mark button near the upper right corner of the main BYE window. The following descriptions are based on BYE 3.2.2 connected with my EOS T5i camera. 1) In Frame & Focus (F&F) mode I have a large 5X b
  2. This same question was answered in a couple of threads from last year: New Sony SDK opens the door for Backyard Sony? - General - O'Telescope (otelescope.com) Sony Cameras and Backyard - General - O'Telescope (otelescope.com)
  3. The problem that you are seeing is a problem with your system, not with BYE or the BYE setup program. You never answered previous questions about your environment. Tell us about the system where you have installed it. Is it Windows 10 on a PC? Mac in a VM? which VM? Have you tried temporarily disabling your anti-virus software? The more we know the quicker you will get help...Nobody else, out of thousands of BYE and BYN users, is reporting the same issue!
  4. The screenshot below shows where to toggle the option, as well as the control to adjust the mirror lock delay. Both controls are annotated with a red rectangle. That said, it is almost never necessary to specify a mirror lock value. This is why it is hidden by default. For mounts that are capable of doing long duration astrophotography there is no discernable degradation of sub-exposure from vibration due to the camera's mirror flipping. This vibration is of very short duration compared to the length of the exposure and the typical effects of seeing.
  5. Scroll to the top of this page. Click on My Purchases (on the blue menu bar) and select Orders from the displayed menu.
  6. The following assumes that the camera is connected to a telescope at prime focus. The exposure duration of LiveView frames is only a few milliseconds long, so it is expected that only the brightest stars will be visible. Given how it works it is very likely that it is working as expected but the field of view is so dim as to appear to be black. Have you selected the Maximum Sensitivity setting in BYN's Live View Settings? This will brighten the LiveView image as much as possible. It does it by setting the ISO to the camera's maximum value and selects a long exposure value that bright
  7. The Sky X connects to BYN via the BYN API. The API is identical to that for BYE. On the BYN side, you need to be sure that the BYN 3rd Party Integration (TCP Server) is enabled and that BYN has been restarted and is connected with the camera. I would refer you to Software Bisque software support for answers to questions about how to configure TSX to connect with BYN. However, it may be possible that the connection method refers to BYE rather than BYN. Both products would use the same designation.
  8. Does the SD card show up in the Windows File Explorer? If so, that could be the problem. It may be seeing the camera as a file storage device not as a camera.
  9. Which version of BYN? This is always important to include in your posts. Is your camera a Z6 or a Z6ii? The Z6ii is not supported yet, but the Z6 should be. Does Windows see the camera as an imaging device? Look in the Device Manager. If Windows sees the camera when you first connect and power it on. It should ask a question about how you want to use the camera. What do you reply?
  10. Do you have the required version of the .NET Framework installed on the new laptop. I believe that it is 4.5. Have you tried re-installing BYE? Be sure to use the latest version (3.2.2) and in the future please include the version number in your posts. Did you enter your Premium license key into the validation dialog in BYE on the new machine?
  11. So you are saying that to shoot without a lens that the camera must be in Manual mode. Is that right? In manual mode, the brightness of the image is totally dependent on the ISO and the amount of light. When the camera is connected to a scope, the aperture of the scope also affects the brightness. Nobody can give you recommendations.
  12. I bought a 12"x12" electroluminescent panel and sandwiched it between pieces of plexiglass. I hang it on the objective when I take the flats and unplug it to take dark flats.
  13. OK, you don't have AV-Flat as a Shutter selection, but you do have AV. I would suggest setting AP on the camera and AV in BYN and shoot an image. If the camera selects a shutter speed that gives you a good histogram then I think that you are good to go to use BYN to get an initial exposure for your flat frames.
  14. As Guylain said, the BYN Shutter selection is Av-Flat, not AP+flat. Is the list of selections short, or does it contain all the possible shutter values like BULB, 30, 15, 8, 4, 2, 1, etc. down to 1/4000? If not you may have another issue. Let me know. You could also upgrade to BYN 2.1.2.
  15. Lots of people use Nikon cameras when connected to a telescope (no lens), but for testing purposes, put a lens on the camera and try my previous suggestion. Also, some of the newer Canons have an option to allow taking pictures with no lens on the camera. This is not accessible from BYE. The user must enable this capability via the camera's menus. Perhaps your Nikon has a similar setting. Also, BYN may not display all the options supported by your camera UNTIL it is connected to the camera. For example, when unconnected my BYE Preview screen only shows BULB in the Shutter dropdown. Once c
  16. I don't know what you mean by "AV mode, with flat ticked". Can you elaborate? This is what I do after setting the rotary dial on the camera to Av (AP for Nikon).
  17. Oh, there is no need to wait for a clear night. Test it at the kitchen table with your laptop and the camera.
  18. For BYE and my T5i, Av mode is the camera's shooting mode, as selected from the rotary dial on the top of the camera. Av-Flat is the Shutter selection in BYE's Capture Plan Center. So can you select AP mode on the camera and AV-Flat in BYN and take a picture?
  19. I do not know about BYN, but BYE has somewhat the capability that you are asking for. To use it you would select AV-Flat for Shutter setting in the BYE Capture Plan Center and put the camera in Av (Aperture Priority) mode. Then when you take the picture, the BYE uses the camera's exposure circuitry to determine the exposure. Of course this means that you need to be at the camera to rotate the shooting plan dial from Manual to Av. If you are using a constant brightness artificial light source (light box, EL panel, or dome flat) you can then switch the camera back to manual mode and set th
  20. Scroll to the top of this page and select My Purchases | Orders from the blue menu bar. Be sure to use Copy/Paste to transfer the license key into the program's license validation dialog. Be sure to avoid copying any leading or trailing blanks.
  21. Fritz, Yes, I thought that I recognized your name, but could not remember where from. I understand about how involved and time-consuming it is to set up your gear, so when you do it is important to make the most of it. The following snippet is from the T480s User Guide. I take it that you are using port #5 for the camera since none of the other ports are described as USB 3.0 ports. This port has various user-configurable power settings, including staying on whenever the computer is connected to A/C power, even if the computer is powered down or hibernating. How do you
  22. What you are seeing could be due to a bug in the Nikon SDK. Something for the devs to investigate.
  23. I doubt that dithering is your issue, but that is easy enough to test. Just disable it. By definition you are not communicating with the Nikon when dithering is occurring. However it does seem like a communication issue. What happens if you cable the Nikon directly to the PC (plugged into a USB port on one side) and the guide camera plugged into a hub connected to a USB port on the other side. Ports on opposite sides often use different internal hubs and by using the ports on both sides you are doing a kind of load balancing.
  24. That is a good approach. For several models of Nikon cameras, Nikon only supports cameras that are directly connected to a PC. Check the manual for your model and follow Nikon's guidance. At least for testing you should avoid using a hub. Also, there are unscrupulous vendors who sell cables that are longer than the USB spec allows. So stay under the spec limits.
  25. This is not the place to ask that question. You should talk to Celestron Support. Also, in the future please start a new thread when asking a question.
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