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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. BackyardEOS does with BackyardRED. BackyardRED acts as like a red filter. You are running the wrong program.
  10. 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.
  11. When you have the option to create TIF files selected, BYE creates them on the PC, so they are not downloaded from the camera.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Please post the version of BYE, like 3.1.18 or 3.2.0 RCXX. It is possible that this is the result of a failed installation or missing pre-requisite software. No need to re-download, but try re-installing to a different folder.
  17. The JPG images are the individual LiveView frames that BYE gets from the camera. The JPG files are combined, after the fact, to make AVI. This means that the quality is the same. Initially the downloaded JPG planetary images are saved in the BackyardTEMP folder. Once all the requested frames have been collected in the BackyardTEMP folder, a background thread is used to move them to the Planetary folder, rename them, and potentially combine them into the AVI. You need to let this process happen without intervention. By you worrying that BYE is not doing what it is supposed to and moving the files manually, you are interfering with that process. BYE will warn you if you try to quit the program while you have unprocessed data. You can tell that it is finished when the Queue entry (in the Camera Information Center, to the right of the battery indicator) disappears. I suggest that you play around with BYE and your tablet, connected to the camera, at the kitchen table, so you are familiar with how to use it and are comfortable with how it behaves. I have an i7 desktop PC with Windows 10 Pro and a T5i camera. I get about 14 fps in Planetary mode. I created two 3000 frame AVI files, back-to-back (by setting the Loop count to 2), using BYE 3.2.0 RC4. I had no problems. The frames for the first video were being processed while the data for the second video was being collected. BYE's memory usage did not come close to the 2GB limit, staying below 160MB and its CPU usage was always under 10%. It took about 3.5 minutes to capture the 3000 frames and less than 2 minutes to create the AVI, so the number of queued tasks never got above 1. If you are trying to capture Jupiter, you need to keep your video short. I have heard that less than 70 seconds is good. If you go longer than that you will start to see blurring in the stacked image due to the rotation of the planet. Of course there is software that can de-rotate the images to let you go longer.
  18. You may have available RAM, but Windows only allows 32-bit applications to use a total of 2 GB. BYE must be a 32-bit app, because it uses the Canon SDK which is a 32-bit API. So can you do multiple smaller captures, back-to-back, keep them as JPGs? You may be able to use dcraw, or some other program, to combine into an AVI them outside of BYE.
  19. Dave, Don't create a new account. Use your "planetnoble" account when you go to the Store to get a free Trial license. You do not need or want to have multiple accounts.
  20. You should not have to install the any software from the Canon Solutions disk to get BYE to connect with your camera. The only software outside of a good BYE install is the low-level Canon driver which is part of Windows. If the camera and cable are working properly then the issue could be a bad USB port or some other software that automatically connects with the camera when Windows detects that the camera is plugged in and powered on.
  21. Patrick, You are correct. However, with BYE Planetary mode in 5X zoom you will get better resolution. The downside is having to shoot a mosaic and combine the images. The attached image was shot by me in 2012 with an EOS Rebel Xsi and a Celestron Edge HD 800 SCT. I shot 800 frames in each of 6 positions by moving the BYE zoom box around. I used RegiStax to combine each of the videos into a single image and them assembled them with RegiStar. I think that the resulting image was worth the extra work.
  22. Was the lens set to Auto Focus? Automatic focus does not work for astrophotography. It is likely that the camera is trying to focus but that won't work because the field is too dark.. You may need to manually focus and then tape the lens in place so the focus can't shift.
  23. Geoff, As far as I know, Canon does not provide any info on the exact location of the temperature sensor in the camera. BYE harvests the value from the metadata in the downloaded image. I believe that if the camera senses the temperature is high enough to cause damage to the camera it will shut itself down. If you are running off the battery, you might find that the camera will run cooler if you replace it with a "fake battery" A/C adapter. Also, limiting the use of LiveView can help the camera run cooler. However, pausing between long duration exposures is typically not productive. You may be better to get a cooled camera for summertime imaging.
  24. Patrick, The short answer to your question is No. BYE uses the Canon EOS Software Development Kit (SDK) to control the camera. The SDK does not provide 3rd party apps access to video mode. Instead BYE downloads LiveView frames and optionally assembles them into a video file. Fortunately, the 5X zoom mode for LiveView gives you a 1:1 ratio of sensor pixels to image pixels. Since planetary objects are small targets, the small field-of-view of 5X mode is usually adequate.
  25. That is great news, and the info about disabling the camera's bulb timer is also valuable for other users.
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