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  1. To get RegiStax to stack JPG files, just change the file type from Video files to Image files and then select all the files to be stacked.
  2. I have also had RegiStax choke on some of my videos created by BYEOS, but only some of them. The author of RegiStax speculated that my issue is due to not having the correct codec, but if that were the case I would think that the failure of RegiStax to load my videos would be consistent. I believe that my issue is a Windows issue, not RegiStax and not BYE. When I ask RegiStax to open my video, a Windows file open dialog appears. When I click on the video file name, the dialog wants to display a thumbnail of the selected file. The thumbnail image is never displayed and the dialog hangs. I have to use the Task Manager to kill RegiStax. As I said, this does not happen with all the videos that I have captured with BYE, but it does happen enough that I no longer try to use the avi files. Interestingly, all the video files will play in the Windows video player app. My workaround is to select the JPG files for processing by RegiStax.
  3. Guylain, Thanks for the information. I see from the data that Gary Honus presented that the 700D runs warmer than my old 1000D, or a 6D for that matter. However, my use for lunar, planetary, and wide-field imaging should not be bothered by that. I am more concerned about what I can expect for the LiveView frame rate.
  4. The Canon SDK reported several unexpectedly shutdowns. It gave no info as to why these events happened. I was just trying to give you some direction as to where to look for the root cause. These unexpected camera shutdowns are not caused by BYE. BYE is merely reporting the event to you as it was told about it by the Canon software. I still think that the most likely causes are disconnects caused by a bad USB cable or a power interruption.
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    Monochrome

    Jerry, I am without a camera at the moment so I can't verify the exact option, but in the camera's menus there is an option to "style" a JPG image as black and white. However, if you are capturing RAW data such an option is not used because the whole idea of a RAW image is for it to be largely unprocessed in the camera. Whatever software you use for image processing there is probably an option to convert from RGB colorspace to luminance. This is the best option.
  6. I wonder if the unexpected shutdowns are due to a low battery, or perhaps a bad USB cable.
  7. To start a new topic: From the Forums page, select the forum, for example BackyardEOS. Then select New Topic above the header bar on the right hand side of the window. XP should automatically recognize your camera. This must happen before BYE will be able to connect with it. After plugging the USB cable to a both the camera and the PC and powering the camera on, you should see the camera in the list of devices in the Windows Device manager. If this does not happen, then there is some problem with XP.
  8. I sold my venerable 1000D (XSi) and am considering a T5i. Does anyone have any comments (positive or negative) about that camera or alternative Canon suggestions? Thanks,
  9. Jim, BYE is a 32-bit application that will run on either 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows.
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    Signature

    Bob, The signature is your name (some people add a list of their astronomy gear) that is automatically appended to the end of every post. It is normally separated from the body of your post by a short horizontal line.
  11. I am going to answer 2 questions in this post. Yes, POTH can be used to allow more than one app to be connected to the scope at the same time. The OP of this thread indicated that he was using an Astro-Physics Mach 1 and since it is written as an ASCOM "server" use of POTH is not necessary. To start a new thread. Select the appropriate forum, BackyardEOS for example, then click on the "New Topic" button at the upper right.
  12. I did not think that Craig's problem had anything to do with BYE because he said that AT became sluggish after connecting to the telescope. He said nothing about even trying to plate solve while AT was sluggish. As a troubleshooting step, I would suggest that he try disconnecting all apps from the telescope before connecting with AT. I use AT connected to my AP900 mount with no problems. The AP ASCOM telescope driver acts as a hub and allows multiple apps to connect to it simultaneously, so I have had Sky Tools 3, AT, and my own "nudge" program connected simultaneously without an issue.
  13. Craig, This is probably not strictly a BYE issue since it is between AT, ASCOM, and your mount. What mount do you have? Do you see the same symptoms with other planetarium programs that connect with your mount via ASCOM? What else is connected to your mount at the same time as AT? When not slewing, all AT does with the mount is to poll it to get the RA and Dec and some flags. This should be pretty quick with no noticeable slowing of AT, unless there are issues communicating with the mount. The app does become somewhat non-responsive when it is solving an image. Rick Burke
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    signiture

    I noticed that the signature is now being added to my posts.
  15. Paul, I believe that there have been some reports of slow image downloads from camera to BYE that have been traced to AVG, so even though the price is right, it may not be the best choice.
  16. Timothy, Are you also using a USB cable? The USB cable is required...The serial cable is used for Bulb exposures. What is the shooting mode? Manual? Did you try much shorter exposures, like 1/1000 second? I would expect that longer shutter speeds, like 1/25" or 1" to show the moon as overexposed. It may be difficult to tell them apart. I would think that if the BYE is able to connect with the camera, that BYE would work normally, but some cameras have a communication mode that is something like Print/PTP or Normal/PC. The correct setting is Normal/PC. I hope this helps. Rick Burke
  17. astroman133

    signiture

    I noticed the same thing, for several days. In addition, there is no time zone choice for Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time, with no daylight saving time change). Rick Burke
  18. astroman133

    esata

    I guess that I am fortunate in that I don't have equipment connection/communication issues, even though I have all my gear connected via a single USB-Cat 5 extender to a single USB port. Have you tried connecting your camera directly to one port with the rest of your equipment connected to the other port via your hub? If that alleviates your problem then you could get a second port/extender just for the camera. That may have no effect if both USB connections use the same internal USB hub and that is your bottleneck.
  19. astroman133

    esata

    For me downloading only takes a second or two, so there is not much benefit to purchasing extra hardware to speed it up.
  20. A couple of weeks ago a person complained about slow downloads from the camera into BYE. The problem was traced to the use of AVG anti-virus software. If your problem is re-creatable, I would suggest temporarily disabling your anti-virus software to see if the symptoms change.
  21. IMO, it seems that what you want is easily accomplished during processing and it is not a good fit for the capture application.
  22. I have read the recommendation that you should have index files that cover a range of 0.1 - 2.0 times your FOV. The installer for AT has been improved, since I first set it up so that it only installs those portions of cygwin that are needed by astrometry.net. Because I initially did not know which index files I would need, I downloaded all of them. Then I move the files that I don't need for my current setup into a separate directory so AT won't try to solve using them.
  23. Jeff, BYE does not plate solve. Astro Tortilla manages the plate solving. When BYE is chosen as AT's camera application, it will ask for an image when appropriate. AT is made up of 4 basic parts: the AT application, astrometry.net (the plate solving engine), the astrometry.net data files, and cygwin (a Unix environment for Windows). the AT installer installs everything you need, except for the data files. As you might expect the data files are large (> 20GB), so it does take a while to get it all set up. Finally, it is totally local to your laptop and is very happy to work when you don't have an internet connection.
  24. Perhaps a remnant of the EOS Utility is still in memory. I suggest logging off and back. This should force the remnant to exit.
  25. I'll let Guylain answer definitively, but there are several DIGIC II cameras that are supported, with a couple of gotchas. They are supported only on 32-bit operating systems and they need a second cable (a serial cable) to do Bulb exposures.
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