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Everything posted by astroman133

  1. Why couldn't you take the laptop, camera, and cable into the house to launch BYE (twice, if necessary), validate the license and connect. Then carry all the gear out to the scope? Or you could also test BYE's ability to connect and control the camera entirely in the house with a lens on the camera and once you have verified that BYE is operating as designed, purchase a license that does not require the Internet connection.
  2. I believe that you have bumped up against a limit with how many times a Trial license can be validated. This may have occasionally happened to users in the past. The authors may be able to address this. Once you can validate the license I would suggest that you use the Trial license to test BYE with your camera at the kitchen table rather trying to test it without Internet access. Since your 350D does not have LiveView you won't need to test the Frame and Focus, Planetary, or Drift Align functionality that uses LiveView. Most of what you will want to test will be shooting BULB exposures with a remote shutter (DSUSB) cable. Once you are sure that it works as advertised and is compatible with your camera, you can eliminate the need for revalidation by purchasing a Classic or Premium license.
  3. There may be a compatibility restriction of you are using a very old camera. BYE attempts to allow users of DIGIC II cameras to use them with BYE. However since Canon no longer supports them, they have not provided drivers for modern 64-bit versions of Windows. Therefore if you have one of those models, it can only run on 32-bit versions of the O/S.
  4. You need to copy the licence key and the identifier exactly as they are displayed on the My Purchases screen and enter them into the license validation dialog in the BYE or BYN. The best way to do that is to swipe across each of the text strings and copy the data to the clipboard then immediately paste the data into the correct field of the validation dialog. Do not try to manually type them.
  5. You should be able to exceed the 5 meter max length limit if one of the cables is an active extension cable and neither of the cables are more than 5m in length. That is the purpose of the active extension cable.
  6. Werner, This "support group" is made up of the principal author of BYE and members of the BYE community who volunteer their assistance. You may want to read this post which is pinned near the top of the BYE forum: You may notice that your camera is not yet listed. Not all Canon cameras are or can be. Only those cameras that are supported by the Canon SDK can be supported by BYE. If your camera is supported by the most recent North American version of the Canon SDK then the numbers that you provided will help the authors to add the camera to the support list. Typically, Guylain will provide you with a version of BYE to test with your camera. Once you have said that the camera works with BYE it will be incorporated in a public pre-release version for others to test. Thanks!
  7. No, you need the "additional driver" since it is not part of Windows 10 32-bit! Go to the following link and download the EOS Utility. Installing it should install the necessary driver. https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/cameras/support-dslr/eos-digital-rebel-xt/eos-digital-rebel-xt?tab=drivers_downloads Be sure to select Windows XP as your operating system. Also note that the driver is an XP driver, so you may need to actually install XP in your VM, not Win 10. Or buy a new camera.
  8. mozgolator, Even with the latest pre-release version BYE will not work with your camera. You need to provide the numbers as requested in Guylain's previous post. There is no need to do so privately or to mask them as they relate to all 2000D cameras. When Guylain is able to incorporate the model (using the numbers that you provide) into BYE, you will be 1 step closer to getting the camera to work with BYE. If Canon has done their job then it should just work but other newer cameras have required him to do some customization. Here's hoping that it will just work. That said, there may be some camera settings that BYE does not have access to that you may need to modify because they prevent the Canon SDK from fully functioning. They may be: WiFi should be disabled Long-exposure Noise Reduction should be disabled High ISO Noise Reduction should be disabled LiveView Focus Mode should NOT be Face+Tracking There may be more settings that you need to change to be fully compatible with BYE.
  9. According to the Supported Cameras grid, the 350D is a DIGIC II camera that Canon stopped supporting many years ago. There is no Plug and Play driver for this camera that allows it to be tethered on a 64-bit version of Windows. That is why the support grid indicates that a 32-bit version of Windows is required. You figured all of this out which is why you installed a 32-bit Windows VM. Running inside a 32-bit VM should work for you, but you still need that Plug and Play driver. The fact that you don't have one is why you see that "yellow triangle" beside the device in the Device Manager. When the camera was released, Windows XP or Vista did not have the system driver built into the version of Windows. That driver was typically installed from a CD that came with the camera. You can download it from Canon's support archives or find a copy of that CD and install the software in the 32-bit VM. If you can download the EOS Utility from the Canon web site (I would suggest version 2.5.1 circa 2008) and install it in your VM and can get the EOS Utility to connect with your camera, then it is very likely that BYE will also connect.
  10. The authors usually give new users a second trial when requested, but I believe that you do need to download and apply the new trial license to either 3.1.17 or the 3.1.18 pre-release version.
  11. astroman133

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    Jomanda, You can use your old key to get a new key for a price of $0. Since it is free to upgrade, you should download at least version 3.1.17 or the pre-release version of 3.1.18. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "Upgrade instructions" under the BackyardEOS column to go to a page with instructions. Just a word of caution...Never post your license key, either the old key or the new key, in this forum or any public forum.
  12. I got here too late. I believe that TSX needs to run just once in Administrator mode to initialize the TSX scripting engine.
  13. Do you mean that you are trying, but failing, to validate your license and username in BYE? That is not logging in! Try using copy/paste to transfer the purchased license key from your My Purchases area of your profile on this web site. The Identifier should be your username (case sensitive).
  14. Be careful about purchasing a mirrorless camera. Many, especially the early models of both Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras, do not support tethered control by programs like BYE or BYN. I would make sure that it is supported before you purchase a particular model.
  15. Ron, Have you thought about setting the exposures individually instead of trying to use bracketing? I like the idea of BYE being able to do short, high-precision exposures via a shutter release cable, but recognize that high-precision timing with Windows can be tricky. Still, as you say, others claim to have done it.
  16. The likely reason that the DSUSB solution is priced at that level is that the cables are hand-made in small volumes and are mostly needed for older cameras where the vendor (Nikon) does not support BULB exposures over the regular USB cable. As people upgrade their cameras, the demand for DSUSB cables is declining since virtually all of the new Canon and Nikon cameras support BULB via the regular USB cable.
  17. Use of BYE does not require logging in. Are you talking about validating your license?
  18. I have a friend who swears by QHY's PoleMaster software, though I have never used it. I mostly image from my observatory and use PHD2's drift align functionality to tweak my PA, when needed.
  19. AstroTortilla can be slow, if not optimally tuned. For example, if you have installed ALL of the astrometry data files and have set a Search radius of 180 degrees and set a large Scale Maximum value then you have not given AT any hints about the image scale in the picture or where in the sky the object may be. By removing the unneeded data files (I just move them to a different folder on the same drive), connecting AT to my scope, and setting the some of the parameters wisely it takes me about 20 seconds to solve an image. The most important parameters to change are: Set ScaleMax to 2 times my field width Set Search radius to 6 degrees Raise the sigma value to reduce the number of stars to match With a 5 second exposure a sigma value of 250 gives between 100 and 150 stars to match.
  20. astroman133


    There are no dithering settings that are right for everyone. The resolution of the guide camera and the resolution of the imaging camera must be taken into account when determining the optimum settings for your equipment. Some of the settings for dithering are set in PHD2, and some are passed to PHD from BYE. There is a post in the How-To's Forum about Debunking Dithering. Have you read it?
  21. I believe that "others" means other camera models. The fact that you are unable to download both RAW and JPG for the same image could have multiple causes. Camera cause...SDK cause...BYE cause. Guylain will have to work his magic to determine what is going on and where the error could be. One thing that you can help to sort out is why the image does not display when you configure BYE to download RAW+JPG. One possibility is that BYE bypasses displaying the image if both downloads do not occur, even though it actually does have an image to display. The way to test this is to choose RAW only as the image type to download. Does the image display in BYE's imaging window? If it does not, then your comment that BYE 3.1.18 RC4 is working with the EOS R is incorrect as the authors intend that the image be displayed after it is downloaded from the camera.
  22. Based on past evidence, the best advice is to NOT upgrade the camera's firmware unless you are experiencing a problem that the upgraded firmware addresses. Doing so can break the ability to operate the camera while tethered to a computer. This is due to the possibility that Canon will need to update the software that is used for tethering (the Canon EOS SDK) before tethering will once again be possible.
  23. According to the provided screenshot you chose the Canon210 drivers (SDK). That is for the very old cameras. You should choose Canon drivers instead.
  24. You can download the manual from the MBox web site. I'm glad that it is working.
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