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  1. astroman133

    30 day trial

    Neither. It starts from the time that the Trial license is issued. You need to go to the Store portion of the web site and "purchase" a free Trial license. Once issued, the license key is available for you to Copy to the Windows clipboard and Paste into the BYE/BYN license validation dialog, along with your identifier (the username that you used to get the license).
  2. I could not find out much information, or a manual that I could download, about the MGEN autoguider. However, it seems logical that you would need to operate it in Remote mode with a connection to the PC and a control program running on the PC that BYE/BYN could communicate with to initiate dithering between exposures.
  3. Does the RC have a new version of the SDK? Perhaps Canon fixed something.
  4. I tried to duplicate your issue with BYE 3.1.18 RC11 and my T5i. Twice I started a capture plan with 40 10-second exposures and minimized BYE while the first exposure was exposing. Both sequences completed without error. I tend to agree that you system has some resource limitation. I do not believe that what you are seeing is a bug in BYE.
  5. I assumed that was a typo because AFAIK Canon does not offer a 660D.
  6. Version 3.1.6 is really old. If your version of BYE is actually 3.1.6, you should upgrade to 3.1.18 or even the 3.2.0 pre-release.
  7. It is possible that the camera or cable has gone bad. What version of BYE are you using...not the license, but the full version number, please. Also tell us which Driver you select at connect time (you should select Canon, not Canon210 or canon 215).
  8. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of other users who do not have this symptom. That means that it is most likely due to some anomaly in your setup.
  9. I tried to re-create your issue with BYE 3.1.18 RC11 and my T5i. I had no problem downloading images when BYE was minimized. This is not surprising. All that Windows does when you minimize a program is to move its screen location to coordinates that do not display. I believe that it is off the screen by 10,000 pixels in both the x and y directions. I would consider a faulty cable or saturated USB hub in your PC as the culprits.
  10. Bryan, You talk about cabled and wireless connections. I assume that you are cabled to the camera and using wireless communication from the PC to the mount via the CPWI driver. I would not expect loss of comms with the mount to hang BYE. Running LiveView for an extended period can cause the camera to shut down without warning to prevent damage to the sensor caused by overheating. LiveView may also shut down automatically after 30 minutes of continuous use. Also, the Canon SDK does not react well to even momentary communication glitches between the camera and the PC. Glitches can cause unrecoverable errors that can cause BYE to hang or crash. A 16 foot USB cable is right at the length limit for USB 2.0. You may want to use two shorter cables with one of them being an Active Extension cable and both of them being quality cables.
  11. Did you tell BYE to save the images to the PC, or only to the camera's memory card?
  12. No, this thread is in the Feature Suggestion Box forum. It is where users add their wish list items for BYE. It does NOT now do automatic focusing, but can allow you to adjust your computer-connected ASCOM focuser manually. Many of the contributors to this thread have requested the feature, however.
  13. There is a difference between having logic to automatically adjust the focus between exposures and having the ability to adjust your computerized focuser from BYE. This thread is about the first. BYE, with a Premium license does the second. Look in the ASCOM control panel area of the main screen. This is where you can select, configure, connect, disconnect, and control a telescope, a focuser, and a filter wheel. The button with the Star icon is for the Focuser control.
  14. The LiveView frame rate of the T4i was much slower than both older and newer models.
  15. If you want to use BYE for Planetary imaging, then I would suggest another camera than the T4i. Several users reported a slow USB download rate with that model. I get more expected frame rate with my T5i. In general, I would expect the newer models to be improved. Otherwise why release a new model? The question really is are the new features and improvements of benefit for the types of astrophotography that you anticipate shooting. The amount of processing that is performed on your images by BYE is limited to updating the metadata in the image and changing the name if the image file. The image pixels themselves are not altered. In fact you can prevent BYE from even updating the metadata by selecting the Skip Writing of EXIF Data option on the Advanced Settings dialog.
  16. Guide cameras usually have a small, sensitive sensor...Unlike a DSLR. Guylain is right. It is not the camera that supports guiding. It is that the guiding software must support the camera.
  17. Egil, Scroll to the bottom of this page and select "Upgrade Instructions" below the BackyardEOS column. The upgrade is indeed free, but you use a portion of your old license key to get a new license key that is maintained on this web site. You then enter your new license key (in the My Purchases area of your Profile) into a new version of BYE to activate it.
  18. When the authors released BYE 3.1 they changed the licensing scheme. For version 3.0 the purchased key was a multiline key that you were responsible for maintaining. With version 3.1, they maintain the key and all you need to remember is the logon credentials that you used to purchase the license. The 3.1 key is available from the My Purchases area of your profile once you are logged onto this web site. If there is no key, then you must have used a different account when purchasing your license.
  19. Gotta fix those install errors! They are happening way to often and causing too many support issues and a bad experience! Maybe a different installer?
  20. How about just downloading the setup program and saving it to your browser's Download folder then you can run it as many times as you need to. You might also try uninstalling BYE and install it to a different folder. I typically install a new version to a new folder so that I can keep the old version intact.
  21. This is typically due to an installation error. Others have had success simply re-installing BYE. It not camera specific and has been discussed many times recently.
  22. Since BYE supports ASCOM, why wouldn't you use the Celestron ASCOM driver? It is mature and it works!
  23. It may not be needed by BYE/BYN, but if the OP has a Premium license, .NET 3.5 SP1 is required by ASCOM 6.4.
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