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    astroman133 reacted to mamayda in TheSkyX Configuration for BYN   
    Thank you too, Rick and Guylain.  It looks like you have to be very fast to be at the head of the que with advice here!  Again, I am impressed with the kind assistance and look forward to some basic imaging and learning about BYN tonight.  Having a beer already to celebrate!
    Best,
    Mike
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    astroman133 reacted to admin in TheSkyX Configuration for BYN   
    Thank you for noting this.
    People sometimes don't believe when I tell them I'm here on the forum at least 10 times per day... every day.  It's the first I do in the morning (after my coffee of course) and it's the last thing I do at night before going to sleep.
    I real -all- posts without exception... and I will reply to over 95% percent of them.  The only time I don't reply is when another user provided the right response before I could.  This is often the case with 'astroman133', 's3igell', and a few other users as well.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in TheSkyX Configuration for BYN   
    I got here too late. I believe that TSX needs to run just once in Administrator mode to initialize the TSX scripting engine.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Plate Solvers for BYE   
    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.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Canon Eos R support ?   
    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.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Need to move BYE to new pc, old license doesn't match new requirment   
    I may be too late, but I apologize if my comments and questions in any way caused the frustration that you vented in the reply that you posted. I did read your post and I felt that it did not completely describe your issue. Nowhere in your post did you indicate that you were attempting apply your version 3.0 license to version 3.1 of BYE. This is a topic that has been discussed numerous times in this forum. The correct steps for how to use your existing license to get a new, no cost  license are also available on the Upgrade area of this web site. Still, it seems that a few are not able to find the instructions. From what I read, you were attempting to copy your existing version of BYE onto a new PC and could not get the license to validate. This should have been easily achievable. I then realized that it was possible that you were attempting to apply a very old license to a new version of BYE as part of an upgrade. My comments described how you should proceed if that was your situation.
    Those of us in the BYE and BYN community who try to help new users on this forum are not professionals in customer service. We are simply users, like yourself, who volunteer our time and expertise to try to help new users to overcome the learning curve with using the application. I am sorry my reply to your question provoked such an angry reply. That was not my goal. 
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in premium edition   
    Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the "Upgrade Instructions" link for your product (either BackyardEOS or BackyardNIKON) then select the link for instructions on how to upgrade from Classic 3.1 to Premium 3.1.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from gustenm in premium edition   
    Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the "Upgrade Instructions" link for your product (either BackyardEOS or BackyardNIKON) then select the link for instructions on how to upgrade from Classic 3.1 to Premium 3.1.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from radarsski in can i put a copy of BYE on my laptop   
    The End User License Agreement for BYE allows you to install it on multiple PC's as long as you only use it on one machine at a time. Simply copy the setup file to the laptop, install it, and validate the same license to activate it.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in BYEOS crashes when trying to use 5x mode in Planetary   
    Thanks for letting us know that with the 250D that the LiveView Autofocus method can affect the functionality of 5X zoom in Frame & Focus and Planetary modes.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in BYEOS crashes when trying to use 5x mode in Planetary   
    I wonder if LiveView AutoFocus is causing a problem when used with 5X Zoom. You could try changing to a different AF mode. If you are using a lens, put the lens in MF mode. Let us know if these tests give different results.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in can i put a copy of BYE on my laptop   
    The End User License Agreement for BYE allows you to install it on multiple PC's as long as you only use it on one machine at a time. Simply copy the setup file to the laptop, install it, and validate the same license to activate it.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in D700 BULB Issue   
    The authors have, in the past, offered a deal to owners of one software product to purchase the other at a modest discount. You should investigate.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in D700 BULB Issue   
    For the benefit of others who read your post and are unable to find the Camera Support Grid, please see the screenshot below of the BYN Product page with the Cameras tab circled in red.
    The Shutter Control Interface Products page on the Shoestring Astro web site describes what to order depending on your camera model. If this is not clear you should ask them. You will likely get a faster, more definitive answer from them than you will get here.

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    astroman133 got a reaction from AaronSmall in Enhance visibility of camera support grids   
    It seems that people are routinely (at least every month) unable to find the information about which camera models are supported by BYE and BYN and to explain the possible reasons why a particular model is not listed. This causes a bad experience when they assume, without further research, that their camera is supported when in fact it is not, or that they only need a single cable and their camera requires a DSUSB cable for Bulb exposures along with the regular USB cable..
    Perhaps the site navigation in the Store could benefit from more prominent placement of the Camera Support Grid for each of the products. It could boldly state that not all camera models are supported by the product and the reasons why. It could also boldly state that some cameras need 2 cables while most need only 1 cable and describe how to read the Grid to determine the cabling requirements.
    One way to make the support grid more visible is to display it on a page of its own that the user must navigate through to get to the product order page and get the user to agree that they have read and understand the page contents as related to their camera model. If they are unsure of the requirements for their camera they could be directed to the Support area to seek clarification. Another option could display the camera models in a dropdown list, instead of the entire grid, which brings up the support info in a separate panel that the user can read and dismiss.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from Mako in D700 BULB Issue   
    The authors have, in the past, offered a deal to owners of one software product to purchase the other at a modest discount. You should investigate.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from s3igell in Enhance visibility of camera support grids   
    It seems that people are routinely (at least every month) unable to find the information about which camera models are supported by BYE and BYN and to explain the possible reasons why a particular model is not listed. This causes a bad experience when they assume, without further research, that their camera is supported when in fact it is not, or that they only need a single cable and their camera requires a DSUSB cable for Bulb exposures along with the regular USB cable..
    Perhaps the site navigation in the Store could benefit from more prominent placement of the Camera Support Grid for each of the products. It could boldly state that not all camera models are supported by the product and the reasons why. It could also boldly state that some cameras need 2 cables while most need only 1 cable and describe how to read the Grid to determine the cabling requirements.
    One way to make the support grid more visible is to display it on a page of its own that the user must navigate through to get to the product order page and get the user to agree that they have read and understand the page contents as related to their camera model. If they are unsure of the requirements for their camera they could be directed to the Support area to seek clarification. Another option could display the camera models in a dropdown list, instead of the entire grid, which brings up the support info in a separate panel that the user can read and dismiss.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Canon Eos R support ?   
    You EOS-R owners can try shooting BULB exposures with your laptop and your camera set up on your kitchen table. You do not care about the image, itself, just does BYE control the camera for long exposures.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Computers Dying   
    The End User License Agreement (EULA) for BYE or BYN allows you to install the software on multiple computers as long as you only use it on one computer at a time.
    So if you have a purchased license for BYE 3.1.x and that computer crashes you only need to download BYE to your replacement PC and validate the same license on the new PC.
    If your license is older than 3.1.x then you need to upgrade that license by following the Upgrade instructions on this web site. If you read the upgrade instructions, some upgrades are free and others cost a small amount.
    So to summarize, you can use your BYE 3.0.X license to get a free 3.1.x license, download the latest BYE software and validate the new license key and your username on your new version of BYE.
    You should also know that the new licensing scheme keeps your license key on the web site. Once you complete the upgrade process your new license key will be available whenever you log onto this web site using the username that was used when you upgraded the license. Just look in the "My Purchases" area of your user profile. So you only need to remember your username and password, but you can reset your password if you need to by using your email address.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in BYEv3 UBS problem   
    It would seem that there is something wrong with your system that is preventing the built-in (to Windows) kernel level driver for the camera from loading. Have you done a broad internet search to see of others had this issue and if/how they fixed it? I did a quick search and found this thread with contributions from others who had a similar problem. I hope it helps:
    https://community.usa.canon.com/t5/EOS-Rebel/canon-camera-not-recognized-by-windows-10/td-p/150600
     
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Save functions for plans   
    Yes, go to the Store area and select BackyardEOS followed by BackyardEOS Premium. Then scroll down and select the Upgrade tab. Follow the instructions to purchase a Premium license upgrade. Then apply this new license to your existing installation of BYE to activate all the Premium features.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Trying and failing to install newly purchased copy   
    Is the "window button next to the close button" the Minimize button which makes the window disappear from the main desktop and appear as an icon on the task bar? If so, the method to make the BYE window reappear is to click on the task bar icon. This is like virtually every Windows GUI application ever written.
    Perhaps if you killed BYE while it was minimized it now starts up in a minimized state. I tried to duplicate this behavior but could not. How did you close BYE if it was not visible on the screen???
    I have used virtually every version if Backyard EOS since its early release and have never seen the "too small" window that you are describing on versions of Windows from XP to 10. I am having trouble visualizing what you are describing. Perhaps a screenshot would help.
    If your issue is a due to a corrupted configuration file then perhaps if you uninstalled BYE and re-installed it, but to a different directory it would create new, uncorrupted config files.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in License Activation Error   
    Wade,
    The validation of the Trial license is not to validate the license key, but to get a date that is independent of the PC date to determine whether the 30-day trial has expired.
    The trial is not really intended to be used at a dark sky site. It is meant to be used at your kitchen table to test that the software works with your camera and is a fit with your imaging workflow.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in connecting a T3i camera   
    If you have a license for BYE 3.1.11 then that license is still good for BYE 3.1.17 RC1. You should only need to download and install the latest version. It will use the registered license.
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    astroman133 got a reaction from admin in Telescope Compatibility   
    Jonny,
    BYE uses ASCOM to talk to telescopes, filter wheels, and focusers. This means that you must install the ASCOM Platform from the ASCOM web site at https://www.ascom-standards.org. You must also install a driver for each device. ASCOM drivers are sometimes written by the hardware vendors and sometimes by independent software developers.
    I am not sure, so hopefully someone else will chime in but many Orion mounts can use the SkyWatcher SynScan driver that is available from the ASCOM web site. It may also be able to use EQMOD and the EQASCOM driver that are available from the EQMOD Project web site.
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