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  1. Yeah, 25 people at an imaging workshop looking over my shoulder, waiting for me to demo BYE and that noise doesn't help keep me keep calm so I can focus on trouble shooting! Agree that BYE/N rocks. Anybody that has learned SGP or other capture programs, for more automation, will certainly keep a fondness and longing for the UI in BYE/N!
  2. I haven't done in that deep and exploration but the focuslock page says: "Support for Maxim D/L, TheSky X, PHD2, or any ASCOM compatible guide camera is supported" Maybe that just references the camera support? The only software listed on the site is the focuslock, however, no guide software.
  3. If you want to stick with BYE/N, AND have autofocus, there is another option not yet discussed. That is Innovation Foresight's On Axis Guiding solution, combined with their FOCUSLOCK software. The ONAG has a dichroic IR pass filter at 45 degrees in the optical train. Your guide camera then goes at the back, getting an IR only (full OTA image circle) signal. The light below IR gets reflected by the dichroic mirror/filter and your DSLR mounts on top of the ONAG and get's that light. The FOCUSLOCK software then works with your guide camera and focuser to keep your optical train in focus
  4. I'm going to experiment with a side by side rig. Two (RC) OTAs on the same mount. One will have an OSC Canon DSLR and the the other will have a monochrome Nikon DSLR and Narrowband filters in a filter wheel. I want to know if I can use BYE and BYN to control both cameras so the dither and shutter releases are sync'd between the two cameras? Narrowband Monochorome exposures will likely be longer than the One Shot Color exposures. Can this be done, and if so, pointers? Do I just follow the instructions above for two BYE instances?
  5. So I think if we treat the histogram as a black box, whatever it is doing, as long as I expose so there's some space on the left of the lowest hump, I should be fine. As a side note, finding software that understands and will support this corner case is a struggle. Deep Sky Stacker is going to insist on DeBeyring, DeMosiacing, or whatever you want to call it, any RAW DSLR file, while in CCDStack2 you can tell it that the camera is NOT one shot color, and it will treat it as monochrome. Going straight into photoshop/camera raw is also not an option, you need to convert raw files first t
  6. Here you can see the double hump, both in "L", and "RGB" Note that in "RGB" 100% of the first hump is "Green". Every picture is like this, regardless of content. I understand that mono DSLRs are rare and if support is limited I understand, however I would like help in understanding how to best use BYN in that case.
  7. Nikon d5100, not canon. Screen shots to follow.
  8. With a monochrome DLSR, even in L vs. RGB, the histogram displays two peaks. Taller and lower toward black (apparently what would normally be the green pixels) and shorter and more towards the white (apparently what would normally be the red and blue pixels). The first peak is twice as high because there would normally be 2x green pixels compared to red and blue? The first peak more towards the black because dcraw is dividing the value by 2? Anyway, my question is for "exposing to the right" should I ignore the first peak? Could we have a switch to make the histogram truly mono?
  9. Oh, is it the ascom focuser interface? I hadn't noticed. Yeah the ultimate goal would be to get it into the EXIF, where it could be used as some indication for dark temp matching (NIKON's not providing temp info).
  10. Having a temp sensor as part of my focus motor: http://rigel.datacorner.com/rigelsys/steppermotor.html of course I would like BYN to be able to read its temp.
  11. Good idea. Eventually this will be part of a permanent setup, with this camera (monochrome) and a astromodified canon t3i (One shot color) inside a cooler bag with all wires always attached. Swapping cameras may involve threading the different t-rings onto the back of the filter wheel, or I may have the filter wheel and focal reducer always on the monochrome camera and a 2nd focal reducer always on the Canon (two holes in the cooler bag) and swap the focal reducers in and out of the focuser. In addition to the cooler bag air being ice water cooled, each camera will have a "cold fin
  12. @Rick, I never thought there was a problem with BYN, just posted here to get help with from people familiar with D5100 and BYN. Also there was a very slim chance there there was a showstring problem, as I have THREE of those boxes and cable sets and they all behaved the same (well two of them did, the third one is still unused as I ordered it and didn't realize that my used camera was going to come with one). I'll report on the mirror lock and any other issue after doing some more actual imaging tonight. Thanks again to all.
  13. The usb cable just arrived and it worked for a 40 second bulb exposure in byn so I assume I am good to go. Just came down to the connector allowing me to plug it in backwards. One of the cables I have has the same symbol on both sides, so that did t help either.
  14. I have an intervalometer... for Canon, so would need to build an adapter which adds a variable ;0) Some progress. Making sure the cable is A) orientated correctly (who designed this connector? And who designed the plug markings with a triangle on both sides!) and shoved in all the way (seems like it forces the metal tab on the camera connector past the no metal slot on the cable connector) I can get DSUSBCheck to fire the shutter by first doing the "assert" then "open the shutter". Seems like the shutter immediately closes, however. I am hoping that at this point BYN will do the r
  15. I meant that the Bayer mask had been removed from the sensor. I had seen that refereed to as "De-bayered" but I see that it's also used (at least in DSS) for processing the data.
  16. Ok "DSUSB" it is Thanks for that link however I am in the same position as the last post (still not working), although I don't have another shutter cable to test the camera with. I.E. "Assert", followed by "Open Shutter", does not fire the shutter. Camera is in "M". Latest firmware installed. No lens on the camera (T-Ring and telescope vs. "lens"). so AF shouldn't be an issue? Not sure what "full manual" would be other than putting it in "M". Any other settings to check? I don't even have a Nikon lens to try.
  17. So being used to BYE and Canon cameras, I was surprised not to see a 5x button on the frame and focus screen in BYN. My normal focus technique is to use a bahtinov mask in frame and focus with the 5x zoom. What is the recommended approach in BYN? I tried clicking on the Bahtinov button and zooming that window but didn't get any consistent results/green circle as I moved through the focus zone. Don't know if it makes a difference but this is a De-Bayered (monochrome) D5100.
  18. I'm having issues with DSUB on a Nikon D5100. The light goes from Red to Green, BYN says cable init, then starts the exposure, but the shutter on the camera never actually fires. I have three DSUBs and cables and they all behave the same. DSUBcheck connects and works as far as LEDs but also doesn't fire the shutter on the camera. Any ideas? Can I test the camera by doing something with the just the DSUB cable? From googling it looks like shorting the ground and tip on the earphone style connector should fire the shutter but that also does nothing. BYN works fine, for non bu
  19. But then one person says it does... The last post in the thread is most instructive. http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/537815-nikon-d5100-black-clipping-nikonhacker-firmware/#entry7235081 Perhaps it works as long as you don't use the "(2) output the entire sensor array information, not just the active imaging area" option.
  20. Well this thread says it won't work: http://www.cloudynights.com/topic/537815-nikon-d5100-black-clipping-nikonhacker-firmware/ So fine, I can use the stock firmware. Any other issues with BYN and de-bayered camera? Is the preview going to treated as if it was shot with a bayer matrix?
  21. Well it looks like that link is dead at the moment, but I was told by an imager friend that has the same camera, though not de-bayered, that there are advantages for AP in that firmware. From memory something about auto star removal that doesn't get turned completely off (even for "raw") and also clipped blackpoint. I can go find the discussion on Cloudynights, no doubt.
  22. I'm buying a mono & astro modified D5100 and there is some discussion as to the NikonHacker firmware and BYN: "1. It has a firmware from the NikonHacker team, which gives it several cool features as described here. The best part is, the firmware is reversal in a matter of minutes and makes no permanent modification to the camera. 2. I have only used it with DSLRShutter and earlier with a remote shutter release. In all honesty, I did hear that BYN might have some issues dealing with the modified firmware. If this is a concern for you, I can load it up with the stock firmware and it sho
  23. If you try to do a plate solve with Astrotortillia while BYE is in the middle of an imaging plan, you get a camera busy error, which is fine. However it seems to put things in a state where you can't do a successful plat solve, after aborting the BYE sequence, until you quit BYE and restart it. Disconnecting and reconnecting the camera isn't enough, you have quit BYE. I will send logs via email.
  24. Hey the link to the sample project is dead. I'd like to take a look
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