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shbarr2001

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  1. Thank you for the advice and the help. I'll look forward to an easier and event free imaging session soon as the moon starts rising a bit later. Never thought to use Tv exposures. It will be experimented with, although only rarely do I shoot less than 30 seconds. In this case I didn't want Venus to overwhelm the Pleiadies.
  2. I attempted clearing the camera setting to no avail. However, I decided to do another experiment. Note that in #2 of my second message above I stated, "Bulb was enabled on the camera itself via menu options." On step #1 I set dial mode to "B". In the Menu box there is a selection to enable or disable Bulb Timer. It has been enabled in any of my astro sessions. It was disabled and another test was run and the camera setting which was 90 seconds was ignored and the duration setting from BYE which was 20 seconds was executed. As a result I do admit it was a pilot error although one I would not have expected. Sorry for consuming your time and I'll always have the bulb timer disabled on the camera. Note the timer setting on the camera is still 90 seconds. Cheers, Steve
  3. I realize nothing would be changed on the camera until "Start Capture" is selected. Let me explain my last little test on a step by step basis and what was observed as I ran another test several minutes ago. BYE was started on my laptop and connected to my camera which is a Canon 6D Mark II which was set to Bulb. Bulb was enabled on the camera itself via menu options. The previous exposure time of 1 minute and 30 seconds was not changed on the camera. The plan had a single line on it specifying 3 exposures, light frame, shutter bulb, ISO 1600, duration 20 seconds, and a pause of 2 seconds. Start Capture was selected on BYE. The exposure was started and the shutter was heard opening and BYE counted down for a 20 second duration as specified in the plan. After 20 seconds the shutter was not heard closing and BYE said "BUSY" for approximately 70 seconds. It was timed on my watch. The shutter was heard closing 90 seconds after the shutter was heard opening in step 5 above. The JPG and raw images were downloaded to the computer. A 2 second pause was performed by BYE as specified in the plan. The filename said there was a 20 second exposure, but the file properties said it was a 90 second exposure. Listening to the shutter reflected a 90 second exposure. Lines 5 through 10 above were repeated for the second and third exposure. This is why I am saying that with a Canon 6D Mark II, BYE is not changing the duration of the exposure as specified in the plan. As a side note, it is changing the ISO as specified in the plan so it is capable of changing some settings. Thanks for the help, Steve
  4. I am using the BYE trial version 3.2.18 and a Canon 6D Mark II camera. There seems to be a problem setting the bulb mode exposure time via BYE. No matter what the exposure time in is set to in BYE, it always defaults back to the value in set in the camera. For instance, while photographing Venus and the Pleiades a couple nights ago with the exposure set to 20 seconds on both the camera and BYE and all was fine. Then attempts were made to photograph the comet Atlas with the exposure set to 90 seconds in BYE only, and the exposure was only 20 seconds. The exposure was changed to 90 seconds on the camera and all was well. Am I making a simple mistake so the camera doesn't see the exposure change from BYE? When the exposure is changed via the Canon EOS utility which of course isn't designed for astro photography the camera does see the change. In an case I'm planning on buying the premium version of BYE before the trial runs out as it still is better designed than other such utilities on the market. Thanks, Steve
  5. Actually all I was doing was nudging the scope rather than slewing. Sorry for the incorrect nomenclature. Right now I think the simplest method would be either to use the CPWI hand control or the unified Celestron Telescope Driver. In any case, I'm planning on purchasing the premium version of BYE since the functionality for camera control exceeds others I've tried. Not sure of the timeline on the above comments, so I'll ask if version 3.2 has been released? If it hasn't, will I get free updates? In any case I'll probably continue to use CPWI to slew to a target and then only use the nudge buttons (when I correct the problem) on BYE to center the target. Thanks for the prompt response. I'll post another reply if I get more info. Cheers, STeve
  6. To support staff, I downloaded the trial version of BackyardEOS (Version 3.1.18) a couple days ago. I am quite impressed with the intuitive interface and thorough functionality. I'm planning on using BYE now for camera control. Good work everybody. Last night was the first time I tried BYE with both camera control to my Canon 6D Mark II and my Celestron AVX mount. I was using Focus and Frame to see my targets, or very close to them, and the slew buttons to move the mount to get the object centered. Let me first say that I used Celestron CPWI to align my scope and then used the slew keys on BYE to center my target. Anytime the BYE slew keys were used tracking was disabled and I went back to CPWI to enable tracking. Is there something that I'm missing as I'd like to control my entire imaging session with BYE without having tracking disabled. Thanks in advance for your help! Cheers, Steve (shbarr2001@yahoo.com)
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