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#1 guyroch

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 05:22 PM

The title says is all :)

You need to register on my own support forum to access the download.

http://forum.otelesc...1-beta01-is-...

Thank you for your support and interest.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 03:23 AM

I have just downloaded it!

Thank you so much, Guylain! As soon as I source the cabling I need, I will begin reporting back!

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 01:44 PM

Thank you Steve.

Please use the support forum to report issues so everything is in one location, it makes things easier for me.

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Posted 06 April 2014 - 01:49 PM

I downloaded the Bata version about 1 hour ago, so far I can connect to my D5100 and tested the following(albeit in the house)
Live View
Imaging
Frame & Focus
Bulb over a DSUSB cable
Very happy to say all works as good as BYEOS.
Now waiting for clear dark skies.
Thanks Guy

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 03:21 AM

I downloaded the Bata version about 1 hour ago, so far I can connect to my D5100 and tested the following(albeit in the house)
Live View
Imaging
Frame & Focus
Bulb over a DSUSB cable
Very happy to say all works as good as BYEOS.
Now waiting for clear dark skies.
Thanks Guy

Eric


Where would one find a DSUSB cable?

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:23 AM

Shoestring Astronomy

http://www.store.sho...products_ds.htm

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:14 PM

For the D5100 you will need the DSUB and the DSCBL-15. This is the cable because the D5100 uses the MC-DC2 remote which has a mini-usb plug. I just ordered a D5100 so did my homework. Can't wait to have it modified by Brent. William

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:26 PM

Is it possible - until I can gather the funds to pick up the kit from Shoestring Astronomy - to use the MC-DC2 shutter release cord in the interim or would I need that as an absolute requirement?

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:47 PM

Guylain,

Would you consider this http://www.cloudynig...&Number=6455517 cheaper version?
(Use RS232's RTS to assert the BULB state.)

Clear Skies!

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 07:16 AM

Guylain,

Would you consider this http://www.cloudynig...&Number=6455517 cheaper version?
(Use RS232's RTS to assert the BULB state.)

Clear Skies!

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Sure I would... but I'm not very good with electronic stuff myself... software yes, electronics not so much.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 07:26 AM

Guylain,

I'll make one for you (for free).
Do you want to leave the original MC-DC2 "control unit" in place for full manual (PC-less) operation, or take it out for tidiness?

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:59 AM

Sure, if you want. It will give me a good cable to test.

I do not care about the original MC-DC2 itself, I will only use it for PC-based operation.

Thank you.

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 12:10 PM

Has the BackyardNikon been tested on Win8.1 64bit? I'm having trouble getting DSUB to connect to the Nikon D5100. It's probably just settings but it's frustrating right now. It does recognize the DSUB device but won't connect or recognize the camera. I really wanted to use Nebulosity3 since I'm familiar with it but can't get it to work. I wanted to know if anyone has tried BackyardNikon on a Win8.1/64bit system before I try it. William

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

Has the BackyardNikon been tested on Win8.1 64bit? I'm having trouble getting DSUB to connect to the Nikon D5100. It's probably just settings but it's frustrating right now. It does recognize the DSUB device but won't connect or recognize the camera. I really wanted to use Nebulosity3 since I'm familiar with it but can't get it to work. I wanted to know if anyone has tried BackyardNikon on a Win8.1/64bit system before I try it. William


Hi Will.

Please use my own forum to report issues in BackyardNIKON BETA release. I do not want to run around looking for reported issues... and having them all reported at the same place also ensures a good conversation with other testers as well.

BackyardNIKON is developed on W8.1 64bits and the DSUSB has been tested with the D5100.

If it does not connect it has noting to do with the DSUSB, that cable is for bulb only. You do have the regular USB cable connected as well... right?

Support forum is here:
http://forum.otelescope.com/


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:37 PM

I have not downloaded the BackyardNikon just yet. I was trying to get the Nebulosity3 working but wanted to make sure the BackyardNikon worked with Win8.1 64bit before trying it. Right now DSLR works so I know I have proper connection. I'll get the download soon and try your's. Thanks. William

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 09:45 AM

BackyardNIKON BETA 01c is ready for download.

http://forum.otelesc...m/?forum=354530

You need an account on my support forum to download.

BETA 01c brings more stability and also has bulb over usb for the models that supports it.

Thank you

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:47 PM

Guylain,
Is there like a sample web site or something where one can see what this does? I have a Nikon D5000 and always wondered about astronomy app like the Cannon has... Is there a web page to check it out? the login link, is that for a Yahoo supported site? Thank you, Kasey

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 05:10 PM

Use the link above to download the BETA setup file.

As for functionality, it is almost identical to BackyardEOS. Take a look at www.backyardeos.com.

BackyardNIKON, just like BackyardEOS, is very intuitive... that is what people tells me anyway :)

Hope this helps.

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 12:57 AM

So far I've got BackyardNikon working and it looks good. Is the price the same as the EOS? William

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:14 AM

So far I've got BackyardNikon working and it looks good. Is the price the same as the EOS? William


BackyardNIKON is not for sale just yet, I'm still out 2 months before production quality is reached to my high standard.

BETA testing started 1 week ago and everyone is welcome to try the beta version.

Download and additional info can be found here on the link below. You need to register on my forum to have access to it.
http://forum.otelesc...m/?forum=354530

Thank you for your interest,

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 09:01 PM

Registered and got the download. I only had one test so far but not outdoors. Too much clouds. Looks good so far. William

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:17 AM

I had trouble that it would connect then say it needed a serial cable. Keep getting the error. I used DSLR for awhile then tried again. Forgot to change the USB to DSUB. Whoops. So far the program looks good and runs good. Thanks.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 08:43 AM

I had trouble that it would connect then say it needed a serial cable. Keep getting the error. I used DSLR for awhile then tried again. Forgot to change the USB to DSUB. Whoops. So far the program looks good and runs good. Thanks.


Yeah... just like BackyardEOS you need to specify the type of cable you are using for BULB. BackyardNIKON supports DSUSB, DSUSB2, Serial COM port from 1 to 12, and soon (I hope) IR cables for cameras that do not have a physical port to plug a serial cable into.

Regards,

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:40 PM

As Guylain stated, some Nikon models cannot be controlled through Nikon SDK USB tether to perform BULB. For them, most of them can use the second cable called "Shutter Release Cable" to handle BULB release timing.
Naturally such cable one side connects to PC and the other side connects to DSLR's Shutter Release port.

Such cable can be DSUSB, DSUSB2, (both are USB dongles with a need to add a camera-specific shutter release cable) or a
simplified/modified "USB-Serial with RTS signal plus some electronic magic to drive the shutter release".
For the latter, nick named as "serial cable", you can find recent threads about it in ATM subforum (6455477 and 6476526.)

Then there is another group of Nikon DSLRs that does not support USB-controlled BULB, nor has the "Shutter Release" port in the body itself. Thus the third solution is made which is a simplified/modified "USB-Serial with RTS signal plus some electronic magic to drive the Nikon IR Remote Control".
This one, nick named as "serial-IR cable", is also described in a recent thread in ATM subforum (6444548.) Example of such device:

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 08:13 PM

My new D5100 works great with the DSUB and BackyardNikon.

I've only used the BackyardNikon a few times so it will take
me awhile to learn everything. I never used the EOS version
so I'm new to both.

The older D40x I have won't work unless you use the IR method. Although I did use Camera Control Pro for up to
30second shots on it using the computer cable. I used the hand IR for bulb. If I can sell the D40x I'll get my
D5100 modified.

So far BackyardNikon looks and works great.


William






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