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guyroch
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BackyardEOS is born!
      #4214268 - 11/28/10 12:17 AM

BackyardEOS ~ Purpose-built software for astrophotography!

I’m pleased to announce that I have just given birth to purpose-built software for astrophotographers imaging with Canon DSLR cameras that everyone can afford.

If you’re reading this page, chances are you are looking for an alternative to the current software you are using for image acquisition. Don’t be afraid, I’m one of you guys and I know how much we spend on software versus OTA, mounts, and cameras. By selling software I’m positioning myself on the wrong side of the economic scale (or budget if you prefer) but my main objective is to provide a simple, yet effective, software for a price that I would expect to pay myself and not a penny more.

Ever dreamed of live FWHM feedback when trying to focus?

View the entire DSLR field of view while trying to frame/center a target?

What about dithering between frames, that would be nice?

Automatic adding of meaningful Exif metadata to the raw .cr2 files such as target name, filters used, current temperature?

BackyardEOS delivers on all of these capabilities right out of the box, and does so much more. But don’t take my word for it; here are some unsolicited testimonials from real users that have been generous enough to offer their time and effort to test BackyardEOS in its infancy stage to ensure good quality prior to its official release.

Mark Dearing: "BackyardEOS makes my two recent imaging sessions so easy and simple I am truly amazed; I have stopped using any other programs..."

Chris Hutcheson: "After using this software, I don't see how I managed without it. It makes the whole process of imaging with a DSLR much, much easier."

Ferran Bosch: "the truth is that BackyardEOS is wonderful, very easy to use and very intuitive, very friendly."

John White: "This program looks like it has a lot of promise! I especially like the Frame and Focus mode! All in all, this is an outstanding piece of software and I see it becoming one of my favorites. Well done!"

Bassnut (IceInSpace): "I must say, that looks very interesting. A simple user interface with the features you need. The live view focus looks comprehensive, the 1st DSLR app I've seen with proper live FWHM focus feedback."


I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has participated in the beta testing rounds. The quality and craftsmanship of BackyardEOS is made possible because of people like you!

Please visit us at http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/

Proud father of BackyardEOS! I’ve attached a few family pictures below.

Guylain Rochon


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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4214270 - 11/28/10 12:18 AM Attachment (101 downloads)

Main imaging screen...

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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4214272 - 11/28/10 12:18 AM Attachment (77 downloads)

Frame & Focus...

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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4214274 - 11/28/10 12:19 AM Attachment (75 downloads)

Frame & Focus with Bahtinov Mask...

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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4214275 - 11/28/10 12:19 AM Attachment (77 downloads)

Drift Alignment...

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4214305 - 11/28/10 12:43 AM

any chance we'll ever see a macosx version of this software?

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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: pfile]
      #4214317 - 11/28/10 12:52 AM

Sadly not anytime soon, sorry. The application is built on .Net and therefore not compatible with Mac. There is always the Mono platform which is said to be a pretty good .Net equivalent platform for Mac but this is not for today or even tomorrow.

Thank you for your interest.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4214410 - 11/28/10 02:38 AM

bummer, yeah i tried to port a .net app to mono a while back and failed spectacularly. maybe mono has improved recently, i don't know...

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: pfile]
      #4214607 - 11/28/10 08:57 AM

Hi Guilain, I'm sorry I wasn't able to test more than I did, but the weather just hasn't been cooperating...

Good luck with the program!


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: pfile]
      #4214613 - 11/28/10 09:04 AM

Can the night vision be turned off? I use a red filter over my laptop screen.

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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: pfile]
      #4214673 - 11/28/10 10:08 AM

Quote:

bummer, yeah i tried to port a .net app to mono a while back and failed spectacularly. maybe mono has improved recently, i don't know...




The application may need to be adapted slightly to run on Mono... but if I decide to go that way I will adapt it. Again this is not for today or tomorrow though.

Guylain


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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: RogerRZ]
      #4214675 - 11/28/10 10:10 AM

Quote:

Hi Guilain, I'm sorry I wasn't able to test more than I did, but the weather just hasn't been cooperating...

Good luck with the program!




No problem Roger! I really, really, really appreciate all the help I got from the entire team of testers (about 12 dedicated individuals). The quality and craftsmanship of BackyardEOS is made possible because of people like you.

Thanks you

Guylain


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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Poochpa]
      #4214679 - 11/28/10 10:12 AM

Quote:

Can the night vision be turned off? I use a red filter over my laptop screen.




Not in the first release, sorry. But this is the second request I have received to 'skin' the application for daytime use... I think I'll have to consider seriously.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4215081 - 11/28/10 01:51 PM

I know the Canon 300D Rebel does not have a live view, but will this software down the line support the Rebel.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Nick Rose]
      #4215755 - 11/28/10 07:57 PM

Quote:

This looks great! I am interested in purchasing it, just curious about one thing though. What do you think your system requirements are for it? I am using an old, circa 2000 pIII 800 machine with winxp.




The oldest machine I have here is an old Compaq Presario laptop with 512MB of ram and it runs smoothly for imaging. In live view mode the CPU hovers at about 85%... there is a lot going on during live view; including live FWHM feedback. During imaging though the CPU hovers at about 25% and peeks to to 90% for a few seconds during download.

Currently I have set the live view to take 1 image stream every 100ms. If this proves to be too much for a PIII 800 I can make a configuration available to boost it to say 200ms (or whatever you wish ~ I would make it configurable).

Try it, I'd be very interested in knowing the results. I can add the config for you during the trial so you can you see how your PIII takes it.

Guylain


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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Nick Rose]
      #4215801 - 11/28/10 08:21 PM

Quote:

I know the Canon 300D Rebel does not have a live view, but will this software down the line support the Rebel.




Sadly the original 300D is a type 1 protocol camera.

--- Quote from the Canon SDK documentation ---
EOS Kiss Digital N , 350D, REBELXT, and EOS 5D model cameras come shipped from the factory with communications set for [Print/PTP] but functions that support PC connections are limited. For example, capture-related features cannot be used. Since these cameras use [PC connection] (Type 1 protocol) as the standard for connecting to a PC, they are Type 1 protocol standard cameras.
--- END ---


I'm interested in supporting it but to be honest it's not for today or tomorrow.

I know I'll be attracting an a different market segment if I do support the legacy type 1 protocol cameras as Canon calls them. I'm not saying I won't support them, I'm just saying not now.

Here is the reason why and what it would take for me to support the legacy type 1 protocol cameras.

1) I would need to purchase an old camera, any legacy type 1 protocol camera.
2) I would need to purchase as DSUSB cable
3) I would need to adapt BackyardEOS to support such connection. Right from the get go, the Canon SDK does not operate in the same manner with Type 1 cameras as it does with Type 2 cameras. No major issues, but I do need Type 1 camera to be successful at it.

I hope this shed some light in what (an why) the legacy cameras are not supported in this first release.

Thank you for your interest.

Guylain Rochon


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4215900 - 11/28/10 09:34 PM

CONGRATS Guylain!!!
Backyard EOS is absolutely the best DSLR aquisition SW I have ever used...and it is so easy to use, it makes no sense to use anything else!!!!

Again, congrats and good luck on this venture!!

CHEERS!!!


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: nofxrx]
      #4215903 - 11/28/10 09:37 PM

Oh, the skin idea is a pretty good one..it doesnt bother me as I never use anything to cover my laptop(while at home)..but it would be useful in the future if I get out to some star parties..

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guyroch
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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: nofxrx]
      #4216077 - 11/28/10 11:42 PM

There have been quite a number of conversations going on today regarding the pricing structure of BackyardEOS. The conversations have taken places on several astronomy forums around the world where I introduced BackyardEOS and in my Yahoo support group as well.

Let me reassure everyone by saying “I hear you!”

Your feedback, positive or negative, is important to me. It will make me stronger and BackyardEOS a better product that everyone can enjoy without worrying about price.

I’m serious about making BackyardEOS a household name in the DSLR imaging space and if $8 a year stands in the way of it becoming just that I will gladly remove this barrier. The money is not that important to me, your satisfaction is!

I’m also not keen in raising the price much higher. I think that $24 is a fair introductory price and anything higher will have potential buyers think twice before purchasing and this would go against the “making BackyardEOS a household name” concept.


With this said… BackyardEOS is re-born!

1) The mandatory $8 annual fee is removed
2) The purchase price stays at $24
3) I will send a new license file with no expiry date to everyone that has already purchased the software. I want to be fair to everyone.
4) I will update the web site accordingly.

For this price you will get one single user license for BackyardEOS, one year support, and one year free service software updates with bug fixes and minor software enhancements as they become available.

Discounts will be offered for renewing your support agreement should you wish to continue with this service level. You are free to continue using your current licensed copy of BackyardEOS should you decide not to renew your support agreement; you will simply no longer be entitled to free service software updates with bug fixes and minor software enhancements as they become available.

Discounts will also be offered to newer major release upgrades with major software enhancement to all license holders regardless if you have renewed your service level or not.

This is still licensed software and the End User License Agreement is in effect at all times whether you renew your support agreement or not.


Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has provided feedback on this very important matter, instant feedback at times . Life is a learning experience and today was no exception for me.

Clear skies,

Guylain Rochon


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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4216340 - 11/29/10 06:58 AM

Thank you Guylain. I will buy your software today. It looks very promising.

An iPhone version will be great. I am using Sky Safari for all the planning and for wireless telescope control. It works like a dream. Having a camera control on iPhone platform will help avoiding a laptop in the field completely. This is a suggestion for future development.

All the best.

Sedat


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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: bilgebay]
      #4216345 - 11/29/10 07:03 AM

Minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768? So no good with 1024 x 600 Netbooks?

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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: Greg K.]
      #4216521 - 11/29/10 09:32 AM

thats unfortunate as I was about to purchase the software, thanks for pointing it out.

Quote:

Minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768? So no good with 1024 x 600 Netbooks?




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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: Kellogg]
      #4216616 - 11/29/10 10:36 AM

Quote:

thats unfortunate as I was about to purchase the software, thanks for pointing it out.

Quote:

Minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768? So no good with 1024 x 600 Netbooks?







I have had the same request on another Astronomy forum yesterday, I will be working on an 1024 x 600 version and should be available in a week or 2. I will however make it an option, or better yet auto-detect, because I want to want to keep using as much screen real estate as possible for the other users.

1024 x 600 is just around the corner

Thanks for support and interest.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: bilgebay]
      #4216631 - 11/29/10 10:42 AM

Quote:

Thank you Guylain. I will buy your software today. It looks very promising.

An iPhone version will be great. I am using Sky Safari for all the planning and for wireless telescope control. It works like a dream. Having a camera control on iPhone platform will help avoiding a laptop in the field completely. This is a suggestion for future development.

All the best.

Sedat




I'm not saying no to iPhone or Android but I am saying not now I have enough on my plate to keep me busy for a sort while. I know I will definitely be reaching a new user base if I do and be a pioneer in doing do

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4216639 - 11/29/10 10:46 AM

Quote:

Quote:

thats unfortunate as I was about to purchase the software, thanks for pointing it out.

Quote:

Minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768? So no good with 1024 x 600 Netbooks?







I have had the same request on another Astronomy forum yesterday, I will be working on an 1024 x 600 version and should be available in a week or 2. I will however make it an option, or better yet auto-detect, because I want to want to keep using as much screen real estate as possible for the other users.

1024 x 600 is just around the corner

Thanks for support and interest.

Guylain




Thanks. I'll definitely be looking into taking this for a spin when that feature is available.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4216992 - 11/29/10 01:35 PM

Hi Guylain,

That looks like an interesting piece of software.

But one note... the red type on a black background on your web pages is nearly unreadable. I just gave up and left the page.

You really need to change this and think of your customers.

Screen shots of the program that show the night vision mode are ok, but the rest of the text should be something that can be read more easily.

Jerry


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Jerry Lodriguss]
      #4217197 - 11/29/10 03:20 PM

Quote:

Hi Guylain,

That looks like an interesting piece of software.

But one note... the red type on a black background on your web pages is nearly unreadable. I just gave up and left the page.

You really need to change this and think of your customers.

Screen shots of the program that show the night vision mode are ok, but the rest of the text should be something that can be read more easily.

Jerry




Thanks Jerry... there is a lot of red going on the web site. Just to clarify, you mean the bright red on black is hard to read on the web site, not the maroon on black? Right?

Thanks, I appreciate all the input.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4217296 - 11/29/10 04:09 PM

Guylain, I do not see anything wrong with the site..
I can easily read everything there...

It may be a bit harder for some though, I can see that affecting some with poor vision..

It is mainly the darker red on black texts that are low contrast, the bright red is very easy to see and read..

I think it looks great... just my 2's...

Cheers!


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: nofxrx]
      #4217430 - 11/29/10 05:27 PM

I'll second Brent saying that I can easily read the website.

Guylain, seems like a great product!

P.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Peds]
      #4217681 - 11/29/10 07:44 PM

Guylain,

Great looking program, I'm probably going to buy it. Right now I use Nebulosity for frame and focus and then switch over to the Canon software for imaging. Looks like I can just use one program now. One question though, can you have the program shoot one second subs (or longer) repeatedly in frame and focus mode without saving the image? This is a neat feature of Nebulosity that helps frame objects as you are moving the mount in situations where live view isn't sensitive enough to pick up the stars.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Tim C]
      #4217720 - 11/29/10 08:06 PM

Quote:

Guylain,

Great looking program, I'm probably going to buy it. Right now I use Nebulosity for frame and focus and then switch over to the Canon software for imaging. Looks like I can just use one program now. One question though, can you have the program shoot one second subs (or longer) repeatedly in frame and focus mode without saving the image? This is a neat feature of Nebulosity that helps frame objects as you are moving the mount in situations where live view isn't sensitive enough to pick up the stars.




You have the same process I had last year and same tools too... and I ended up building my own software; go figure!

Anyway, the functionality is in BackyardEOS but it's not at a point where I can expose it through the UI yet. It should the there in a month or 2 (probably less ).


Currently you can shoot up to 30 seconds in Live view; you can set this parameter in the Settings dialogue.

Thanks for your interest.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4217769 - 11/29/10 08:36 PM

I just noticed the Star HD functionality which should be awesome for framing the fainter star fields. I'm reading the quick start guide - very impressive software... looks like everything I've been wishing for! In an image capturing software package that is...

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Tim C]
      #4217850 - 11/29/10 09:22 PM

Thanks Tim! I haven't had a whole lot of feedback during testing on the Star HD feature. It works fine but I think I'll have to expose more parameters to the users to better control the adjustments. I'll be looking for your feedback on Star HD.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4217860 - 11/29/10 09:30 PM

I like the feature that prevents you from shooting in anything but RAW (made that mistake before). Now, if you could only prevent me from accidentally leaving the Bhatinov mask on the end of the scope and walking away for an hour

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Tim C]
      #4217886 - 11/29/10 09:45 PM

Quote:

I like the feature that prevents you from shooting in anything but RAW (made that mistake before). Now, if you could only prevent me from accidentally leaving the Bhatinov mask on the end of the scope and walking away for an hour




Ummm... is this a challenge LOL

It is detectable... the bahtinov mask does leave a pattern behind... but this is for another time (or life), I have my hands full for now. This though may very well keep me awake at night... I have solved some pretty good software issues while sleeping in the past

Take care.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is re-born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4218756 - 11/30/10 11:34 AM

Quote:

Quote:

thats unfortunate as I was about to purchase the software, thanks for pointing it out.

Quote:

Minimum screen resolution is 1024 x 768? So no good with 1024 x 600 Netbooks?







I have had the same request on another Astronomy forum yesterday, I will be working on an 1024 x 600 version and should be available in a week or 2. I will however make it an option, or better yet auto-detect, because I want to want to keep using as much screen real estate as possible for the other users.

1024 x 600 is just around the corner

Thanks for support and interest.

Guylain




1024 x 600 is now available for download. Go to the "Brave Souls" section on the download page if you want to try it out. I will make it available in a real production release probably next week.

This should no longer by a non-starter for users with a netbook.

Thanks,

Guylain.

Edited by guyroch (12/01/10 11:44 PM)


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4224762 - 12/03/10 12:11 AM

I'm not particularly computer savvy, which is why I've stayed with the simple route for so long. But this looks very interesting.
I own one of the camera's you have listed as tested, the T1i.
Just how is the camera connected to the computer for using with your program?
And can a non-computer savvy guy make this work for him?

Doug


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4224845 - 12/03/10 01:03 AM

For the first time in my life I may be slightly sad to be a "Nikon Guy"

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4225399 - 12/03/10 11:15 AM

Quote:

I'm not particularly computer savvy, which is why I've stayed with the simple route for so long. But this looks very interesting.
I own one of the camera's you have listed as tested, the T1i.
Just how is the camera connected to the computer for using with your program?
And can a non-computer savvy guy make this work for him?

Doug




The USB cable that came with your camera is *ALL* you need to connect to BackyardEOS. You don't even have to install EOS Utility. Just let Windows detect the camera and you're good to go. That's it!

Thanks for your interest.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: WOBentley]
      #4225412 - 12/03/10 11:19 AM

Quote:

For the first time in my life I may be slightly sad to be a "Nikon Guy"




I'm taking this as a compliment that you like what you see.

Thank you, and sorry at the same time I guess

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4226130 - 12/03/10 04:47 PM

Thank's for the reply. That's just what I needed to hear.
I'll likely need to extend the cable some. Any idea just how long an extension can be used? And do they even make them?


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4226474 - 12/03/10 07:23 PM

Not sure about the States but I did buy a 6 feet cable at Canada Computers a few months ago. You a can also just buy an "Active" repeater usb cable extension instead as the one below. Make sure it says "Active" and you can go 32 feet no problem. Personally I have a 25 feet active cable and I never had any issues.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5290726&CatId=5414

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4226649 - 12/03/10 08:38 PM

I figure I only need to double the length of the one that came with the camera.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4226681 - 12/03/10 08:51 PM

OK, made my purchase. Awaiting license number to download.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4226973 - 12/03/10 11:12 PM

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OK, made my purchase. Awaiting license number to download.




Thank you Doug. The license is in the mail

Enjoy!

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4227069 - 12/04/10 12:02 AM

I can't open the license, and I can't change the -xex to -exe. on the download.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4227093 - 12/04/10 12:20 AM

OK, got the .xex changed to .exe, but still can't open license.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4227104 - 12/04/10 12:29 AM

You don't need to open the license file.

Once you're done installing BackyardEOS simply copy the license file in the installation folder. The default location is c:\Program Files\BackyardEOS. IF you're on a 64 bit computer then the default installation folder is c:\Program Files (x86)\BackyardEOS.

So the steps are:
1) Install BackyardEOS.
2) Copy the license file in the installation folder
3) Connect your camera, set the dial to 'M'.
4) Start BackyardEOS

Let me know how it goes, I'll wait on-line for another 15 minutes or so to make sure you can get it to run properly.

waiting...

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4227107 - 12/04/10 12:30 AM

I have no idea how to copy the license file to the installation folder

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4227130 - 12/04/10 12:43 AM

Doug, are your near a telephone? If yes send me an email with your telephone number. I'll call you right now and run through the installation with you, what do you think? Don't put your number here though, send it to me in an email Just reply to email I sent you with the license and put your number.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4227134 - 12/04/10 12:48 AM

OK, doing so now

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      #4227160 - 12/04/10 01:20 AM

It's pretty cool when you can talk to the creator, even better when he can walk a computer caveman like me through the install process. It Works!
He really went above and beyond for me.
My heartfelt thanks to Guylain. He is the essence of what a good entrepreneur should be.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4227167 - 12/04/10 01:25 AM

Thank you Doug for the nice note, I'm glad you're up and running now.

Clear skies,

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4236021 - 12/08/10 11:30 AM

Quote:

Quote:

For the first time in my life I may be slightly sad to be a "Nikon Guy"




I'm taking this as a compliment that you like what you see.

Thank you, and sorry at the same time I guess

Guylain




You are taking it correctly!


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4236780 - 12/08/10 05:15 PM

Quote:

It's pretty cool when you can talk to the creator, even better when he can walk a computer caveman like me through the install process. It Works!
He really went above and beyond for me.
My heartfelt thanks to Guylain. He is the essence of what a good entrepreneur should be.


And it will be my pleasure to help him thru his first NEAF.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4289105 - 01/03/11 02:12 PM

Happy new year to everyone!

BackyardEOS Version 1.0.2 (Revision 18328) dated January 2, 2011 is released for production and is ready for download.

*** Overview ***
New Feature: Daylight skin; 5 color schemes available.
New Feature: Capture plan estimated time to completion.
New Feature: Netbook 1024 x 600 resolution support.
New Feature: Frame Type added to capture plan.
New Feature: Frame Type and software release date added to exif data.
New Feature: Image sub-folders; LIBRARY type and HDR type.
New Feature: Aperture (Av) shutter added when a lens is connected to the camera.
New Feature: PHD dithering is active only between images of LIGHTS Frame Type.
Change: 'Automatic' shutter is renamed to 'Program' shutter.
Bug Fix: Timer inaccuracy for long exposures if fixed; BackyardEOS should never overrun on long bulb exposures.
Bug Fix: Progress wheel anomaly when taking Tv pictures of less than 1 second.
Bug Fix: A few other minor fixes.

*** Download ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/download

*** Complete Change Log ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/change-log


*** Crystal Ball ***
Features I’m currently working on for future release
- Canon SDK 2.9
- Canon 60D support
- Continuous looping of image capture plans.
- Programmable snap button in frame & focus; will allow for continuous loop.
- Eclipse Framing; overlap a previous image over current one to facilitate framing over several imaging sessions; full control on opacity and orientation for post meridian flip.
- Camera auto power off override while connected to BackyardEOS.
- Enhanced Star HD! Way more sensitivity and controls over the parameters
- Camera sensor temperature in Fahrenheit
- Ability to turn on/off adding extra exif data to all raw image files.
- etc...

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4291598 - 01/04/11 03:41 PM

It would help computer simpletons such as myself a lot if you would change the .xex to .exe.
Although I managed to change it last time, I can't for the life of me recall how I did it, and as such can't download the new revision.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4291639 - 01/04/11 03:55 PM

Nevermind, figured it out, again.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4291643 - 01/04/11 03:57 PM

Thanks Doug, the site is hosted at google and they don't allow uploading .exe files

It's a pain for me too, I may look at other alternatives but it may take several weeks. For those who need an .exe file just send me a PM and I'll see what I can do

Thanks

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4291660 - 01/04/11 04:04 PM

Just want you to know, the first time I used it, for some reason it set my camera at ISO1600. I'd never set it that high, and my pics were kind of dim, as my mount was not guided and I had to limit exposure time. So when the pics taken through your program came out, they were much more brighter and detailed. I learned something there.
Then, while it was tracking a star near the equator, I was able to set my mount's polar axis alignment much more accurately than it has been before by watching the star drift off the crosshairs and correcting for it with my mount's positioning bolts. In the end the star was staying right on the crosshairs.
And of course, the much larger LiveView screen really helps pin down the focus.
This program is awesome, and I look forward to many entertaining and productive hours using it.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4291677 - 01/04/11 04:13 PM

Glad to see you were able to drift align with BackyardEOS. ISO is automatically set to 1600 going into Liveview frame/focus and drift align, more light photons that way The default is also set 1600 for the capture plan... so unless you pull down a different ISO speed in the capture plan 1600 it is

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4291877 - 01/04/11 05:36 PM

Can a serial shutter cable be used for mirror lockup on a XSi (aka 450d)?

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4292020 - 01/04/11 06:34 PM

Quote:

Can a serial shutter cable be used for mirror lockup on a XSi (aka 450d)?




Serial shutter cable is not yet supported... but I'd be interested to know if it works. Let me know if you try.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4292758 - 01/05/11 12:36 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Can a serial shutter cable be used for mirror lockup on a XSi (aka 450d)?




Serial shutter cable is not yet supported... but I'd be interested to know if it works. Let me know if you try.

Guylain




Guylain, I'm waiting for the parts to build my own cable to show up. I noticed some shutter shake in some of my eclipse shots, and I wondered if Backyard EOS would be able to use the serial cable to do mirror lockup on my XSi.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4292791 - 01/05/11 01:03 AM

Mirror lock up is very tricky with the Canon SDK. Canon has not made this easy. It's a special property and *ALL* camera behave differently in a BIG way. It's on the list of features to-do for sure... but it won't be for tomorrow... 6 months from now maybe/probably.

Hope this helps... but keep me posted with the serial cable. I think I'll have to buy one sooner rather than later and give it a good run once and for all

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4294990 - 01/05/11 10:15 PM

Guylain, i have not used your software, but i really like where it is going from what i have read.

Currently i use Nebulosity for capturing images, but it does not offer live view.

I would like to skip using an eyepiece for aligning my mount. I could purchase an illuminated centering eyepiece, but can your software give me a cross hair in live view mode?

Maybe it already exists and i have not read enough.

It would be cool to align my mount on three stars using my finder scope to get them close. Then using BackyardEOS in live view to get the alignment stars dead centered in the camera with live view and a cross hair.

Does this exist or is it a feature request?


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: ChadGray]
      #4295055 - 01/05/11 10:54 PM Attachment (71 downloads)

You bet it does, here's a screen shoot of the drift alignment screen using live view... with rotatable crosshair

Thank you for your inquiry.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4295059 - 01/05/11 10:58 PM

a few more screen shoots here

http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/screen-shots

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4344992 - 01/27/11 08:47 PM

Quote:

Mirror lock up is very tricky with the Canon SDK. Canon has not made this easy. It's a special property and *ALL* camera behave differently in a BIG way. It's on the list of features to-do for sure... but it won't be for tomorrow... 6 months from now maybe/probably.

Hope this helps... but keep me posted with the serial cable. I think I'll have to buy one sooner rather than later and give it a good run once and for all

Guylain




Guylain,

I meant to post a reply to this before.

The serial cable I'm referring to is the one connects an RS-232 port to the shutter remote. If you use one of these cables, you can set mirror lockup in the menu, and then just active the shutter twice.

Unfortunately, my attempts to make a cable didn't turn out so well (basically I fried the optical couplers with my soldering iron). After having to order the parts and pay shipping for them, I'm probably going to order one.

I read somewhere that the Canon Rebel XSi (aka 450D) doesn't support mirror lockup via USB.

I love the look of Backyard EOS, but given the problems I've already seen in my limited astrophotography attempts, the mirror lockup support a key feature for me.

From the code samples I've seen, it looks like it's just a matter of opening the serial port. Here is one of the pages with sample VB code: http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/dslr/CanonRelease.html


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4349573 - 01/29/11 10:24 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Mirror lock up is very tricky with the Canon SDK. Canon has not made this easy. It's a special property and *ALL* camera behave differently in a BIG way. It's on the list of features to-do for sure... but it won't be for tomorrow... 6 months from now maybe/probably.

Hope this helps... but keep me posted with the serial cable. I think I'll have to buy one sooner rather than later and give it a good run once and for all

Guylain




Guylain,

I meant to post a reply to this before.

The serial cable I'm referring to is the one connects an RS-232 port to the shutter remote. If you use one of these cables, you can set mirror lockup in the menu, and then just active the shutter twice.

Unfortunately, my attempts to make a cable didn't turn out so well (basically I fried the optical couplers with my soldering iron). After having to order the parts and pay shipping for them, I'm probably going to order one.

I read somewhere that the Canon Rebel XSi (aka 450D) doesn't support mirror lockup via USB.

I love the look of Backyard EOS, but given the problems I've already seen in my limited astrophotography attempts, the mirror lockup support a key feature for me.

From the code samples I've seen, it looks like it's just a matter of opening the serial port. Here is one of the pages with sample VB code: http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/dslr/CanonRelease.html



Tom,
Don't be so fast giving up on your homemade serial cable, at first mine didn't work because I was too cautious with the solder iron. The resistor and diode looked soldered to pin one of the chip, but only the resistor and diode were soldered together...nothing on the pin. I reheated the joint for about 3 sec and every thing worked fine after that. Actually, the chip's data sheet says it can take up to 10 sec of heat from a 15W iron before it fails.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: jimarshall]
      #4350704 - 01/30/11 02:03 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

Mirror lock up is very tricky with the Canon SDK. Canon has not made this easy. It's a special property and *ALL* camera behave differently in a BIG way. It's on the list of features to-do for sure... but it won't be for tomorrow... 6 months from now maybe/probably.

Hope this helps... but keep me posted with the serial cable. I think I'll have to buy one sooner rather than later and give it a good run once and for all

Guylain




Guylain,

I meant to post a reply to this before.

The serial cable I'm referring to is the one connects an RS-232 port to the shutter remote. If you use one of these cables, you can set mirror lockup in the menu, and then just active the shutter twice.

Unfortunately, my attempts to make a cable didn't turn out so well (basically I fried the optical couplers with my soldering iron). After having to order the parts and pay shipping for them, I'm probably going to order one.

I read somewhere that the Canon Rebel XSi (aka 450D) doesn't support mirror lockup via USB.

I love the look of Backyard EOS, but given the problems I've already seen in my limited astrophotography attempts, the mirror lockup support a key feature for me.

From the code samples I've seen, it looks like it's just a matter of opening the serial port. Here is one of the pages with sample VB code: http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/dslr/CanonRelease.html



Tom,
Don't be so fast giving up on your homemade serial cable, at first mine didn't work because I was too cautious with the solder iron. The resistor and diode looked soldered to pin one of the chip, but only the resistor and diode were soldered together...nothing on the pin. I reheated the joint for about 3 sec and every thing worked fine after that. Actually, the chip's data sheet says it can take up to 10 sec of heat from a 15W iron before it fails.




Jim,

Thanks for the encouragement. I actually broke off the pins on the optocoupler, so I don't think that's fixable. I did, however, find a local place that had them, so I'm going to try again. Hopefully I'll have better luck this time. Either way though, I've now found a place that I can pop out to after work and pick up more parts if I wreck something.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4352002 - 01/31/11 12:34 AM

Quote:

I love the look of Backyard EOS, but given the problems I've already seen in my limited astrophotography attempts, the mirror lockup support a key feature for me.




Tom,

My understanding is that mirror lockup is most useful for short exposure, such as when doing planetary imaging. For long exposures of a few minutes and above the movement (if any) of the mirror slap will be washed out and mirror lockup would have little or no benefits. I’ll be first to admit though that I’ve done most of my imaging without mirror lockup so my understanding may not be the norm. I also understand that this may differ from one camera to the other and perhaps the stability of one’s setup as well.

Any thoughts?

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4352343 - 01/31/11 07:32 AM

Quote:

Quote:

I love the look of Backyard EOS, but given the problems I've already seen in my limited astrophotography attempts, the mirror lockup support a key feature for me.




Tom,

My understanding is that mirror lockup is most useful for short exposure, such as when doing planetary imaging. For long exposures of a few minutes and above the movement (if any) of the mirror slap will be washed out and mirror lockup would have little or no benefits. I’ll be first to admit though that I’ve done most of my imaging without mirror lockup so my understanding may not be the norm. I also understand that this may differ from one camera to the other and perhaps the stability of one’s setup as well.

Any thoughts?

Guylain




Guylain,

I'm really just starting out the long road to decent astrophotography, but I have already noticed issues with camera shake from the mirror opening and closing. It does seem to be primarily on brighter targets like planets and the moon where a webcam is probably better used, but I have found it to be an issue.

Tom


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4357910 - 02/02/11 11:42 AM

BackyardEOS Version 1.0.3 (Revision 29320) dated January 15, 2011 has graduated from beta release to production release today!

It's not a big release but I'm paving the way to post Version 1.1.0 as a beta preview in a week or two.

*** Version 1.0.3 Overview ***
New Feature: Support to in-camera dark subtraction.
New Feature: 'AV Flats' shutter is added (when no camera lens is connected); the histogram should peek roughly halfway
New Feature: Camera sensor temperature can now be displayed in Fahrenheit
Bug Fix: A few other minor fixes.

*** Download ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/download

*** Complete Change Log ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/change-log


*** Version 1.1.0 Overview (later this month) ***
- Canon SDK 2.9
- Canon 60D support
- Several optimization in Live View
- ISO is to maximum value possible value for live view
- Star HD: Way more sensitivity and controls over the parameters
- Star HD: Bahtinov spikes edge detection.
- Programmable snap button in frame & focus; will allow for continuous loop.
- Continuous looping of image capture plans.
- Eclipse Framing; overlap a previous image over current one to facilitate framing over several imaging sessions; full control on opacity and orientation for post meridian flip.
- Camera auto power off override while connected to BackyardEOS.
- Low Battery Alarm with configurable threshold.
- Ability to turn on/off adding extra exif data to all raw image files.
- Improved daylight skins
- The list goes on etc...

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4361159 - 02/03/11 05:01 PM

Hi

When I'm imaging with my Newts 8" and 10", mirror lock-up is important. On brighter stars I can see imaging blurring form the mirror opening. I always use mirror lock-up when imaging DSO's.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4414952 - 02/27/11 01:52 PM


BackyardEOS BETA Version 1.1.0 (Revision 22701) dated February 27, 2011 is currently available for download in the ‘Brave Souls’ section.

ALL license files are honored. Please use your purchased license file OR your active trial license file with this beta release.


And now we are 2…
I am no longer the sole developer of BackyardEOS! I have solicited the help of a long time friend and top notch software engineer, his name is Chris. As a direct result of having Chris help me, I’m able to deliver 2 major enhancements which were not scheduled for this release; Multilingual and Planetary Imaging! Thank you Chris!

Special thanks to Ferran Bosch for the initial Spanish translation.
Special thanks to François Bernier for the initial French translation.

Anyone willing to translate in any other languages just let me know.


*** Quick 1.1.0 Overview ***
NEW: Canon 60D support added
NEW: Multilingual support; currently available in English, French, and Spanish
NEW: Planetary Imaging Mode, BackyardEOS has the ability to create AVI files
NEW: Complete control over image file names
NEW: Date Style image sub-folder added
NEW: Text File Delimited Weather Provider added
NEW: Tool tips added
NEW: Low Battery Alarm with configurable threshold added
NEW: Camera auto-shutoff override added
NEW: Continuous looping of your capture plan added
NEW: Continuous looping when snapping pictures in Frame & Focus added
NEW: Star HD improvement! BackyardEOS can resolve Bahtinov spikes better than EOS Utility
NEW: In-camera 5x zoom capability in live view mode added
NEW: Standard Deviation and FWHM added to file name and Exif data.
NEW: Saving Snap images in Frame & Focus is now optional
NEW: Enhance logging added
FIX: System freeze. In rare cases BackyardEOS would freeze when downloading images
FIX: Special characters in target name are now filtered out.

This is just a high level overview, please consult the ‘Brave Souls’ section for a complete list of new features and enhancements.


*** Download & Complete Change Log ***
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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4416023 - 02/27/11 10:06 PM

Having finally gotten an auto guider, I look forward to using the program again. So far I have really enjoyed it. I am still learning AP, but your program is helping the cause immensely.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4418613 - 03/01/11 08:10 AM

Good news, BackyardEOS is 90 days old!

I have decided to celebrate its early success by removing the time limit on the 90 day introductory low price.

The price is therefore permanently is set to $24 usd, until further notice! And I don't plan to issue a notice anytime soon

Thank you for your support and interest,

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Tim C]
      #4445733 - 03/12/11 11:16 PM

Quote:

Guylain,

Great looking program, I'm probably going to buy it. Right now I use Nebulosity for frame and focus and then switch over to the Canon software for imaging. Looks like I can just use one program now. One question though, can you have the program shoot one second subs (or longer) repeatedly in frame and focus mode without saving the image? This is a neat feature of Nebulosity that helps frame objects as you are moving the mount in situations where live view isn't sensitive enough to pick up the stars.




Tim,

Taking shoots repeatedly has been added to 1.1.0 currently available for download.

I also have edge detection algorithm in Frame & Focus to really pull out the Bahtinov spikes.

You can also stack live view frames for enhanced clarity and better focusing... live stacking coupled with live FWHM feedback makes it a very powerful tool. Anyway I'll let you discover for yourself.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4453454 - 03/16/11 11:17 AM

howdy Guyain;
How long will v. 1.1.0 be in beta mode before it is released as the replacement for 1.0.3? and what about dual camera control?

sorry just one more question! where in north america can one buy a Temperhumid usb device?!?!?

thanks!
kbastro

Edited by kbastro (03/16/11 11:18 AM)


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: kbastro]
      #4453635 - 03/16/11 12:38 PM

kbastro ,

I bought my TEMPerHUM on ebay. Though I don't remember the sellers name here's a link the the exact unit I bought on ebay (click here)

I still have a few performance test to run on 1.1.0 given I had to change a few background thread to resolve the system freeze a few were experiencing. I should be releasing another beta build later this week and if all goes well in production a week later.

Next on the list is ASCOM focusers and support to older camera using serial cables.

Dual camera support will follow soon thereafter.

Thank you for your support and interest.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4472157 - 03/24/11 10:06 PM

BETA RELEASE V1.1.0 (Revision 35198) dated March 24nd, 2011 is now ready for download

New feature: Daylight on/off is remebered between restart
New feature: Delay session plan start in imaging mode
New feature: Abort button delay
New feature: BackyardEOS is now available in German and Dutch.

Special thanks to Joerg Kroll for the initial German translation.
Special thanks to Matt van Domselaar for the initial Dutch translation.

Bug fix: Text file delimited weather provider now accepts comma as a decimal point to support French weather station
Bug fix: Crosshair was not showing up in live view under specific conditions
Bug fix: BackyardEOS was randomly freezing when calling exiftool
Bug fix: A few other minor bug fixes

Change: Latest version of Exiftool is used
Change: Log files are now located in BackyardTEMP/logs folder

Performance: Live view CPU hogger on single core PC/Laptop is fixed
Performance: Better memory management handling images and building histrogram data
Performance: Better multi-threading handling on single and dual+ core computers when downloading and processing the images.

On single core computers: Limited multi-threading; priority is given the to current task and keeping memory consumption under control.

On dual+ core computers: Most of the post download processing is done in background threads.

Thanks,

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4497111 - 04/05/11 12:04 AM

I have promoted Version 1.1.0 (Revision 40115) dated April 4, 2011 to production status today.

Thank you for your support during the Beta testing period.

*** Donwload ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/download

*** Change log ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/change-log

For those that are going at NEAF come see me, I’ll be there all weekend long... and if you are going at NEAIC on Friday April 14th I’ll be giving workshop from 2:45pm to 4:00pm.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4499880 - 04/06/11 08:31 AM

I'll be sure to stop by! See you there!

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4501768 - 04/07/11 12:23 AM

Please do... I'm kinda anxious to finally put a face to those avatars

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4502516 - 04/07/11 11:03 AM

Hey, my avatar and my face are the same

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: bilgebay]
      #4622377 - 06/05/11 02:06 PM

BETA RELEASE V1.2.0 (Revision 22310) dated June 5th, 2011 is now ready for download.

*** Donwload ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/download


New Feature: Legacy cameras support (20D, 30D, 350D, 400D)
New Feature: Serial cables support; tested with Hap Griffin cables.
New Feature: Shoestring DSUSB and DSUSB2 serial cables support.
New Feature: Mirror lock for cameras that support in-camera mirror lock. A configured serial cable is required to benefit from the in-camera miror lock.

In the event that that the in-camera mirror lock is enabled and a serial cable is not configured, BackyardEOS well fall back to a virtual mirror lock workflow and will flip the mirror for you.

The in-camera mirror lock with serial cable is preferred over the virtual mirror lock. If you have a serial cable you should use it if possible.

New feature: Ukrainian support. Special thanks to Oleg Maliy the initial Ukrainian translation.
New Feature: Ability to take full manual images (AV + TV) in MANUAL dial mode.
New Feature: Ability to save images to COMPUTER and COMPUTER+CARD.  Default is COMPUTER.
New Feature: Ability to save images in RAW and RAW+JPG format. Default is RAW format.
New Feature: Progress Center BIG display configuration; default is ON.
New Feature: Date and time can now be inserted into the image file name independant of the timestamp.
New Feature: The ability to display a grid in imaging mode to help frame your target.
New Feature: Camera name can now be inserted into the image file name.
New Feature: Dithering between X images configuration.
New Feature: Ability to add up to 25 plan items in one single plan with scrollable items.
New Feature: Battery AC Power reconginition.

Change: Minor histogram tweak.
Change: Minor UI tweaks.
Change: Stacking live view frames using StarHD is more sensitive; it will bring out more faint details.
Change: Minor performance increase activating the camera shutter.
Change: Minor tweaks driving camera lens.

Bug Fix: Zero based index error was fixed for cameras with a 'B' dial mode; 5d Mk II, 7D, and 60D.
Bug Fix: A few other minor fixes and tweaks.

Performance: Faster image download for images longer than 30 seconds. BackyardEOS is taking advantage of the computer idle time during image acquisition of the next image.

Thanks,

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4623210 - 06/05/11 10:32 PM

Once again having trouble. I hate zip files, they are not intuitive, and I can't figure out how I'm to add the new beta file to my existing file.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4623309 - 06/05/11 11:21 PM

Doug,

The beta releases are NOT meant the replace your existing production installation; they are meant for testing prior to production or iron out the issues. For this reason the beta releases are only provided in .zip format; otherwise the beta setup.exe would install over the stable production version and if something goes wrong with the beta then you wouldn't have your stable production version to use as it would have been overwritten.

If you want I can package a special .zip file for you and provide your with a download link just for you. Drop me an email (or PM) if you want me to do that.

Thanks

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4626544 - 06/07/11 03:34 PM

Any progress with autofocus?

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: LLEEGE]
      #4626729 - 06/07/11 05:39 PM

Luke,

It took longer to implement the ASCOM focusers, I have a simple implementation that works with DC motors. I need to complete the integration with stepper motors first. I have purchased and MoonLite stepper motor focuser a few days ago.

ASCOM Focusers was originally supposed to be part of the 1.2.0 release but I didn't want to delay releasing support to legacy cameras because ASCOM focuser support was not completed.

The plan now is to release 1.2.0 without ASCOM focusers. I will concentrate all my time to implement the stepper motor once I get my MoonLite unit. I will probably release that in 1.2.1 as soon as it's done.

Once the ASCOM focuser support is there I will work on automating it between exposures combined with FWHM feedback.

Hope this helps,

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4634465 - 06/11/11 07:04 PM

Quote:

Doug,

The beta releases are NOT meant the replace your existing production installation; they are meant for testing prior to production or iron out the issues. For this reason the beta releases are only provided in .zip format; otherwise the beta setup.exe would install over the stable production version and if something goes wrong with the beta then you wouldn't have your stable production version to use as it would have been overwritten.

If you want I can package a special .zip file for you and provide your with a download link just for you. Drop me an email (or PM) if you want me to do that.

Thanks

Guylain




Understood Guylain, so I'm leaving well enough alone.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4634597 - 06/11/11 08:40 PM

Doug,

I'm including a beta license in all beta releases starting with 1.2.0 dated June 11th. If you download this beta .zip package you don't have to copy your licence file, a temporary 30 day license is included from now on for every beta releases.

It's way simpler that way

Hope this helps,

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4636235 - 06/12/11 09:42 PM

It does, and thanks.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4643393 - 06/17/11 03:35 AM

This software sounds VERY interesting. When is a stable release planned which will support the 1100D?

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: UniversalMaster]
      #4643548 - 06/17/11 08:03 AM

Thank you for he nice comments.

The 1.2.0 beta release should be promoted to production status in about 2 weeks. I'm still working on a few issues. I should release an updated beta release in a few days and if no issues are reported in this one it will be become the production release about 1 week after that.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4678589 - 07/07/11 09:52 AM


Release Candidate v1.2.0 (37857) date July 6th 2011. is now ready for download.

*** Donwload ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/download

*** Change Log ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/change-log

New Feature - Legacy cameras support (20D, 30D, 350D, 400D)
New Feature - Shoestring DSUSB and DSUSB2 serial cables support
New Feature - Hap Griffin serial cables support
New Feature - Generic serial cables support
New Feature - Mirror lock for cameras that support in-camera mirror lock
New Feature - Ability to add up to 25 plan items in one single plan with scrollable items
New Feature - Battery AC Power reconginition
New Feature - New licence key entry screen
New feature - Quick preview the 1st image in your plan.
New feature - Security ACL change to EVERYONE for all downloaded images
New feature - Lastest Exiftool 8.59 integration
New feature - Ability to force Netbook resolution 1024x600
New feature - Display imgages in a presentation fashion using the full screen
New feature - Fit Zoom in Frame & Focus; Planetary, and Drift Alignment added
New feature - FWHM star pattern is plotted live in Frame & Focus
New feature - FWHM or STDEV (Standard Deviation) feedback for live focusing
New feature - Ukrainian suppo
New Feature - Progress Center BIG display configuration
New Feature - Date and time can now be inserted into the image file name independant of the timestamp
New Feature - Camera name can now be inserted into the image file name
New Feature - The ability to display a grid in image mode to help frame your target
New Feature - Dithering between X images configuration
New Feature - Ability to take full manual images (AV + TV) in MANUAL dial mode
New Feature - Ability to save images to COMPUTER and COMPUTER+CARD. Default is COMPUTER
New Feature - Ability to save images in RAW and RAW+JPG format. Default is RAW format
New Feature - Current f/stop value is maintained with taking BULB images with a lens

Change - Minor histogram tweak
Change - Minor UI tweaks
Change - Stacking live view frames using StarHD is more sensitive
Change - Minor performance increase activating the camera shutter
Change - Minor tweaks driving camera lens

Bug Fix - Navigating away from BackyardEOS while the Setting dialog was visible
Bug Fix - Histogram was not correctly displayed for over exposed images
Bug Fix - Serial cable random error when trying to end a bulb sequence
Bug Fix - Device Busy error on some camera models when saving images on computer and camera card
Bug Fix - Mouse coordinates where not properly displayed in live view frame & focus
Bug Fix - Zero based index error was fixed for cameras with a 'B' dial mode; 5d Mk II, 7D, and 60D
Bug Fix - A few other minor fixes and tweaks

Performance - Snaping an image in frame & focus is now faster
Performance - Significant changes to background multi-threading processing of downloaded images


Thank you again to all the brave souls out there who have given their time to test any 1.2.0 beta releases in the past few weeks.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4695801 - 07/16/11 04:18 PM

Hi,

I started using your exellent software last night but would like to do anything possible to limit vibration with short exposures (mirror lock).

When I enable mirror lock on T3i I get a prompt sound and no images are taken. Is there something else I can do or do I need the DUSB cable to replace the standard USB cable I am using now with mirror lock disabled.

I own a T3i and would like to know what specific serial cables would work.

Thanks,

George


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: ghataa]
      #4695973 - 07/16/11 06:22 PM

George,

You need a serial cable to access the mirror lock function; it is not supported using the Canon SDK via the usb cable only . The usb cable is still needed though to access all other camera setting including downloading images.

Hope this helps,

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4703073 - 07/20/11 02:53 PM

Hi Guylain,

Again, thanks for this software. It's inexpensive, easy to use and as you say in your marketing "purpose built". Installation is easy; I like that you just put the directory somewhere and run the exe. No regedits or anything, nice and clean.

I am curious about this mirror lockup issue and I'm hoping you can elaborate a bit more for a dummy like me.

Quote:

New Feature: Mirror lock for cameras that support in-camera mirror lock. A configured serial cable is required to benefit from the in-camera miror lock.

In the event that that the in-camera mirror lock is enabled and a serial cable is not configured, BackyardEOS well fall back to a virtual mirror lock workflow and will flip the mirror for you.

The in-camera mirror lock with serial cable is preferred over the virtual mirror lock. If you have a serial cable you should use it if possible.




So to me, this means that IF your camera allows you to enable/disable mirror lock via it's own internal menus, AND IF you have Hap/Shoestring/Generic serial cables tethering the camera to the computer; BYEOS will allow you to control this enable/disabling, right?

I'm curious as to why BYEOS cannot just ignore the in-camera setting and go on it's merry way doing what it does? For example, I leave my mirror locked up all the time. Now that I use BYEOS, I have to disable this feature when I want to focus (primary use for this software) and then remember to re-enable it for imaging (done without computer). Is it impossible to have BYEOS ignore this setting and still function? Maybe if it detects the mirror is locked up, send the 'open shutter' command twice?

Maybe you can elaborate on the 'virtual' mirror lock-up. How exactly does the virtual mirror lock-up differ from the in-camera lock-up?

If it's possible to just leave mirror lock-up enabled when using the serial/usb cable with BYEOS, that's fine. I'll just have to build a cable. I'm just wondering why having the mirror not locked-up during normal operation is a problem. I keep thinking of doors on cars. The car still works whether the door is open or not. I may be simplifying it a bit too much.

Again, this is not a critique, just curiosity. This software is great and making a cable to get what I expect is a small price to pay (in addition to the small *very reasonable and attractive* price of the software).

PS: For those with the same/similar question, I'm also posting this on the BYEOS user forum so check there for answers to this question, if they do not show up here.

Edited by hydrogia (07/20/11 04:18 PM)


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: hydrogia]
      #4703110 - 07/20/11 03:11 PM

I thing you do not fully understand the feature or the constraints imposed by the Canon SDK; let me explain.

The Canon SDK does not allow taking pictures at all if the mirror lock feature is enable. To be able to take pictures you need a serial able in addition to your camera usb cable.

BYE will use the serial cable to activate the shutter when mirror lock is enabled and the regular usb cable will be used for everything else. This is not a BYE constraint… this is a Canon SDK constraint; the Canon SDK *DOES*NOT* allow to send the open shutter command (single or twice) if the mirror lock is on… but the serial cable does.

There is no need to disable or enable the in-camera mirror lock between Frame & Focus and the imaging mode. BYE will automatically use the appropriate cable to accomplish the task for you… but you do need a serial cable in imaging mode if you have mirror lock enabled.

Hope this helps... and thank you for bringing this up... it's an interesting conversation.

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: hydrogia]
      #4705297 - 07/21/11 05:48 PM

Guy, first time I had a session with the program, I got my pics, and they were very nice.
My second (and only other time), my pics never appeared anywhere. As far as I can tell, they never showed up anywhere, and I have looked for them.
The camera itself seems to not save them when hooked to your program. Is this normal?
Weather has been rather *BLEEP*, and I'm not getting to do as much as I'd like, imaging or visual.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4708544 - 07/23/11 12:43 PM

Doug,

All images are saved in "My Pictures\BackyardEOS\" folder. If something went wrong they may still be in the temp folder located in "My Pictures\BackyardTEMP\Downloads\"

Hope this helps,

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4710884 - 07/24/11 07:46 PM

BackyardEOS 1.2.0 has been promoted to production status.

Thank you to everyone who helped testing this release, your assistance is
greatly appreciated.

In this 1.2.0 production release, I have re-instated the virtual mirror lock as
an experimental feature pending more testing. To benefit from this feature, go
to the setting dialog and access the experimental setting window and enable the
feature. If you have any issues with it, disable it and report your findings.

http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/download

Thank you

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4718579 - 07/28/11 09:50 PM

Quote:

Doug,

All images are saved in "My Pictures\BackyardEOS\" folder. If something went wrong they may still be in the temp folder located in "My Pictures\BackyardTEMP\Downloads\"

Hope this helps,

Guylain




Found the files. My pictures/BackyardEOS file is empty, and the temp file just has logs, no pictures.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: Doug76]
      #4739662 - 08/09/11 10:18 PM

I found them!
Seems if I shoot in JPEG, they go in the BYEOS file, but if I shoot in RAW, a Canon program hijacks them to it. It's the Digital Photo Professional.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4739932 - 08/10/11 02:26 AM

If you ever saturate the Windows market for your program and get around to the Mac, let me know.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4757184 - 08/19/11 03:12 PM

I have just posted a BackyardEOS 1.2.1 service release to address a few issues
reported by users.

This is a must download release for anyone using the 20D, 30D, 350D, and 400D

This is also a must download release for anyone who has experienced application
freeze issue with 1.2.0. This is particularly true for the 500D / T1i camera
model.

Please REPORT any application freeze (if any) immediately.

*** Download ***
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*** Change log ***
http://backyardeos.binaryrivers.com/change-log

Thank you for your continued support and interest in BYE.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4788185 - 09/04/11 11:11 AM

Where can Find the serialcable for mirror lockup?

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: JoseBorrero]
      #4788438 - 09/04/11 01:42 PM

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Where can Find the serialcable for mirror lockup?




You can find them here: http://www.hapg.org/astrocables.htm. and here: http://www.store.shoestringastronomy.com/products_ds.htm

I made my own using the instructions here: http://www.beskeen.com/projects/dslr_serial/dslr_serial.shtml

Edited by tjay (09/05/11 09:36 AM)


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4789936 - 09/05/11 08:10 AM

Thanks, very useful info.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: JoseBorrero]
      #4790042 - 09/05/11 09:36 AM

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Thanks, very useful info.




I'm glad I could help.


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: tjay]
      #4790484 - 09/05/11 02:01 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Where can Find the serialcable for mirror lockup?




You can find them here: http://www.hapg.org/astrocables.htm. and here: http://www.store.shoestringastronomy.com/products_ds.htm

I made my own using the instructions here: http://www.beskeen.com/projects/dslr_serial/dslr_serial.shtml




I just want to confirm that I have tested BackyardEOS with both the DSUSB from Shoestring Astronomy and Hap Griffin cables.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4792133 - 09/06/11 09:42 AM

Any progress on an auto focus routine?

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4797870 - 09/09/11 09:46 AM

I'm getting there Luke.

I spent summer fixing a few issues related to the 1.2.0 release and ended up releasing 1.2.1 with a few bug fixes.

The ASCOM focuser will be releases in 3 phases.

1) Get the basic ASCOM focusers working (I'm almost done this phase)
2) Enhance the functionality to include control over steps for stepper motors
3) Look into full automation feeding from the FWHM measurement

Thank you,

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4823969 - 09/23/11 04:23 PM

Hello Guylain,
I was thinking to add my Meade 8" and AT6RC in parallel on my Losmandy G11 and short my exposure total time by adding an additional dslr camera to later have a total integration time of both scope.
But before that, I would like to know how possible is to have two dslr working on BYEOS?


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: JoseBorrero]
      #4824991 - 09/24/11 10:42 AM

Jose,

Not yet, but look for this feature in the short term future. It's high on my list... and it may help that I'll be needing this feature myself very soon

Guylain


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4825097 - 09/24/11 11:33 AM

Can't wait to test my lakeside astro autofocuser with BYEOS.
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I'm getting there Luke.

I spent summer fixing a few issues related to the 1.2.0 release and ended up releasing 1.2.1 with a few bug fixes.

The ASCOM focuser will be releases in 3 phases.

1) Get the basic ASCOM focusers working (I'm almost done this phase)
2) Enhance the functionality to include control over steps for stepper motors
3) Look into full automation feeding from the FWHM measurement

Thank you,

Guylain




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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: JoseBorrero]
      #4858906 - 10/13/11 09:40 AM

Any plans for the Anniversary? I hope the autofocuser is on the list.

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: JoseBorrero]
      #4861026 - 10/14/11 03:03 PM

A few goodies are planned for the 1st birthday

ASCOM compliant focusers are.... drum roll...

...just around the corner

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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: guyroch]
      #4886191 - 10/28/11 10:36 PM

Question and maybe an idea.....I am using V2. right now, and think this is the greatest. I can slew to a target with The Sky X, switch to BYEOS,focus with a long cable to my Moonlight focuser and then image, all from my warm room!!

I use the In Camera Noise Reduction and obviously have to wait twice as long for the image. BYEOS has a handy timer, but it doesn't take into account the ICNR (or maybe it does and I haven't got it set correctly). If there is no communication with the camera to enable the counter to reflect how long is remaining until the ICNR is complete, I propose a solution.

If a checkbox were added allowing the Astrophotographer to check ICNR. Enabling the check will cause the counter to count up to it's selected exposure time ie 300 seconds, like it does now, at which time it will count down to 0 and your finished image.

Thank you for a great product!!!


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Re: BackyardEOS is born! new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #4886344 - 10/29/11 01:05 AM

Thank you Steve... and in a few days (week at most) you'll be able to control your moonlite focuser rigth from BackyardEOS. I'm just about to release the ASCOM plugin in a few days

As for the countdown, the SDK does not expose it... I would have to do it manually; similar to what you have suggested. I'll get it one of these days, it's on my list to do.

Thank you for your support and interest.... and yes Version 2 is quite a gem.

Guylain

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Question about using BYEOS new [Re: guyroch]
      #5197294 - 04/29/12 09:13 PM

Okay i download byeos into my laptop. I set up my OTA and mount. I power up my mount and laptop.I connect my Canon 550d to the laptop.I then connect my hand controller of my HEQ 5 mount to my laptaop as well.My question is do i need a connection to the internet? or am i just running off the software?

Edited by tma61 (04/29/12 09:57 PM)


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5197367 - 04/29/12 10:24 PM

The simple answer is NO.

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: piaras]
      #5197384 - 04/29/12 10:32 PM

Thank you Piaras.You have some nice images on your site by the way.I got some images of the Lanc when it was here in Winnipeg.

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5205484 - 05/04/12 12:05 PM

I used the trial edition last night and everything worked fine.I just have to get my focusing issues sorted out.As far as i can tell i will purchase the program.

Thanks

Dave







Edited by tma61 (05/04/12 02:09 PM)


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5206292 - 05/04/12 08:25 PM

Glad you liked it

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: guyroch]
      #5293473 - 06/28/12 03:32 PM

Hello i have a question for Guy. I know you have exlained this but...I have Canon 550d.I have only the one cable hooked in from small trapazoid on my camera, to usb port on my laptop.Can i use the focus feature of Byeos with just this one link? (i've quoted from earlier post below)


Quote...There is no need to disable or enable the in-camera mirror lock between Frame & Focus and the imaging mode. BYE will automatically use the appropriate cable to accomplish the task for you… but you do need a serial cable in imaging mode if you have mirror lock enabled....Unquote

I have to ask because i'm still a little unsure...

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5293573 - 06/28/12 04:50 PM

What does this program do for the owner of a 350d?

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5293797 - 06/28/12 07:14 PM

Quote:

Hello i have a question for Guy. I know you have exlained this but...I have Canon 550d.I have only the one cable hooked in from small trapazoid on my camera, to usb port on my laptop.Can i use the focus feature of Byeos with just this one link? (i've quoted from earlier post below)


Quote...There is no need to disable or enable the in-camera mirror lock between Frame & Focus and the imaging mode. BYE will automatically use the appropriate cable to accomplish the task for you… but you do need a serial cable in imaging mode if you have mirror lock enabled....Unquote

I have to ask because i'm still a little unsure...

Dave




Dave,

Yes, just the camera supplied usb cable is required with the 550D. The frame and focus function will work like a charm.. and the image capture mode too

The quote above is re: the in-camera lock. Frame and Focus is not affected by that so your are clear to go with just that on cable.

In the next version 2.1 in-camera lock will work as well with only the usb cable for all DIGIC 4 camera.

Hope this helps.

Guylain


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: saemark30]
      #5293805 - 06/28/12 07:18 PM

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What does this program do for the owner of a 350d?




You'll be able to take pictures of aliens

Seriously though, the 350D has limitations like no live view so planetary and drift alignment features are not enable for this model.

Frame and focus will work just the same by taking pictures instead of live view.

You will need a serial cable for bulb.

Other than that... it's the same as with any other camera.

Guylain


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: guyroch]
      #5293882 - 06/28/12 08:32 PM

Thank you Guylain, i captured data for 30 images last nite and was unsure at the time about frame and focus so i kind of winged it.
I will metion BYEOS in my postings.

TC

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5690331 - 02/20/13 08:07 AM

Hi i was wondering if anyone could help me with an issue.I know i have everything set right with my byeos and my 550d. When i plug my usb cable to my cam and laptop and try and start up byeos i do not get a connection. the lcd of my cam says "busy". I am suspecting its my mini 5 trapizoid connection on my camera body. Any suggestions would be helpful.

thanks

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5691170 - 02/20/13 03:39 PM

Dave,

Do you have any of the Canon utilities on the computer, do those connect? Even without starting BYEOS, can you connect to the computer and get a window that pops up asking if you want to download the photos? Maybe we can get together and try some different cables/computer/camera combos to see exactly which component is causing the problem.

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: PGW Steve]
      #5691572 - 02/20/13 07:21 PM

Hi Steve
if you are whom i think you are i have sent you an email.


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: tma61]
      #5692436 - 02/21/13 09:52 AM

Quote:

Hi i was wondering if anyone could help me with an issue.I know i have everything set right with my byeos and my 550d. When i plug my usb cable to my cam and laptop and try and start up byeos i do not get a connection. the lcd of my cam says "busy". I am suspecting its my mini 5 trapizoid connection on my camera body. Any suggestions would be helpful.

thanks

Dave




Dave,

How-long is your USB cable? All connection issues I've seen so far have all been related to cable issues.

Guylain


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: guyroch]
      #5695656 - 02/22/13 09:16 PM

Using 2.0.9 rev 23794

Feature request. Make the presentation window movable so I can move it to my second monitor.


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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5738537 - 03/17/13 12:41 PM

Hello Guylain, my question is not about using BYEOS, I have that excellent piece of software and find it a wonderful tool for Canon AP.

My question is, where are you at this point with BackyardNik? Are you currently working on a viable solution to AP with Nikon equipment, and if so, when can we Nikon users expect to see it?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5738581 - 03/17/13 01:10 PM

Paul,

Yes BackyardNIK is in the works. I aiming to have a beta release towards the end of 2013. I don't have anything to show for at this time.

My inital testing will be with a D90, D5100, and D7000. But I anticipate to support all NIKON DLSR (except the D3### series) right out of the gate.

Thank for your support and interest,

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: guyroch]
      #5738724 - 03/17/13 02:20 PM

Thanks so much for the info...I will waiting with great interest, and if it's anything like your Byeos..I will be a first time buyer, no question.

Thanks for the Nikon work..

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: Astronewb]
      #5739137 - 03/17/13 05:07 PM

Paul, there is already a looong waiting list for BYN and I am at the top of the list fyi

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5750978 - 03/23/13 12:03 AM

BackyardNIK!!! For sure, count me in!!

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: willykros]
      #5776620 - 04/03/13 10:13 PM

I mention this because your website is nicely done and I think you care, December seems to be misspelled on your download page.

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Re: Question about using BYEOS new [Re: CharlesW]
      #5779430 - 04/05/13 11:28 AM

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I mention this because your website is nicely done and I think you care, December seems to be misspelled on your download page.




Thanks, I'll fix it

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Re: Question about using BYEOS *DELETED* new [Re: guyroch]
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Re: Question about using BYEOS *DELETED* new [Re: tma61]
      #6071140 - 09/09/13 11:48 AM

Good morning, I finally performed my first imaging run last night, lights, darks, bias, and finally flats this morning. Lights and darks were done in TheSkyX and are in the FITS format. Bias and flats were done in BYEOS, but in RAW. Maybe I can't find it, but Deep Sky Stacker won't open RAW which means I need to perform a couple of extra steps to convert them into something DSS will work with. Any chance BYEOS could be configured to output to FITS, automatically?

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Re: Question about using BYEOS *DELETED* new [Re: CharlesW]
      #6071414 - 09/09/13 02:14 PM

Quote:

Good morning, I finally performed my first imaging run last night, lights, darks, bias, and finally flats this morning. Lights and darks were done in TheSkyX and are in the FITS format. Bias and flats were done in BYEOS, but in RAW. Maybe I can't find it, but Deep Sky Stacker won't open RAW which means I need to perform a couple of extra steps to convert them into something DSS will work with. Any chance BYEOS could be configured to output to FITS, automatically?




Charles,

Are you sure you have the latest version of DSS? If you have an older version of DSS it may not have all the necessary drivers to read the .cr2 from your camera. The newer DSS version should.

BYE does not support FITS at the moment and to be honest you want the .cr2 anyway. Converting the .cr2 into FITS at acquisition time takes more time and requires more disk space which several users don't have on their imaging laptop.

Hope this helps, thank you.

Guylain


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