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#26 Billflyer

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:13 PM

Yes, I checked the box. The issue is, I can select "Single Frame" OR "MLU" on my camera; not both.

Checking "Mirror Lockup" in E.O. apparently causes E.O. to send two shutter-release pulses. If I check it and have my camera set to "Single Frame," I get two shots of every exposure in the script.  If I check it and have my camera set to Mirror Lockup, E.O. will not run the script.



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Posted 21 June 2017 - 12:30 PM

Some learning points for me that might help someone else. This is my first eclipse for imaging and first time using EO pro.

I am using a Nikon d90 and a stellarvue 80mm refractor. 448mm at f5.6.

 

1. Make sure you have N and W on your lat long or else your contact times get wacky.  

 

2. I made a shield around the telescope out of white poster board so the camera doesn't get hot. Also I'm not staring at the sun while fiddling with the camera. 

 

3. Did the same for the laptop. I'm thinking about just putting the laptop under a reflective survival blanket to keep it cool. 

 

4. I have the shoestring dsusb and couldn't get it to work all the time. It turns out it likes only one USB port on my Lenovo yoga laptop. If you unplug and plug in again I need to restart the laptop. 

 

5. I wasn't smart enough to figure out mirror lock up so I just left it unchecked. Now everything works. 

 

6. I did my initial testing on the couch with a regular lens attached. All the shots were wrong shutter speed.  You have to have the telescope you are using attached for the program to work correctly. 

 

 

I am wondering about capturing ring, beads, and prominences around c2 and c3. Do you guys have any ideas on how many frames you you be shooting around this point.  im at .5 second between shots. 

 

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 04:36 PM

Steve--

 

Good tips. Could you post photos of your telescope/camera shield? I'm putting my laptop in a cardboard box with the flaps cut off. I may spray paint it white.

 

I'm still testing and tweaking my script, but I'll probably take 10-12 exposures during the beads/ring interval and 8-10 during chromosphere/prominences.

 

I have no telescope. I'm renting a 600mm lens for my Nikon D7200.

 

Do you have any thoughts about setting up a canopy for protecting yourself from the sun during the long pre- and post- totality period? My friend suggested it, but I'm concerned that it just adds another distraction to deal with.



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Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:41 AM

Steve,

 

 I have basically the same set up as you (D90 except my scope is 480 @ f/6). Below is what I get for mine with minimum spacing set at 1.0 sec. I tried .5 but that got messed up. I might try 1.0 +/- .1 or .2 to see if I can get any better numbers but these are pretty good.

 

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Program starting up at localtime Sun Jun 04 00:32:20 2017
UTC, Sim/real, TimeError, Camera, Exposure, Aperture, ISO, Comment
2017/08/21 17:33:08.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:33:09.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:33:10.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:33:11.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:33:12.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:33:13.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:33:15.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 1/2
2017/08/21 17:33:16.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 2/2
2017/08/21 17:33:17.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 1/2
2017/08/21 17:33:18.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 2/2
2017/08/21 17:33:58.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Nikon D90,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:33:59.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:00.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:01.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/100, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:02.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,    1/50, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:03.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/25, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:04.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/10, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:05.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1/6, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:06.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1/3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:08.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:09.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:12.4, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,     1.6, F/6.0, ISO   320, Corona bracketing deep
2017/08/21 17:34:15.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:15.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:16.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:17.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/100, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:18.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,    1/50, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:19.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/25, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:20.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/10, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:21.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1/6, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:23.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1/3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:24.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:26.3, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:28.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,     1.6, F/6.0, ISO   320, Corona bracketing deep
2017/08/21 17:34:31.3, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:32.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:33.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:34.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/100, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:35.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/50, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:36.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/25, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:37.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,    1/10, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:38.3, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1/6, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:39.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1/3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:40.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:42.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:45.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,     1.6, F/6.0, ISO   320, Corona bracketing deep
2017/08/21 17:35:27.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C3 1/2
2017/08/21 17:35:28.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C3 2/2
2017/08/21 17:35:29.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C3 1/2
2017/08/21 17:35:30.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C3 2/2
2017/08/21 17:35:32.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C3 1/3
2017/08/21 17:35:33.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C3 2/3
2017/08/21 17:35:34.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C3 3/3
2017/08/21 17:35:35.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C3 1/3
2017/08/21 17:35:36.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C3 2/3
2017/08/21 17:35:37.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C3 3/3
Program exiting at localtime Sun Jun 04 00:51:06 2017
 

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 06:05 AM

I had to keep messing around with the delay times until I got a clean sequence. Then I went back and added a tiny bit more to the delay just as a safety factor. Below is the first of my 3 12-shot sets before max eclipse. It took some tweaking to make sure this finishes before max, where I have several deep shots taken before starting more 12-shots sets on the other side of max. 

 

# Starting 69 sec before MAX, take 3 sequences of 12 bracketed exposures
TAKEPIC,MAX,-,00:00:69.0,Canon7D,1/400,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,N,Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/200,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/100,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/50,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/25,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/13,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:01.3,Canon7D,1/6,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:01.7,Canon7D,0.3,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:01.9,Canon7D,0.6,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:02.2,Canon7D,1.3,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:02.5,Canon7D,1.6,6.3,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:02.8,Canon7D,2,5.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing deep



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Posted 24 June 2017 - 12:41 AM

It was 100 degrees with the sun high in the sky so I decided to go for it.  So learning points for me.

 

Focus is a big issue.  The live view and EO live view were worthless for me.  There was one sun spot that I could see through the viewfinder that I was working on  I eventually just took pictures and viewed them on the computer to figure it out.  A magnifying eyepiece sure would help.

 

It is very hot.  Sun shields are worth there weight in gold.  I eventually moved the laptop into shade.

 

I need more practice.

 

I was disappointed with my images of the one sunspot.  I was hoping it would show up a little more clear in the photos. 

I will try and attach photos of the setup and the photos.

 

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 02:55 AM

 Your initial image is very similar to mine. The D90 live view is definitely worthless as it greatly overexposes the Sun. Basically the method you followed is what we have to do: focus off captured images viewed in the computer. The sunspots now are very tiny and at the focal lengths we are using it would be tough to see much detail. You would need a lot more optical magnification (like a barlow or eyepiece projection) to get some detail. Unfortunately we are near the solar minimum and sunspots are few and far between, especially big ones. Hopefully on the day of the eclipse we will have a magnificent large sunspot to work with.

 It has been unbearably hot down here with temperatures exceeding 110 degrees. The only time I can do anything is a few hours after sunrise. Nice shade. I will have to look at making one for my setup. However if it is windy, a shade could cause a problem. You really need some sort of enclosure for the laptop to block out as much stray sunlight as possible. It makes it much easier to view the laptop screen.

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:01 AM

Hi All,

 

I'm looking into using EO for the Solar Eqlipse In August.  However, I am going to be renting a Nikon D600 and will be getting it 2 weeks before the eclipse.  I already have all of the needed cables but I was wondering if there was a way to start making the script in EO without having the camera hooked up to it.

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 12:30 PM

Hi All,

 

I'm looking into using EO for the Solar Eqlipse In August.  However, I am going to be renting a Nikon D600 and will be getting it 2 weeks before the eclipse.  I already have all of the needed cables but I was wondering if there was a way to start making the script in EO without having the camera hooked up to it.

 

Thanks.

 

That's a disadvantage for that software - you have to have a camera connected. If you are familiar with the script commands, it's easy to create/edit the scripts in Notepad. But you really need to test with the equipment several times to get the timing right. Generating the initial script is so quick and easy in EO that I probably wouldn't worry about it until you get the camera. And you only need a few simulated runs to get the timing down. Do that immediately when you get the camera and then spend the time practicing again and again to get familiar with the entire setup.



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:41 PM

Yeah, definitely practice - in the hot sun!  Not just your E.O. script, your whole set-up. I did that this weekend and learned a lot.

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 03:32 PM

Being able to edit without a camera was a request I made last year but it doesn't seem to have made it into the latest release.

You can generate your scripts using another camera and then do a search and replace in the text file when you get the newer one.

Don't edit it with Excel though. It converted the shutter speeds into date format and that really upset EO when it was reloaded.

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 05:34 PM

 

Hi All,

 

I'm looking into using EO for the Solar Eqlipse In August.  However, I am going to be renting a Nikon D600 and will be getting it 2 weeks before the eclipse.  I already have all of the needed cables but I was wondering if there was a way to start making the script in EO without having the camera hooked up to it.

 

Thanks.

 

That's a disadvantage for that software - you have to have a camera connected. If you are familiar with the script commands, it's easy to create/edit the scripts in Notepad. But you really need to test with the equipment several times to get the timing right. Generating the initial script is so quick and easy in EO that I probably wouldn't worry about it until you get the camera. And you only need a few simulated runs to get the timing down. Do that immediately when you get the camera and then spend the time practicing again and again to get familiar with the entire setup.

 

Thanks for the response.  I will be practicing with the full setup for the 2 weeks before like crazy then.  

 

Next question is memory cards.

 

I know that I should have not only many memory cards by also the fastest I can find.  I plan on changing the memory cards out of all the cameras about 15 minutes before and after totality.  

 

Is there a difference in using Micro with the adaptor vs standard size?

 

Right now i have Sandisk Ultra PLUS, Micro SDXC UHS-I cards.  They are 64GB and write up to 100MB/s.



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 08:07 AM

Thanks for the response.  I will be practicing with the full setup for the 2 weeks before like crazy then.  

 

 

Next question is memory cards.

 

I know that I should have not only many memory cards by also the fastest I can find.  I plan on changing the memory cards out of all the cameras about 15 minutes before and after totality.  

 

Is there a difference in using Micro with the adaptor vs standard size?

 

Right now i have Sandisk Ultra PLUS, Micro SDXC UHS-I cards.  They are 64GB and write up to 100MB/s.

 

 

Yes, definitely get the fastest memory card you can get within budget. AFAIK, there is no difference in micro vs standard other than the form factor. I think my CF card is 160MB/s which has been fast enough in my practice runs. My camera also has a SD card slot for extra storage or redundancy (but I'll bring extras of course). 



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:53 PM

Steve,

 

 I have basically the same set up as you (D90 except my scope is 480 @ f/6). Below is what I get for mine with minimum spacing set at 1.0 sec. I tried .5 but that got messed up. I might try 1.0 +/- .1 or .2 to see if I can get any better numbers but these are pretty good.

 

JohnD

 

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Program starting up at localtime Sun Jun 04 00:32:20 2017
UTC, Sim/real, TimeError, Camera, Exposure, Aperture, ISO, Comment
2017/08/21 17:33:08.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:33:09.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:33:10.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:33:11.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:33:12.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:33:13.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:33:15.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 1/2
2017/08/21 17:33:16.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 2/2
2017/08/21 17:33:17.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 1/2
2017/08/21 17:33:18.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 2/2
2017/08/21 17:33:58.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Nikon D90,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:33:59.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:00.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:01.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/100, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:02.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,    1/50, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:03.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/25, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:04.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/10, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:05.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1/6, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:06.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1/3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:08.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:09.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:12.4, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,     1.6, F/6.0, ISO   320, Corona bracketing deep
2017/08/21 17:34:15.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:15.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:16.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:17.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/100, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:18.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,    1/50, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:19.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/25, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:20.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/10, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:21.9, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1/6, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:23.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1/3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:24.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:26.3, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:28.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,     1.6, F/6.0, ISO   320, Corona bracketing deep
2017/08/21 17:34:31.3, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:32.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:33.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:34.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,   1/100, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:35.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/50, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:36.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,    1/25, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:37.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,    1/10, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:38.3, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,     1/6, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:39.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1/3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:40.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.1, Nikon D90,   1/1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:42.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.2, Nikon D90,     1.3, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
2017/08/21 17:34:45.0, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,     1.6, F/6.0, ISO   320, Corona bracketing deep
2017/08/21 17:35:27.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C3 1/2
2017/08/21 17:35:28.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C3 2/2
2017/08/21 17:35:29.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C3 1/2
2017/08/21 17:35:30.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C3 2/2
2017/08/21 17:35:32.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C3 1/3
2017/08/21 17:35:33.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C3 2/3
2017/08/21 17:35:34.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C3 3/3
2017/08/21 17:35:35.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C3 1/3
2017/08/21 17:35:36.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C3 2/3
2017/08/21 17:35:37.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.3, Nikon D90,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C3 3/3
Program exiting at localtime Sun Jun 04 00:51:06 2017
 

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Hi Steve, Is this the latest script? And also, I see you are not using mirror lock up?

Thanks in advance,

Andy R



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:54 PM

I had to keep messing around with the delay times until I got a clean sequence. Then I went back and added a tiny bit more to the delay just as a safety factor. Below is the first of my 3 12-shot sets before max eclipse. It took some tweaking to make sure this finishes before max, where I have several deep shots taken before starting more 12-shots sets on the other side of max. 

 

# Starting 69 sec before MAX, take 3 sequences of 12 bracketed exposures
TAKEPIC,MAX,-,00:00:69.0,Canon7D,1/400,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,N,Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/200,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/100,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/50,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/25,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:00.9,Canon7D,1/13,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 0.5 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:01.3,Canon7D,1/6,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 1.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:01.7,Canon7D,0.3,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 2.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:01.9,Canon7D,0.6,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:02.2,Canon7D,1.3,8.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 4.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:02.5,Canon7D,1.6,6.3,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing 8.0 Rs
TAKEPIC,LAST,+,00:00:02.8,Canon7D,2,5.0,200,0.000,RAW,,Y,Corona bracketing deep

Hi Tim, Is this the latest script? And also, I see you are not using mirror lock up?
Thanks in advance,
Andy R



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:55 PM

Hi Guys,

How do you check if the script is working correctly?  How do you tell if the times are overlapping?

 

Andy R



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:37 PM

Hi Guys,

How do you check if the script is working correctly?  How do you tell if the times are overlapping?

 

Andy R

After loading a script, click 'File'....'view exposure sequence'....notepad opens a file called 'tyjscript_debug'..........it'll tell you how many photos are in the script......

After you run the simulation......

Click 'File' ...'log file' .....a Notepad window opens with a file called 'actual_times'

Then go exposure by exposure through your camera review checking the number of total exposures in the script against the total shots on your camera. **Caution** in my Canon, I have to start EOS Utility and then shut it down to run EO. When I do this, it fires a few exposures to check the USB remote control. So at the beginning, I end up with a few exposures BEFORE the actual scripted exposures.

Check the exposure time 1/250 etc and the ISO. It's the only way to know if all exposures fired, on time, and at the right settings. 

I don't worry about the partial eclipse shots. I have it set for every 2% before and after totality and those 100 exposures are no problem.

Just skip that in your practices, and go straight to 2nd contact, because if you're going to have problems, it's going to happen during totality. 

It would be a GOOD idea to run the whole script shooting the Sun at least once to check battery life, SD card, laptop, etc...........



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:43 PM

****Everyone***

Lot's of good info here, and other eclipse orchestrator boards, but remember one thing.

There are a myriad of camera models, and each seems to have some quirks of their own. Take the info here as a GENERAL idea, but............

TEST YOUR OWN RIG.

 

...and Clear Skies & Good Luck to all!



#44 andyrud

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:52 PM

 

Hi Guys,

How do you check if the script is working correctly?  How do you tell if the times are overlapping?

 

Andy R

After loading a script, click 'File'....'view exposure sequence'....notepad opens a file called 'tyjscript_debug'..........it'll tell you how many photos are in the script......

After you run the simulation......

Click 'File' ...'log file' .....a Notepad window opens with a file called 'actual_times'

Then go exposure by exposure through your camera review checking the number of total exposures in the script against the total shots on your camera. **Caution** in my Canon, I have to start EOS Utility and then shut it down to run EO. When I do this, it fires a few exposures to check the USB remote control. So at the beginning, I end up with a few exposures BEFORE the actual scripted exposures.

Check the exposure time 1/250 etc and the ISO. It's the only way to know if all exposures fired, on time, and at the right settings. 

I don't worry about the partial eclipse shots. I have it set for every 2% before and after totality and those 100 exposures are no problem.

Just skip that in your practices, and go straight to 2nd contact, because if you're going to have problems, it's going to happen during totality. 

It would be a GOOD idea to run the whole script shooting the Sun at least once to check battery life, SD card, laptop, etc...........

 

Thanks for the great info and I will do .

 

Andy R



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Posted 22 July 2017 - 02:54 PM

 

Hi Guys,

How do you check if the script is working correctly?  How do you tell if the times are overlapping?

 

Andy R

After loading a script, click 'File'....'view exposure sequence'....notepad opens a file called 'tyjscript_debug'..........it'll tell you how many photos are in the script......

After you run the simulation......

Click 'File' ...'log file' .....a Notepad window opens with a file called 'actual_times'

Then go exposure by exposure through your camera review checking the number of total exposures in the script against the total shots on your camera. **Caution** in my Canon, I have to start EOS Utility and then shut it down to run EO. When I do this, it fires a few exposures to check the USB remote control. So at the beginning, I end up with a few exposures BEFORE the actual scripted exposures.

Check the exposure time 1/250 etc and the ISO. It's the only way to know if all exposures fired, on time, and at the right settings. 

I don't worry about the partial eclipse shots. I have it set for every 2% before and after totality and those 100 exposures are no problem.

Just skip that in your practices, and go straight to 2nd contact, because if you're going to have problems, it's going to happen during totality. 

It would be a GOOD idea to run the whole script shooting the Sun at least once to check battery life, SD card, laptop, etc...........

 

 

Thanks, I went to log file and came up with this log, (a portion of it).  Do you know why it always has "late" shown in the information, late a much as 2 seconds.

 

2017/08/21 17:19:17.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.5, Camera1,  1/1600, F/6.0, ISO   200, Partials C1-C2, filter on 143/146
2017/08/21 17:19:47.4, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Camera1,  1/1600, F/6.0, ISO   200, Partials C1-C2, filter on 144/146
2017/08/21 17:20:17.4, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Camera1,  1/1600, F/6.0, ISO   200, Partials C1-C2, filter on 145/146
2017/08/21 17:20:47.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.5, Camera1,  1/1600, F/6.0, ISO   200, Partials C1-C2, filter on 146/146
2017/08/21 17:21:12.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.5, Camera1,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:21:13.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.7, Camera1,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:21:14.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.9, Camera1,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Diamond Ring C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:21:15.5, SIM_TIME, late by  1.1, Camera1,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:21:16.5, SIM_TIME, late by  1.3, Camera1,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:21:17.5, SIM_TIME, late by  1.5, Camera1,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Baily's Beads C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:21:18.4, SIM_TIME, late by  0.4, Camera1,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:21:19.4, SIM_TIME, late by  0.7, Camera1,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:21:20.2, SIM_TIME, late by  0.7, Camera1,  1/4000, F/6.0, ISO   200, Chromosphere C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:21:21.1, SIM_TIME, late by  0.9, Camera1,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 1/3
2017/08/21 17:21:22.2, SIM_TIME, late by  1.2, Camera1,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 2/3
2017/08/21 17:21:23.3, SIM_TIME, late by  1.5, Camera1,  1/3200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Prominences C2 3/3
2017/08/21 17:21:36.8, SIM_TIME, late by  0.5, Camera1,   1/800, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:21:37.7, SIM_TIME, late by  0.6, Camera1,   1/500, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:21:38.6, SIM_TIME, late by  0.7, Camera1,   1/400, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.1 Rs
2017/08/21 17:21:39.5, SIM_TIME, late by  0.8, Camera1,   1/250, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:21:40.5, SIM_TIME, late by  1.0, Camera1,   1/200, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs
2017/08/21 17:21:41.3, SIM_TIME, late by  1.0, Camera1,   1/125, F/6.0, ISO   200, Corona bracketing 0.2 Rs



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Posted 22 July 2017 - 03:15 PM

Does anybody have the Pro version of EO?  I'm looking for any verification that the Canon 6D can be used used with multiple cameras...likely with a 5DII.  Their website doesn't list the 6D as being supported with multiple cameras, but that list appears to possibly be a bit old on their website.

 

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 08:55 PM

 

 

Hi Guys,

How do you check if the script is working correctly?  How do you tell if the times are overlapping?

 

Andy R

After loading a script, click 'File'....'view exposure sequence'....notepad opens a file called 'tyjscript_debug'..........it'll tell you how many photos are in the script......

After you run the simulation......

Click 'File' ...'log file' .....a Notepad window opens with a file called 'actual_times'

Then go exposure by exposure through your camera review checking the number of total exposures in the script against the total shots on your camera. **Caution** in my Canon, I have to start EOS Utility and then shut it down to run EO. When I do this, it fires a few exposures to check the USB remote control. So at the beginning, I end up with a few exposures BEFORE the actual scripted exposures.

Check the exposure time 1/250 etc and the ISO. It's the only way to know if all exposures fired, on time, and at the right settings. 

I don't worry about the partial eclipse shots. I have it set for every 2% before and after totality and those 100 exposures are no problem.

Just skip that in your practices, and go straight to 2nd contact, because if you're going to have problems, it's going to happen during totality. 

It would be a GOOD idea to run the whole script shooting the Sun at least once to check battery life, SD card, laptop, etc...........

 

 

Thanks, I went to log file and came up with this log, (a portion of it).  Do you know why it always has "late" shown in the information, late a much as 2 seconds.

 

 

 

Andy,

My guess is perhaps your delay time between exposures is too short...faster than the camera can actually shoot and write the data to your card? Did you actually check your photos to see if all exposures were taken? How fast is your SD card?

 

Example: My Canon T3 can run an acceptable script, and only have a sprinkling of exposures with  0.1 sec. late. 85% fire on time.

If I get too ambitious, my camera still is mostly on time as far as what exposures I get, but instead of 'late', I start to lose whole exposures or sometimes the ISO values get messed up. That's running with an old SDHC 16GB card that has a top speed of 15MB.........I'm sure I could do a little more with a faster card........ 


Edited by AUricle, 23 July 2017 - 12:31 AM.


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 09:09 PM

Does anybody have the Pro version of EO?  I'm looking for any verification that the Canon 6D can be used used with multiple cameras...likely with a 5DII.  Their website doesn't list the 6D as being supported with multiple cameras, but that list appears to possibly be a bit old on their website.

 

Thanks.

Yes, but I'm only shooting one camera, and the EO Pro manual doesn't say it's supported, but looks to be from 2009.

Check with Jerry Lodigruss in some of the other Eclipse boards here. He's a wealth of knowledge and is using EO too. 

Check this board....https://www.cloudyni...e-orchestrator/ or send him a PM.



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Posted 23 July 2017 - 02:08 PM

How do you check focus, say a few minutes before the main event when EO is already running? I found running live view causes the script to disappear

Thanks

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Posted 23 July 2017 - 02:47 PM

How do you check focus, say a few minutes before the main event when EO is already running? I found running live view causes the script to disappear

Just use Live View on the camera and not through the EO.

 

Or stop it and start it again.

 

Jerry




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