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#1 BiggieMac

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 09:47 AM

Hi All,

 

Looking for some advice on intervalometer software for my Canon T7i.

 

We're heading out under darker skies to the Golf Coast of Florida this afternoon for a couple nights and I'm wondering about the best option for either adding an intervalometer directly to my camera via some software like Magic Lantern or running a program on my Windows Laptop that I can connect to my camera and that would serve the same purpose as an intervalometer.

 

I would like to have this to help in my attempts in taking wide angle shots of the Milky Way this weekend.

 

Any relevant advice is much appreciated, thanks!

 

Joey


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 09:57 AM

https://www.amazon.c.../dp/B07X87PBDH/

 

One thing about these.  On the one I have the "interval" includes the exposure.  So, if you want to take 60X60". you set the exposure to 60" and the interval to 61".  NOT 1 second.

 

Check that out before first use.


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 10:01 AM

Thanks for the advice Bobzeq25!

I was hoping for more of a software solution though instead of hardware, especially since I don’t have time to ship and receive anything before we head out this afternoon for the weekend, thanks!

Joey

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Posted 27 May 2022 - 10:04 AM

Thanks for the advice Bobzeq25!

I was hoping for more of a software solution though instead of hardware, especially since I don’t have time to ship and receive anything before we head out this afternoon for the weekend, thanks!

Joey

https://astrophotogr...p/downloads.php


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 10:05 AM

I picked up a Photoolex T710C for my T5i at the suggestion of one of our Astronomical Society members.  I have been satisfied with the unit.  It provides the flexibility for for exposure times, the number of exposures, the interval between exposures.  It is wired, so that is a small limitation, but it also does not require any kind of wireless setup.  I have found that programming is intuitive and easy.  The display is easy to read and the layout straightforward.  I have not had to change the batteries I originally installed in the unit a year ago.  

 

The T5i appears to have the same kind of remote port as the T7i.    


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 10:22 AM

I use Backyard EOS (BYE) Check it out, free download.


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:04 AM

Preciate all the feedback! 

 

Undecided between APT & BYE but any thoughts on the best place to download Backyard EOS?

 

Thanks!

Joey



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Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:11 AM

Preciate all the feedback! 

 

Undecided between APT & BYE but any thoughts on the best place to download Backyard EOS?

 

Thanks!

Joey

https://www.otelesco.../2-backyardeos/


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 11:24 AM

+1 to BYEOS. Hands down one of the easier capture programs to get working. It's great software.


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 01:33 PM

Are you aware that Canon has a downloadable EOS Utility for Windows? It's free. One of its many features is an integrated intervalometer. (It's part of the utility, not a separate app.)

 

You'd need the correct cable -- "USB-A male to USB-B mini male" -- to connect the camera to the PC. 

 

With the EOS Utility, you can control shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more. It has a preview mode so you can see on the screen what the camera sees. And you can do some zooming to magnify images.

 

You'll definitely want to practice a lot beforehand. Just about any tool controlling a modern camera demands practice and manual reading. The Canon EOS Utility has a moderately ancient (late 1990's?) user interface mojo.

If you'll be out for a long time, power for the PC and the camera (and possibly dew control) is a non-trivial concern, too.

FWIW, I use BYEOS and the EOS utility for my DSLR captures.

 

Joe


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 01:54 PM

Preciate all the feedback! 

 

Undecided between APT & BYE but any thoughts on the best place to download Backyard EOS?

 

Thanks!

Joey

APT runs fine with the Canon 800D/7ti and is less expensive. I use it all the time.

 

And it connects to my Ioptron mounts without any issue, plate solving and controlling , all works great.


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Posted 27 May 2022 - 01:56 PM

Are you aware that Canon has a downloadable EOS Utility for Windows? It's free. One of its many features is an integrated intervalometer. (It's part of the utility, not a separate app.)

 

You'd need the correct cable -- "USB-A male to USB-B mini male" -- to connect the camera to the PC. 

 

With the EOS Utility, you can control shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more. It has a preview mode so you can see on the screen what the camera sees. And you can do some zooming to magnify images.

 

You'll definitely want to practice a lot beforehand. Just about any tool controlling a modern camera demands practice and manual reading. The Canon EOS Utility has a moderately ancient (late 1990's?) user interface mojo.

If you'll be out for a long time, power for the PC and the camera (and possibly dew control) is a non-trivial concern, too.

FWIW, I use BYEOS and the EOS utility for my DSLR captures.

 

Joe

Dew control is is a huge issue here and will be on the Gulf Coast this weekend.  You really need a dew shield and dew heater.  You can make a simple dew shield with cardboard or better yet a flexible plastic notebook cover.  Hopefully you have the dew heater.  


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Posted 31 May 2022 - 02:41 PM

Hi,

 

Thank you all for the feedback and helpful info! I ended up using the Canon EOS Utility timer via my laptop and it actually worked alright!

 

I will still look into APT and BYE in the future though, as I'm sure they are more robust and versatile tools.

 

Here are some of my results! (Will post separately and as screenshots of originals, due to the limiting size of these posts)

 

Joey


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Posted 31 May 2022 - 02:44 PM

Date: 5/28/22 (early AM)
Location: Crawfordville (Shell Point), FL (Bortle 3)
Imaging lens: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (Untracked - 12mn26s (13s/frame x 69frames) ISO3200) - (No Darks, Bias, or Flats with this one)
Imaging camera: Canon EOS 800D / T7i (Modified)
Software: DeepSkyStacker 4.2 · Gimp 2.10

 

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Posted 31 May 2022 - 02:45 PM

Date: 5/29/22 (early AM)
Location: Crawfordville (Shell Point), FL (Bortle 3)
Imaging lens: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (Untracked - 36mn7s (5s/frame x 427frames) ISO3200)
Imaging camera: Canon EOS 800D / T7i (Modified)
Software: DeepSkyStacker 4.2 · Gimp 2.10

 

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Edited by BiggieMac, 31 May 2022 - 03:05 PM.

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