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Offline MickyWay

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Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« on: 19:55:48, 11 March, 2010 »
I've been looking for a way of setting up various length exposures ( say 10 x 30ec + 20 x 60sec + 20 x 2mins etc) and
controlling my camera remotely. I've searched around and found www.astroplace.net
The program has been written by Ivo, and it's still in 'beta' form, but if he manages to debug, with our help, I think it
should be a brilliant solution for variable exposure astro imaging. The program uses the Canon interface, via 'Utilities'
so the only connection is by the usb cable as supplied as standard in the camera package.
I've been trying my EOS1000D, and it connects and works well. The program is a free download, and a full licence key
can be purchased for a few Euros.
See what you think.

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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #1 on: 21:03:37, 11 March, 2010 »
Now I do like the look of that, looks a lot simpler to use than DSLR focus, thanks for the link  :thumbup:
Ade

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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #2 on: 00:24:14, 15 March, 2010 »
been playing with this software, and its good!

Ade

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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #3 on: 08:55:14, 15 March, 2010 »
Hi Swashy,

I agree. I've been trying it with my EOS1000D, and it works very well indeed. The screen presentation is just right, not complicated, but with enough
information to let you know whats happening during the exposures. What I like best of all is the ability to program sets of exposure values very easily.
There are going to be a few issues with user/equipment compatibility, but 'Ivo the Creator' needs feedback. So come on guys, try it, tell Ivo what you think.

Regards,
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #4 on: 13:30:40, 15 March, 2010 »
Hello,

Looking at the good words you wrote for APT, it is pleasure to say that I'm the author and will be happy to help with any problem. Also every feedback and requirement are very welcome ;)
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #5 on: 13:47:36, 15 March, 2010 »
Welcome to UKAI Ivo !  

I've just downloaded and will give it a go on my next night out !

S.
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #6 on: 00:07:02, 26 March, 2010 »
Hi guys

Well I've been having a play around with this tonight (inside the house  >:(), and it looks like a good idea - great screen with nice, simple user facillities. I'm not the most au fait person with computers, so any niggles I had could well be down to user error  :(. I'm also running Vista 32, for the record.

Connected the 500D, which was recognized staight away. The live view button (LV on) along the top of the image window can be clicked 'on' to focus the image, with the camera set to M (manual) and Bulb, and then is switched off so that the 'Start' button on the bottom becomes live. After a bit of clicking I found the edit button (bottom right) which is used to set your own exposure data in a separate window. This is then saved, and then reloaded from the plan drop down on the right hand side. Initially, I couldn't get the camera to fire a full series of exposures but found that, with my laptop / camera set up, I had to set the anti vibration pause to no less than 5 seconds, and the pause setting in between the exposures had to be no less than 10 seconds. This, then, allowed the full series to be completed. There was an extra pause between exposures of several seconds, as well, for some reason which slightly lengthened the whole process. Again, I'm not sure if this is a glitch, user error or incorrect settings in the camera or laptop (these are just MY shaky results) but it might be interesting to see if you guys can improve on this. There's a nice part, on the bottom left, where the program keeps you updated with info on completed exposures. That was pretty much all I did for the programming and shooting of the images. These settings may be a starting point for anyone out there trying this software but if you guys can improve these findings, please post and let me know where to improve the results. Overall it's a really nice, simple program, and I really like it. After a bit more getting to grips with the settings I will definitely be buying it from the creators - I think it's well worth a few Euros.
 
There were a few things I couldn't get to grips with but, again, this could be just me. I found that if you click on 'Disconnect' after completing a series of exposures the laptop just froze, and I had to shut it down. It also seemed that , after a series of shots were completed, I couldn't load a new batch of settings without exiting the program and starting again. Minor problems, really, and I'd be interested to know if anyone out there can point me in the right direction to rectify these troubles.

If you decide to give it a go, please post to let us know how you get on.

Regards Martyn
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #7 on: 08:03:12, 26 March, 2010 »
Hello Martin,

Thank you very much for the feedback! Can I ask you which version of APT did you try? Also what are the settings of Image Preview and Image Destination?

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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #8 on: 15:56:56, 26 March, 2010 »
Hi Ivo

The version I've downloaded is v1.0.5. The image preview is set to 'off' and the image destination is 'camera' only. As I said in the previous post, I'm not hot on computing so there may be some settings I need to change on the laptop or the camera.

Hope this is helpful, and thanks.

Regards Martyn
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #9 on: 16:04:24, 26 March, 2010 »
Hi Martyn,

Please, take a look on the new version 1.0.6 which is on the site. There are some fixes in this version which I believe will solve the problems you observed. If you still have problems, let me know and I'll take care. I have a friend with 500D and can borrow this camera for tests.

The file APT.xml (in the folder where APT is installed) will be overwritten from the new installer, so copy it somewhere before installing the new version if you want to save the plans you had defined.
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #10 on: 21:07:52, 26 March, 2010 »
Thanks, Ivo, I'll download it and try it out  :thumbup:

Regards Martyn
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #11 on: 21:44:34, 26 March, 2010 »
I'm trying this out tonight, using a 40D and winXP

Took me a while to get to grips with it too, but starting to make sense now  :thumbup:

The only problem, if it is one, is if I have minimised the programme to check my guiding prog, it wont maximise back up by clicking on the icon in the startbar, i need to right-click,-restore to bring it back up, but I do like the way it leaves a small section at the top showing the exposure status whilst minimised, so no complaints really

It has crashed a couple of times, but i get that a lot with most progs i use so it might be my system

oh... and the STOP button dosent seem to work

I havent tried the new version so will give that a try, but on the whole, this is a really usefull programme, and I too will be buying a full version once I am completely happy that  it does all I need

Thanks Ivo for a great utility  :urock:
Ade

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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #12 on: 22:12:47, 26 March, 2010 »
Hi Ade,

Thank you for the kind words! I'm still trying to figure out why under XP can't restore the window with clicking on startbar button... (it is strange that this works under Win7). In the latest version there is small floating window which shows the status when APT is minimized. Double click on this window will the restore window.

Also the stability is improved in 1.0.6. Last weekend I made 5 hours session doing mix of focusing, executing plans, making high precision tweaks that LXD-75 provides without any problem :yes:
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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #13 on: 22:26:29, 26 March, 2010 »
Ah!  yes, I'm running the latest versiion on the observatory laptop, double clicking the status box at the top does indeed restore it

problem solved!  thanks Ivo!
Ade

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Re: Remote Shutter Control for EOS DSLRs
« Reply #14 on: 22:30:08, 26 March, 2010 »
I'm happy that it works :)

Clear skies!
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