Backyard Software Training

Backyard Camera Control Training Series

Learn how to effectively and quickly use the Backyard remote control camera software on your Windows computer. Take software training offered by RASC.

For RASC members, we offer software training on the Backyard remote control products from O'Telescope.

camera connected to computer

Backyard EOS or Backyard Nikon is a popular camera control program that offers features beyond the Canon-provided EOS Utility or Nikon computer software.

This is your hub for the Backyard Camera Control Training Series.



"Very interesting and useful course. Following 'live' example steps is certainly a benefit." - Robert B

"Great introductory course. Thanks!" - Chris B

"Really good to have a walkthrough to compliment reading through the manual." - Tony M

"I enjoyed it and was happy to have been able to join. I would be interested in doing more..." - Denise S

"I took your recent Backyard EOS course and loved it." - Tony


Current Course(s) - EOS and Nikon

  • introduction, level 1: the basics, for people completely new to the application, with Canon EOS or Nikon DSLR cameras, getting started, or a refresher for those who dabble, focusing, still-imaging run captures

Visit the specific course level pages for more info and to access the registration forms.

Each course is about 2 hours in duration. They are scheduled near full Moon phases to not take away from observing. Training materials are provided. The sessions are hands-on and delivered live and interactively by an instructor with lots of time for questions and answers. Class sizes are limited to maintain a good instructor-participant ratio. Courses fill up rapidly but we keep waiting lists.

NOTE: Currently all courses are delivered online using teleconferencing meeting software.


Other Materials

  • visit the O'Telescope website for product info on Backyard, the latest versions, the user guide, etc.
  • active user forums at O'Telescope
  • Cloudy Nights


Future Courses

We are considering higher levels of training or courses for specific audiences.

  • Level 2 intermediate course on video capture and drift alignment and possibly plate solving.

Your Instructor(s)

Blake Nancarrow. Started shooting with a Canon SLR in 1979, captured his first through-the-telescope image in 1991, and joined RASC in 2007. He started using Backyard EOS mid-2014 and has used it for many imaging campaigns. He wrote a detailed review of Backyard EOS and Backyard Nikon for the October 2015 Journal of the RASC. Blake also worked with the developer to resolve bugs in the mirror control routines. In daylight, Blake is an instructor of information technology and business software. Blake teaches the introductory Backyard camera software course. He's actively developing the curriculum.


Any questions? Contact the administrator (software-training AT rasc DOT ca).

Last modified: 
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:37pm