I started my planning about one year ago, and included an eclipse day in the northern Rockies, followed by a few days of fly fishing. After some research on locations, weather patterns, access, and some conversations with a few fishing friends I settled on Rexburg ID for the eclipse and a four day fishing tour with Mile Lawson's angler's shop in Island Park ID, about 45 miles north of Rexburg.
Knowing what lodging would soon be a problem we booked a week (Sunday 8/20 to Saturday 8/28) at the Elk Creek Lodge, also in island Park last December.
We left our home base in Albuquerque on Friday 8/18 and reached Rexburg on 8/20 in the afternoon. A few weeks before I did a more detailed review of the area and discovered a little-known wildlife refuge known as the Cartier Slough, located about 5 miles west of Rexburg. We recce'd the area on Sunday and found the place essentially deserted, with miles of quite passable dirt roads through the refuge and the surrounding BLM public lands.
Driving down south from island Park on Monday morning traffic on US 20 was surprisingly light, and we set up by about 0800 local. The weather was excellent, eith only a few clouds around the horizon and little to no wind.
Along the one mile of the road from the pavement to our location there were only 5 other observers.
I used local coordinates and a compass to rough align my Celestron CGEM II equatorial mount, and attached my Canon 6D with a Canon F2.8/200mm lens with a solar filter.
After booting up the Backyard EOS 3.1.14 I used the sun as a reference and fine-tuned the alignment.
My pre-total program was one sub every 180 seconds at 1/2000, F8 and ISO 400, and for totality is sequenced 1/2000, 1/1000, 1/250, 1/60, 1/30, 1/15, 1/8, 1/4 and 1 second, all at F8 and ISO 400.
I was lucky to get 8 of these sequences, and am now in the midst of processing the RAWs.
Here is a preliminary version of the last 1/4 shot, showing a beautiful diamond ring.