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  1. 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.
  2. Good exposure cheat sheet.
  3. Thanks everyone! seems to have resolved the lockup! On my way to Idaho in 2 weeks for the big show.
  4. Just downloaded 3.1.12. I will let you know if this fixes the problem. Thanks again jch
  5. The download indicated 3.1.11. Saving to camera card only, using the USB cable supplied with Canon 6D EOS. Thanks
  6. "Last month" typically refers to this year. Searches for "version 3.1.12" or any version of this string in your search box yields 0 results. By order confirmation Order #24464 on 7/8/2017 I purchased "BackyardEOS 3.1 Premium Edition [OTL-BYE-P] " with no version number. Hope this helps.
  7. Most recent version of 3.1. Bought last month. UBS cable is the one provided with the Canon 6D, purchased last year. No apologies necessary. What did the other dozen people do to troubleshoot/solve? Link(s) to their posts? Thanks.
  8. Hello, I have recently purchased a copy of BYE for my Canon 6D EOS, which I plan to use for the 8/21 eclipse. Initial setup and linking to my camera was no problem. After setting up and saving a image program to explore some exposure brackets using a 99.9999 filter, I ran the image program, and successfully captured the images. Then the program "froze" and I needed to use Task Manager to get out (the images were successfully saved in the camera). I am running Windows 7 Professional on an HP Pro Book 4540s. Any ideas? jch
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