Time to get down to business regarding how I am going to take images and hopefully still watch the darn thing. That’s what everyone is saying. Don’t mess around with your stuff because you will totally miss everything! It’s all about totality. I mean the partial phases are great but let’s face it, the reason everyone is traveling the globe to see it is because the site of the Sun completely covered with the corona visible is so compelling! The most compelling visible astronomical phenomenon! Probably I wouldn’t mind if I only got one decent image but that’s the problem. The corona has such a wide dynamic range that it is impossible to pick one setting that will definitely work. Way too many variables. This is the reason for the concept of “bracketing”. You take a wide range of exposures and then combine them to produce the final result. There is no way this is going to happen in 2 minutes without automation regardless of whether I even want to watch it or not, I have never witnessed one and I am sure with all the energy surrounding that moment it will be impossible to accomplish anything trying to manually change exposures, ISO settings etc. Fortunately there are some very smart eclipse chasers who have already realized this and have developed software to help us! “Eclipse Orchestrator” seems to be one that is often referenced at least for PCs. So that’s what I chose. Today I spent a couple of hours actually creating a “script” and simulating an eclipse sequence. Like any program there are quirks to it, for example forgetting to check off West instead of East longitude! Before I did that I was unable to take any images at all! However it does seem to work with my camera, a Canon 60D. I entered the expected contact times for my observing spot (Casper, WY) , entered my camera and imaging set up. I am imaging at F/8, ISO 400 preferred (according to eclipse experts) . I don’t have a serial shutter release, just a USB connection so I will have to delay 2 sec or so between exposures. The script generated about 30 or so images during the total phase as well as just before and just after to capture phenomena such as Diamond Ring, Baileys Beads etc. I tested without the memory card so we may have to adjust things with the card in there but it does appear that automation will be feasible!