My wife and I traveled to Tennessee to see the August 21st, 2017 total solar eclipse. The eclipse was great, it was our first time in totality. The things I remember that stood out were; the cicadas all started their songs, the birds went back to their nests, the mosquitoes came out. During totality I could see Mars and Venus and I think I could see Mercury. I could even see the star Regulus next to the sun . The corona spread further from the sun than I’ve seen in any of the pictures taken. The entire visible horizon had the colors of sunset. It didn’t get very dark, just about twilight or so. I’m already looking forward to 2024.
I brought a very portable setup with me. I used a Baader Vario 60 telescope. Then, the mount was a Meade LXD55 mount. Finally, the camera was a monochrome Meade LPI-G with Baader solar continuum filter. There were some last minute glitches and some lessons learned for next time. The focus wasn’t perfect, but I’ve added a couple pictures taken with the setup anyway.