Currently planning for Texas where the chances of clear skies are greatest (besides in Mexico, but fewer roads and services along the track there). And yes, hard to forget the prominences which were spectacular in the 2017 eclipse. The largest was visible (barely) with the naked eye. Good chance of seeing them again in 2024 -- they're usually seen in every total eclipse, but typically need a little magnification to spot. The pink arc of chromosphere is also stunning, and much easier to see with the unaided eye.
Anything else is a bonus but which also must be factored for the limited time you have. Totality goes by very fast and it's easy to try to do too much.
Binoculars are nice for a closeup of the Sun during totality, and bring any camera equipment you're comfortable with. In 2017 I used my DSLR with a telephoto lens for the Sun, and GoPro to capture the changing lighting conditions and crowd reaction during and just before/after totality. If you want to get good photos of the corona with your telephoto, be sure to take a lot of shots at very different exposures. The corona spans a very wide range of brightnesses. The corona is also much bigger than you might expect, and too much zoom might mean missing the outer parts of it.Personally, I don't bother with solar filters. Not because they're not needed outside of totality (they absolutely are), but because I'm less interested in photographing the partial phases, opting instead to observe the surroundings with my eyes and occasionally glancing at the Sun with eclipse glasses.
Yes, thanks for reminding me Wat
Is 75-300 with a 2x crop sensor going to be enough to frame the corona tightly?
I also have 10x50 binoculars, do I need to use protection with that? I guess I can have my eclipse glasses on when I use them!
I want to get the effect of the partial phases of the eclipse reflecting on the ground (like through spaces in the leaves). I should probably bring a small tripod? I want to see the pink colors emanating from the sun with the eclipse, I've never seen that before!
Wat, are you going to be up for the near total lunar eclipse tonight? 97% lunar eclipse is going to still give the total eclipse effect right (deep red color on the moon with just the edges of the moon being brighter and whiter?) I heard it is the longest partial eclipse in a long time and the moon is passing through the thickest part of the earth's shadow, 3 hr 28 min! I wonder how long the eclipse would've been if it had been total- maybe 4 plus hours? Is the 75-300 lens also good for the lunar eclipse? I have a superzoom with 2000mm EFL (Nikon P900) which does some nice pics of Jupiter and Saturn but I think thats too much focal length for a total eclipse on an untracked tripod because a lunar eclipse needs a long shutter speed and at 2000mm EFL, the moon will move out of the frame before the exposure ends?