This will include calculating ( or looking up) precise observation times, definitions, experimenting with several cameras and lots of wine.
Stay tuned... this is a developing story.
Here's an app that came highly recommended. $1.99+tx.
SolarEclipseTimer app <<<
With just a couple minutes practice I had it find my location and calculate a few event times.
Definitions HERE <<<
1st Contact: Don't look yet!
first contact — during a solar eclipse, the moment that the Moon makes contact with the Sun; the beginning of the eclipse.
Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 11:52:39 (AM)
second contact — during a total solar eclipse, the moment the Moon covers 100 percent of the Sun’s disk; the instant totality begins.
Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 13:20:21 = 1:20:21 PM Start looking
third contact — during a total solar eclipse, the instant totality ends.
Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 13:22:52 = 1:22:52 PM
fourth contact — during a solar eclipse, the moment that the disk of the Moon breaks contact with the Sun; the end of the eclipse.
Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 14:47:37 = 2:47:37 PM
That means the event actually lasts 2 hours 54 minutes and 58 seconds? Will confirm.
Continuing: It is now 11:54 on Thursday. I went out to check the sun position. OK... Interesting observation. Good time to realize how tall our trees are and just where we can be standing at 11:52 when the "First Contact: happens. We are in good shape. Pics to follow.
This video was today about noon. This confirms one thought... the sun (at least with some cloud-cover) isn't going to destroy a go-pro.
Here's a panorama showing the open sky area from back by the garden.
Continuing with my search for information on shooting the moon (as it were...) this turned up from Nikon: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/a/tips-and-techniques/how-to-photograph-a-solar-eclipse.html
Here is an exposure guide which is referred to by the above article.
Exposute intervals? Here are some calcs:
My camera, when tethered to the computer, can be set to take time lapse pics. When bracketing each frame is the next setting in the bracketing process. ie: Frame 1 is under exposed, frame 2 is correct exposure, frame 3 is over exposed. If I use the 10 second interval I will essentially have 349 sets of photos at each exposure setting.
Then I will have second camera (with much shorter focal length lense) to take pics along the way.