With the incredible opportunity for USA residents to view a total solar eclipse in August, I'm starting to make preparations to be able to view AND photograph the eclipse. I thought I'd start by outlining what I'm thinking so far and then ask questions and hopefully get some advice from several of you experts here. As far as equipment, my plan is a Nikon 600mm f4G with 1.4 or 2.0 teleconverter, D800 or D300, and a Gitzo 1548 tripod. It looks like I can get a 52mm solar filter for the non-totality part of the eclipse and I will shoot sun pictures in advance to get some exposure data. A couple years ago, I purchased an old Astro-Physics 70mm refractor with a motorized equatorial mount, but it is heavy and awkward and I have not used it at all for photography to this point. I'm thinking it would not be the best option considering its characteristics and the fact that I will need to travel several hours to a viewing location (likely IL, MO or NE) and probably stay in a motel the night before. My questions are as follows: (1) Would a full frame or crop body be optimal? I have been considering a D500 and might upgrade to that if I'm going to use a crop sensor. (2) Am I blowing it by not using the telescope that I have? i.e. Should I get that ready for photography and plan on taking it with me, having an appropriate location, setting it up, etc.? (3) Since almost all locations along the eclipse line have about a 30-40% chance of overcast, what is the best way to strategize where I will drive and how I will get lodging at the last minute? (4) Is there any advice on how I should be thinking in terms of possible locations, whether I should explore them beforehand, etc.? (5) Since totality is only going to last about 150 seconds and since I will want to make sure I can really fire away especially during that interval, I'm assuming I should have a clock mount of some sort and are there any ideas about the best set-up for that? I'll probably have more questions as I prepare myself for this.