Living in Las Vegas in a valley that is surrounded by mountains I knew the moon would be very low to the horizon in the west, I decided to find a better location for the eclipse. I headed to the Mojave National Preserve and used the Castle Mountains as my backdrop.
In this first image taken during mid-totality, you can easily see the Beehive open star cluster to the right of the moon.
As dawn approached the foreground really popped.IMAGE LINK: https://photos.smugmug.com …i-8ZT6Pnr-XL.jpg&lb=1&s=A
A composite through the phases....IMAGE LINK: https://photos.smugmug.com …i-w5NcDGp-XL.jpg&lb=1&s=A
The wide-angle shots were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and 70-200mm lens.
The closeup composite images were taken with a Canon Mark III and Explore Scientific 127mm f6.5 952mm refractor.