Wellington Ohio 41°10′0″N 82°13′23″W is a rural community consisting mainly of livestock, soy bean, and corn farming. It is also far away from the lights of the city and the Milky Way is always clearly visible every clear night. I had a clear 360deg view of the dark sky at the home of some friends that my wife had introduced me to. No street lights, sky glow, nada. This city boy just found a fantastic dark spot.
The moon was high in the sky at 1/2 phase waxing, but I wanted to check this site out anyway.
The sky was clear with spotty thin clouds and a bright moon. I did start out with my Meade DSI II CCD camera, but this camera is just too sensitive to use on a brighter sky, and the fog that had rolled in had soaked everything; and the CCD started crashing, probably due to the moisture. I soon switched to my trusty DSLR (a Sony a330, soon to be traded up to a Cannon) and used that until the battery died. I got a few simple shots. I do like the image that I obtained of two star clusters in Cassiopeia: NGC633 & NGC659 – I do like star clusters. This is a short exposure with the Sony DSLR in bright moonlight – not that bad. Also seen here is two of my favorite stars that I use for the initial telescope alignment: Mizar and Archurus.
I do promise to produce better shots: galaxies in particular from this site soon.
As previously mentioned, night time dew is the enemy: fortunately, I had a dew heater strip attached to the front objective that kept things clear. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. …now on to purchase heater strips for that finder scope…
Wellington is a village in Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The population was 4,802 at the 2010 census. Wellington was settled in 1818 by Ephraim Wilcox, Charles Sweet, William T. Welling, John Clifford, and Joseph Wilson from the states of Massachusetts and New York. It was originally named Charlemont by Charles Sweet who, after winning a tree chopping contest, was given the right to name the township. It was later changed to Wellington by the townspeople in honor of one of the founders William Welling and also “Iron Duke,” the Duke of Wellington.