Last night I was working on a Web page I've maintained for some time attempting to catalog astronomical observatories in the state of Ohio. Surprising to many, our state has quite a heritage in astronomy and, in fact, is home to the nation's second-oldest observatory structure still standing: the Loomis Observatory in nearby Hudson. Reviewing my images I found that it was time to make a new picture of the Burrell Observatory at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea. Since it was an absolutely beautiful morning, I stopped by the grounds on my way to the office today. I think I got a fairly nice portrait out of the trip. About the only thing I'd change is the position of the dome's shutter but I won't complain too much there — I didn't call ahead! My eventual goal is to complete my own production of Ohio observatory portraits along with pictures of the telescopes those places house. I've got another one on my list for, maybe, next week. A most pleasant project.
What an interesting project to undertake. I especially like the shot for the Ballreich Observatory.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to document all the observatories across America – and then the world!……..
I'm hoping a series of day trips this summer will result in much
progress on my project and it'll be fun getting there. Among the
destinations will be the hometown of Leslie Peltier
over in Delphos. He was an amazing fellow and his book is
entertaining reading. I've enjoyed looking at your observatory photos
from other parts of the world but I don't think I could live long enough
to visit all of the world's Observatories. — JG
Peltier sounds really interesting – I like this quote attributed to him:I feel it is my duty to warn others…that they approach the observing
of variable stars with the utmost caution. It is easy to become an
addict, and as usual, the longer the indulgence is continued the more
difficult it becomes to make a clean break and go back to a normal life.All the astronomers I know still have the same incredible enthusiasm for star gazing as they must have had as youngsters. I never for one minute imagine that my husband will wake up one day and say that he wants to change careers.