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#1 Deep13


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Posted 01 February 2024 - 07:29 PM

Hi. I leave in Medina County, Ohio, near Cleveland and Akron. I have my own solar scope (TV101 with 60mm Coronado H-alpha). I'm interested in suggestions for a good observing spot. I'm looking for a public location with some space for the crowd to spread out. Thanks.

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 08:00 AM

At some point, we may be neighbors. Ha - pondering moving north when I retire, but I'm not sure. Medina county is on my short list, a little away from the city lights but not too far from civilization. Beautiful area.


Anyway, to try to answer the question, there are a couple of nearby astronomy groups - Black River Astronomical Society in Lorain County, and Cuyahoga Astronomical Association that meets in north Olmstead. Wayne County also has a group as well as Akron. The only group I've ever met, and it was by happenstance, was the Lorain County group, Black River. They were doing a solar demonstration at Sandy Ridge when I was up in town visiting, so I looked at the sun through a couple of different scopes. Very friendly group.


Anyway, these groups might have some input as to where you could go to view. I'm sure that you want plenty of room to set up and not have people tripping over each others' tripods. 

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Posted 02 February 2024 - 09:50 PM

I'd be interested in any answers to, I'm in Conneaut Ohio 

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Posted 03 February 2024 - 11:22 AM

Me too.  It seems areas between Cleveland and Erie have a lower probability of clouds on April 8th compared to other locations in Ohio.  Currently headed to Findlay, Ohio to stay with friends.

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Posted 09 February 2024 - 05:11 AM

The best bet for clear skies in Ohio in April will be the upper 3rd of the state.  Say from Marion and north.  The closer you get to the lake the better off you will be.  You are already near Cleveland so you are in pretty good shape already arent you? 

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 07:05 AM

I live in NE Ohio and am contemplating this region.  My closest drive to the centerline would be to Avon Lake but in talking to some folks and monitoring local EMA discussions it sounds like it's going to tough getting into and tougher getting out of.

The geometry of solar eclipses is such that getting just 50% in from the umbral path's edge to the centerline nets 87% of the centerline's totality duration.  Medina County's in that region, and probably with a LOT less competition for observing sites.

There's two parks, Letha House and Spencer Lake, that could be viable spots.  Both roughly 60% umbral depth.  Medina itself is about 50% umbral depth and 3min 26 sec.

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