My success in shooting the Milky Way last night (or lack thereof) is one of those cases of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although the Milky Way is clearly visible, it turns out that fall in Maryland is not an optimal time to shoot. And, later at night is worse!
This morning, I did a little digging around the web, and finally found some excellent tips at photographyblogger.net, along with a link to a free program (Stellarium) to help locate stars and planets, no matter where you are in the world. Of course, the best places to view and photography the Milky Way is nowhere near Westminster, Maryland, though I should be able to get some decent results in the summertime by pointing my camera west-southwest between 10:00 and 11:00PM.