first light

M83

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M83 (Southern Pinwheel Galaxy) using 1 hour total in Beseell B, Bessell V, and SDSS i' and also 2 total hours in w-band.

This is from a set of 3 first light images from the Sutherland 1-meter telescopes soon after they were installed from March 2013.

M104

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M104 (Sombrero Galaxy) 50 min in Bessell B, 45 min in Bessell V and SDSS i', and 80 min in w-band.

This is from a set of 3 first light images from the Sutherland 1-meter telescopes soon after they were installed from March 2013.

Sedgwick Telescope sees first factory light

On the evening of March 12, 2009, the Sedgwick telescope, looking outside from the doorway of the LCOGT warehouse, was put on sky for the first time.  As it was primarily a test for the drive system's tracking performance, the goal for the night was to point at a star and observe how long the scope could follow it in the sky.  After finding the star "Dubhe" in the eyepiece, it was determined that the telescope was tracking adequately after the star remained in the field of view (only starting to drift out after an hour or so).  This was impressive, considering the only alignm

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