Everyone will know the
excitement and special occasion it is to see the "First Light"
from your new telescope.
I have the tale of a
slightly different "First
from Russ Sipes
Star Cruiser observatory at our Anza site.
As you will have read
from the June 2002 Presidents
message and other articles, we have
just installed a new Satellite Internet system at our Anza observing
site. One of the early tests we wanted to perform was to verify
how practical it will be to remotely operate a telescope at the
site from a computer in our own home (Russell Sipe of course will
be planning on operating his telescope from his home). In this test,
on Saturday night of June 1st 2002, I was at home and Russ was out
Using some special software
I connected to the control computer that is sitting in the observatory
and is directly attached to his telescope.
Russ has a video camera
hooked up to his computer to allow him to visually check out the
positioning of the telescope. This came in especially handy as I
could actually see him, and the motion of the telescope as I commanded
"the Sky" software to move to particular objects.