Thanks to Mark Elphick for helping out. For information on the Boy Scout astronomy merit badge requirements go to:
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 alignment it had was based on a precision painted line of spray-paint on the warehouse floor. A bottle of bubbly was popped opened to celebrate.
We would like to make all our users aware that we will be performing IT maintenance at 0500 UT on 11 March. This will mean some of our services will be unavailable (including the website and data archives).