First Light Images - Idyllwild Observatory
June, 2006

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M8 - The Lagoon Nebula
Tak FSQ scope & STL4020 CCD Camera
LRGB = 50/25/25/25
M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy
RCOS 12.5" scope & STL11000 CCD Camera
LRGB = 120/15/15/15
73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann leaving the inner solar system
RCOS 12.5" scope & STL4020 CCD Camera
Five 1-minute lumanance shots
M13 - The Great Hercules Cluster
RCOS 12.5" & STL11000 CCD Camera
RGB = 45/45/45
M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy
RCOS 12.5" scope & STL4020 CCD Camera
LRGB = 120/20/20/20
Snake Nebula
Tak FSQ scope  & STL4020 CCD Camera
LRGB =100/20/20/20
This was very much a "shake down cruise" for the new observatory.  Hardware problems, shaky spots in the floor and needed system adjustments were all uncovered.  A few frames were lost but a direction for the future is coming together.  Nothing great here but a beginning......