While this doesn't really qualify as the observatory's entry for its first light, I couldn't resist checking out Comet Lulin with a pair of binoculars on a tripod. I had my tripod in the observatory because Matt Green and I lined up the pier and sighted it with a laser level mounted on the tripod. I lined up Polaris with the level, and then swung the head of the tripod down the hole to locate "North" for the base of the pier.
Looking at Comet Lulin through a pair of 10x50 binoculars was less than amazing. It was basically a little grey spot in space, just a few degrees South of Saturn in Leo. But at any rate, I found it, and observed it while standing in the observatory. Bertha is happily nestled on the floor in the family room, enjoying the fire my good wife just built and watching her crochet hats. Bertha wasn't any help tonight, but hopefully will soon be in her new home.