As is tradition the PI will finish off the run with the last blog. This run marked our 7th year operating at LCO making great images and science. This run was no exception with great science delivered (despite the many clouds we encountered as winter is definitely coming). I’d like to thank all the LCO staff that did a great hosting us and I’d like to thank all the observers that came out to work with MagAO.
I’d like to show some great photos of the packing up process that was done in just one day (a new record).
Below is the ASM ready to be packed up and driven down to the clean room (where it will wait a year for us to come back — but we will come back).
Post failed to include a song of the day, please see 2018A Blog Rules.
Therefore the admin will choose a song of the day:
Proto3 has been detached from MagAO, and now MagAO is fully put away. Since this (northern hemisphere) fall will extremely busy with work on MagAO-X, it’ll be a whole year before we’re back here.
My check list for today:
Switch back to a day schedule all in one go
Take the last final exam for my first year of graduate school
Remove a 1000+ lb piece of scientific equipment from the top of a three-story tall machine
I’m happy to report that I accomplished all three, though it may be more accurate to say that I was a minor contributor to the last task. It takes a whole crew to remove the adaptive secondary mirror from the Magellan Clay telescope, and my main contribution was to help Laird keep all the various power, data, and coolant lines from getting away during the disconnect process. (Pink zip ties are the astronomer’s best friend.)
Since I was not operating a crane or lifting 80 lb load spreader bars by hand, I was able to document the process. Enjoy!
Tomorrow, we leave LCO for La Serena (and Santiago and Dallas and Tucson, hopefully without issue). We’ll be back next year!
Last, but not least, here’s a song of the day about looking through the wrong end of a telescope.
(Lucius – Turn it Around)
And here’s a cover version I dug up by someone with cool hair: