Today we went on sky and closed the loop! The first half of the night was cleaning up final guider problems, but then just before midnight we acquired our first AO setup star and were able to close the loop with an audience and everything! I’m glad we showed the GMT folk some good images before they had to leave. Jordan arrived safely today.
First we finished up the final touches — removing the ASM cover and mounting the wind monitor:
Then Alfio closed the loop and we had some beautiful 6.5-m diffraction-limited images!!
There was also some good wildlife today:
The song today is historic and fun:
Well, now we’re all on a night schedule — the run has begun!