MagAO-X 2019B

  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 11: These Kids Can Ball

    2019-11-17

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 11: These Kids Can BallIn the gym today I noticed a bunch of new trophies. Check it out: This is the clearly the best observatory. These guys agree: I missed the sunset, but came out of the cleanroom in time to catch this: Today’s song is Miley Cyrus’s version of Jolene (the Backyard Sessions one).
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 10: On The Correlation Between Viscachas and Windspeed

    2019-11-16

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 10: On The Correlation Between Viscachas and WindspeedAs Joseph reported yesterday, we couldn’t find any sign of our viscacha friends and we suspected it was due to the high winds and colder temperatures. Today I was able to gather more evidence. A correlation is seen between the local density of viscachas and the wind speed at their location. The following plot illustrates: We ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 9: Pushing buttons

    2019-11-15

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 9: Pushing buttons This was, incredibly, a zero-viscacha day. It was quite windy, a bit chilly, and there may have been a viscacha conference (¿visconferencia?) in the next valley over. Dr. Jared R. Males, MagAO-X field biologist, in search of the elusive wild viscacha. Or just stretching his legs after a long day of coding. Meanwhile, in MagAO-X land, we ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 8: And then there were two

    2019-11-14

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 8: And then there were two Two days left on the mountain, and two people left from our group. This morning Laird, Amali, Emily, and Katie headed back to Arizona. That means that it’s just me and Jared here from the XWCL. I have another full day, while Jared remains until Wednesday—with only the video chats of Olivier Guyon (international astronomical ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 7: I broke Megadesk.

    2019-11-13

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 7: I broke Megadesk. Friends, this was supposed to be a celebratory blog post. My web-based interface to MagAO-X is getting to the stage where it’s actually useful. My suitcase finally arrived from airline purgatory. I finished my SPIE 2020 abstract. I found out how to make the soda machine dispense plain fizzy water (my one non-caffeinated vice). However, fate ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 6: Keeping The Loop Closed

    2019-11-12

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 6: Keeping The Loop ClosedWell I forgot to take many pictures today, and I forgot to motivate someone else to write the blog. We got lots of work done today. Laird and Alex tested the alignment laser system. Kyle perfected a big part of our offloading system (where we send commands to the telescope from when our AO system needs ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 5: Airy Disks

    2019-11-11

    Kyle Van Gorkom

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 5: Airy Disks Today we got our first proper airy disk at LCO! This morning, Laird and Alex rotated the K-mirror to a more optimal position and re-aligned the rest of the optical train. I switched out a board in an ALPAO driver to one that lets us power the NCPC (non-common-path-corrector) DM remotely, which saves us many hypothetical ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 4: Survival

    2019-11-10

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 4: SurvivalMagAO-X is alive! After being boxed up, shipped from Tucson to Phoenix to LA (we think — a little fuzzy) to Miami, with a long pause, then to Santiago, braving the dangers of revolution (and customs (and customs strikes!)), and a trip by truck (always touchy, this time with road blocks!), and finally being craned ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 3: Cabling

    2019-11-09

    Alex Hedglen

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 3: Cabling Well it was another long but successful day for MagAO-X. We fully integrated the electronics rack with the instrument and began the optical alignment! Impressively, the optical alignment looked almost exactly the way we left it in Tucson. After all that MagAO-X has been through on its way to Chile, we were worried that the ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 2: MagAO-X Does Bongs

    2019-11-08

    Kyle Van Gorkom

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 2: MagAO-X Does BongsUnpacking Day 2 marks the 3rd day of MagAO-X unpacking activities, which only makes sense if you’re a computer scientist or you just try not to think about it too much. Alex and Laird began the day by removing the teflon bars that had been installed in front of particularly expensive optics for protection during shipping. Laird ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 1: The Unpackening

    2019-11-07

    Alex Hedglen

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 1: The Unpackening So it’s finally time to write my first blog post! My name is Alex Hedglen and I’m a 3rd year Optical Sciences PhD student at the University of Arizona! I’ve been involved with MagAO-X for the past couple of years, mainly helping Laird with the optomechanical design and alignment of the instrument. My first ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 0: The Arrival

    2019-11-06

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 0: The ArrivalMagAO-X is now at Las Campanas Observatory! The truck finally made it up the hill at about 3 pm, and we got all of our boxes safely off. Things are pretty busy, with MagAO-C and now MagAO-X unpacking. There are lots more cool pictures, but not enough time to post them. I am bound by the ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -1: Almost There

    2019-11-05

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -1: Almost ThereWell we made it through customs, and are on a truck. We expect delivery of MagAO-X to LCO around 2 pm local time tomorrow afternoon. Otherwise, it was all MagAO-C all the time. If you’ve ever been to an NBA game, you’ll recognize this song. If MagAO-X arrives safely, I plan to make Laird, Kyle, and ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -2 (-1?): Santiago!

    2019-11-04

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -2 (-1?): Santiago!MagAO-X arrived in Santiago yesterday! There’s even a chance that it gets to LCO tomorrow. My plan has been to call “Day 0” the day it actually arrives, so maybe we have to reset the blog counter. Alex v2 and Kyle arrive today. Other than Jared and Laird worrying about it, no MagAO-X work was done ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -3 (estimated): Still Waiting

    2019-11-03

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -3 (estimated): Still WaitingMagAO-X is probably in Santiago.  But the shipper isn’t updating their website, so . . . We unpacked some stuff that we shipped down to help with MagAO-X, so it wasn’t all MagAO-C. The MagAO-X song of the day is Alive, by Pearl Jam:
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -4 (estimated): Waiting

    2019-11-02

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day -4 (estimated): WaitingLaird and I arrived back at LCO last night. It’s been 18 months since we were here. Lots of little changes, and some new faces around the mountain — but it’s mostly the same as it ever was. We’re supposed to be unpacking our new instrument MagAO-X. But . . . our shipment has been delayed ...