MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • AO Summer School 2022: Eye Day

    2022-08-17

    Eden McEwen

    AO Summer School 2022: Eye Day
    Summer school posts were delayed due to blog server space, but we’re back with recap blogs! It’s summer camp season. The older you get, the harder it gets to secure a summer full of bunk-bed living, bug spray, buffet lunches, and late night card games. The folks at Santa Cruz gave us a pretty wonderful approximation, ...
  • UCSC’s AO Summer School 2022: The Times That We Live In

    2022-08-16

    Jay Kueny

    UCSC's AO Summer School 2022: The Times That We Live In
    I think I speak for all three of us MagAO-Xians that went to the AO workshop last week when I say that it was a blast! Between the beautiful campus at UCSC, fun hands on activities, and friendly participants there was always something to focus on (heh). Unfortunately it was probably the diverse group of ...
  • MagAO-X Takes Montréal Day 5: La conférence d’espionnage

    2022-07-21

    Vizzy Viscacha

    MagAO-X Takes Montréal Day 5: La conférence d'espionnage
    It is extremely illegal to smuggle Andean mammals of the high desert into downtown Montréal, but I have always wanted to try poutine, and MagAO-X already got me as far as Tucson anyway. At the border, I tried to explain I was going to the SPIE conference but I’m not sure Google Translate was working. Today, Laird ...
  • MagAO-X Takes Montréal: Days 3 and 4

    2022-07-20

    Eden McEwen

    MagAO-X Takes Montréal: Days 3 and 4
    *A new grad student has entered the chat.* Hello Blog! I’m Eden and I’ll be joining the MagAO-X team this fall as an OpSci grad student. This SPIE I’m presenting my wavefront profiling work on imaka, a GLAO demonstrator,  but I’ll be joining the high contrast crew in no time. Happy to report that I survived my ...
  • MagAO-X Takes Montréal: Meanwhile back home…

    2022-07-19

    Logan Pearce

    MagAO-X Takes Montréal: Meanwhile back home...
    While the whole group is living up up north, those of us left behind in the sweltering heat and humidity of Tucson in July got a treat today: Everyone safe and sound in the loading dock staging room. The big white box in the back is MagAO-X, the foreground is the electronics box, and the ...
  • MagAO-X Takes Montréal: Day 2

    2022-07-18

    Maggie Kautz

    MagAO-X Takes Montréal: Day 2
    It’s only day 2 of the SPIE Astronomical Telescopes & Instrumentation Conference and already lots of interesting talks, lunch & learns, and posters are underway. Dr. Richard Dekany gave an interesting talk on SIGHT, the Palomar 5m telescope LGS AO system, and highlighted the support of our very own Sebastiaan Haffert and Meghan O’Brien on the ...
  • MagAO-X Voyage à Montréal Day 1: My French isn’t that good

    2022-07-17

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X Voyage à Montréal Day 1: My French isn't that good
    The SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation conference is the main event for instrument builders world-wide, and this year is held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. The conference is held every two years (because one year is nothing in instrument project timelines) and the last one would have been in 2020. (But then, the plague.) Anyway, we have ...
  • MagAO-X Across the Pond Day 5: Beauty of the Netherlands

    2022-07-01

    Lauren Schatz

    MagAO-X Across the Pond Day 5: Beauty of the Netherlands
    Today was the last day of the conference! We saw many great talks (mostly about PDS 70 and HR 8799…) and many of us have left excited to get back to work and Reduce! That! Data! Today was a half day and that meant we were finally able to roam free and see the beauty of ...
  • MagAO-X Across The Pond Day 4: Let’s Talk It Out

    2022-06-30

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X Across The Pond Day 4: Let's Talk It Out
    Today I presented Kevin Wagner’s talk about searching for planets in 10 µm light. I think I did an okay job talking about things I know nothing about, but then, I do have plenty of practice. All questions about Kevin’s part of the talk will be answered with viscacha noises. Incredibly, people did ask me questions. In ...
  • MagAO-X Across the Pond: Day 3

    2022-06-29

    Logan Pearce

    MagAO-X Across the Pond: Day 3
    Where are days 1 & 2 you ask? Um we didn’t blog those. *Sheepish grin* Your favorite MagAO-X team is living it up in Leiden, Netherlands this week at the Spirit of Lyot conference – a conference devoted to bringing exoplanet direct imaging science and instrument builders together to unite the tech with the ...