MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • A functional MagAO-X model

    2024-06-13

    Logan Pearce

    A functional MagAO-X model
    As a thank you gift for Jared’s advising throughout my grad school experience, I wanted to give a knockout gift. Sebastiaan once offhandedly mentioned a useless box. Now, I LOVE useless boxes. When I was a teacher I stumbled across a useless box video which made me cackle; two years later my ...
  • Congratulations Dr. Logan Pearce!

    2024-06-12

    Joseph Long

    Congratulations Dr. Logan Pearce!
    It’s been quite a week for our intrepid veteran-turned-teacher-turned-professional-astrophysicist. The hardest part of the dissertation defense is usually scheduling it at a time all your committee members can attend, and this time was no different. In true Texan style, Logan lassoed her committee and roped them in to a defense in-person and online this June ...
  • Congrats to our 2024 Grads!

    2024-06-05

    Eden McEwen

    Congrats to our 2024 Grads!
    XWCL has a lot to be proud of this graduation season. Our best and brightest donned their funny hats and walked across their stages. What? You haven’t seen their defense blogs yet? Shhhh. The actual degree part, they’ll get there. Today is for celebrating! First up was the Optical Science graduation. Maggie and Co. lining up for ...
  • MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 17: An Intercontinental Tale Told in Pieces of Cheese

    2024-05-28

    Josh Liberman

    MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 17: An Intercontinental Tale Told in Pieces of Cheese
    Chanco Cheese: Chilean cheese. Rating: 4/10 This cheese tasted a lot better on the first day of the MagAO-X observing run. However, by day 17, the mild flavor of the Chilean Chanco cheese just did not speak to me in the same way. Chanco Served With Jam Chilean cheese with jam. Rating: 7/10 My decision to combine Chanco with jam at ...
  • MagAOX 2024Ab Day 16: I Still Believe

    2024-05-26

    Jared Males

    MagAOX 2024Ab Day 16: I Still Believe
    The Picard Principle states: “It is possible to commit no mistakes, and still lose.” https://youtu.be/1TCX90yALsI?si=dY8dZX1d97iGYAr0 That is life. My wrap-up posts have always been somewhat triumphant. But not this time, ‘cuz that just sucked. To be clear the MagAO-X team did what they always do, and the instrument was ready to rock like we always keep it. ...
  • MagAO-X 24Ab Day 15: Time to roll out

    2024-05-25

    Eden McEwen

    MagAO-X 24Ab Day 15: Time to roll out
    Last time, on extreme.ao: We were still having weather. Your AO operator valiantly tried to lock the loop on a 10th magnitude star through patchy cirrus before our observers took pity and let us switch to something brighter. But finally TO Hernán got the call, stepped outside for some professional cloud watching, and the dome ...
  • MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 15: Something is better than nothing

    2024-05-24

    Jensen Lawrence

    MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 15: Something is better than nothing
    Hi! I’m Jensen, a PhD student at MIT and one of this run’s guest observers. This was my first time at Las Campanas Observatory (or any observatory, for that matter), so naturally the universe bestowed upon us the cloudiest, windiest, rainiest, and snowiest May week at LCO in recent memory. The usually featureless “Metro”blue forecasts ...
  • MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 14: What happens to a dream deferred?

    2024-05-23

    Logan Pearce

    MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 14: What happens to a dream deferred?
    Does it dry up like puddles in a dome floor?Or fester like astronomers on night schedules with nothing to do?Does it stink like the Atacama desert in the rain?Or crust and sugar over like flan in the LCO dining room fridge?Maybe it just sags like Gabriele’s shoulders?Or does it explode? The rain has stopped and the ...
  • MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 13: When the rain starts bouncing, you know it’s bad

    2024-05-22

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 13: When the rain starts bouncing, you know it's bad
    This is my seventh trip to Las Campanas Observatory (I think?) and the first time I’ve seen actual, bona-fide precipitation in the Atacama desert. I woke up at 2pm to the gentle patter of rain on my windows, and emerged blinking into daylight. I did try to document it with my phone, but in my ...
  • MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 12: Lost Socks

    2024-05-22

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2024Ab Day 12: Lost Socks
    I was home in Tucson for about 5 minutes after the last run. So I only managed to get all of my laundry done all at once just in time to pack for this trip. Upon doing so, I discovered that I was missing some socks. This happens to all of us, ...