MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • 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: Survival
    MagAO-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 Bongs
    Unpacking 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 Arrival
    MagAO-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 There
    Well 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 Waiting
    MagAO-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): Waiting
    Laird 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 ...