MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • 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 ...
  • MagAO-X gets taken for a ride

    2019-10-17

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X gets taken for a ride
    Today, we handed MagAO-X off to the shipping contractor (all 2961 kg / 6527 lb / 3.26 tons of it). Our dinky little forklift was not up to the task, so Southwest Industrial Rigging Inc. was called in. MagAO-X leaving the Steward Observatory loading dock under the supervision of riggers (center, right), grad students (behind camera), ...
  • MagAO-X takes its first steps

    2019-10-17

    Jhen Lumbres

    MagAO-X takes its first steps
    It’s been a very busy 6 weeks since we passed PSR and received the approval to ship out MagAO-X. In those 6 weeks, we’ve been working on putting the final touches for the instrument. On October 2, we were scheduled for moving the MagAO-X instrument into its shipping crate, which means lots and lots of ...
  • ¡Vámonos a Chile!

    2019-09-09

    Joseph Long

    ¡Vámonos a Chile!
    Last Friday, MagAO-X underwent a pre-shipment review. This is the process by which the Magellan Observatory ensures that we won’t waste everyone’s time by shipping our instrument to the telescope. It’s a multifaceted process, evaluating everything from “does your instrument work in the lab?” to “have you baked your shipping crate?” I’m happy to report that ...
  • MagAO-X goes back to school

    2019-09-04

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X goes back to school
    Tucson in the summer is a bit like this, only less exciting. However, summer is waning. (Why, it’s only 99ºF at 7:00 p.m. as I’m writing this!) Tucson is filling back up with new and returning students, and I’m no longer guaranteed a table to myself at my favorite coffee shop. This semester, we are happy to ...
  • The MagAO-X Migration

    2019-06-16

    Lauren Schatz

    The MagAO-X Migration
    To beat the harsh Canadian frost, most birds migrate south for the winter. In Tucson we have the opposite problem! As temperatures rose in the desert a group of us (Jared, Alex R., Kyle, Laird, and Lauren with alumna Kelsey Miller meeting us from Leiden) headed to Canada to beat the heat and present our ...
  • Summer in (and out of) the lab

    2019-06-08

    Joseph Long

    Summer in (and out of) the lab
    MagAO-X integration and testing continues apace, with Jared shaving microseconds off the loop latency, Kyle working on making the world’s flattest DM, and Alex H. identifying holes in our hardware that were made in the wrong place. The rest of us are fighting with hardware more indirectly, getting our simulations to converge or our embarrassingly ...