MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 17: An Excellent Day for Atmosphere Watching

    2022-12-09

    Avalon McLeod

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 17: An Excellent Day for Atmosphere Watching
    Tonight we experienced seeing values that made certain lab members say “Oh lord!”, or “I thought we were taking darks”. Seeing is -quite literally- off the charts Unfortunately for tonight’s observers, we had to close the telescope early. Not only was seeing making it quite impossible to produce any useful data, but the TO went outside ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 16: “Tonight’s blog content is going to be amazing”

    2022-12-08

    Logan Pearce

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 16: "Tonight's blog content is going to be amazing"
    Hello! It me, back on the mountain finally. As stated yesterday, I arrived finally yesterday afternoon (after high-fiving the departing Warren and Joseph at the La Serena airport through the window). I managed to stay up for sunset, then quickly went to bed after sleeping not a wink on the plane the ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 15: Farewell, Hello, and how to eat enough empanadas by the light of a distant Christmas tree

    2022-12-07

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 15: Farewell, Hello, and how to eat enough empanadas by the light of a distant Christmas tree
    Thank you Carla for the wonderful blog post yesterday, and also for taking such good care of us. I of course really mean thanks for delivering our empanadas on Sunday. We’ll see you next turno! I know it looked like a lot of food, but I was actually somewhat disappointed in our team’s commitment ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 14: Grateful for the past 4 days/nights

    2022-12-05

    Carla Fuentes

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 14: Grateful for the past 4 days/nights
    I am (Carla) so glad to be at the first and hopefully last night of this MagAOX run. I was here the last first night too (2022A) and both of them were very chaotic. To add one more word to your chilean vocabulary I hope that I am not the YETA one here. To be Yeta ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 13: I’m something of an AO scientist myself

    2022-12-05

    Eden McEwen

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 13: I'm something of an AO scientist myself
    After the embarrassing fate of only the 3 professionals at the helm yesterday, our elders decided that today was the day to teach the youth how to run things. So this post is by and for the young ones. I took the reigns of the AO correction Mega Desk and closed a loop on my ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 12: Wait, we’re already doing science?

    2022-12-04

    Jialin Li

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 12: Wait, we're already doing science?
    After an eventful 24 hour day, a record might have been broken at the Las Campanas Observatory; we have welcome 3 more University of Arizona scientists, making a total of 12 Arizonians on the Chilean mountains. Clay telescope with opened dome Second night on sky began with the customary group sunset viewing photo taken by UA ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 11: The Storm

    2022-12-03

    Roz Roberts

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 11: The Storm
    From the long days comes an even longer night with the first engineering night of the run. What follows is a brief recount of the 24 hours spent getting MagAO-X running. Today started bright and early with getting MagAO-X up the mountain. MagAO-X slowly moving up the mountain. Credit: Jared The final 200 meter climb resulted in ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 10: Last calm before the storm

    2022-12-01

    Warren Foster

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 10: Last calm before the storm
    The long days spent waiting for a resolution to the trucking strike were unwanted but provided unusual tranquility on a mountain normally full of activity. Starting work yesterday morning brought welcome relief to have control back in our hands: turning wrenches and aligning optics was made sweeter by the ennui and uncertainty we had experienced ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 9: MagAO-X 2022B Day 1!

    2022-11-30

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 9: MagAO-X 2022B Day 1!
    MagAO-X is here on the mountain, and we have been working to unpack it since its arrival at 10am. As such, anyone looking for coherent prose in what follows is warned to expect disappointment. We got pics tho. This is not a pic. Unpacking is dirty work, but it’s all worth it. Our hands look like this: So his ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 8: Our Last Day Without MagAO-X

    2022-11-29

    Avalon McLeod

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 8: Our Last Day Without MagAO-X
    MagAO-X is coming to LCO! We received news late last night that the trucker strike that has left our team on the mountain with no instrument has come to a conclusion. MagAO-X is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning/early afternoon wherein our team will be eager to greet it and start preparing for out first night ...