MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • MagAO-X 2019B Day 5: Second Light

    2019-12-04

    Alex Hedglen

    MagAO-X 2019B Day 5: Second Light
    Today marks another historic and successful night of MagAO-X First Light…First Light Part 2! By the end of the long 24-hour day yesterday, we were all falling asleep in our chairs (except for Olivier who has mastered the art of staying awake). But thanks to Joseph’s heroic efforts, we were still able to produce a ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Day 4: First Light

    2019-12-03

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2019B Day 4: First Light
    Today (and tonight) is first light, the special time in every instrument project where you finally use it to look at astronomical targets instead of test light sources. This is also a twenty-four hour workday, with a full day of instrument preparation followed by a full night of observing and commissioning. Kyle Van Gorkom gears up ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Day 3: The Telescope Proper

    2019-12-01

    Kyle Van Gorkom

    MagAO-X 2019B Day 3: The Telescope Proper
    Today marked MagAO-X’s last day in the clean room at the halfway house and its first night in the Magellan Clay dome. The day started with a lift (now almost mundane) of the optics table off its legs and onto the transport cart. We pushed it out the clean room doors and onto the back of ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Day 2: Chillin’ in Chile

    2019-11-30

    Maggie Kautz

    MagAO-X 2019B Day 2: Chillin' in Chile
    Hello XWCL! This is my inaugural blog post so buckle up because it is going to be a sleep-deprived ride. Laird and Alex spent the day prepping the instrument for transport to the telescopes while Jared, Joseph, Kyle, and I were putting the “finishing touches” on various pieces of code. Kyle, Joseph and ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Day 1: Black Friday Specials

    2019-11-29

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2019B Day 1: Black Friday Specials
    Just for today, my friends, we have an unbeatable special offer: with each concurrency bug you find, we will throw in another concurrency bug for free! And, if you call now, we will throw in a semaphore collision bug at no charge! That’s a $49.99 value! Call now! Or, if you prefer an event-driven programming model: let ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Day 0: Thanksgiving Arrival

    2019-11-28

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Day 0: Thanksgiving Arrival
    Maggie, Joseph, Alex, Kyle, Laird, and Jared arrived at LCO today to prepare MagAO-X for our first time on-sky.  We missed thanksgiving with our non-LCO families, but the chefs made us turkey so we got a good holiday meal (thanks guys!). We’ve already started MagAO-X back up and are making a bunch of last minute tweaks ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 12: Traditions

    2019-11-18

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 12: Traditions
    It’s an old MagAO tradition to take selfies for our moms in the mirror that gets you around the bend at the summit.  Long story, but it’s also tradition for it to be poop covered unless Alan is here. Tonight’s song is “I miss the misery” by Halestorm. Since the casual reader of this blog hasn’t ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 11: These Kids Can Ball

    2019-11-17

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 11: These Kids Can Ball
    In the gym today I noticed a bunch of new trophies. Check it out: This is the clearly the best observatory. These guys agree: I missed the sunset, but came out of the cleanroom in time to catch this: Today’s song is Miley Cyrus’s version of Jolene (the Backyard Sessions one).
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 10: On The Correlation Between Viscachas and Windspeed

    2019-11-16

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 10: On The Correlation Between Viscachas and Windspeed
    As Joseph reported yesterday, we couldn’t find any sign of our viscacha friends and we suspected it was due to the high winds and colder temperatures. Today I was able to gather more evidence. A correlation is seen between the local density of viscachas and the wind speed at their location. The following plot illustrates: We ...
  • MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 9: Pushing buttons

    2019-11-15

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2019B Unpacking Day 9: Pushing buttons
    This was, incredibly, a zero-viscacha day. It was quite windy, a bit chilly, and there may have been a viscacha conference (¿visconferencia?) in the next valley over. Dr. Jared R. Males, MagAO-X field biologist, in search of the elusive wild viscacha. Or just stretching his legs after a long day of coding. Meanwhile, in MagAO-X land, we ...