MagAO-eXtreme Posts

  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 7: First Team Photo Captured!

    2022-11-28

    Jialin Li

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 7: First Team Photo Captured!
    First post from Jialin, a new astronomy grad of the MagAO team! As a part of the Gen-Z crew that arrived yesterday, I spent today in my “bubble” keeping myself busy with work and olive counting while waiting for the arrival of MagAO-X. We should be freed tomorrow at 10am after our final COVID test. ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 6: Gen Z takes Las Campanas

    2022-11-27

    Eden McEwen

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 6: Gen Z takes Las Campanas
    Eden here, representing the three exhausted first year grads that just landed in Chile. This second wave of helping hands will get to join the great thumb twiddling. (We have also beaten MagAO-X’s shipping crates to the mountain.) There’s no new news regarding the strike, but kindly telescope-time neighbors have agreed to swap nights: time ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 5: ¡Ya basta!

    2022-11-26

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 5: ¡Ya basta!
    The truckers are politely “only” causing traffic jams rather than a full blockade, but if you depend on freight vehicles for your business—or telescope operations—you’re still hamstrung by the fact that a ton of the trucks in Chile are busy blocking roadways and not shipping goods. The government has read them the riot act and started ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 4: Kilometric Tacos

    2022-11-25

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 4: Kilometric Tacos
    We’ve recently had cause to learn a new Chilean Spanish idiom: kilometric tacos, which means (more or less) “kilometers of traffic jam”. The strike shows no sign of going away, and the rhetoric has gotten somewhat nasty. So here are some scenic pictures to take your mind off things. We had our first Guanaco ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 3: An astronomer’s guide to Valparaíso, Chile

    2022-11-24

    Warren Foster

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 3: An astronomer's guide to Valparaíso, Chile
    Ninety minutes west of Santiago lies the fantastical, ebullient town on Valparaíso. Known as “Valpo” to the locals, it offers endless labyrinths of hidden staircases, harbor views and consistently interesting street art. Though well ensconced in long-haul South American itineraries, it is not well-known to most traveling astronomers despite its easy access from the Santiago ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 2: The strike continues

    2022-11-23

    Sebastiaan Haffert

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 2: The strike continues
    We were waiting eagerly on any news about the arrival of MagAO-X while the trucker strike continued. The first good news we got was that MagAO-X was cleared through customs and we got visuals. MagAO-X somewhere around Santiago. People with keen eyes might see that certain Tip-N-Tell’s are not attached anymore. The Tip-N-Tell’s are used to ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 1: On Strike

    2022-11-22

    Jared Males

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 1: On Strike
    There seems to be a rule that no matter how early we ship MagAO-X, it won’t get to the Santiago airport until I do. This trip followed that rule. The instrument has now cleared customs and is scheduled to make the journey to LCO tomorrow. However, it could have been on its way as ...
  • MagAO-X 2022B Day 0: Launched to LCO

    2022-11-21

    Joseph Long

    MagAO-X 2022B Day 0: Launched to LCO
    Well, @warrenbfoster still owes us vacation photos from Valparaiso, but who knows what his internet situation is. Someone’s still gotta write the Day 0 blog post, though. Hello again, LSC hardstand. Compared to last time this trip didn’t have many surprises. We did learn several things, though: When there’s a choice of LATAM and Delta for the 10-hour ...
  • 2022B Packing Operation: Success

    2022-10-31

    Eden McEwen

    2022B Packing Operation: Success
    What’s on more wheels than it should be, has three bulk bags of desiccant for a carry on, and is heading for a South American Vacation??? Only our favorite high contrast imaging system! The team has spent the last week in booties and safety boots making sure that the instrument gets to Chile as cozy ...
  • In recognition of astronomically significant time intervals

    2022-10-14

    Vizzy Viscacha

    In recognition of astronomically significant time intervals
    According to Poor Vizzy’s Almanack, every October 14th some nonsense transpires in Tucson, Arizona. Usually having to do with this guy. This time, he received a surfeit of cupcakes: Artisanal wrapping paper: A Starbuck™: Many happy returns! Inspirational stickers will be available through the usual channels. Song of the Day Well, what’d you expect? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laPhvAZ_2m4 Happy Birthday Swing – Lucky Seven