We’ve departed the mountain. Thanks for hosting our first full science run, LCO, and we’ll see you next time.
We packed everything up and left the mountain, and now I’ve gotten enough sleep I’m finally awake enough to post some pictures for you.
The crew spent most of the day putting MegaCam on the telescope, which uses the F/5 they put on the day before. It’s a big job, being one of the biggest and heaviest instruments.
Then they had some time to squeeze in taking Clio2 and the MagAO NAS off the telescope before supper.
We parked them in the Aux.
Earlier in the day, Laird and I accompanied the ASM down to the Clean room.
We had a final dinner, then packed up to leave.
Song of the day: Zumba version
Song of the day: Electric Slide version
Today Laird got up at 8am while Jared and I went to bed after our Last Star last night. Laird and the crew took down the ASM, then Laird and Jared de-cabled the NAS and I de-cabled Clio with their help. Here are some pictures:
The song of the day is inspired by the film 28 Days Later. We hope when we get back to Tucson, it isn’t a post-apocalyptic wasteland with everyone crazy party-rocking and/or our loved ones turned into zombies. Still, should the need arise, we are ready to party rock.
We have observed our last target star of the 2014A run. It was another great night, with half arcsecond seeing almost the whole way.
We now have 2 days of packing and storing and inventory to do, and then we start the long journey home. Laird and Katie got started as soon as the dome closed.
We have to spend some time saying goodbye to all of our friends. We won’t see them for 6 months!
And we need to spend some time actually looking at the night sky, it’s so beautiful here.
We spent a lot of time on this run trying to mitigate the effects of diffraction. So check out the wave nature of these guitar strings:
Only one more night to go — I think we’re going to make it! Tonight was fun in a crazy busy kind of way. We did about 20 targets total, most of them were faint Clio targets. Vanessa had left at the end of the previous night, so this kind of a night kept me really busy and missing her. Here is a picture of Jared and Vanessa and me at the end of last night right before Vanessa left to go back to Tucson:
Tonight we bagged about 20 targets and spanned a factor of a million in guide star brightness. And that’s without any optics changes — we just bin the pixels on the CCD and adjust the gain, and we can lock on zero-th to 16th magnitude guide stars!!
Here we are locked on one of the brightest stars we can do:
And on one of the faintest stars we can do:
We also got some amazing images with VisAO:
And finally, we imaged yet another faint substellar companion — Pluto!
Quote exchange of the day:
“Ok, open the AO thing.” – Jen.
“Ok, the AO thing is open.” – Laird.
Video of the day: Amanda Bosh’s video of the Baade (left) and Clay (right) telescopes going on-sky for the night. Really cool! Thanks, Amanda!
Song of the day: