EGTN Trip Day 3 – Battling Clouds

We may or may not have had a little accident today…

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Don’t worry Holly, the telescope is fine (-:  That is just us throwing the box down the side of the hill after we took the new telescope down to the shed.  I don’t think there is a better way to transport the trash from the top of the hill down?

Today started off with what I would guess as a typical French breakfast (or at least what they have had at OBP during each of my visits).  Makes for a picturesque start to the day as well:IMG_8391

The weather surely changed today.  After arriving at OBP yesterday, it was quite comfortable and warm with low winds.  Today we woke up with a strong wind and much cooler temperatures.  Along with that came a decent amount of cloud.  We are currently battling the cloud and unable to observe currently because of it.  Most of today was spent re-wiring our old 1043 sensor to bring it up to speed with our other sensors as well as wiring up the new 1202 sensor.  With both of these sensors in place and ready to go, we are waiting on weather now in order to get focus and check field-of-regard limits. Both of our sensors (as well as a few other publicly hosted ones) are inside of this shed:

IMG_8392And the view from a little farther down the hill:

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Our other half of the day was spent setting up the computers for KTO as well as completing more of our normal “day-job’’ activities that had been put on the back burner for the past few days.  Other than that, there is not much to report from our work today as most of our day was tied between those two tasks.  We’ll talk with everyone tomorrow and ideally the weather will be more of a team player to allow for first light on the new sensor!

Cheers,
MJ


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