Notes on MDM

Acquiring Targets, the Red Slit, the Guide Map Acquiring a target on OSMOS was a bit of a learning curve.  The OSMOS 4x4k CCD can be used with two two different slits, a ‘centre’ slit and an ‘inner’ slit.  The inner slit is best used if you would like to Read more…

MDM Observatory: Day 4

Plugging along merrily! Every 12 hours I have to refill the instrument dewer with liquid Nitrogen.  This keeps the detector (CCD) VERY cold.  Nitrogen is liquid at -196 celsius, and the instrument usually stays about -120 celsius.  We want the detector cold so that there is no noise added to Read more…

MDM Observatory: Day 3

Today I went up to the Kitt Peak Visitors Centre to check out their outreach initiatives and giftshop/etc.  This is the visitor centre building. That’s right, the visitor centre has its own observatory.  In fact, the visitor centre has at least 3 telescopes!  Impressive.  In the centre they had a number of Read more…

MDM Observatory: Day 2

Today….today was interesting!   This afternoon I found out that I would be doing these observations on my own.  Originally, I was to be joined on the mountain by another collaborator of ours, who had used this telescope a number of times.  Given that I have VERY little experience working Read more…