The long nights continued - starting with evening twilight sky flats that reliably triggered the loud Sun Alarm in the control room (ensuring that everyone was wide awake when the games began)!
& by the time we finished up in the mornings, the Earth's shadow filled the western horizon.
In between, we were occasionally treated to delightfully good atmospheric conditions.
& other times driven insane by awful seeing due to moisture-laden south easterly winds.
But, fortunately, a good braai can undo a lot of damage... For the non-Afrikaans-speakers out there: "ons gaan nou braai" means "we're going to have a BBQ". & indeed - everything Will be OK!
So: HUGE thank you to Hamish & Egan for their inspired effort on Saturday - that really hit the spot!
& extra well-done for arranging an absolutely perfect Karoo afternoon for it :)
Now the bad news... Last Monday we had to get together for the obligatory group photo as members of the HRS team started flying home on 18 November :( First off were Sean & Jürgen, followed by David, Eddy & Michael on Thursday & then Ray left on Sunday. SALT really can't thank you guys enough for everything you've done & for the incredible way in which you've done it... It's been such a privilege & a total blast working with you all!
Luke & I actually bailed too as SALT's currently down for an engineering week, but we'll get back on-sky over the weekend to take more HRS Science Verification data during the next couple of weeks. Be warned though that we'll be all lonely & miserable again...