While Ant waits for various RSS mechanisms to become operational again & thus testable with the software, he's getting plenty of drawing/painting done! Here's another view of the plateau, looking towards the south this time.
|Another angle on the plateau|
The middle dome in that scene is the site of much excitement & activity as the SAAO's beautiful new 1-m telescope was installed in there earlier this month.
|The installation began on 2 August|
Hannah's quiet but absolutely heroic efforts in leading this project, along with the dedicated APM Telescopes team + great support from numerous SAAO staff has made this wonderful new facility a reality.
|The telescope was engineering-operable within 2 days!|
The weather played along & First Light was achieved on Thursday 4 August. An enthusiastic crowd visited the dome the next night & delighted in seeing NuBlu in action!
|NuBlu begins exploring the southern sky|
Saturn through the eyepiece was truly spectacular - thanks in no small part to the corrector optics that Darragh designed for the telescope... Well Done to the whole team & thank you for sharing the excitement with the rest of us :)
|A cellphone pic of Saturn through the eyepiece!|
We wish you the best of luck with the extensive list of commissioning tasks that lie ahead!