Monday, August 29, 2016

Extreme Observing for the UCT 3rd year astronomy class!

This week we've had all the 3rd year UCT astronomy students up here in two batches, learning how to observe & reduce data.  Black belt galaxy hunters Lucas Macri & Renée Kraan-Korteweg have been pushing the 74", SpUpNIC, the students & themselves to their respective limits - obtaining spectra of ~40 galaxies per night during unseasonably good weather the past few nights.  The group visited SALT as well & thus got to see the telescope in pieces, with the RSS, SALTICAM & the payload down in the spectrometer room.  Good luck guys - hopefully you'll become regulars up here!

Time for a quick team-photo in between the arrival of group 2 & the departure of group 1
Meanwhile - the SALT team is gearing up to lift the payload tomorrow :)

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