The 2016 shut-down action began today with RSS being removed from the telescope. Before that could happen, *everything* had to be disconnected, the etalons were removed & the HRS fibres were carefully stowed out of harm's way. Eben & his team then did a superb job of safely relocating the spectrograph from the top of the tracker to the spectrometer room on the ground floor beneath the telescope!
|Removing the etalons|
|HRS fibres stashed in the blue tube|
|We have lift-off!|
|This is why cranes get checked & certified!|
|RSS approaching the hatch in the first floor|
|Docking with the frame that RSS will call home for the next month or so|
The focus usually tends to be on glamorous scientific results, but it's these sorts of technical efforts that actually make observational astronomy a viable pursuit. To provide a feel for what all goes into taking care of a facility like this, we'll aim to post at least one captioned pic per day throughout the shut-down!