For the last couple of days I've been privilaged to be involved in a review of the new MMT Telescope elevation servo system - a new and improved algorithm designed by Dusty Clark, Keith Powell and Tom Trebiski of the MMT staff. The review team consisted of a couple of top-notch servo engineers (Dusty Clark and Pete Cheimets of SAO), and ace real-time programmers Tom Trebiski, Skip Schaler, Jeff Hagen and myself. Well - OK - so I'm a hack RT Programmer.
Anyway - today we took a trip up to the 9,000 ft. summit of Mt. Hopkins to where this 6.5 meter MMT monster lives. An impressive machine. Here are a few snapshots from the top-o-the-hill.