Thursday, September 4, 2008

Servo Daze

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.


Tuugii said...

nice pictures! I've been there 4 times.

Jim said...

The MMT has changed a lot since the last time I was up there - it had 6 mirrors back then.... :-)