Sunday, August 29, 2010

A fairytale end to a loooong slog!

After quite ordinary weather all of yesterday, things started to improve around sunset - first we were treated to a black eagle flyby & then the sky cleared up :)  The seeing was also better than we've had up here in a long time & so it was that IQ's last night turned out to be a particularly memorable one... 

It was cool too having Paul learning the ropes - seen here receiving the SALT Astronomer Force from The Master, Petri!

But the highlight of the night, & indeed the culmination of the enormous IQ effort, was obtaining this magnificent image (with a freshly stacked primary mirror & great seeing) - stars with full width half maxima of 1.1 arcseconds over the entire field of view!!

We were ready to celebrate with the images obtained the night before, but it was a great privilege to be able to see what the telescope's capable of in good seeing - truly a fairytale end to the IQ campaign!

The big bottle has joined the collection that's marked previous milestones in SALT's life & there will no doubt be more to follow as we edge closer to full science operations over the next 6 months :)

All packed up & ready to go home, Darragh was readily coerced into leaving a note on the front door for the Tech Ops Team that'll be in first thing tomorrow morning...

A picture that's worth a thousand words/hours/days!  & for those who want more of the gory details, see Darragh's latest IQ report to the SALT Board.

We'll be back in about a month or so to throw the party to end all parties!  In the meantime, good luck with the rest of the work guys - it's been an *Absolute Blast* working with you all, it's with heavy hearts that we leave you & this very special place...


  1. that is fantastic to see - after all that hard work from so many!

  2. يتوافر لدي توكيل ويرلبول جميع قطع الغيار الممكن ان تحتاج اليها عند تلف اي جزء في اجهزتك الكهربائية باختلاف الماركة التابع ليها و يوجد المزيد من الخدمات الاخري يمكنكم معرفتها عن صيانة ويرلبول من خلال الرابط الموضح

  3. تتميز شركة قرميد و طوب بتوافر فيها جميع مستلزمات القرميد و احتياجاته لتركيبة و بطرق جديثة و متطورة تساعد في متانتة و ثباته للعديد من السنوات

  4. تتميز شركة امن وحراسة بمصر بقدرتها علي تامين المقتنيات الثمينة من مكان الي اخر بسيارات تجهزها شركة حراسات امنية خصيصا لنقل هذه المقتنيات بدون خطر او اي اذي ممكن ان تتعرض اليه هذه المقتنيات

  5. تقدم دار المسنين افضل انواع الرعاية التي يسعي اليها العملاء في حصولها الي ابائهم في هذا العمر المتقدم بما فيه من ارهاق نفسي و جسدي يتعرضون اليه و يساعدهم جليسات مسنين في مصر لمن ليس لديه المقدرة للانتقال