Monday, July 23, 2012

Loading ISP and Dewar for trip up to the telescope

Every day is a milestone now.  The "big" truck showed up at about 2:45 PM, and by 3:15 the two big crates were loaded.  An hour later, they were covered with tarps and ready to go.  The plan is to leave the truck in the NOAO yard overnight and drive up to the mountain at 6 AM tomorrow.  We were a bit worried about the boxes sitting in the heat for the next few hours (temp ~ 100 now), but the sky is getting cloudy and I'm hearing a little thunder.  Hope those tarps are waterproof.

Tomorrow, we will unload the crates at the WIYN dome, and open them up to make sure there is no visible damage.  Accelerometers will be removed and read out.  Then, we'll lift the ISP up to the dome floor, and hook it up to its control system and confirm that it is operational.  The rest of the day will be spent opening boxes and documenting the unpacking process.  If all goes well, we will start installation on Wednesday.


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