The last few days have not been as picturesque as the installation of the large ODI parts. Mark Hunten is busy plugging in all cable, fiber, and to replace one last cable for one of the two focus CCDs. Tomorrow we plan to go ahead and flush out the glycol cooling system – note that we have to remove about 1.2 kW of heat from the CCD controller boxes.
Once we can be sure that there are no leaks in the glycol system, we will start to cool down the focal plane and install the first of the filters later this week. Amazingly, so far everything is proceeding pretty much as planned.
In the meantime, enjoy the first iteration of time lapse movies of the ODI installation. The movies below show the installation of of forward corrector and the instrument support package. Once Pete will return from vacation we will post his director's cut here, as well.
pODI Installation Part I from Daniel Harbeck on Vimeo.
pODI Installation Part II from Daniel Harbeck on Vimeo.