Dandyism Incarnate

Big Scope Refurbishment

I went to the monthy WSAAG meeting in the evening. The observatory director informed us that the 24 inch telescope had taken its ‘second first light’ today.

First light is when a telescope is first tested by pointing it at the sky. In this case the scope is old, but it has had a major refurbishment. So today they tested it on the sky for the first time since the upgrades. Technically not ‘first light’ for this telescope, but ‘second first light’.

I don’t know all the details of the upgrades done to the scope, but the mirrors have been re-coated and parts of the tube have been replaced. The work is not complete yet and this was evident by the fact that the auditorium was in some disarray with workbenches and tools.

I think today might be the second anniversary of when we bought our house (settlement date), although it might have been yesterday.

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