Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aluminizing Update #3

Day 1 finished with the mirror cart being pushed under the telescope. The "knees" were removed and the cart raised to catch the mirror. You can see a really quick movie here. Don't worry, I'll have a much better movie of the activities sometime next week.

The photo shows the mirror as it is now - just lowered from the telescope. That's how it is spending the night. Expect the Palomar Day Crew to push the mirror cart and its precious cargo back to the aluminizing station sometime after 7 am PST on Thursday.

After than the washing and stripping of the old coating will begin.

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