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by planet4589
Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1463: "Altitude"
Replies: 29
Views: 7461

Re: 1463: "Altitude"

I didn't realize anyone went up to the summit of Mauna Kea to do observing. I know that the Keck telescopes have their control center in Waimea, which is only 2000 ft altitude. That's where astronomers actually go to do observing. I figured the rest of the telescopes up there had similar arrangemen...
by planet4589
Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1463: "Altitude"
Replies: 29
Views: 7461

Re: 1463: "Altitude"

I can confirm from personal experience - no problem at observatories like Mt Hopkins or Siding Spring, but at Mauna Kea the altitude definitely has an effect. I was observing together with the then director of one of the telescopes, and when on the phone with the folks at the base camp he was carefu...
by planet4589
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 27347

1020: Orion Nebula

I didn't see this talk on the program! I would have reigstered otherwise... Maybe it's not too late to get to Tokyo.... I agree it's time we professionals stopped using the euphemism of "sword", every time I show someone M42 I can barely say it with a straight face... Edited out link. No l...

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