Commissioning starts

We’re now embarked on the long, slow process of commissioning.  There’s a lot of things that we need to work on: limits and stops to protect the telescope and mounts in case the software does something stupid, getting the mount on Mauna Loa going with the Pathfinder telescope, mount software, learning how to reduce these huge new images, and starting to discover asteroids.  It’s the usual stuff.  Next week we’ll activate the telescope on Mauna Loa and start to get some parts built for limits and other things.  In the meantime we left Haleakala in the hands of our capable night assistants, Griselda and Mortimer, who provide indispensible help every night we collect data and shake the system into full operation.

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