Friday, May 27, 2011

Finally back at the telescope

Tonight I've been observing at the McDonald Observatory.  It's been 13 months since I've last sat at the controls of a telescope to do some research.  I think this is the longest interval I've gone without using a telescope since I started graduate school in the late 1990s.  I can feel a bit of the rust.

A lot has changed since last I was sitting in front of the telescope controls.  Last April, I was negotiating terms of a new job as a university professor.  Today, I've finished that first academic year.  Or perhaps "survived" is a better term.  I was warned by many colleagues that this was going to be a busy year, and I believed them, but I was still shocked how busy the year was.  The transition from astronomy research to educator is not easy.

So now that the summer is here, I'll be working hard on my research projects, and hopefully getting to write a lot more here than I have over the past several months.


  1. As an amateur astronomer who liked to make as much of his telescope equipment, I'd be amused to see a photo of the "telescope control room"

  2. Here's a link to a picture of the control room:
    Struve Telescope Control Room

    The computers are much more modern than the control room looks, but there's no need or desire to spend money just to make the rest of the room look modern.

  3. Mark Penny10:10 PM

    Just wanted to comment as one of your students, you did a great job and made a complex and esoteric topic interesting and greatly increased my knowledge base as an active amateur.