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Old Jun 28 2006, 11:35 AM   #1
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Today has turned into a very happy day!

I've just heard back from the observatory, and they've given me all the observing time I asked for! 10 hours in service mode, 1 night in early november and a half night in late november.



Now I just have to hope the skies stay clear and the telescope doesn't break!


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Old Jun 28 2006, 11:45 AM   #2
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Congratulations, I know you will have a great time. I hope that weather stay great for you when you get there!!!!
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Wonderful! We'll all wish for good weather for you!

So how are such trips paid for -- grant money?
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The observatory funds those ones (via the wonderful taxpayers of Europe, of course!) Trips to other places come out of different pots, and some would come out of my own grant funds. But it all boils down to the taxpayer in the end.
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Oh wow, congrats Kath! Can you show us where you'll be actually going Kath? And.... do they have a webcam?
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Good stuff, Kath! You remind me of my sis-in-law, who's a post-doc at Oxford in medical imaging. She's busy travelling the world going to various conferences, courtesy of various grants. I think you researchers live far more exciting lives than Hollywood would lead us to believe!
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ooh brilliant! I've heard of that observatory
Mum has family in Chilie!
holywood gets it wrong soo often! Beautiful mind is a good example of that!
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Ah well, it's good to hear that at least some of the exhorbitant tax I pay is going to a good cause

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Gosh, who to reply to first?

Anneli, I think your tax is going elsewhere, as Norway isn't an ESO member. Still, you're funding a lot of ionospheric physics in places like Svalbard, which is really cool and actually useful for something!

Edith, where in Chile do you have family?
The main observatory is up in Paranal (and it has a swimming pool and everything), but I'm off to the other one at La Silla, which has three dogs, wild foxes and some neolithic rock carvings. Here's a picture of me and one of the dogs trying to find the petroglyphs, with one of the telescopes I'll be using in the background:

No web cam though!

Cheryl, yeah, it's a barrel of laughs going on conferences, and they're usually fueled by a few bottles of decent single-malt scotch! I'm off to a conference in the middle of the Dutch wilderness in a couple of weeks (a few miles from the fantastically named town of Dwingeloo), and although I'm working 48hr days in preparation, it'll be wonderful once I'm out there and can afford to relax a bit.
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Kath, They have a wilderness in Holland ??? WOW !! I learn something new everyday, especially in here.

You really do travel all the time, and go all over the place. ........you are very lucky to be doing something that you love so very much...
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Wow! Have fun, Kath.
Did you ever find the petroglyphs?
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Well, it's not really a wilderness as such... more of a forest/fields miles from civilisation! But yeah, this is definitely not a good job if you hate travelling.

And yes, I did find the petroglyphs [but it was bloody hard!]. There's some good photos on the webpage of the PhD student I took with me.
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And there are donkeys too. They actually got the dogs to keep the donkeys away.
Congrats on getting the observation times. Must be nice when an application pays off.
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Super news, Kath! Have a great trip and enjoy the time in the observatory!
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I'm not sure- mum says she'll have to find out. Its her uncle and aunt. threy used to live in tambuka or something like that but they had to move back to the uk for a while.
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Good Luck with your project Kath, and come back and let us know how things went and what you saw while you were there. I would love to get a peek into one of those big telescopes, so take a look for me while you are there.!!!
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Oo, sounds like fun! Clear skies for your observations.
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You're making me "homesick" for my school days.

We had a super telescope lent us from the B.A.A. historic collection: made for the Great Exhibition 1851 by Cooke and presented to Queen Vic. We had a photo of it set up on the terrrace at Osbourne. 6 & 1/4" refractor theoretical max mag 640. We had it on a concrete pillar that stuck up above the cricket pavilion and the observatory was a separate structure that didn't actually touch it.

We did sun spot counts for Herstmonceaux and timed lunar occultations. Once we were fourteen we were allowed to be there any time of day or night without a member of staff. I remember going to a series of lectures in 1959on the then very new radio astronomy, and learning about miles crosses and cambridge interferometers.

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P'ter, that sounds like a wonderful adventure you got to have when you were younger. That telescope sounds as old as the one I found, and used to draw Kath's telescope in her portrait !!!
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P'ter, I don't know the Griffins personally - I was based in the other astronomy department while I was at Cambridge. As for all the cambridge interferometers, those I DO know pretty well! Like all the other PhD students and postdocs, I ended up doing quite a lot of public tours of Lord's Bridge Observatory. Good fun, those were!
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I'm a bit more down market these days: a 4" refractor and we've a lot of light pollution being urban. The grandchildren like it though.
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Well, guess what astronomer-friend and author-friend duo of Anne's are in Chili right now, perhaps at the same observatory Kath will be going to?
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I missed this thread when it first came out (didn't join MOM until 6 months later). But I found it thanks to the new astronomy forum. Those are some great pictures of La Silla and the petroglyphs, Kath. I hope you had a successful observing run.

I've never been to La Silla - just Cerro Paranal (ESO) and Cerro Pachon (Gemini). The scenery from La Silla looks spectacular. It seems closer to those snow covered mountains. Mind you, the residencia at Paranal is something to behold in its own right.
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I can just imagine an ancient occupant of the area saying to a slightly less acncient occupant, "Your son has been out carving those glyphs again. I'll really have to report him to the social workers."
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Woo hoo, at least there'll be more photos to add to the photo gallery that StevenB set up when he did VISTA. Actually I'm just wondering if you also have a photo gallery up too or have we (Spacedog and myself) somehow missed that particular thread? I've been here nearly 4 years and occasionally miss something that might have been brought up before I came or had a chance to look at.
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I missed this thread when it first came out (didn't join MOM until 6 months later). But I found it thanks to the new astronomy forum. Those are some great pictures of La Silla and the petroglyphs, Kath. I hope you had a successful observing run.

I've never been to La Silla - just Cerro Paranal (ESO) and Cerro Pachon (Gemini). The scenery from La Silla looks spectacular. It seems closer to those snow covered mountains. Mind you, the residencia at Paranal is something to behold in its own right.
Yes, it was rather a good one. Still working on some of the data mind...

La Silla has the best cooks and local walks, but you can't beat Paranal's residencia, especially the pool!
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