Archive for February, 2009

MMT January Observing Statistics

Time Summary

Percentage of time scheduled for observing                    90.2
Percentage of time scheduled for engineering                   9.8
Percentage of time scheduled for sec/instr change            0.0
Percentage of time lost to weather                                    45.1
Percentage of time lost to instrument                                 0.5
Percentage of time lost to telescope                                  2.8
Percentage of time lost to general facility                           0.0
Percentage of time lost to environment (non-weather)       0.0
Percentage of time lost                                                     48.4

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Breakdown of time lost to telescope: secondary (f/15 problem),

pointing/computer problem with AO, PCR server, wfs camera,

M1 panic, computer

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MMT Telescope Trained on Moon During 2009 Impact

Astronomers will use the powerful University of Arizona/Smithsonian MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins, Ariz., to search for lunar water ice when NASA fires a 2-ton rocket into a polar crater on the moon later this year.

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