Archive for April, 2009

Video Introduction to the MMTO

A short video introduction to the MMTO was compiled for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, 100-hours of Astronomy 24 hour webcast.  There are two versions of the video; the first is an introduction only and the second appends a compressed time lapse version of the instrument change video provided earlier in the blog.  The introduction video can also be accessed by clicking on the image of the MMT on the main web page.

Introduction Video

Introduction and Instrument Change Video

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Around the World in 80 Telescopes!

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As part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 the MMT Observatory will participate in the 100 Hours of Astronomy 24 hour webcast that will take place April 3rd and 4th UT. We will be broadcasting live from the MMT control room on Friday, April 3rd at 23:50 Arizona time (April 4th 06:50 UT).  Click the image and tune in to watch!

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MMT March Observing Statistics

Percentage of time scheduled for observing               93.4
Percentage of time scheduled for engineering              6.6
Percentage of time scheduled for sec/instr chan          0.0
Percentage of time lost to weather                           26.8
Percentage of time lost to instrument                         0.2
Percentage of time lost to telescope                          3.4
Percentage of time lost to general facility                   0.0
Percentage of time lost to environment (non-weather)    0.0
Percentage of time lost                                          30.3

Breakdown of time lost to telescope: mount/encoders (9.9); wfs (0.5);

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