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Re-aluminization of MMT's Primary Mirror

With much consideration of all factors involved; including but not exclusively, science impact, cost, resources, it has been decided by the MMTO’s Director with input from the MMT Council members that the MMT’s primary mirror will be re-aluminized during the summer of 2012. We will continue to operate with the current coating until summer shutdown 2012 at which time the MMTO will again have an extended shutdown period and a new aluminum coating will be applied to the primary mirror.

Principal Engineer Position

The MMTO is looking for a new Principal Engineer to join us. Details and online application can be found here

2010 Staff Photo ...

Every year we gather at the telescope for our annual staff photograph - unfortunately a good few of us were missing but those who did make it were smiling away! From left-to-right we have: Bryan, Dallan, Dusty, Morag, Ale, Tom T, Grant, Duane, Faith, Tom G, Marilyn, Ben, Barb, Tom O, Brian, Cory & JT. Missing are: Dennis, Marc, John M, Dondi, John D, Mike, & Ricardo.

2010 Aluminization Video

Here is the video from the camera mounted in the window of the vacuum bell jar during the ‘shoot’.

The Whereabouts of MMIRS & Megacam

It has been decided by the PIs of MMIRS and Megacam to leave both instruments at Magellan for the next several years as long as they are being scientifically productive there.

Official Statement on the Re-coating of the MMT Primary Mirror

The MMT was taken offline for an extended period during this year’s summer shutdown to re-coat the primary mirror.

Kodak Interviews Marget Geller

Catch an interview of Dr. Margaret Geller of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory posted on the Kodak website.

MMT Primary Mirror Coating Removed for Re-aluminization

The 6.5-meter MMT primary mirror was stripped of its aluminum coating on July 23, 2010, in preparation for re-aluminization.

MMT Telescope Operator featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" 6/4/10

MMT operator Mike Alegria is featured in an “unusual job” segment on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” this afternoon.