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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.

Computing at the MMT

Site Computers

Located in the control room, the observer computer for MMT instruments such as Blue and Red Channel is pixel, a 27-inch iMac. It has all the software observers would use for observing as well as preliminary data reduction. If you have any questions regarding pixel or the observing software, please contact the MMT software group.

Movies of the new building going up...

We are moving along quickly with construction of the building extension at the summit.

*Update* - The Second MMT Science Symposium

The MMT Observatory and MMTO Council are pleased to announce the Second MMT Science Symposium.

New Red Channel Fully Depleted Detector

A new fully depleted detector for the Red Channel Spectrograph was commissioned in November 2009. 

Instrument Status 2010B

A short summary of the status of each MMT instrument is given below. If you would like any further information regarding any of the instrumentation please contact Morag Hastie (mhastie@mmto).

Applying for Observing 2010B

Proposal Deadlines for Trimester 2010B (1st May 2010 – 19th July 2010)

Construction at the MMT

Construction began on January 11, 2010 on an Instrument Repair Facility at the MMT summit.  It is scheduled to be completed by summer.  Construction is taking place during the weekdays between 8:00am – 5:00pm.  There are no plans for work to be done on weekends.  The construction site is cordoned off with cones or is within a chained-off area. 

MMT December Observing Statistics

Percentage of time scheduled for observing               90.0
Percentage of time scheduled for engineering            10.0
Percentage of time scheduled for sec/instr change       0.0