Here is a link to a series of photographs of Week 3 activities through Wed., August 28, 2013:
Last night was the last night of science for the 2013-3 period. We are now warming up the science instruments and continuing with WFU.
Last week we removed 47 of the 91 HET mirrors. See the very nice pictures posted by Coyne Gibson at http://www.flickr.com/photos/40151551@N02/sets/72157635078464196/
This week we expect to install the mirror protection net and then tarps over that net to protect the remaining mirrors in the array. After that we will start to paint the upper hex black to reduce the amount of scattered light from our future expanded pupil size.
Next week we should be removing the old PFIP.
Here is the Wide Field Upgrade Gantt Chart in a pdf format.WFU.R102
information on how to use this blog can be found here.
Information about the VIRUS instrument and how it will be used to conduct HETDEX can be found at this link.
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope is located at McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. For more information try this link.
After the WFU there will be a number of new instruments:
Each of these instruments has its own blog.
On August 12 we will start the Wide Field Upgrade for the HET. The first task will be to remove the outer ring of mirrors plus a few extras until we reach our storage capacity of 46 mirrors.