Subject: Re: Observatory state

From: jegunn

Submitted: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 14:47:23 -0500 (EST)

Message number: 1159 (previous: 1158, next: 1160 up: Index)

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We had arranged for Dan to do this Monday, but now that looks kind of far
away. We DO need to get started early one morning, and if Dan is up for 
it tomorrow, I am. Connie??? The concern is that the last time I did this
in the winter, it took about three days on the pump to get the vacuum down
to where the ion pump would hold. I had forgotten that fact when we 
talked, but fortunately remembered before I did anything Saturday.

So if we start tomorrow morning, it might be fine. But this will take
a substantial piece of Dan's time, probably a couple hours tomorrow
morning, a half hour tomorrow afternoon, and a half hour morning and
afternoon until the camera cleans up.


On Tue, 8 Dec 2009, Mark Klaene wrote:

> The utility power is out in nearly all of otero county . Power is expected to
> be out for days and possibly a week due to the main transmission line being
> down 
> we currently have emergency power at the observatory however I can not
> guarantee that we can sustain that for the duration.
> We  have a replacement part for the generator on order but  delivery is a few
> days out. I also only have 2 days of diesel on hand
> Observing can not resume until power is restored and so we are going  to start
> graceful shutdown on some systems  in order to try and maintain critical
> systems up as long as possible
> Mark Klaene
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