Astronomer on call

Tonight I took on the role of a support astronomer. It was a very clear night with no wind and the undergraduates wanted to use the telescope. Their normal supervisor was away at a conference so I was called upon instead. Since they are working at height (top of a building) and in the dark (obviously!) we have to consider Health and Safety, although this has got stricter since last year.

For the last few months, a supervisor has been required to be present the whole time that the students are using the telescope. This pretty much depends on how long the weather holds for and makes it very demanding on the supervisor; you give up your night at the whim of someone else. Despite the fact that I don't get to control the telescope myself, (otherwise they wouldn't be learning), I do occasionally suggest objects to observe. I also get to see the CCD images they take, which are suprisingly good considering the terrible light pollution of Manchester.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 19th Apr 2005 (00:54 UTC) | Permalink
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