Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Adaptive Optics Spacers!

I'm on Maui for the week. Again. But I got to have some fun in the machine shop. The machine guys have been busy for the last few weeks so I got a "tutorial" to get me going on my own. Fingers crossed I'll still have fingers by the end of this. I learned how to cut, trim, straighten, drill and tap on metal plates. I have done this stuff before, but not with the big machines we've got over here. I spent the day making 'spacers' so that all the AO hardware has the same beam-height. Now we get to put this thing back together and see how well I did. That was a fun day of metal-shard-covered-hands.


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