Almost a year ago, I posted a “bouldering” video which showed essentially no bouldering. The idea was borrowed from a friend’s photo essay assignment as an undergrad, where she had to document an activity without showing people actually engaging in that activity.
In the middle of a 100 hour (!) long observing block on the Arizona Radio Observatory‘s 12m telescope on Kitt Peak, I remembered this idea and thought it might be fun to do the same thing for a (remote) observing run.
Observing is great fun… spending time at a telescope on a mountain, focused on science (with occasional forays into the outdoors). Remote observing is also fun, but not quite as much. Since you’re staying at home, it is more difficult to immerse yourself in the observing experience. I find myself trying to combine the observing experience with the being home experience — not sleeping at nights, but still trying to have a full day of activities. As one might expect, it usually doesn’t work out quite that way.
Anyways.. here’s a video with some scenes from the latest remote observing experience: