They’re making great progress on the LST, and I’ve finally managed to get a photo which shows you just how huge it is. It’s one thing to say that the mirror will be 23m across. It’s another to see engineers beside the dish. They’re actually fitting a gigantic counterweight – the huge triangle of dark red metal at the top to the picture. Eventually it will be replaced by the…
And now we have the concrete for the azimuth ring poured, and things being installed on top of it. They’ve also done over half of the retaining wall.
Today I had a group in the GTC. As I left, I could see people working at the LST site, but I couldn’t see what they were doing. It turns out that the LST has the beginnings of a pier – the central support for the telescope.
Well now they’ve got 1 digger, 1 bulldozer, and 1 dumper truck levelling out the site. Now that the site is earth rather than cut bushes, it’s clearly visible from higher up. And of course it’s very noticeable from the helipad nearest to the MAGIC.