Yesterday I went to work as a tour guide at the observatory. At 9a .m. it was 6 ºC, but the ice from overnight was still there, glistening inthe sunlight. Fortunately the road was almost completely clear.
They’re certainly making progress on the new Visitor’s Centre for the observatory, although it’s not due to be finished for another 18 months.
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.