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Log, Jan 16, 2009

11 people. Well we "opened" but the telescope refused to come out of its mid winter hibernation. I wouldn't have been surprised if it was cold and creaky, but the computer inside the telescope's base was frozen. It had been minus 6 the night before and it was down to single digits. We tried to use the electric heater but this made almost no difference.

With the computer asleep, the telescope would steer manually but it simply would not turn as the sky turned so anything we centered drifted off in a few seconds. We tried a few experiments with both the apodizing and hexagonal masks. We easily split Rigel and intermittently split Sirius.

-Les Coleman

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