Possible Improvements to the 0.9m Telescope


first contact is Esteban Parkes
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TO IMPROVE OBSERVING
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   1 !!! buy new 3"x3" U filter
             !. beware red leak
             a. Asahi
             b. Materion
             c. Custom Scientific (brokers)
   2 !!! buy new Mac for observing station    
   3     buy old 4"x4" ugriz filter set from CTIO
   4     replace SMC
   5     map readout times in various modes
   6     replace carpet on telescope platform
   7     run LN2 line from ground floor
   8     check TCS manual: ATL version at http://www.astro.gsu.edu/~thenry/SMARTS/0.9m.tcs.pdf

         change quartz lamps to LEDs or other option
         fix image trailing via Braulio Cancino
         create user webpages with pics/videos
         get pointing on The Sky working         
         add "GUIDING" flip note to TCS keyboard
         upgrade windscreen
         create inventory of spare parts
         get faster internet (Barlow)
         paint/replace mirror cover
         clean outside of telescope tube
         update fire control system

2018.06  update new observing manual
             a. how to open/close telescope
   	     b. how to operate TCS
   	     c. how to operate BIW instrument
   	     d. trouble-shooting common problems, when to call TelOps
             e. RECONS specific procedures
2018.06  create filter wheel schematics
2018.05  add dewar pressure monitor http://cagvm2/www/instruments/custom/table_summaryCTIO.html
2017.12  wash mirror for 2017
2016.05  create list of Top 10 things to do at 0.9m
2016.05  replace ARCON control system with Torrent controller
2016.09  wash mirror for 2016
2016.02  wash mirror for 2016
2015.08  secure pupil stop baffle
2015.08  wash mirror for 2015
2014.08  wash mirror for 2014
2014.07  repair toggle switches for Master Power and Platform
2014.07  close filter wheel assembly on east side (was duct tape)
2014.07  replace mouse for guider computer
2013.08  put together toolbox
2013.05  replace monitor in dome
2013.05  get plastic tarp to cover telescope
2012.10  install new windscreen
2012.08  wash mirror for 2012
2012.08  rework motor for large ventilation fan
2012.08  fix reticle on finder scope to get crosshairs to glow (new cable)
2012.08  rubber supports for ARCON machine to prevent static crashes
2011.XX  smooth out focus mechanism on secondary
2010.XX  redo cabling in observing room
2010.12  wash mirror for 2010
2010.06  wash mirror for 2010
2009.XX  develop non-sidereal tracking capability
2009.09  wash mirror for 2009
2009.02  wash mirror for 2009
2007.XX  buy new data-writing/web-cruising computer
2005.04  replace TCS
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SHOPPING LIST
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         sink faucet end cap with screen
         rolling ladder for replacing mirror cover
         space heater for bathroom with US power
         dustpan and brush
         tape dispenser
         humidity gauge for observing room
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TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY OR COMFORT
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         frame pictures of 0.9m SMARTS Fellows
         frame 0.9m construction pictures (R. Hernandez has?)

2016.12  get pictures for bathroom
2016.08  get pictures for observing room
2016.05  buy three new large chairs for observers
2015.XX  get new stereo
2014.07  add doorstop in bathroom to protect wall
2014.07  replace water heater
2014.06  replace whiteboard in observing room 48"x36"
2014.04  paint observing room and add chair rail
2013.08  buy cleaning supplies
2013.05  buy new humidifier
2013.05  buy small supplies box
2013.03  replace floor in observing room
2013.03  replace floor in bathroom
2013.03  replace bathroom counter
2013.03  paint bathroom
2013.03  fix wall in printer room
2013.02  buy new microwave
2012.10  replace air conditioner in printer room
2008.XX  fix tiles surrounding buildings
2008.XX  paint domes and buildings
2006.XX  put in new floor in observing room
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THOUGHTS
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         install H2O meter
         install electric meter
2017.11  energy efficient bulbs (need US bulbs, not Chile)
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DREAMS
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         upgrade dome rotation wheels
         fix slit light leaks
         add AO system
         add solar panels to generate power
         engineer new color balance slot on top dark slide?
         cut openings in dome for (like 4.0m) for ventilation
         buy 3"x3" JHK filter set (test throughput for bright stars)
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