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High Altitude Hell #7: The Texas Thing, in Photos.
« on: June 19, 2016, 03:58:43 am »
So, 9 hours of driving through the desert, from Tucson to west Texas.  Shortly after we passed through the ruined and abandoned town of Victoria, we came across random desert Prada.



I have no fucking idea, so don't ask.

Driving down county 555, we found the anti-LMNO.



HET dome.  where the sex is.



Air bearing plenum, as I mentioned earlier.



Part of the mirror lab.  More later.



91 FUCKING MIRRORS



Airlock being prepped for Bethany and I.



I learned 3 things that you never say to Bethany in an airlock.  No matter how bored you get.

1.  You ever get one of those sweatballs running down the crack of your ass, but you can't do anything because you're in a Michelin Man pressure suit?  Because that's a thing.  As we speak.

2.  I can hear you farting over the intercom.

3.  Can you hear me farting?  Because that's like a lazy man's commo check.

(It's worth mentioning that even in a pressure suit, you fart non-stop when pumping down to, say, 4 Pascals of pressure)

Then she threatened to cut my suit with her wire cutters, which I felt was unreasonable escalation.

Then the HET lens, above the 91 FUCKING MIRRORS:



Calibration Telescope, pic 1



Cal scope, pic 2



HET catwalk



"The Mangler", 1940 telescope, still useful for calibrating the HET.



As for what's going on with all of this, that's next installment.  But it's like the Manhattan Project and the Apollo Program added together while you bugger congress in broad daylight.  It's fucking amazing.
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Re: High Altitude Hell #7: The Texas Thing, in Photos.
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2016, 07:37:00 am »
I love how the sighting scopes are bigger than my fucking house! Reminds me of that joke where the cop pulls over the limo for speeding and the pope is driving :lulz:

Also this photo has been fucking my head in for days


I can't figure out what the hell I'm looking at, cos there's a bit in the middle that looks like a photoshop fail. Something about mirrors I think but I cant figure out where they are  :eek:
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2016, 01:20:19 pm »
Academically I can understand the air plenum bearing.  Seeing it and trying to tell my brain it floats is kind of like Escher in reverse.  Reasonable, scientific reality that the hindbrain still doubts
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 03:34:01 pm »
Which thing has the fleshlight?
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2016, 05:17:26 pm »
Which thing has the fleshlight?

wrong place entirely.  That is of course here in Arizona.  The pics above are in Texas.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 05:17:54 pm »
Academically I can understand the air plenum bearing.  Seeing it and trying to tell my brain it floats is kind of like Escher in reverse.  Reasonable, scientific reality that the hindbrain still doubts

The hindbrain is usually to be trusted.
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2016, 05:19:25 pm »
I love how the sighting scopes are bigger than my fucking house! Reminds me of that joke where the cop pulls over the limo for speeding and the pope is driving :lulz:

Also this photo has been fucking my head in for days


I can't figure out what the hell I'm looking at, cos there's a bit in the middle that looks like a photoshop fail. Something about mirrors I think but I cant figure out where they are  :eek:

P3NT, exact center, reflective honeycomb.  It's 91 one-meter hexagons that form the bigass mirror.  It looks funny because it has no declination.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2016, 09:33:24 pm »
So the next installment? What's this baby looking at?
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2016, 01:35:27 am »
Academically I can understand the air plenum bearing.  Seeing it and trying to tell my brain it floats is kind of like Escher in reverse.  Reasonable, scientific reality that the hindbrain still doubts

The hindbrain is usually to be trusted.

For certain values of trusted.

Does temperature or barometric pressure change throw the rig off much, or is that compensated for?
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2016, 02:08:07 am »
 :eek: Wow!
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2016, 04:57:38 am »
So the next installment? What's this baby looking at?

Just making a real time map of the galaxy, is all.   :lulz:

Astrogation, baby!
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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2016, 05:29:39 am »
So the next installment? What's this baby looking at?

Just making a real time map of the galaxy, is all.   :lulz:

Astrogation, baby!

..Astrogation map!!  :fap:
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Re: High Altitude Hell #7: The Texas Thing, in Photos.
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2016, 07:37:55 pm »
Some really cool pics, there! And really enjoying this series overall  :)
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2016, 09:24:23 pm »
This is a thing of beauty, it’s in one of the best locations in the world as well if I am correct many clear nights.
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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2016, 09:40:36 pm »
That desert Prada.  :lulz:

I keep coming back to look at it, and I don't know why.
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