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        1. Ooo! That sounds like fun! You gonna wear your tinfoil hat? I expect a full report. I'm sure ZD would be interested as well.

          1. I did the tour once before, about 20 years ago. I hope I'm able to climb the ladder up into the big'n again.
            I wish I had gone to their satellite installation, [CARMA,] before the nearsighted gummint pulled their funding.

          2. I did, but just cell phone shots. Hard to drag the big Canon around anymore.
            Up in the framework. mThere's 4 miles of that pipe welded together.
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            These are from the now defunct CARMA facility. Cal Berkeley would like to sell them to you for $1 each.
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          3. whoa. I assume that $1 is FOB Owens Valley. Univ of Cal has a high altitude optical observing site about 12k feet up somewhere in the Sierra, one of these days I should drive my big scope up for some "extreme astronomy".

          4. Yeah, you have to arrange transportation.

            I know about UCLA's [Barcroft Station,] about 25 miles east of this site in the White Mountains, but not aware of one in the Sierra?

          5. It6's awesome up there. You should try to set aside enough time to get acclimated to the altitude, and do some hiking around. Coming from sea level, 12K+ can seriously kick your ass.

          6. Oh yeah. Every big peak I've climbed (like Grand Teton, Rainier, Shasta), I always did fast ascents, like sea level to 10k the first night, get up at 2 AM, keep going, and have a headache above 12k. Always wondered if the headache wouldn't be there if it was a slow ascent or we hung out for a couple of days at 10k. OTOH, I can go from Yosemite valley up Half Dome in 5 hours or less no prob, and did Mt Baker in one day (11k or so?) without headache.

          7. Here's one of the mates to the one your friends toured in TX, part of the Very Long Baseline Array:
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            It's not part of the Caltech installation, and wasn't open to visit.

            Looking up at the 40m from the ground:
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          8. Yes.

            Inside the control room, one of the scientists was showing a movie of last year's eclipse. He asked everyone if they got to see it, and I said no. He seemed surprised, then I told him it was raining that day. He chuckled a bit, and revealed that he had only watched it from inside his cave there.

          9. His car parked outside told me all I needed to know about that. It was a Porsche Cayman S, coated in dirt and caked-on mud, with the windows down on a dusty day. I would never drive my car out to that site, let alone leave it outside all day on a dirt lot!

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