Dr Paul Leyland

The fire is mostly under control, though there are still some hot spots that need attention.

A major problem has been the weather. About 20% humidity, winds up to 50km/hour and temperatures up to 35C.

Last night I opened up the observatory and took some images. The dome temperature never fell below 20C and the wind-induced seeing was about 6 to 7 arcseconds. No good for pretty pictures but photometry was possible, albeit at the cost of markedly increased exposure times.

Wind is really howling now …