We made it. The annual February maintenance trip to MaRIO is underway as we arrived early yesterday morning. We uninstalled two telescopes and then installed two new telescopes in the observatory. When there is down time we’ve been catching up with old friends while making some new ones! Socially distancing is being maintained unless we’ve already had the virus, and in those cases we are still wearing masks indoors. Luckily, most things here are open air or have sliding roofs!

Time lapse from my Takahashi install on Pier #2

Now comes the endless testing and tweaking. We will have plenty of fun, but all must be completed before we leave next week so time management is key. Feel free to ask any questions you might have on the blog, Twitter, Insta, or Facebook!

At the end of the week I’ll post full update lists. I have to say, I’m super impressed with the Pegasus Ultimate Power box! It cut down on around 8 cables for me. We also are adding a new camera for folks to observe! If all goes well, we’ll have first light in Marathon tonight! Clear weather for another few days at least.

2 thoughts on “A 20 Hour Drive

  1. Michael Amay says:

    Is this open to the public? Can I come down and enjoy the telescope views?

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    1. Matt Harbison says:

      Hi Michael, sorry I missed your messages between trips. The Marathon Sky Park is open year round with socially distanced star parties available around the New Moon each month. You can call the Marathon Sky Park for more information as to your desired trip- 432-386-4241
      866-386-4241 (Toll Free)

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