Talk to Board of Director
I'm just coming out of a talk to the Gemini Board of Directors. It was well received I thin (Doug tells me this was basically the only good news the board received during this gathering...). It's always easy, and a pleasure, to present good news!
To download a quicktime copy of the talk (1.9MB), click on the image on the left (it is a clickable movie: the talk transitions are activated by clicking in the quicktime window).
The talk focuses on altair upgrades (field lens and LGS), but the highlight was definitely the first (and only) images done with Altair in LGS mode, i.e. using a laser guide star. In particular, we did a nice image of M16 (pillars of the eagle nebula) that compares well with its HST equivalent -the latest being in the visible. This M16 comparison is a clear illustration of how infrared light goes through gas/dust much better than visible light.