This one is much older—construction was begun in 1939—and to my eyes, more interesting. Also interesting is the fact that despite having less light-gathering ability, this produces better images than the bigger one
Light is directed here from the telescope via a complicated optical path called a Coudé focus. The room is painted all black, and has various diffraction gratings, mirrors, and a very expensive CCD cooled by liquid nitrogen
One of the cats my hosts at the Observatory, John and Deb, were fostering. Mittens slept right next to my head, purring. Deb urged me to adopt him. I protested I didn’t have room to carry him. She countered "We deliver." Tempting
Anywhere that a plant could get purchase on these rocks, a plant would grow. I am always amazed at the tenacity of life.
There’s a statue of Jesus (I think) in that nook near the top. Can’t imagine how he was placed there.
Not sure what kind of cactus this is
When I first saw this logo, I thought it said "HIV’s" and I thought "what a shitty name for a business."
Not sure of the spelling. She belongs to Joe, my host in Cliff NM. She’s a Patterdale Terrier, a breed I’d never heard of before. She’s incredibly affectionate.
If you look carefully, you can see the road meandering all over
Doesn’t begin to do it justice.