Another day and night on the volcano - and more amazing sights.
In the last post I said we missed our chance to use the Isaac Newton Telescope for a quick observation.
Well last night we made amends when the professionals allowed us a very brief opportunity to observe Messier 110 (right) - the satellite galaxy to Andromeda.
It was a real treat and will be a great addition to Deep Sky Videos early next year.
An exclusive (albeit very brief) opportunity to use a real professional telescope.
Earlier in the day there was another treat when we had a tour of the Gran Telescopio Canarias (right).
With its immense 36 mirrors stitched together, it creates a telescope with a mirror measuring 10.4m across.
One of the biggest and most powerful telescopes in the world.
Needless to say I did some filming in there too.
I can't describe how immense it was inside... I'm constantly amazed that humans build these things.
I also posted a short film to Deep Sky Videos this morning showing one of my timelapses at the Isaac Newton telescope.
I was quite pleased with it, until at dinner I met a named Daniel Lopez.
Daniel is one of the world's best astrophotographers and creates timelapse videos of the night sky to take your breath away.
Here's a link to his work. Please don't compare it with mine.
I am back in my room now, about to do some video editing for The Periodic Table of Videos, which has been neglected due to this La Palma diversion.
By the way - here's where my room is (below). It is take from near the summit - the clouds and sea are far below.
No - all the windows are shuttered up.
They don't like (artificial) light around here very much!
Roque de los Muchachos Observatory is run by The Instituto de
Astrofísica de Canarias. I am being hosted by the Isaac Newton Group of
telescopes. The videos from this trip will appear on Deep Sky Videos: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
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