Why Do I Do It?

Seventh 14-hour night in a row tonight.

Mercury is at a balmy 29 degrees and falling.

It’s windy.

I have to go into the freezing cold dome every ten minutes to adjust the telescope.

Why am I doing this to myself?

Here is my life for the last week:

  • Between 3pm and 4:30 pm: wake up. Check internets. If enough time, go to dome, refill liquid nitrogen tank, set up flat field calibrations. Take show, if possible.
  • 5:30 pm – dinner in cafeteria
  • 6:30 pm – Open dome. Start observing. Make occasional trips to lodge for bathroom or food through freezing winds.
  • 7:30 am – close dome. Return to lodge to relax for a short time.
  • 8:30 or 9 am – fall asleep
  • That’s a little bit exhausting. Fortunately, I’m taking lots and lots of long exposures so I have plenty of time to do other stuff while observing.

    3 Responses to “Why Do I Do It?”

    1. rpl says:

      You never answered your own question. Why _do_ you do it?

    2. Mike says:

      I dunno. Guess I like it. It can be fun sometimes at 4 am when it’s just you and the stars.

    3. rpl says:

      Interesting. You sound as though you don’t think the question is terribly important.