January 3, 2023: I am currently working on updating the RECON telescope and analyzing the data from a previous occultation.
November 9, 2022: I have been writing the first draft of my article for the Inquirer. Along with Megan and Joe the RECON group participated in an occultation on October 27th.
September 6, 2022: There are currently no upcoming occultations, so i’ve been spending my time solidifying my understanding of Spectroscopy.
May 23, 2022: Lukas P. contributed to a past occultation and recently helped check on the telescope box.
May 11, 2022: I have officially become the PI for RECON. I recently spotted what looked like more mold on the telescope box again. The mold has since been cleaned off by myself and Bob.
April 26, 2022: The poster presentations went well. Recon was able to showcase the telescope and talk about spectroscopy. After the poster session, everyone went to the theater for a talk by Marc Buie about occultations. After the talk we cleaned up and went home.
April 25, 2022: The WISRD Spring Poster Presentations are tonight.
April 22, 2022: It rained very hard last night, but when we checked on the telescope this morning we found it completely dry. So the waterproofing can hold up to heavy rains. RECON also received an adapter so that we can use the spectroscopy lens.
April 12, 2022: Right now the RECON team is working on our poster for the Spring Poster Presentation. We checked on the telescope yesterday, and it was dry. So the waterproof paint worked.
March 23, 2022: After the mold was removed, RECON coated the telescope box in a layer of waterproof paint. I also finished and sent in the final draft of the article I was writing for the WISRD Inquirer.
March 9, 2022: Yesterday more bleach was applied to the moldy areas of the box. Maybe we should figure out a way to prevent mold in the future. I am currently working on my WISRD article final draft.
March 7, 2022: Last week mold was observed on the wooden box that contains the telescope. This week we brought out some bleach to clean off the mold.
Feb 23, 2022: RECON had an occultation last Monday, the 14th. We unfortunately did not get any data because the camera would not connect to the computer software. This problem has since been fixed.
Feb 9, 2022: Today we made a stand for the telescope GPS. We drilled a hole into a small piece of wood that we can slot the GPS into.
Feb 7, 2022: We attempted ASCOM software to work with the telescope. It didn’t work.
Jan 12, 2022: I was taught how to use the PyMovie software.
Jan 4, 2022: The JWST successfully launched on Christmas Day. I tried to stay up for the event, but unfortunately fell asleep.
Last week the RECON group went to the top of the school to attempt to view an occultation. Unfortunately it was too foggy to see anything. The experience was a good learning experience however. I had my progress report/Vitae discussion.
Nov 28, 2021: RECON is going to attend an occultation event on Wednesday.
Nov 16, 2021: I have been working on getting my Vitae up to speed. The RECON group found a place to store the telescope are trying to get a tarp to put over it.
Nov 9, 2021: Last night was the WISRD poster presentation. For about an hour guests were allowed to wander around and check out the WISRD projects. After everyone went to the theater to listen to talk from Dr Olivier Guyon. Overall I think the night went well. Next time I personally might prepare better so that I don’t stutter as much and know the material better.
Nov 8, 2021: Poster presentations are today, all the WISRD groups are preparing to give the presentations.
Nov 3, 2021: RECON has been working on creating posters about the Occultation Event to present on Monday the 8th. Specifically, we are practicing our presentations.
Oct 25 2021: Last week I went on a trip with my fellow RECON members to the desert north of Las Vegas to view an occultation. The first two nights/days were reserved for practice setting up and using the telescopes. The first night we stayed in a parking lot, but the second and third night we drove out to our line in the desert. The third night we hit a few bumps in the road and weren’t able to collect data, but I still learned a lot.
OK. So for the past 2-ish weeks i’ve been working on various slideshows. The Lucy Slideshow is done, and now i’m working on the JWST slideshow. When I need to write about something new that I don’t fully understand, I search up the information I need to understand the given topic better. This way I also know about things for the future.
Sep 22, 2021: I have been in WISRD for five-ish weeks. I joined RECON, and…..yes. Im still Learning about what Im doing since its so early in the year, but seems like things are going well.