Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii

Keck 1 with it's laser guider on

Keck 1 with it's laser guider on

 

Me on the top of the Mauna Kea summit 4205m (13,796 ft)

Some of the Earths most sophisticated telescopes are located at the summit of Mauna Kea. The site provides excellent seeing (0.2 – 0.4″ on good nighs) and many clear nights. At anĀ altitudeĀ of about 4000 meters it is well above most of the weather experienced at sea level.

This parody of Hotel California in my opinion sums up what it is like being here:

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