Blog posts by the Watcher team

Memories, highlights and adventures

Irish ambassador to South Africa visits

On July 12th 2018, a group of dignitaries visited the UCD Space Science Lab (Room 328 in Science North). Hosted by Dr. Antonio Martin-Carrillo and David Murphy, the visitors were shown the Telescope Operations Centre, from which they could see the view from the webcams installed in and around the Watcher building at Boyden Observatory, […]

Official opening of Watcher telescope operations centre

On December 6th 2017 we were privileged to have with us the Minister of Science & Technology of the Republic of South Africa, Ms. Naledi Pandor, to open the Watcher Telescope Operations Centre. (L-R)  Drs. Morgan Fraser,  Antonio Martin-Carrillo, Lorraine Hanlon and Sheila McBreen with Minister Pandor (centre) cutting the ribbon to mark the opening […]

A Journey in the Dark

It turns out that Boyden Observatory is not a top tourist destination for the people of Ireland, so there are no direct flights. We will travel via Paris and Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, the closest city to Boyden. The longest leg of the journey is a 10.5 hour late-night flight from Paris to Johannesburg. As with […]

An Unexpected Journey

Almost seven months ago Watcher suddenly became a lot wetter than it was designed to be. You can read all about it in this post. Since then, the Watcher team has been meeting regularly to plan repairs and upgrades. As the Watcher team is 9700km from Watcher, this is not an easy task, but with […]

A Short Rest

During the night of Sunday the 8th of December 2013 a sudden storm at the Boyden observatory caused a power outage that resulted in Watcher taking a rather unwanted shower. Since then Watcher has been undergoing maintenance to several different components in order to bring it back online. Inside Information The telescope software (RTS2) is, […]

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