Weather Report for June 26, 2011

Observing campaign 29 begins with a clear night at the Kuiper telescope, but very poor seeing. Generally, the seeing was 2-3 arcsec, but (fortunately brief) seeing bursts of 4-5 arcsec were endured. The night was exceptionally warm. The national forest that the observatory is located in, like all others in Arizona, is actually closed to the general public because of the extreme wildfire danger. Astronomers are allowed to travel to and from the site, but are required not to stray from the observatory grounds. A fire started anywhere in the Catalina mountains will likely end this campaign, so keep your fingers crossed. This first night was quite productive despite the poor seeing.