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Jan 2, 2011

Yes... it's in the box!

Yes... it's in the box!, originally uploaded by Pierre Lesage.

A very warm Mahalo, Mauruuru, Merci to Tom Benedict who guided us through the telescopes of Mauna Kea Observatories and more specifically the Canada France Hawaii which hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope.
The summit of Mauna Kea is 4200 meters high (almost as high as the Mont Blanc...4852 meters) and the sunset above the clouds is a fantastic show to watch; the moving shadow of the mountain on the clouds is an even more spectacular vision.
Just a perfect setting for a crazy KAP session where oxygen is missing and the least effort is huge but Tom, just in case, had an oxygen tank in the observatory as well as a pulsometer for heart beat and oxygen level in the blood....
KAPing at 4200 meters altitude is a very interesting experience, the air is not as dense as at sea level and despite a good 15 knots wind, the Dan Leigh Delta R8 was just enough to lift the autoKAP rig (RC rigs would not be allowed not to interfere with the radio telescopes).
This was way too short, I can imagine a time lapse of the sun going down over the clouds, a time lapse of the growing shadow of Mauna Kea, an other higher KAP session looking straight down.... Some good excuses to come back !!!
KAP, sun and snow in Hawaii, thanks again Tom.