In order to make way for the full LINC-NIRVANA instrument, the Pathfinder experiment was removed from the telescope during June 2015. Harald Baumeister and Florian Briegel of the LN team, ably assisted by mountain staff, achieved a number of important goals during this campaign:


     - uncable and crane Pathfinder from the telescope

     - disassemble the large mounting "foot"

     - remove items from the wavefront sensor for adjustment

     - ship optics and electronics back to Heidelberg

     - protect and store the wavefront sensor

     - hand over infrared test camera to LBTO


This was a lot of work in diverse disciplines. Congratulations to Harald,  Florian, and the mountain staff for a job well done!

Pathfinder Dismount Campaign - 10-17 June 2015


Pathfinder "flying" off the telescope, on its way to the mountain lab.

Safely stowed in the mountain lab, the DX Ground-Layer Wavefront Sensor waits for the remainder of LINC-NIRVANA to arrive.

Angle adjustment stages and star probes were shipped back to Europe for upgrade to their final, LINC-NIRVANA configuration.

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