One day last week it was time for a routine inspection of one of the Hale Telescope's three secondary mirrors. The extreme pointing of the telescope to the east provided for easier access for the crew to get to the secondary mirror and it made for some nice photo opportunities.
Here is the view of the telescope from the inside catwalk. The photo was taken from the east side of the telescope.
The view from the north of the telescope's horseshoe reveals just how far to the east it was pointed. For those who are really curious, it was pointed 5 hours 41 minutes east of zenith.
Here is the view from on the observing floor on the north side of the telescope. The inspection crew is in the basket of the yellow lift.
From the catwalk, west of the telescope, the view showed off the bottom of the Cassegrain cage.
The view from south of the telescope reveals that it wasn't quite pointed to the horizontal -- but it was pretty close.