i've spent many weeks of my graduate student career out in west texas at the mcdonald observatory. long nights up all night operating the 107 inch telescope by myself. it's always a little creepy the first night... getting used to the sounds of the night again. when things break, you just have to fix them... somehow! if it's a huge problem, then of course you can call someone and wake them up to come help, but little problems can generally be fixed temporarily until the day crew comes in the morning. i think thats part of the fun of using these "little" telescopes!
anyway, i wanted to highlight this cool little video about the mcdonald observatory and some of the outreach that goes on there!