Sunday, August 2, 2015

Night Log 2015-08-01

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith, Enrico, Pierre

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Bright night with thin high cloud.

Data taken for:

2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Deriving the mass of the central super-massive black hole in the core of active galaxies)
2015-1-SCI-018 P1 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2015-1-SCI-070 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6681 (M70))
2015-1-SCI-044 P2 RSS (Mapping the velocity fields of N88)
2015-1-SCI-015 P3 RSS (Fuelling and feedback in the vicinity of blackholes)
2015-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (x2) (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae)
2015-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x3) (We aim to study a number of candidate ultracool objects, which should include new brown dwarfs.)
2015-1-SCI-059 P4 RSS (Long term monitoring of the SMC LBV S18 and LMC sgB[e] star S134)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-31

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Blue moon (2nd full moon in the month) tonight. Unfortunately this clear (albeit extremely bright) night with good seeing was not as productive as expected, due to technical issues. Considering water pipes on site had been frozen solid by last night's -5 degrees Celsius, it's hardly surprising that things weren't running quite as smoothly as we're accustomed to.

Data taken for:

2015-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 SCAM (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)
2015-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae)
2015-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Doppler tomography of T Tauri-type star and a search for forming planet)
2015-1-SCI-005 P3 RSS (Time variability of emerging BAL QSOs.)
2015-1-SCI-027 P4 RSS (x2) (Kinematics of Bulge Miras)
2015-1-SCI-062 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)

Engineering test:
- RSS Straylight test in Bright time

Friday, July 31, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-30

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Rain all day and sub-zero temperatures tonight.

No data taken.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-29

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others:

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High humidity, high wind-speed and sub-zero temperatures. Completely overcast by midnight. Forecast is for snow before sunrise and rain in the day.

No data taken.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-28

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Diego. Johan at the beginning of the night in case of load shedding

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We had a mostly beautiful night with clear skies and good seeing, but were forced to close due to humidity at 4:30am. We had a couple of technical problems and took a couple of engineering tests, and obtained science data for:

2015-1-SCI-013 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds )
2015-1-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of the evolved binary star DY Cen)
2015-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Doppler tomography of T Tauri-type star and a search for forming planet)
2015-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x4) (We aim to study a number of candidate ultracool objects, which should include new brown dwarfs.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-27

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Diego. E10 to help with the payload.

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Another beautiful night with slightly worse seeing than last night. We also lost about 2 hours to a technical problem, but the rest was smooth sailing!

Science data for:

2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (x4) (Deriving the mass of the central super-massive black hole in the core of active galaxies)
2015-1-SCI-065 P1 RSS (FP Halpha kinematics of RESOLVE galaxies)
2015-1-SCI-018 P1 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2015-1-SCI-013 P1 HRS (x2) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds )
2015-1-SCI-052 P2 RSS (Finding the redshift and ionization of WISE-selected QSOs)
2015-1-SCI-012 P3 RSS (x4) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2015-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae)
2015-1-SCI-005 P3 RSS (Time variability of emerging BAL QSOs.)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-26

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Diego. Johan and E10 to sort BMS out.

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What a gorgeous night!!!! Clear, good seeing, low wind.. we were kept busy!

Science data for:
2015-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (x3) (Deriving the mass of the central super-massive black hole in the core of active galaxies)
2015-1-SCI-065 P1 RSS (FP Halpha kinematics of RESOLVE galaxies)
2015-1-SCI-013 P1 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds )
2015-1-SCI-005 P2 RSS (x3) (Time variability of emerging BAL QSOs.)
2015-1-SCI-012 P3 RSS (x3) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))