Friday, February 27, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-26

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Deneys, Marissa in training, Enrico

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Beginning of the night lost due to technical problems.
But managed to get one block before closing for high humidity:
2014-2-SCI-078 P1 SCAM (Searching for exoplanets around evolved binary stars)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-25

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Marissa in training, Deneys, Enrico, Katherine and Steve visiting, plus the Dartmouth students

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Most of the night lost to humidity and cloud - unfortunate since we were
looking forward to a simultaneous observation with radio KAT-7 in the
morning hours. Lost an hour in the beginning to technical issues too, but still
managed several science blocks for:

2014-2-SCI-065 P1 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2014-2-SCI-058 P1 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2014-1-MLT-007 P4 RSS (x2) (Long term monitoring of circumstellar disk in Be X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-24

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Petri, Denis

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=> Night with rising humidity. Were closed very soon after beginning.

=> Data were taken for the program:
2014-2-SCI-054 P1 RSS (Measuring radial velocities in the spectrum of CAL 87)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-23

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Timmi and Jonothan to solve problem with structure

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=> Stable and productive night with moderate seeing.

=> SAMS testing.

=> Data were taken for the following programs:
2014-2-SCI-034 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2014-2-SCI-015 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring dark matter in clusters using the brightest cluster galaxies)
2014-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (x2) (Determining the fraction of Luminous Red Galaxies in merging pairs)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-22

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Stable and productive dark clear night with moderate seeing.

=> Data were taken for the following programs:
2014-2-SCI-015 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring dark matter in clusters using the brightest cluster galaxies)
2014-2-SCI-004 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2014-2-SCI-027 P1 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2014-2-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Investigating the activity in the not-red-and-dead brightest cluster galaxies)
2014-2-SCI-002 P2 HRS (The black matter probe using the interstellar gas)
2014-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Time variabilility of the broad absorption line QSOs.)
2014-2-MLT-001 P3 RSS (Study of the evolution of lenticular galaxies.)
2014-2-SCI-060 P3 RSS (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae)
2014-2-SCI-016 P3 HRS (Investigating the birth and evolution of X-ray binaries through their radial motion.)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-21

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Tamara and David for a while

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=> Very unstable night with bad seeing. Were closed by humidity before midnight.

=> Some data were taken for the following proposals:
2014-2-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2014-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Anchoring the extragalactic distance scale with an LMC eclipsing binary star)
2014-1-MLT-007 P4 RSS (Long term monitoring of circumstellar disk in Be X-ray binaries)

=> HRS weekly calibrations were taken.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Night Log 2015-02-20

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: The day team for a while, Bengt Gustaffson and wife, Ross

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=> Struggled at the beginning of the night and in the middle of the night with mirror alignment. Were closed by humidity around 4 o'clock. Moderate seeing and passing clouds during the night.

=> Data were taken for the following programs:
2014-2-DDT-005 P0 RSS (Classifying the optical counterpart to the HMXB 2S 1553-542)
2014-2-SCI-024 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2014-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Determining the fraction of Luminous Red Galaxies in merging pairs)