Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-24

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Skyping with Ted in Maine (US) for remomte FP observations.

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Clear and dark, but windy night.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-23

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Ted remote observing Fabry-Perot from Maine (U.S.)

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Clear, dark night with decent seeing and no problems.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (Rapid photometry of Omega Cen)
2017-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-016 P3 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (x2) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-22

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Skype with Barry Welsh in Berkeley for DDT BVIT observation.

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Clear, dark night with decent seeing.

Data taken for:
2017-1-DDT-005 P1 RSS (Variability of an ancient nova)
2017-1-MLT-009 P1 RSS (Identify the optical counterpart of a mysterious X-ray source)
2017-1-SCI-039 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-DDT-006 P1 BVIT (Searching for ET generated optical signals from the Trappist-1 exoplanetary system.)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-050 P2 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-059 P2 RSS (Eclipsing Supersoft source 1E 0035.4-7230)
2017-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-21

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Skyping with Barry Welsh & John Vallerga from Berkeley for BVIT DDT observation.

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Dark night with decent seeing, unfortunately cut short by a Fatal Tracker Error.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-006 P1 BVIT (Searching for ET generated optical signals from the Trappist-1 exoplanetary system.)
2017-1-SCI-050 P2 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-039 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-17

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Paul, Rudi, Eric Wilcots and UW film crew

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A smooth night of RSS observations with seeing hovering just over 2" for much of the night. With these constraints we mostly did lower priority targets, with many blocks observed for Carole Haswell. I think we've cleaned up most of the RSS P4s!

PIs, please add more loosely constrained blocks for RSS - we're likely to need more targets for next time HRS/FIF work is done. SAs, please encourage the PIs you liaise with to add P4s!

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x10) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-002 P4 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-049 P4 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-16

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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Tonight we had some weather downtime due to high humidity after the storm, and a series of errors, mostly the HRS guide probe but a few others too.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3, P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A clouded, snowy night. No observations taken. HRS weekly calibrations and RSS polarimetry tests done.