Sunday, February 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-24

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for cappuchino

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=> Very cold night with bad seeing, passing clouds and rising humidity. Some observations were done before we were closed by humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-014 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Confirmation of the high redshift QSO candidate J1312-2026)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-23

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for cappuchino

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=> Very strong wind and rising humidity from the evening. We were able to observe only four high priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-033 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-22

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while

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=> Stable night with very good seeing, but with some clouds from time to time. Many high priority blocks were observed.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2017-2-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers.)
2017-2-SCI-055 P1 RSS (Foggy Atmosphere of a Galaxy)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-21

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Humidity rising from the sunset and close us fast enough. Some observations were done at the beginning of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-20

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Alexei for handover

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Continuing this week's tradition, we closed early for cloud and high humidity. We observed a few blocks, including two P0s beforehand.
Thanks for a smooth week everyone! All the best for the shutdown & its prep.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-19

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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Much of the night was lost to ridge cloud. We did a mix of priorities given the variable seeing before closing, and some closed-dome engineering tests.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-18

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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We had a fairly productive start to the night, though mostly lower priority blocks due to bad seeing. The second half was lost to clouds and high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2017-2-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-001 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-010 P4 RSS (x2) (Characterising Pulsating Stars @dlhwp)