Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-22

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others: Paul

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Night started with some technical problems that prevented us for the first hour or so to observe. But then, they were solved, and we could observe quite a few programs.
We gathered data for the following programs :
2014-1-UW-001 P2 RSS [Measuring the metal content of GRB host galaxies]
2014-1-RSA-005 P2 RSS [Determining the fraction of Luminous Red Galaxies in merging pairs]
2014-1-HET-004 P2 RSS [magnetic activity in 3 Gyr M dwarfs]
2014-1-RSA_OTH-004 P2 RSS [Measuring dark matter in clusters using the brightest cluster galaxies]
2014-1-DC-003 P1 RSS [Ionized Gas Kinematics for CO-detected Obscured Quasars]
2014-1-RSA_UKSC-003 P4 RSS [Monitoring the spectrum of the Luminous Blue Variable S18]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-21

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Quite productive night. Weather conditions were good : no clouds, no stong wind. Seeing not so good, but we could observe plenty of programs, both with HRS and RSS.
12 programs will receive data tomorrow morning (South African Time):
2013-2-RSA_RU_UC_UKSC_OTH-001 P3 RSS
2014-1-RSA-001 P3 RSS [PSRB1259-63 during the 2014 periastron passage]
2014-1-HET_UC-001 P1 HRS [Searching for the Earth-mass planet around alpha Cen B]
2014-1-HET_UC-001 P1 HRS [Searching for the Earth-mass planet around alpha Cen B]
2014-1-HET_OTH-002 P3 HRS [To determine if C enhanced Metal-poor stars without heavy element enhancement is due to binarity.]
2014-1-HET_OTH-002 P3 HRS [To determine if C enhanced Metal-poor stars without heavy element enhancement is due to binarity.]
2014-1-AMNH-006 P4 HRS [Determining the rotation rate of O stars in Wolf Rayet/ O star binary.]
2014-1-DC-001 P1 HRS [Gravitational redshifts in planetary nebulae and white dwarfs and spectra of dwarf galaxies]
2014-1-RSA_POL-001 P3 RSS [Searching the galaxy for new symbiotic stars]
2014-1-RSA_RU_UC_UKSC_OTH-001 P2 RSS [SALT Study of Strong Gravitational Lenses Discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory]
2014-1-RSA_UKSC-003 P4 RSS [Monitoring the spectrum of the Luminous Blue Variable S18]
2014-1-UKSC-003 P2 RSS [Optical spectroscopy of star forming regions in N81, N88 and N113]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-20

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Quite good night, with relatively good conditions.
Unfortunately, we had some technical problems that prevented us from observing all night long.

But we gathered data for the following programs:

2014-1-POL-001 P2 HRS [Searching for circumbinary planets]
2014-1-UKSC-001 P2 HRS [Detailed studies of rapidly varying A type stars]
2014-1-DC-001 P2 HRS [Gravitational redshifts in planetary nebulae and white dwarfs and spectra of dwarf galaxies]
2014-1-UW-004 P1 RSS [Determining galaxy group member redshifts ]

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-19

SA: Hannah
SO: Veronica
Others:

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The humidity and the wind finally dropped for the second half of the night.

Data obtained for:
2014-1-HET_OTH-002 [Investigating the nature of the mysterious CEMP-no stars]
2014-1-UKSC-005 [Fundamental Properties of Peculiar Hot Subdwarfs]
2014-1-IUCAA_UKSC_RSA-001 [Characterizing X-ray binaries in Supernovae]
2014-1-RSA_UKSC-003 [Observational Constraints on the Nature of the Extreme Luminous Blue Variable S18]

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-18

SA: Hannah
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations due to high humidity and strong winds.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-17

SA: Hannah
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations tonight due to wild, wet & windy weather.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Night Log 2014-07-16

SA: Hannah
SO: Veronica
Others: Paul R, David dB, Keith

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Winds gusting up to 90 km/h tonight - didn't open the dome.