Friday, July 3, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-02

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others:

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A clear, bright, stable night with minimal difficulties.

Data taken for:

2015-1-SCI-068 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in He 1136-2304)
2015-1-SCI-013 P2 HRS (x3) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds )
2015-1-SCI-018 P2 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2015-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)
2015-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Doppler tomography of T Tauri-type star and a search for forming planet)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)
2015-1-SCI-003 P3 HRS (Searching for circumbinary planets)
2015-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (We aim to study a number of candidate ultracool objects, which should include new brown dwarfs.)

Gaps in the science queue were used to do:
- Rho-motor guidance stability test at Az~50
- 29 spectrophotometric set-ups requested for RSS observations during the month

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Night Log 2015-07-01

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others:

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Clear night with a full moon.

Data taken for:

2015-1-SCI-018 P1 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2015-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (Observing spectra of Pluto as it rotates, in support of NASA's New Horizons mission.)
2015-1-SCI-057 P2 SCAM (x2) (Rapid photomerty of mCVs with SALTICAM in slotmode)
2015-1-SCI-032 P2 HRS (Investigating the birth and evolution of X-ray binaries through their radial motion.)
2015-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2015-1-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of the evolved binary star DY Cen)
2015-1-SCI-059 P4 RSS (Long term monitoring of the SMC LBV S18 and LMC sgB[e] star S134)
2015-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (We aim to study a number of candidate ultracool objects, which should include new brown dwarfs.)

ENGINEERING TEST:

Tested new Rho motor guidance stability

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Night Log 2015-06-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith early on, Marissa, Enrico, Thea till late

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A productive bright night except for last hour when the HRS guide probe malfunctioned and couldn't be recovered. Data taken for:

2015-1-SCI-013 P1 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds )
2015-1-SCI-018 P1 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2015-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing spectra of Pluto as it rotates, in support of NASA's New Horizons mission.)
2015-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2015-1-SCI-003 P3 HRS (Searching for circumbinary planets)
2015-1-SCI-036 P3 HRS (Metal abundance of extremely metal poor candidates with high S/N and high resolution spectra.)
2015-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Night Log 2015-06-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith

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A long night with a few technical problems but overall got quite a lot done. Data taken for:

2014-1-MLT-003 P0 SCAM (Observe the accretion disc as a white dwarf, neutron star or black hole gobbles up a companion.)
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-013 P1 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds )
2015-1-SCI-016 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2015-1-SCI-032 P2 HRS (Investigating the birth and evolution of X-ray binaries through their radial motion.)
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)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Night Log 2015-06-28

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith

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High humidity tonight prevented observing. We did however do a few fabry perot tests, which resulted in the following song:

You take your etalon out
you put your etalon in
you expose it all about
you take your etalon out
you put your etalon in
you expose it all about
you take your etalon out
you put your etalon in
And you expose it all about

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn rho around
That's what it's all about!

Hey......do the calibrations!
Hey ey....dooooo the calibrations!
Dooooo the calibrations!
And that's what it's all about!
(clap twice)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Night Log 2015-06-27

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith, Thembela & daughter for a visit

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A mostly clear, bright night besieged by technical problems. CCAS shutter needs repairing so we could not realign during the night. Neverless we managed to take data for:

2015-1-SCI-068 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in He 1136-2304)
2015-1-SCI-012 P2 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2015-1-SCI-029 P2 HRS (Fingerprints of the interstellar medium in the spectra of central stars of planetary nebulae)
2015-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Night Log 2015-06-26

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A highly unstable night of thick clouds and high humidity. No observations.