Thursday, January 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A good clear night with stable seeing < 2" for the whole night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-2-SCI-004 P2 RSS (Tracing the effects of SNRs in the surrounding ISM.)
2016-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Study of WR48a, the most X-ray luminous Wolf-Rayet star in the Galaxy)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-17

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Rudi for handover, Craig

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A good end to the week, with a full night of science and decent seeing to end the night. Thanks Thea, and everyone, see you next time!

Data taken for:
2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-004 P2 RSS (Tracing the effects of SNRs in the surrounding ISM.)
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (x2) (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-023 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-16

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Craig

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A windy night with very variable seeing, so mostly short P4 blocks observed. Some tracker errors throughout the night. Thanks to Deneys, Simon and Jono for fixing problems for us!
Lost the last 2 hours to high humidity and cloud.

Data taken for:
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-030 P4 RSS (x2) (Characterization of potential pulsating compact objects for the TESS mission)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-028 P4 RSS (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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The whole night was lost to cloud and high humidity. We were only able to take RV standard calibrations in twilight before closing.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-14

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Craig, David

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A bright night with very good, stable seeing, but only P3s and P4s in the queue. Multiple auto-collimator errors and a few other technical problems.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-039 P3 HRS (x2) (Study of evolution in outflows from outburst)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (x2) (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-13

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: David for a short while

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A clear bright night with variable seeing and high humidity forcing us to close early. Only the autocollimator giving us some technical trouble tonight.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-016 P2 HRS (High resolution observations of a pulsating planet host star to constrain the age of the system.)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Friday, January 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-12

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A clear bright night, with variable seeing. Last ~1 hour lost to high humidity.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x4) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x2) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)