Sunday, August 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-19

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted and Steve C. on skype, Richard and Jessica.

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A very productive night again, dark, stable, and clear for most of
the night, though seeing was mediocre. Lost only a handful of
minutes. Data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-009 P0 RSS (LIGO followup)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (x4) (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-031 P2 RSS (Deep FP Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 300 using Fabry-Perot imaging)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 6822 using Fary-Perot imaging)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-18

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted, Encarni on skype. Richard and Jessica

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A very productive dark, dry, clearish night with mostly great seeing.
Did several high-priority programs including targets-of-opportunity.
Data taken for:

2017-1-DDT-007 P0 RSS (Search for variability of the detected IMBH and VMS candidates in the star-forming galaxy)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-009 P0 RSS (LIGO followup)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (x2) (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 300 using Fabry-Perot imaging)
2017-1-SCI-061 P2 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (x2) (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3,P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-17

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Etienne, Timmy

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Most of the clear and cold night lost to high humidity, plus some time
in the beginning to tech.issues. Managed just two observations
in between: Data for:

2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-16

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted over skype. Fred, Steve, Jeremy and tourists visiting.

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After a snowy day, a totally icy night. High humidity and cloud, did
not open but used night for closed-dome engineering tests.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-15

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Petri, Hitesh, Mali, Iriwaan

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No observations taken tonight. High humidity and thick cloud from early in the evening. Closed-dome tests taken.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-14

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony, Ted for FP

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A full night with thickish clouds at the start clearing to mostly thin cloud. Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-13

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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A long night with plenty of observations and excellent seeing in the second half. Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-061 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-011 P2 HRS (Studying the spectra of a new type of X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x4) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (x2) (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)