Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-08

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Very thin cloud most of the night, and the seeing jumping up and down like a frantic flea!


Science data taken for:
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-2-SCI-005 P4 RSS (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-07

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ant. Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter

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Very cloudy and humid night. Managed to observe only a few blocks in a small gap before we were forced to close again. Better luck tomorrow I hope!

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-021 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-06

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter.

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What a gorgeous night, with clear stable skies and good seeing! :)



Science data taken for:
2017-2-DDT-001 P1 RSS (Studying the chemistry of galaxies over 4 billion light years away)
2017-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-006 P2 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x2) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-05

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter. Thabelo and Johan for the payload.

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Another cirrussy night start followed by clear skies, all splashed with good seeing. Unfortunately, a technical problem stopped us at around 1:40 am. Our tech team worked for hours and managed to fix it during twilight, when the sky was already too bright for more science observations.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-056 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-2-SCI-025 P2 HRS (x2) (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-04

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter.

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A cloudy start to the night, which got progressively worse until around 11pm and then cleared up after midnight.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-012 P3 HRS (The Origin and Fate of Very Fast Rotators among Evolved Massive Stars)
2017-2-SCI-022 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-03

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ant, Nick, Stephen, Ana, Liam and Mrs. Potter.

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A beautiful and productive night with a pretty Moon and zero problems. :)



Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-001 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-SCI-027 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-051 P3 RSS (spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-02

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Happy New Year 2018! :)

A beautiful and productive night with a rather bright Moon in clear skies.


Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-038 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-013 P1 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-027 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Studying newly-identified Irregular Variable Stars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)