Monday, February 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-19

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Hitesh

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Did not get to open tonight, too humid. :(

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-18

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Hitesh, and visitors from Dartmouth, Bloemfontein and China at the beginning of the night.

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Lots of cloud coming and going tonight, and the relative humidity forced us to close at 1:30am.

Science data for:

2016-2-SCI-024 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-17

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Eben to help with the slitmask and the structure.

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A bit of a struggle tonight, with clouds coming and going all night and some technical issues. Science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-039 P4 HRS (Study of evolution in outflows from outburst)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x2) (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)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-16

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Thabelo and Jr. at the beginning.

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We started off with a beautiful clear night with good seeing which slowly deteriorated into awful seeing and high humidity, which ended up forcing us to close at ~1am.

Science data for:

2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-15

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: David Buckley with the MoNET delegation. Thabelo to fix RSS baffling

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Partly cloudy night with mostly variable seeing, and the relative humidity closed us early again for a while, only to open up to nasty nasty clouds. So we only managed to take science data for our lowest priority targets, which were the only ones available for poor conditions:

2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x3) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-14

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Encarni for handover, David B. and TV team from Germany.

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=> One hour dark and grey time after that with moderate seeing and rising humidity. Observations were stopped by humidity at about 00:30.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (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)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x2) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-13

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Day team, working with dome

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=> Bright night with moderate seeing and rising humidity. Observations were stopped by humidity at about 3:00.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Observations of tidal dwarf ellipticals in the NGC5291.)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )