Sunday, February 14, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-13

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Steve C., Anastacia, Keith in the morning

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Most of the night was lost to high humidity, though skies were clear.
Managed just 3 observations before having to close up around 11pm:

2015-2-SCI-046 P2 RSS (A spectral study on low-mass T Tauri stars in the high mass star forming regions RCW 34 and NGC 2626)
2015-2-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Study of the evolution of lenticular galaxies.)
2015-2-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-12

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastacia

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Night was plagued by clouds, thick and thin, and everything in
between. We were closed soon after 3am due to humidity.
In addition to several unsuccessful attempts, some observations
were nevertheless completed during less cloudy bits. And the
seeing was actually good at those times. Data for:

2015-2-SCI-032 P2 RSS (Multi-object spectra of known Halpha emission line stars in Trumpler 14.)
2015-2-SCI-046 P2 RSS (A spectral study on low-mass T Tauri stars in the high mass star forming regions RCW 34 and NGC 2626)
2015-2-SCI-043 P4 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2015-2-SCI-049 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-11

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Steve C., Anastacia

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Another clear and dark night; this time seeing was quite variable
however, and occasionally outright bad. Nevertheless, the night
was full of science observations, with an on-sky engineering system
throughput measurement thrown in too. Data for:

2015-2-SCI-061 P0 RSS (SALT follow-up of type Ia supernovae to study their spectral properties at targeted redshifts)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2015-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Unraveling ring galaxies)
2015-2-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Probing the time variability of QSO absorption line)
2015-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (x2) (Deriving the mass of the central super-massive black hole in the core of active galaxies)
2015-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae )
2015-2-SCI-029 P3 RSS (Spectroscopy of Kepler K2 White Dwarfs)
2015-2-SCI-049 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-10

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Steve C., Anastasia

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A wonderfully stable and clear night again, with seeing just above
one arcsec for most of the night. No problems whatsoever, so we
packed the night full of science for:

2015-2-SVP-003 P0 RSS (Polarimetric Observations of Supernova)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2015-2-SCI-060 P1 RSS (Study of OVI emissions as a function of optical brightness state in two SSS.)
2015-2-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Identifying new ultracompact binary star systems through their spectral characteristics)
2015-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Unraveling ring galaxies)
2015-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Detecting star forming galaxies in two distant, massive galaxy clusters.)
2015-2-SCI-024 P1 RSS (Fabry-Perot observations to trace the narrow line regions in nearby Seyfert 2s)
2015-2-SCI-041 P3 RSS (Spectroscopic classification of candidate magnetic cataclysmic variables in the CRTS)
2015-2-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey, MALS)
2015-2-SCI-029 P3 RSS (Spectroscopy of Kepler K2 White Dwarfs)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-09

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others: Petri, SteveC

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A very productive night, with good seeing and good conditions.
We observed a very recently discovered supernova, in a beautiful galaxy (see the SALT news page for some details and a nice color image).
We have otained data for the following programs :
2015-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2015-2-SVP-002 P0 RSS (Spectropolarimetric observations to verify that spectropolarimetry is ready for science!)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2015-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x2) (Confirming the first asteroid family in the orbit of Mars)
2015-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Unraveling ring galaxies)
2015-2-SCI-060 P1 RSS (Study of OVI emissions as a function of optical brightness state in two SSS.)
2015-2-SCI-059 P1 RSS (x2) (RESOLVE survey kinematics observations)
2015-2-SCI-033 P2 SCAM (Observations of Dwarf Novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-08

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Half the night could be used for science, then we had to close because of high humidity.
We could observe a supernova in a nearby galaxy, and a few other programs:
2015-2-SVP-002 P0 RSS (Spectropolarimetric observations to verify that spectropolarimetry is ready for science!)
2015-2-SCI-013 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2015-2-COM-003 P0 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2015-2-SCI-018 P1 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2015-2-SCI-031 P2 RSS (Connecting QSO absorption line systems with the associated galaxies)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Night Log 2016-02-07

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No data taken tonight because of high humidity.
We could get some commissionning data for
2015-2-SVP-002 P0 RSS (Spectropolarimetric observations to verify that spectropolarimetry is ready for science!)