Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-26

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others: Paul and Cara. Martin for a while.

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Mostly foggy night, so unfortunately, no science tonight.
However, we did manage to make some engineering observations desperately needed for the HRS pipeline development, as well as taken several engineering tests: some polarimetry functionality tests, monochromator performance tests and took calibration series for the Low Resolution Fabry-Perot mode. Whew!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-25

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Kai, Mike Shara. Marissa to help with BVIT observations. Thabelo for the power-cut rescue..

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Beautiful clear skies at sunset, cloudy shortly after for about 1 hour and then beautiful, good seeing, dark skies Unfortunately a power cut at ~4am caused some technical problems and we were unable to continue.

Took some telescope throughput measurements, some commissioning observations and science data for:

2015-1-SCI-061 P1 SCAM (Perform a high- cadence imaging survey of stars in NGC-2808)
2015-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2015-1-SCI-009 P1 HRS (x3) (Pulsations of the Extreme Helium Star BX Cir)
2015-1-COM-001 P1 BVIT (SALT dome seeing measurement.)
2015-1-SCI-064 P3 HRS (Determining the rotation rate of O stars in Wolf Rayet/ O star binaries.)
2015-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (We aim to study a number of candidate ultracool objects, which should include new brown dwarfs.)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-24

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Mike Shara. Eben, Thabelo and Junior at the beginning of the night. Chris for a while.

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Partly cloudy night with plummeting temperatures - from 15C at the beginning of the night, to 5.5C at the end!

Science data for:

2015-1-SCI-068 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in He 1136-2304)
2015-1-SCI-058 P1 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2015-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Determining galaxy group member redshifts )
2015-1-SCI-064 P2 HRS (x3) (Determining the rotation rate of O stars in Wolf Rayet/ O star binaries.)
2015-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Searching the Milky Way for symbiotic stars)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)
2015-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Doppler tomography of T Tauri-type star and a search for forming planet)
2015-1-SCI-036 P3 HRS (Metal abundance of extremely metal poor candidates with high S/N and high resolution spectra.)
2015-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (We aim to study a number of candidate ultracool objects, which should include new brown dwarfs.)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-23

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Frustrating night with loads of clouds rolling by and a few gaps - some long enough for observations, and some... not.

Science data for:
2015-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Determining galaxy group member redshifts )
2015-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Doppler tomography of T Tauri-type star and a search for forming planet)
2015-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (Searching for binaries in unusual central stars of planetary nebulae)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x2) (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-22

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Busy night with thin clouds and variable seeing.

Science data for:
2015-1-SCI-008 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2015-1-SCI-018 P0 HRS (Accretion in Young Binary Star Systems)
2015-1-SCI-058 P1 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2015-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic classification of candidate magnetic cataclysmic variables in the CRTS)
2015-1-SCI-012 P2 RSS (x5) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2015-1-SCI-052 P2 RSS (Finding the redshift and ionization of WISE-selected QSOs)
2015-1-SCI-064 P3 HRS (x2) (Determining the rotation rate of O stars in Wolf Rayet/ O star binaries.)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-21

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Kai and Garith. Hitesh over the phone for SAMS help.

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Mostly cloudy night with a few patches of clear skies. Managed to take advantage of those gaps and got data for:

2015-1-SCI-064 P2 HRS (x3) (Determining the rotation rate of O stars in Wolf Rayet/ O star binaries.)
2015-1-SCI-001 P3 RSS (Characterising a rapidly pulsating star)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Night Log 2015-05-20

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Garith and Kai

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Dark night with variable seeing and clouds.
Science data for:

2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (x3) (Deriving the mass of the central super-massive black hole in the core of active galaxies)
2015-1-SCI-012 P2 RSS (x3) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2015-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic classification of candidate magnetic cataclysmic variables in the CRTS)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 SCAM (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)
2015-1-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x4) (Observations of evolved massive stars revealed with Spitzer and WISE)
2015-1-SCI-062 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)