Saturday, April 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-28

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico. Visitors (Wouter, his wife & friends). Barry & John on Skype for BVIT observation.

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A productive dark night. Two ToO observations were done simultaneous with the NuSTAR X-ray satellite.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (x2) (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-029 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2016-2-SCI-011 P3 BVIT (Technology demonstration of the BVIT finding SETI signals)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico

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It's Freedom Day in South Africa and the telescope clearly felt it needed the day off, considering the variety of technical issues we experienced. Otherwise cloud dodging was the name of the game during the first half of the night and humidity forced us to close after midnight for 3 hours, but we still managed to get some science done.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-053 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2016-2-SCI-037 P0 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 BVIT (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Target of opportunity for variable AGN)
2016-1-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-26

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico

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Relatively heavy rains all afternoon left us with a cloudy night and high humidity. But important monthly closed-dome calibrations were completed while we couldn't be on sky. And we are thankful for the rain, especially after such a severe drought.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-25

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon, Deneys, Marissa for handover, Enrico, Anelisiwe, Sandiswa

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A mostly cloudy night, but we managed to get some data in between.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Deriving the mass of the black holes in the core of active galaxies @romeroencarni1 @sand_dave)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-24

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon, Hitesh; Preetish, Omkar (visitors of Sudhanshu); Willie and visitors

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A good night with decent seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-037 P0 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Deriving the mass of the black holes in the core of active galaxies @romeroencarni1 @sand_dave)
2017-1-SCI-047 P1 RSS (Rotation curves of CHILES galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2016-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-021 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2017-1-MLT-005 P2, 2xP3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Observations of tidal dwarf ellipticals in the NGC5291.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-23

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon

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A mixed night with technical issues and bad seeing, deteriorating with high humidity that caused us to close for a while.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-047 P1 RSS (x2) (Rotation curves of CHILES galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-012 HRS (2xP3, P4) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-005 (P2,P3) HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-1-MLT-003 (2xP4) RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-22

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon

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Another night of good clear weather and decent seeing. Some technical glitches, but luckily didn't result in much time loss.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Deriving the mass of the black holes in the core of active galaxies @romeroencarni1 @sand_dave)
2016-2-SCI-031 P0 SCAM (x3) (Measuring the light curve of asteroid Didymos)
2017-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (x2) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-1-MLT-007 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-21

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon; Petri, Encarni and Blaise remotely

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A good night with mostly good seeing, deteriorating around 2am for a while. Some time spent on Fabry-Perot at the start of the night and a payload crash at the end of the night losing time.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-053 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2016-2-SCI-037 P0 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)
2015-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (x2) (Deriving the mass of the black holes in the core of active galaxies @romeroencarni1 @sand_dave)
2016-2-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Kinematic studay of two nearby late type Galaxies from the MHONGOOSE Sample.)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2016-2-SCI-001 P3 HRS (Measuring the masses of the stars in an eclipsing binary system.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-20

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon, Hitesh remotely

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Another very smooth and productive night! We did an RSS P0 slot mode observation.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2016-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-008 P2 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-005 HRS (P3x2, P2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-19

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon

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A good start to the week - a productive night with good seeing and minimal tech time lost.

Data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 HRS (P3x5, P2x1) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2016-2-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Observations of tidal dwarf ellipticals in the NGC5291.)
2016-1-MLT-007 RSS (P2, P3) (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie, Ros (for handover), Fred (for handover), David

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A very nice night, a few minutes lost due to technical errors. Good seeing for most of the night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-008 P2 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2016-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x4) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-17

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie, David

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A good productive night with some good seeing towards the end of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x6) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-046 P3 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie, David

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A relatively good night, seeing was around 2.5" for most of the night though and we did have some technical issues.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
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-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analysing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie

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A good night with clear conditions. Few minutes lost due to some technical errors, but a good night overall.

Data taken for:

2016-2-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Kinematic studay of two nearby late type Galaxies from the MHONGOOSE Sample.)
2016-2-SCI-010 P2 RSS (x2) (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2016-2-SCI-021 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars.)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie

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Clouds and high humidity kept us closed all night. No data taken.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie

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A very cold night. It started off nice and clear, but the humidity forced us to close early. We did get some data though.

Data taken for:

2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie, Etienne (for dome shutter)

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A cloudy night, but we pushed through and observed the brighter targets in the queue. No technical errors tonight, but the weather kept us closed for the last half of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (x2) (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-11

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi

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A very productive night, with good weather and good conditions.
We observed the following programs:
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (x3) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x5) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Observations of tidal dwarf ellipticals in the NGC5291.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-10

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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A very productive night, with once again, reasonably good and stable conditions.
We could observe the following programs:

2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-09

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others: David Buckley and colleagues (from France, Russia and India)

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A productive night, with good weather and stable conditions.
We have obtained data for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-021 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-08

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather, no data obtained.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-07

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather. No data taken.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-06

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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A night plagged by bad weather.
We could observe only one scientific program before having to close due to the high humidity.

We have done some technical tests with one instrument for a program that will be observed later during the semester.

Data obtained for:
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-05

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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Weather prevented us from observing for most of the night.
We could obtain data for :

2017-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-04

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Eric, Keith

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Another good night though hampered by some technical issues. Data taken for:

2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-002 P2 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-026 P3 RSS (Search for new symbiotic stars)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (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)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-03

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another productive night with good seeing.
Data taken for:

2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Polarimetry test proposal)
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x2) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-02

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another productive night with mostly good seeing. Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-2-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x6) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-2-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Observations of tidal dwarf ellipticals in the NGC5291.)
2016-2-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Search for new symbiotic stars)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-01

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A night with consistently good seeing around 1 arcsec. A few tech issues and thin cloud throughout night, but otherwise data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-2-SCI-007 P1 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x4) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
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)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-31

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Mixed night with variable seeing. Data taken for:

2016-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Search for new symbiotic stars)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-035 P3 RSS (x2) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-2-SCI-001 P3 HRS (Measuring the masses of the stars in an eclipsing binary system.)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Started out with good seeing but deteriorated later with rather thick patches of cloud.

Data taken for:

2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (x2) (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-035 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-2-SCI-001 P3 HRS (Measuring the masses of the stars in an eclipsing binary system.)
2016-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A warm dark night with very good seeing of mostly 1-1.5 arcsec. Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2016-2-SCI-002 P2 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (x4) (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-021 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-28

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

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The telescope was back online tonight, and we could observe a lot of high priority programs.
We spent the first two hours of the night checking that everything was working, and we could confirm that it did.
We have obtained data for:
2016-2-SCI-053 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (x2) (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2016-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (x2) (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-27

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight

Monday, March 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-26

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-25

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-24

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others: Janus, Chris, Ockert, Paul, Keith

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No observations tonight. Weather and technical issues prevented us from gathering any science data.
We have taken some calibration data.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-23

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others: Janus, Eben, Paul, Ockert, Chris, Jonathan

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No observations tonight. Weather and technical misbehaviours prevented us from opening.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-22

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Weather and technical problems prevented us from getting any observation tonight.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-19

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Keith, Thabelo, Johan

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The whole night was lost due to telescope technical errors.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Thabelo, Janus (VNC), Deneys (VNC)

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Technical downtime with the telescope and weather conditions prevented us from taking any data tonight.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-17

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Thabelo (for the tracker issues)

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A night that had everything. Really good weather at the start with sub arcsecond seeing, telescope technical errors in the middle and clouds towards the end.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-023 P2 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-008 P2 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Some technical problems prevented us from making full use of the excellent conditions tonight. We did manage to get some good data though.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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A really stable night with good seeing and almost perfect conditions.

Data taken for:

2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-1-MLT-007 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (x2) (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Blain at start for a quick visit, Etienne for SPS error. Petri and the Swedish Delegation also visited.

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A relatively frustrating night, with weather conditions on the limits for most of the night. We battled strong winds and clouds all night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Etienne for cable wrap, Petri and Ted via Skype for FP, Simon briefly

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We've come to the end of a completely clear week with decent seeing every night! Thanks Sutherland! :) Thanks very much to Veronica for all the long nights, to Etienne for coming up for the cable wrap tonight and Ted and Petri for joining for the FP observations.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-027 P2 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-034 HRS (2xP3, 1xP4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A very productive night with no technical downtime and good seeing. Thanks tech team! Moving into bright time, so lower priorities, but also 3 P0s.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-DDT-007 P0 HRS (Searching for dormant black holes in the LMC)
2016-2-SCI-034 HRS (P3x2, P4x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-021 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x3) (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)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-05

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A clear night with a mix of different priority science, mostly reasonable seeing increasing towards the end, and some technical issues. We had trouble with the guidance system tonight - see Veronica's screenshots. No trouble with the tracker on the high priority block at the start of the night :)

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-007 P0 HRS (Searching for dormant black holes in the LMC)
2016-2-SCI-017 RSS (P1x1,P2x1,P3x1) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x3, P4x1) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-2-SCI-009 P3 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-04

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Petri and Ted via skype, Eben

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Another clear productive night with good seeing. We had a few technical troubles but also had a good FP and P0. Please reset the etalon controller tomorrow, fix the cable wrap and look into the tracker error at the start of the night, which happened similarly a few weeks ago. Thanks to Eben for coming up and Petri and Ted for skyping in.

Data taken for:

2016-2-DDT-006 P0 SCAM (The nature of the eclipsing white dwarf WD1202-024)
2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-2-SCI-010 P2 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-027 P2 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-SCI-017 RSS (P3 x2, P2 x1) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-009 P3 RSS (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-03

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Petri and Ted via VNC for FP, Tristan (UCT student), Etienne for slitmask error

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Lovely stable seeing around 1" all night. We took a successful Fabry-Perot observation, a DDT P0 slotmode observation and a good mix of other science. Thanks to Ted, Petri and Etienne for their help.

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-006 P0 SCAM (The nature of the eclipsing white dwarf WD1202-024)
2016-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-2-SCI-009 RSS (P2x2, P3x2) (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-017 RSS (P1x2, P2x1) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )

Friday, March 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-02

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Petri and Ted via vnc for FP

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A lovely clear night with good stable seeing. Unfortunately we couldn't get Fabry-Perot to cooperate, but otherwise a productive night of science.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-009 P2 RSS (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (P1x1, P2x3, P3x1) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-035 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-01

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Etienne for cable wrap connection error

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A fairly productive start to the week, with mostly reasonable seeing. Some technical trouble with the waveplate detente again, resulting in both science and sky polarimetry blocks rejected, and some technical downtime for loose wires connecting to the cable wrap. Thanks very much to Etienne for coming up!

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-009 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
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)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-28

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Ros and Veronica for handover

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Battled with thick clouds most of the night, but did get some (shortish)
observations in the bag through more patchy bits. Data for:

2016-2-SCI-009 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 RSS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-27

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Estee

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Another extremely good astronomical night, exquisite in all aspects.
Observations done for:

2016-2-SCI-031 P0 SCAM (x4) (Measuring the light curve of asteroid Didymos)
2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x4) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))

Monday, February 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-26

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Tim-Oliver, Estee, Italian film crew

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Another near perfect night, great weather all the way to the morning,
seeing varying between very good and mediocre. No issues, really,
and lots of high priority science done, data for:

2016-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x3) (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-2-SCI-010 P2 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-2-MLT-001 P4 RSS (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-25

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Tim-Oliver, Estee, Stuart family and clan, Italian film-crew

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Clear and dark night, but mostly with poor seeing. Lots of science
done, those with loose seeing constraints were winners. Data for:

2016-2-SCI-053 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2016-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Unravelling starforming ring galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (x3) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-001 P3 HRS (Measuring the masses of the stars in an eclipsing binary system.)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-MLT-001 P4 RSS (x5) (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-24

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Tim-Oliver, Estee

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A beautiful dry, clear and dark Karoo night with very good seeing as well. Productive night scientifically with many high priority observations taken:

2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x3) (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-2-SCI-004 P1 RSS (Tracing the effects of SNRs in the surrounding ISM.)
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-23

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Tim-Oliver

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First couple of hours were lost to thunderclouds, but after the skies
cleared up it stayed so with great seeing all the way to the morning.
Data were taken for:

2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-004 P1 RSS (Tracing the effects of SNRs in the surrounding ISM.)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-22

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Tim-Oliver, Ted remotely

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Another productive first half of the night, with varying seeing, after
which the humidity forced us to close. Data collected for:

2016-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-SCI-024 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2016-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the distance to low surface brightness galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-21

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Hitesh, Petri, Tim-Oliver.

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Clear night with decent seeing, although yet again cut short due to high relative humidity. Science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-20

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Hitesh. Sivuyile, Willem and the Italian film crew.

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Beautiful clear night, but we were forced to close too soon due to the humidity. I can't believe this is a desert. :/

Science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

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 )

Monday, February 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-12

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while

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=> Only two hours of very unstable weather before we were closed by humidity. Clouds as well.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-DDT-004 P0 RSS (Fast transient exploration)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-11

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while

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=> Bright night with moderate seeing and rising humidity. We were closed by humidity at 04:30

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-1-MLT-007 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Observations of tidal dwarf ellipticals in the NGC5291.)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 RSS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x3) (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-034 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-030 P4 RSS (x3) (Characterization of potential pulsating compact objects for the TESS mission)

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-10

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while, students from Dartmouth

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=> Night lost due to bad weather. Clouds.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-09

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while

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=> Night with bright moon and very bad seeing. Humidity rises and closed us at about 4am.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-DDT-006 P0 SCAM (The nature of the eclipsing white dwarf WD1202-024)
2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x3) (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 RSS (x4) (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x2) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-08

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while

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=> Clear night with moderate seeing and rising humidity, which closed telescope around 02:00.

=> Data were taken for programs
2016-2-DDT-004 P0 RSS (Fast transient exploration)
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (x3) (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-07

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Alexei (for handover). Anthony and group of Stellenbosch students

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Somewhat cloudy, bright moon night with reasonable seeing that cleared at the end.

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-004 P0 RSS (x2) (Fast transient exploration)
2016-1-MLT-007 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-009 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopy of K2 White Dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x3) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-06

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico, Ockert

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Beautiful clear night with decent seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-006 P0 RSS (The nature of the eclipsing white dwarf WD1202-024)
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the distance to low surface brightness galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-05

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico

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Clear night with good seeing initially, which deteriorated as humidity steadily crept up. Closed for high humidity after 1:00 pm and carried on with weekly and monthly closed-dome calibrations.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (x2) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-04

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico

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Clear night with good seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-004 P0 RSS (Fast transient exploration)
2016-2-DDT-006 P0 SCAM (The nature of the eclipsing white dwarf WD1202-024)
2016-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (x2) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the distance to low surface brightness galaxies)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-03

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico

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Thin cloud in first half of the night. Cleared up for the second half of the night, with good seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-042 P0 RSS (x2) (Searching for evidence of magnetic accretion onto a 1.7 millisecond pulsar.)
2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-019 P1 RSS (x3) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-02

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico

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Horrible seeing tonight! Bad for science, but good for anyone that likes it when the stars twinkle. Fortunately there are some proposals for such conditions. Had to close around 1am due to humidity.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x5) (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-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-02-01

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico

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Observing conditions were fair. Simultaneous P0 observations between SALT and one of the small telescopes in Sutherland were done.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-042 P0 RSS (x2) (Searching for evidence of magnetic accretion onto a 1.7 millisecond pulsar.)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)

3 P0 observations rejected for a variety of technical issues which cost ~3.5 hrs science time in total.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-31

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others: Byron, Marissa for handover, Enrico and Meredith, Petri and Encarni remotely, Andrey at the 1m for a simultaneous observation

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A very productive night, where we observed only high and very high priority programs.

We obtained data for the following :
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-042 P0 RSS (Searching for evidence of magnetic accretion onto a 1.7 millisecond pulsar.)
2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-045 P1 RSS (x3) (Rotation Curves of CHILES Galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Unravelling starforming ring galaxies)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-30

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others: Byron Labadie, Ros and the SALT data workshop participants

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A fairly productive night, with weather being nice and not so nice at the end.

But we could gather data for:
2016-2-SCI-043 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of type Ia supernovae for investigations of the nature of dark energy)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-045 P1 RSS (Rotation Curves of CHILES Galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-026 P4 RSS (x2) (Search for new symbiotic stars)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-29

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A productive night, despite some heavy clouds coming in the middle of the night. But they left as quickly as they came, so we could get data for:
2016-2-SCI-043 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of type Ia supernovae for investigations of the nature of dark energy)
2016-2-SCI-037 P0 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)
2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-029 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar diffuse ionized gas in the galaxy NGC 5775)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (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.)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-28

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A very productive night, with good weather conditions. We could get data for the following programs:
2016-2-SCI-043 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of type Ia supernovae for investigations of the nature of dark energy)
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-030 P4 RSS (Characterization of potential pulsating compact objects for the TESS mission)
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.)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-27

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted, Encarni and Petri remotely

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A short night, due to weather that had us closed more than half of it.
We have taken some data for :
2016-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-26

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A productive night, with many different programs observed.
Weather conditions changed abruptly during the last hour of the night, forcing us to close shortly before the end of the night.
We have obtained data for:
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2016-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-019 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-25

SA: �ric
SO: Veronica
Others: NASSP students for a short visit, Thabelo. Ted, Encarni and Petri remotely for FP

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A fairly productive night. The weather conditions were not ideal, with the seeing being quite high all night long, but we could get data for the following programs:
2016-2-SCI-019 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x2) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-030 P4 RSS (Characterization of potential pulsating compact objects for the TESS mission)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x4) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-24

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Eric (for handover)

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We lost a few hours to weather conditions tonight, with high winds at the start of the night and cloudy conditions towards the end. We did manage to get some data though.

Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-23

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Cloudy conditions prevented us from taking data tonight.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-22

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Lost most of the night to cloudy conditions. We did have a small window where we got some data.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-045 P1 RSS (Rotation Curves of CHILES Galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-2-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-21

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Willie, Lisa, Francois and Wouter for a short visit at the start of the night.

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A good clear night for observing, with the seeing getting slightly worse towards the end when the moon was up.

Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-043 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of type Ia supernovae for investigations of the nature of dark energy)
2016-2-SCI-019 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-027 P1 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-20

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Wouter and Francois for a short visit at the start of the night.

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The night started with some thin clouds and terrible seeing conditions, but it cleared later on and we managed to get a full night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-037 P0 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-1-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Orbital period search of possible binary system)
2016-2-SCI-019 P3 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-035 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-2-SCI-025 P4 HRS (A Faint WR+O star in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-19

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Steve

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A relatively good night with stable conditions, some thin clouds for most of the night.

Data taken for:

2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-019 P3 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A good clear night with stable seeing < 2" for the whole night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy redshifts for the MeerKAT Laduma survey.)
2016-2-SCI-004 P2 RSS (Tracing the effects of SNRs in the surrounding ISM.)
2016-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Study of WR48a, the most X-ray luminous Wolf-Rayet star in the Galaxy)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 SCAM (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)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-17

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Rudi for handover, Craig

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A good end to the week, with a full night of science and decent seeing to end the night. Thanks Thea, and everyone, see you next time!

Data taken for:
2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-004 P2 RSS (Tracing the effects of SNRs in the surrounding ISM.)
2016-2-SCI-057 P3 SCAM (x2) (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-023 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-16

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Craig

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A windy night with very variable seeing, so mostly short P4 blocks observed. Some tracker errors throughout the night. Thanks to Deneys, Simon and Jono for fixing problems for us!
Lost the last 2 hours to high humidity and cloud.

Data taken for:
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-030 P4 RSS (x2) (Characterization of potential pulsating compact objects for the TESS mission)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-028 P4 RSS (Linear spectropolarimetry of fluorescence in NGC2023 - a new magnetic diagnostic)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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The whole night was lost to cloud and high humidity. We were only able to take RV standard calibrations in twilight before closing.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-14

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Craig, David

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A bright night with very good, stable seeing, but only P3s and P4s in the queue. Multiple auto-collimator errors and a few other technical problems.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-039 P3 HRS (x2) (Study of evolution in outflows from outburst)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-058 P4 SCAM (x2) (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions )

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-13

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: David for a short while

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A clear bright night with variable seeing and high humidity forcing us to close early. Only the autocollimator giving us some technical trouble tonight.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-016 P2 HRS (High resolution observations of a pulsating planet host star to constrain the age of the system.)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Friday, January 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-12

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A clear bright night, with variable seeing. Last ~1 hour lost to high humidity.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x4) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts in the MeerKAT Fornax Cluster Survey footprint area.)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2016-2-SCI-056 P4 HRS (x2) (The search for Black Holes in binaries that will eventually merge.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (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)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-11

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A clear bright night with a full moon and fairly good seeing. Some minor technical problems, guidance on HRS in particular seeming to be unstable and an HRS fault lost us time.

Data taken for:
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x8) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (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-030 P4 RSS (Characterization of potential pulsating compact objects for the TESS mission)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-10

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Ros, Tamara and Marec

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=> Thunderstorm at the evening with long rain. High humidity and heavy clouds all the night.

=> No science observations were done.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-09

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Tamara for a while

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=> Clear bright night with bad to moderate seeing. Humidity rises all the night and we were closed by it finally in twenty minutes before twilight.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x8) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-08

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Tamara for a short

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=> Clear bright night with moderate seeing.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-027 P1 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x4) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-023 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x2) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-07

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Tamara for short

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=> Very unstable night with bad seeing and rising humidity. Were closed by humidity in two hours before twilight.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (x2) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-06

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Tamara for a short

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=> Very unstable night with high humidity and bad seeing. Were closed less than two hours after twilight.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of the bright star Beta Pic with it's circumstellar disk )
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-05

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Tamara for a short

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=> Thunderstorm during the day results high humidity and bad seeing. Only one hour of observations before we were closed by humidity.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-04

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Tamara for a short

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=> Unstable night with fields of clouds and growing humidity, closing telescope finally. Some technical problems as well.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (x3) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-03

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Alexei, Tamara, Oleg, Vaisanen family

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Nearly the full night lost to humidity and ridge cloud. Managed just one
short observation before closing, for:

2016-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-02

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to clouds, humidity, and bit of rain. Some closed dome
calibrations taken.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-01-01

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: David, Nico, Minna and kids

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First night of 2017 unfortunately was mostly lost to thick clouds.
Managed to squeeze in a couple of blocks right in the beginning:

2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-046 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Night Log 2016-12-31

SA: Petri
SO: Thea
Others: Ant, David, Nico, Vaisanen family, Puusaari family, Davide

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Happy New Year 2017 everyone!!

The previous year ended, and the new started, on a good note with a
full night of trouble free science. Seeing jumpy again, but otherwise
stable and totally clear.

The honour of first block of 2017 goes to .. Kniazev and edge-on galaxies. Lots of other data too:

2016-2-SCI-050 P0 RSS (Transmission Spectrum and Forward Scattering from Wasp 43b)
2016-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Multi-slit spectroscopy of edge-on galaxies)
2016-2-SCI-024 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2016-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-003 P2 HRS (x3) (Evolved binaries in the Magellanic Clouds)