Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-17

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Brent for handover, Tamara for a while

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=> Very stable night with good seeing. Make a lot observations of the high priority.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (x3) (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (x2) (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (Unveiling powerful "hidden" black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (x3) (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-16

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

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=> No any observations for the reason of very bad weather. Cold front came. High humidity and heavy clouds.

No science data taken.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-15

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

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=> Heavy clouds and high humidity. We were able to make only one observations before were closed by humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 RSS (x2) (Searching for new symbiotic stars)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-14

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for a while, spider Willy at TimDIMM

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=> Very unstable night with humidity jumping from 30% to 70% some times and field of clouds coming several times. Moderate seeing. Were closed by humidity at about one hour before morning twilight.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (x2) (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-13

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

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=> Very unstable night with extremely bad seeing during first half and much better seeing during second half.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-001 P1 RSS (Velocity dispersion measurements in SAGE0536AGN)
2017-1-SCI-044 P1 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (x2) (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-065 P2 RSS (Spectro-polarimetric study of a selected gamma-ray Seyfert galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Target of opportunity for variable AGN)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-12

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

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=> Very unstable night with clear sky but ugly seeing. We were closed by humidity at about midnight.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-065 P2 RSS (Spectro-polarimetric study of a selected gamma-ray Seyfert galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-11

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

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=> Night with unstable weather during the first half and stable conditions with very good seeing during the second half



Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-009 P1 RSS (Identify the optical counterpart of a mysterious X-ray source)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (x2) (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (x2) (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-1-SCI-059 P2 RSS (Eclipsing Supersoft source 1E 0035.4-7230)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (x2) (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (x3) (Target of opportunity for variable AGN)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-10

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others: Alexei for handover and Tamara

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A productive night, with good weather conditions the whole night.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-040 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-09

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A night shortened by high humidity and low temperatures.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-08

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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We could observe for one program, before having to close due to bad weather.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-07

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with moderate weather conditions. Humidity and clouds forced us to close towards the end of the night.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 SCAM (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-06

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with good weather conditions

Friday, October 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-05

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with good conditions. We lost a bit of time due to some technical issues.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-04

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A relatively good night, with moderate weather conditions.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-03

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: �ric (for handover). Elias & Hannes (SAAO PhD student) in driver's seat(s).

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Night cut short by thick clouds and high humidity.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-02

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Elias (SAAO PhD student) in driver's seat. Enrico.

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Cloudy night with reasonable seeing.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-10-01

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Hannes & Elias (SAAO PhD students) in the driver seat(s). Enrico.

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Clear night with bad seeing.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 HRS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-30

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Elias & Hannes (SAAO PhD students) in the driver's seat(s). Enrico. Jeremy.

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Clear night with variable seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-29

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Elias & Hannes (SAAO PhD students) in the driver's seat(s). UCT 3rd year students visiting from the 74".

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Clear night with highly variable seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-039 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x10) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-038 P4 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-28

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Elias & Hannes (SAAO PhD students). Visitors: ASSA (George) tourgroup with Case & Daniel as guides.

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An initially cloudy night cleared up and seeing was fair throughout the workable part of the night.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-039 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Elias & Hannes (SAAO PhD students)

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Cloudy night with bad seeing.

Data taken for:
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x3) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x12) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-26

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie, Marissa (for handover), Enrico, Hannes and Elias

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A rather good night with sub-arcsecond seeing at the start of the night. Very stable conditions throughout most of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-039 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-25

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie

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High humidity and clouds prevented us from taking any data tonight.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-24

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie

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A pretty good night with relatively stable conditions.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-039 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-SCI-031 P1 SCAM (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-23

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi's Family for a visit at the start of the night. Paul and Johan for HRS Guide Probe.

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A night with a lot of technical errors and faults. We did manage to get some data in the first half of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-22

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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The night was cut short with high humidity and ridge cloud. We managed to get some data at the start of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-049 P4 HRS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-21

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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The entire night was lost to clouds. No data taken.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-20

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Spider Willy at TimDIMM

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A rather unstable night with not so good seeing. We were clouded out for the first half 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-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-19

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi and Fred for handover, spider Willy at TimDIMM...

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=> Very unstable night with heavy clouds from the evening, rising humidity and very bad seeing up 7". We were closed by humidity finally.

=> Some data were taken for programs:
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-18

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith from the evening. Tamara for a while. Spider Willy at TimDIMM

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=> Very stable night with very good seeing, but mostly with some cirrus and thin clouds. Many very high priority targets were observed.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-SCI-034 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (x2) (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-1-SCI-031 P1 SCAM (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-039 P2 HRS (x2) (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-SCI-067 P2 HRS (HRS LR-mode spectra of lithium in NGC6822 AGB stars. )
2017-1-SCI-057 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of 5 new massive star candidates for characterisation purposes.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-17

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Spider Willy at TimDIMM. Eben for some hours to check humidity limit.

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=> Very unstable night with bad seeing. Humidity grows and closed us about midnight and drop down after while.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-011 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the spectra of a new type of X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-16

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: SALT-spider Willy at TimDIMM, Tamara for a while

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=> Practically the whole night was lost due to heavy clouds and high humidity. We observed less than two hours from the evening before were closed by weather.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-15

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

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=> The whole night was lost due to heavy clouds and high humidity

Friday, September 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-14

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

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=> Very unstable night with many clouds and ugly seeing. Mostly P4 were observed for this reason. Were closed by bad seeing and clouds finally.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x3) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-13

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Night starts with clouds, which come in and out couple of times. Seeing was very variable.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-066 P1 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x4) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (x2) (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-12

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Alexei for handover, Thabelo and Eben

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A cloudy night. We observed a few bright targets at the start of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-11

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith and Derick (job shadow student), Kerry (friend of Ros), Thabelo and Johan

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A night of weather and FIF guide probe frustrations. Cloudy for the first half, with a glycol leak, then a FIF guide probe problem which couldn't be solved. One HRS block and some RSS data taken.

Data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (x2) (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x3) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-10

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Somewhat frustrating image quality and focus problems tonight, but little downtime and reasonable seeing. With less moonlight we could do some higher priority targets.

Data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 RSS (x2) (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-061 P3 SCAM (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-049 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-09

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Mark and Eugenie Skelton, Hitesh

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A night of bad seeing, resulting in weather downtime and only P4s successfully observed. We also spent time on image quality checks with Hitesh. Note that RSS had the same problem Encarni saw earlier in the week.

Data taken for:
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-08

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Mark and Eugenie Skelton visiting

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Another smooth night with good seeing and mostly P4s due to the bright moon.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-066 P3 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x4) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A smooth bright night with good seeing. Mostly P4 blocks observed. We lost 42 minutes to high humidity and just 10 minutes of tech time.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-066 P1 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A good start to the week, with 19 blocks observed and no technical trouble. Bright moon and not great seeing, so almost all P4s.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-05

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others: Ros for handover, Munira

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High humidity prevented us from opening the telescope tonight. No science data taken.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-04

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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A hazy and dusty red sunset followed by a clear-ish night with low humidity but also rather poor seeing.

Science data for:

2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 RSS (x3) (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x3) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-03

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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A beautiful clear night with very bright Moon. Measured the telescope throughput and took science data for:

2017-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x6) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-02

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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I saw some thin cirrus on my way up to the telescope, but the night turned out really well, with mostly good seeing and clear skies.

Science data for:

2017-1-SCI-066 P1 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-DDT-008 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-01

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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A nice clear night with variable seeing. We took some engineering tests and some science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-008 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-022 P2 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-SCI-066 P3 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-31

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others: Janus, Ockert, Ted , Eben - all remotely

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The night started clear with good seeing, but steadily increasing relative humidity forced to close up just before midnight.

Science data for:

2017-1-SCI-061 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-30

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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What an awesome first night, with clear skies and decent seeing! :)

Science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-013 P1 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (x2) (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-066 P2 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-29

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Encarni

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Whole night lost to high humidity and clouds. No data taken.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-28

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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A little bit of everything tonight. Some parts with good seeing, some parts with highly variable seeing and some strange temperature and humidity variations.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-057 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of 5 new massive star candidates for characterisation purposes.)
2017-1-SCI-049 P2 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-27

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Encarni (on the phone)

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A rather unstable night with highly variable seeing conditions.

Data taken for:

2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-049 P2 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-066 P3 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-26

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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The night started out pretty good, but the conditions worsened towards the end with very bad seeing conditions just before closing time.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-MLT-009 P1 RSS (Identify the optical counterpart of a mysterious X-ray source)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 HRS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-049 P3 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-011 P4 HRS (Studying the spectra of a new type of X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-25

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Jonathan, Keith (on the phone)

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A rather unstable night at the beginning with not so good seeing, but it got better towards the end of the night. A mixture of high and low priority targets observed.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-040 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (x2) (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-24

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Ramotholo and guest.

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The entire night was lost to high humidity and clouds. No data tonight.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-23

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Ockert, Janus

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The night was cut short due to high humidity and clouds. We did manage to get some data though.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-22

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Janus, Ockert, Rudi, Sudhanshu

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All night lost to high humidity and clouds. Brief on-sky
engineering in the beginning, and some closed-dome
tests.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-21

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ockert, Janus. Fred visiting.

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Nearly the full night lost to clouds, humidity, rain, and finally
snow. Used the time to do various engineering tests and
calibrations, and sneaked in one science observation before
clouds rolled in:

2017-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 6822 using Fary-Perot imaging)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-20

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Timmy and guests visited

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Battled with clouds throughout the night, losing two and a half hours
completely to it, but considering that, got a lot done. Mediocre
seeing. Only a few minutes lost to other minor issues, and
Data taken for:

2017-1-DDT-009 P0 RSS (LIGO followup)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (x2) (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-049 P2 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-067 P3 HRS (HRS LR-mode spectra of lithium in NGC6822 AGB stars. )
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-19

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted and Steve C. on skype, Richard and Jessica.

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A very productive night again, dark, stable, and clear for most of
the night, though seeing was mediocre. Lost only a handful of
minutes. Data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-009 P0 RSS (LIGO followup)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (x4) (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-031 P2 RSS (Deep FP Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 300 using Fabry-Perot imaging)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 6822 using Fary-Perot imaging)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-18

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted, Encarni on skype. Richard and Jessica

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A very productive dark, dry, clearish night with mostly great seeing.
Did several high-priority programs including targets-of-opportunity.
Data taken for:

2017-1-DDT-007 P0 RSS (Search for variability of the detected IMBH and VMS candidates in the star-forming galaxy)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-009 P0 RSS (LIGO followup)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (x2) (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Identifying red supergiants in NGC 300 using Fabry-Perot imaging)
2017-1-SCI-061 P2 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (x2) (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3,P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-17

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Etienne, Timmy

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Most of the clear and cold night lost to high humidity, plus some time
in the beginning to tech.issues. Managed just two observations
in between: Data for:

2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-16

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Ted over skype. Fred, Steve, Jeremy and tourists visiting.

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After a snowy day, a totally icy night. High humidity and cloud, did
not open but used night for closed-dome engineering tests.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-15

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Petri, Hitesh, Mali, Iriwaan

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No observations taken tonight. High humidity and thick cloud from early in the evening. Closed-dome tests taken.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-14

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony, Ted for FP

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A full night with thickish clouds at the start clearing to mostly thin cloud. Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-13

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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A long night with plenty of observations and excellent seeing in the second half. Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-061 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-011 P2 HRS (Studying the spectra of a new type of X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x4) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (x2) (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-12

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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Closed around midnight due to high humidity. Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-11

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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No observations tonight. Heavy clouds and high humidity.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-10

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Keith

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Lost most of tonight to persistently strong winds. Managed to observe two short blocks at the start of the night for:

2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-09

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others:

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A long bright night with lots of science and mostly good seeing. Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x5) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-025 P4 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x9) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-08

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Fred and Brent for handover, Tamara for a while

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=> Stable bright night with moderate seeing.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x4) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-07

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Unstable bright night with seeing changing from good to bad

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-06

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Bright night with stable conditions, some cirrus and good seeing.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-LSP-001 P4 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x3) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x3) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-05

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Very stable bright night with good seing. Many science blocks was done.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (x3) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-04

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> The whole night was lost due to high humidity and heavy clouds.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-03

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Clear bright night with unstable weather: rising seeing and humidity,
which close us one hour before twilight.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2016-2-LSP-001 P4 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x4) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-02

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

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=> Stable bright night with good and moderate seeing. Some dark time in the morning as well.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-022 P2 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (x2) (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-01

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastacia. Ted joined us from Cape Town for some remote observing.

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A very wet and humid night. We had one gap in the humidity, during which we took one Fabry-Perot science observation, and then we had to close again.

And the lucky winner was:

2017-1-SCI-022 P2 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-31

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastacia

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Very cloudy tonight. We kept battling on and only managed to get some data for a few blocks:

2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-30

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another long and productive night! We had some cirrus and a couple of pockets of disgusting seeing, but it was mostly very nice! :) Obtained science data for:

2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-031 P2 RSS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-011 P2 HRS (Studying the spectra of a new type of X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-046 P4 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-29

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastacia

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Tonight we had quite a lot of cirrus at the beginning but awesome seeing - and then the skies cleared but the wind turned SE and we had poor seeing instead. Then back to OK-ish seeing and cirrus and add in a couple of small technical issues for some added spice - we wouldn't want things to get too easy now would we!

Got science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-28

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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And a third beautiful night! We're spoiled - and exhausted! ;)

Science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-27

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastacia

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Second gorgeous dark, clear night in a row! :)

Science data for:
2017-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2016-2-LSP-001 P1 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-039 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-016 P3 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-26

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastasia. Eben and Keith at the beginning of the night, for a visit. :)

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A great start to the week with a beautiful, clear night with very little Moon and some springbok wandering around SALT. And it looks great again for tonight! :)

Science data for:

2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-054 P2 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-SCI-014 P2 SCAM (Rapid photometry of Omega Cen)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-061 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-016 P3 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-25

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Encarni & Veronica (for hand-over)

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Night lost to high humidity and clouds. Time spent on closed dome calibrations.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-24

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Skyping with Ted in Maine (US) for remomte FP observations.

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Clear and dark, but windy night.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-23

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Ted remote observing Fabry-Perot from Maine (U.S.)

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Clear, dark night with decent seeing and no problems.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (Rapid photometry of Omega Cen)
2017-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (RINGS: The RSS Imaging spectroscopy Nearby Galaxy Survey)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-016 P3 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (x2) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-22

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Skype with Barry Welsh in Berkeley for DDT BVIT observation.

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Clear, dark night with decent seeing.

Data taken for:
2017-1-DDT-005 P1 RSS (Variability of an ancient nova)
2017-1-MLT-009 P1 RSS (Identify the optical counterpart of a mysterious X-ray source)
2017-1-SCI-039 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-DDT-006 P1 BVIT (Searching for ET generated optical signals from the Trappist-1 exoplanetary system.)
2017-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-1-SCI-050 P2 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-059 P2 RSS (Eclipsing Supersoft source 1E 0035.4-7230)
2017-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-21

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico. Skyping with Barry Welsh & John Vallerga from Berkeley for BVIT DDT observation.

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Dark night with decent seeing, unfortunately cut short by a Fatal Tracker Error.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-006 P1 BVIT (Searching for ET generated optical signals from the Trappist-1 exoplanetary system.)
2017-1-SCI-050 P2 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-039 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
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-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-17

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Paul, Rudi, Eric Wilcots and UW film crew

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A smooth night of RSS observations with seeing hovering just over 2" for much of the night. With these constraints we mostly did lower priority targets, with many blocks observed for Carole Haswell. I think we've cleaned up most of the RSS P4s!

PIs, please add more loosely constrained blocks for RSS - we're likely to need more targets for next time HRS/FIF work is done. SAs, please encourage the PIs you liaise with to add P4s!

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x10) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-002 P4 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-049 P4 RSS (Searching for new symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-16

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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Tonight we had some weather downtime due to high humidity after the storm, and a series of errors, mostly the HRS guide probe but a few others too.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3, P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A clouded, snowy night. No observations taken. HRS weekly calibrations and RSS polarimetry tests done.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-13

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Jono, Denys over the phone

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A mixed night with multiple small technical issues (mostly the HRS guide probe). We observed a good mix of programmes and a high priority DDT target.

We did a focus test at the start of the night, during which the telescope behaved beautifully, requiring very little focussing intervention, so it remains to be seen whether that was useful!

Data taken for:

2017-1-DDT-005 P1 RSS (Variability of an ancient nova)
2017-1-SCI-050 P1,P2 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-061 P3 SCAM (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-064 P4 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-12

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Jono at start of night to go over HRS guider work-arounds

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A good night with reasonable seeing and not much tech trouble - thanks for your efforts today, Tech Ops!

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-050 P2 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 2xP3, 2xP4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-11

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

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A cold and clear night with moderate seeing. Some technical problems took a fair chunk of time.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: The whole day crew for FIF fix (start of the night)

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A frustrating night with many technical errors. We did obtain some data though.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-063 P3 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-09

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Thabelo

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Whole night lost to bad weather. No data taken tonight.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-08

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A cloudy night that was cut short with bad weather.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-07

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Another full night of observing in relatively good conditions with moderate seeing. The full moon and bright conditions restricted us to ostly bright targets.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-06

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Johan and Thabelo for segment masking.

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A relatively stable night with seeing around 1.5" for most of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-040 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-046 P4 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (x3) (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-05

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A relatively good night, some thin clouds for all of the night though.

2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-031 P4 HRS (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-04

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi, Anthony M. and visitors

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A bright night with average seeing. Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x3) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (x3) (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-052 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)