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.)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-03

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Paul, Eben and multiple younglings, Hitesh remotely, Meerlicht team

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A rather productive night with at times very good seeing, but with a delayed start due to CCAS issues. Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-061 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 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. )

Monday, July 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-02

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Squeezed a few blocks in before we had to close due to humidity early in the evening. Later opened up to take some more data, but also had numerous tech issues. Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (x2) (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-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x5) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-01

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Excellent seeing tonight with mostly thin cloud the majority of the night. Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Constraining merger timescales in clusters that host radio haloes)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x7) (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)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
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)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A good night with very good seeing towards the end. Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-DDT-003 P1 SCAM (Search for variability of stars near the nebula PL1547.3-5612)
2017-1-SCI-057 P1 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of 5 new massive star candidates for characterisation purposes.)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-054 P2 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (x2) (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A nice long night with very few problems and modest seeing. Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
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)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-28

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Eben and SKA visitors

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High humidity all day and all night. No observations tonight.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-27

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others: Techops and various visitors, Brent for handover

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All night lost to weather. We tried one observation but the cloud coverage was too bad.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-26

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Weather prevented us form observing, except during a very short period of time in the middle of the night.
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-25

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A very productive night, with excellent weather conditions.
We have obtained data for:

2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 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-SCI-055 P2 RSS (x2) (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-050 P2 RSS (x2) (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-016 P3 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-24

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with long observations done during a good night with good weather and good observing conditions.
We obtained data for:
2017-1-SCI-031 P1 SCAM (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-SCI-063 P2 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (x2) (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (x2) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-23

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with good conditions and stable weather.
We have obtained data for :
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-061 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-054 P2 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-22

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations, all night lost to weather.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-21

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A mixed night. Weather (wind) had us closed for a significant part of the night, but we managed to obtain data for 6 different programs, ranging from distant Galaxies to old stars

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-20

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Eric (for Handover)

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A busy night that was interrupted by high humidity a few times before we had to close up early.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-031 P1 SCAM (Deep Halpha imaging of old Nova Shells)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
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)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-19

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Clouds, winds and rain kept us closed for the entire night. No data taken.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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A rather variable night, with clouds at the start and not so good seeing for the latter parts.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-066 P2 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
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 (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-17

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie

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Not a good night, the weather had us closed for a large fraction of the night and when we did open we had some technical issues.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-011 P2 HRS (Studying the spectra of a new type of X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie

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A rather cloudy night with thin to thick-ish clouds for most of the night. Mostly low priority targets with very loose constraints observed due to the bad conditions.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 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-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x6) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-15

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

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A very variable night, with wildly fluctuating seeing and humidity. A few technical errors did not slow us down too much either.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-DDT-002 P0 HRS (x2) (Studies of N Sco - the most eccentric massive eclipsing binary system)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-063 P2 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
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-060 P2 HRS (Investigation of the properties of the accretion disc in V1040 Cen)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 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-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (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. )

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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The night started off well, but we were cut short with high humidity and clouds towards the end. Strong competition at the stat of the night too, with a few high priority targets.

Data taken for:

2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-DDT-002 P0 HRS (x2) (Studies of N Sco - the most eccentric massive eclipsing binary system)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (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-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
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. )

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-13

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi and Fred for handover

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A clear night with high humidity that forced us to close a few times. We did some high priority blocks, including confirmation of a supernova. We had a few problems with payload errors but didn't lose a lot of time to it.
See you next time. Thanks Veronica and all!

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0x2, P3x2 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-DDT-002 P0 HRS (Studies of N Sco - the most eccentric massive eclipsing binary system)
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-025 P3 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-010 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)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-12

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith, Janus & Denys on VNC

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A very productive clear, bright night. The Salticam fiducials were re-calibrated. No technical issues tonight. Thanks everyone! :)

Data taken for:
2017-1-DDT-002 P0 HRS (x2) (Studies of N Sco - the most eccentric massive eclipsing binary system)
2017-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Target of opportunity for variable AGN)
2017-1-SCI-063 P2 SCAM (Studying the long-term behavior of classical novae after their eruptions)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 3xP2, 3xP4 HRS (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-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3, 2xP4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3,P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-046 P4 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-11

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A mostly cloudy night, but we managed to take data for two P0 and a few lower priority programmes at the start of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-DDT-002 P0 HRS (Studies of N Sco - the most eccentric massive eclipsing binary system)
2017-1-SCI-040 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-029 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-10

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Thabelo for glycol alarm checks.

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A rainy night at SAAO, no data taken. We took daily calibrations and attempted a polarimetry closed-dome test, but didn't have the correct mask.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-09

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Jamie, Thabelo when we arrived, Anthony and visitors

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We lost most of the night to bad weather. We managed to do a few short P4 blocks in the time we were open.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 HRS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-08

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No data taken tonight. The telescope is offline while salticam cools down again, but we wouldn't have been able to observe due to the weather.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Jamie

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A stormy night with snow and high winds - no observations taken.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-06

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

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Entire night lost due to a massive storm.

No data taken tonight.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-05

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A good clear night. Some technical errors did not cost too much time.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-029 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
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-025 P3 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-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
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 (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x3) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x4) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-04

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Eben (at the start of the night)

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Entire night lost due to high humidity.

No data taken tonight.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-03

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Entire night lost to high winds, high humidity and clouds.

No data taken tonight.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-02

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A good stable night with moderate seeing conditions.

Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-003 P2 RSS (H alpha observations on a T dwarf)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-011 P3 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-025 P3 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (x2) (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2017-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-06-01

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A relatively good night, some technical problems at the start of the night and some clouds towards the latter parts.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-038 P3 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-025 P3 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x4) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (x2) (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-31

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A nice long night with relatively stable conditions. Some clouds towards the end of the night.

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (x2) (Time resolved spectroscopy of a new red back: a transitional accreting millisec pulsar)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2015-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-025 P3 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailed study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-30

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi (for handover), Enrico

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Variable seeing and transparency tonight.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-050 P1 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (x2) (Time resolved spectroscopy of a new red back: a transitional accreting millisec pulsar)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-029 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (x2) (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-29

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Variable seeing and transparency, but a productive night nevertheless.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-040 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (x2) (Time resolved spectroscopy of a new red back: a transitional accreting millisec pulsar)
2017-1-SCI-054 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-065 P2 RSS (Spectro-polarimetric study of a selected gamma-ray Seyfert galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (x2) (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-28

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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A clear night with reasonable though variable seeing.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-050 P1 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-054 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (Time resolved spectroscopy of a new red back: a transitional accreting millisec pulsar)
2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (x3) (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 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-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night cut short by high humidity just before midnight, but we got back on sky after 3:30 a.m.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-040 P0 RSS (x2) (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 (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (Time resolved spectroscopy of a new red back: a transitional accreting millisec pulsar)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-053 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-26

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Had time for just one observation before high humidity forced us to close.

Data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-25

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico. Daniel & Domenique for a tour.

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Night lost to high humidity.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-24

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Thin clouds but excellent seeing on this dark night.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-054 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-055 P2 RSS (Identifying galaxies in massive clusters in the early Universe)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (x3) (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-044 P3 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-025 P3 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-23

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Marissa for handover, Tamara for a while

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=> Night with very strong wind, which closed us at about midnight.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-034 P1 RSS (x4) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-068 P2 RSS (Connecting timescales of star formation and AGN activity in galaxies)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-22

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

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=> Dark night with good and moderate seeing and thin clouds most of the night.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-016 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (x2) (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (x2) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-21

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

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=> Dark and grey night with good and moderate seeing. Clouds came during second half of the night closing us in the morning.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-036 P0 RSS (Transmission Spectrum and Forward Scattering from Wasp 43b)
2017-1-SCI-050 P1 RSS (Identifying and studying galaxy winds, outflows and ionized gas that is outside of galaxy disks.)
2017-1-SCI-034 P2 RSS (x3) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-056 P3 RSS (x4) (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (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)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-20

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

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=> Grey and dark night with moderate and good seeing. Lost some time because clouds.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2017-1-DDT-001 P0 RSS (Narrow filter imaging of the nebula associated with the candidate super soft X-ray source)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-034 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
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-029 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-056 P2 RSS (Unveiling powerful hidden black holes: spectroscopy of WISE-selected obscured quasars)
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-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x4) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-016 P2 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-19

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

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=> One more very stable night with very good seeing

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-034 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x3) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 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-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
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-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Friday, May 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-18

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

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=> Very stable night with good and very good seeing.

=> Data were taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (x2) (Galaxies responsible for ultrastrong MgII absorption.)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2016-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Obtaining spectroscopic redshifts in the CHILES field)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 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-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-17

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

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=> Very stable night with low humidity and good seeing. Some technical issues unfortunately.

=> Data taken for programs:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-034 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-1-SCI-016 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P2 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (x2) (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-16

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Alexei (for handover), Nhlavutelo, Enrico, Dave Kilkenny, IT crowd for a tour: Simon, Iriwaan, Pontsho

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Observed 4/4 P0 ToOs added during the day (and night). Conditions allowed for a productive evening.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-016 P2 RSS (Lyman alpha halos around newly found z>3 QSOs)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (x2) (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2017-1-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-15

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Nhlavutelo, Enrico

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Decent seeing and occasional clouds tonight.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-027 P1 RSS (Investigating the activity state of the changing look AGN HE1136-2304)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (x3) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-SCI-013 P1 RSS (x3) (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-1-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Investigating the activity state of the AGN Mrk 926 )
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-044 P2 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-003 P2 RSS (H alpha observations on a T dwarf)
2017-1-SCI-043 P3 HRS (verifying the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (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-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-14

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Nhlavutelo (on acquisitions), Enrico

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I hope you all appreciated your mothers today. And for those mothers among you, I hope you felt appreciated.
Tonight was a beautifully clear bright-grey night with good seeing, which we put to good use.

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-008 P0 RSS (Potential supermassive black hole binary in AGN)
2017-1-SCI-005 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2017-1-SCI-066 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Studying the growth of supermassive black holes with spectropolarimetry)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (x2) (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (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-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-13

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Nhlavutelo, Enrico, and ~40 UCT 2nd year Astronomy students (split in 3 groups)

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Clear bright night with reasonable seeing. We completed an 2.5 hour long observation, the lengthiest single block I've ever done on SALT.

Data taken for:
2016-2-DDT-008 P0 RSS (Potential supermassive black hole binary in AGN)
2017-1-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-023 P2 HRS (Pulsational observations of alpha Cir)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-12

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Nhlavutelo, Enrico

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Night cut short by clouds and high humidity.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-044 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-11

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Nhlavothelo, Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Nhlavothelo, Enrico

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Bright night with reasonable seeing and transparency.

Data taken for:
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2017-1-SCI-029 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2017-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Target of opportunity for variable AGN)
2017-1-SCI-066 P2 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x4) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2017-1-SCI-044 P3 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-SCI-025 P3 HRS (Determining the period of a multi-periodic pulsating binary system.)
2017-1-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-046 P4 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)