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)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-09

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian. The day crew finishing work on the tracker.

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Another beautiful full Moon, clear night with pretty decent seeing - I could get used to this! We had a late start due to some technical problems with the track and a couple of *very* long blocks, so we couldn't beat our own block record tonight.. but there, the challenge has been issued... ;)

Science data for:

2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-040 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-066 P1 HRS (Measuring the strengths of temperature-sensitive TiO and atomic Ti lines in cool dwarfs)
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (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)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-08

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian

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Lost 3:40 hours to bad weather and the rest of the night had good seeing and clear skies and we took full advantage!

Science data for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (x3) (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-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 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-07

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian.

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Gorgeous night, mostly clear and with good seeing and we took 21 blocks! And one of them was 2 hours long! :)

Science data for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-054 P1 RSS (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x4) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x4) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-06

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian. Eben for tracker help.

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A beautiful night with gorgeous seeing and, unfortunately, a few technical problems that prevented us from taking full advantage and breaking our own record... but we'll try again tomorrow! Still, 15 blocks is not too shabby.. ;)

So, without more ado, tonight's winners are:
2017-1-SCI-054 P1 RSS (x2) (A kinematic study of extraplanar gas in spiral galaxies with a range of SFRs)
2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-052 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x4) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2017-1-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-05

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian and a group of observers for a tour.

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The night started very cloudy and with some rain, but cleared enough to open by ~21:45, and had excellent seeing through some thin cloud for the rest of the night. A few technical problems prevented us from being as efficient as last night... but watch this space!

Science data for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P1 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-040 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-04

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian.

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A mostly clear with decent seeing night, with some patches of cloud to add some thrill and spice to what would otherwise be way too easy. So we made the most of it and observed... wait for it...23 blocks! Yep, we are good. ;)

And the lucky winners are:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x8) (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-SCI-040 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-SCI-008 P2 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2017-1-SCI-029 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x3) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-03

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Christian, Chris.

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The night started with good seeing and clear skies, but unfortunately neither condition lasted and we were forced to close due to ridge cloud just before 10pm.
Science data for:
2017-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
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-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-02

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Encarni & Fred (handover), Christian, Deneys, Enrico

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Cloudy night, but got some science.

Data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-SCI-038 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (x6) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-05-01

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico

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It's Worker's Day today. A cloudy night with occasional opportunities to try and get science with varying degrees of success initially. But we put this first night of semester 2017-1 to good use, as it was fortunately clear for the 3 P0 ToOs we could successfully observe.

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Using Halpha emission to measure chromospheric variability on the coolest stars. )
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-058 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-SCI-024 P3 RSS (x2) (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-30

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico

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A very cloudy night. Many attempts were made in vain, however we did have some limited success.

Data taken for:
2017-1-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Here ends semester 2016-2.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-29

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico. Skype with Barry for BVIT observation

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Another productive night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-SCI-034 P1 RSS (x5) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2017-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-011 P3 BVIT (Technology demonstration of the BVIT finding SETI signals)
2017-1-SCI-010 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2016-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-28

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

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

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico

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

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-26

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Deneys, Enrico

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-25

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-24

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

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A good night with decent seeing.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-23

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon

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

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-22

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon

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

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-21

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

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

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-20

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

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

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-19

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Deon

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

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-18

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

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

Data taken for:

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-17

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie, David

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

Data taken for:

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie, David

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

Data taken for:

2017-1-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2016-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-1-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-SCI-024 P4 RSS (Classification of rapidly varying stars)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars associated with mid-infrared nebulae)
2016-2-SCI-008 P4 HRS (Analysing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie

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

Data taken for:

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Stephanie

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

Data taken for:

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-12

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

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

Data taken for:

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-11

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-10

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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

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

Monday, April 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-09

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

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-08

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather, no data obtained.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-07

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather. No data taken.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-06

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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

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

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-05

SA: �ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-04

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Eric, Keith

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

2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-SCI-002 P2 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-2-SCI-026 P3 RSS (Search for new symbiotic stars)
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-2-SCI-034 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-03

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another productive night with good seeing.
Data taken for:

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-02

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-04-01

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

2016-2-SCI-002 P1 HRS (x2) (High resolution spectroscopic abundance measurements of RGBs in NGC 6584 and NGC 7099)
2016-2-SCI-007 P1 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Lya halo around RLQSOs.)
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x4) (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-034 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-1-MLT-002 P4 HRS (Analysis of metallicity gradient and local chemical composition heterogeneity in the Galactic disk)
2016-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of bright RR Lyrae variables)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-31

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Mixed night with variable seeing. Data taken for:

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

Data taken for:

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-28

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

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-27

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight

Monday, March 27, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-26

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-25

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-24

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

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-23

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

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-22

SA: �ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-19

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

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The whole night was lost due to telescope technical errors.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-18

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

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-17

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

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

Data taken for:

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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

Data taken for:

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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

Data taken for:

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-14

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

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

Data taken for:

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-07

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

Data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-DDT-007 P0 HRS (Searching for dormant black holes in the LMC)
2016-2-SCI-034 HRS (P3x2, P4x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2016-2-SCI-021 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in PKS 1020-103)
2016-2-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Analyzing chemically peculiar subdwarfs and searching for the heavy-metal stars. )
2016-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Searching for high redshift quasars for the MeerKAT Absorption Line Survey (MALS))
2016-2-SCI-018 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectral observations of B stars with the aim of deciphering their evolutionary paths. )
2016-2-SCI-007 P4 RSS (x3) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2016-2-SCI-047 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-03-05

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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