Sunday, August 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-19

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

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

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-18

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

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

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-17

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Etienne, Timmy

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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-16

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-15

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-14

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

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

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-13

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-12

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-11

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Anthony

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No observations tonight. Heavy clouds and high humidity.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-10

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others: Keith

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

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-09

SA: Brent
SO: Fred
Others:

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

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-08

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

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=> Stable bright night with moderate seeing.

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-07

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-06

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-05

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-04

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-03

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-02

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-01

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

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

And the lucky winner was:

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-07-31

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Anastacia

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

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