Saturday, September 23, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-22

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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

Data taken for:

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

Friday, September 22, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-21

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-20

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

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A rather unstable night with not so good seeing. We were clouded out for the first half of the night.

Data taken for:

2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-SCI-058 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-SCI-010 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-SCI-041 P4 HRS (HRS spectra to characterize stars that are periodically eclipsed by very low mass stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-19

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-18

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

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

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-17

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

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

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-16

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

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

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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-15

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

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-14

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

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

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-13

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-12

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

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

Data taken for:

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-11

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

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

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-10

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-09

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

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

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-08

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

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

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-05

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

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-04

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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

Science data for:

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

Monday, September 4, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-03

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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

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

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-02

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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

Science data for:

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Night Log 2017-09-01

SA: Encarni
SO: Thea
Others:

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

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Night Log 2017-08-31

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

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

Science data for:

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