Saturday, April 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-20

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephen, Demeys

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Another beautiful stable night, with 1" seeing all throughout, was spent doing a
mixture of science and engineering, the latter in particular to get the new amazing
RSS guider commissioned.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-014 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-024 P0 RSS (Variability of an ancient nova)
2017-2-SCI-056 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (The transient ASASSN-18fv)
2017-2-SCI-017 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-045 P3 SCAM (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-14

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi

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Some science could be observed tonight, but most of the night was lost to weather

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-027 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Searching for heavy-metal subdwarfs and extreme-helium stars. )
2017-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Night Log 2018-04-19

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephen, Deneys, Jonathan, Thabelo. Timmy, Eben in the evening. Mouse.

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Beautiful clear night with great seeing. However, spent most of the night getting
ready to use the newly installed RSS guide probes, i.e. engineering tests. Some
unrelated tech.trouble too. In between took three science observations:


Science data taken for:
2017-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (The transient ASASSN-18fv)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-18

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephen, Deneys25

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Cloudy and wet night, with no science observations unfortunately. Several closed
dome engineering tests were done however. And godspeed TESS! We watched
the awesome SpaceX launch live, hoping to observe TESS-exos later with HRS.


No science data taken.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-17

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi, Petri for handover.

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A mixed night. It started with heavy rain, then we could observe some science targets, and we had to close again because of the weather.


Science data taken for:
2017-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (The transient ASASSN-18fv)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (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)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-16

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi, Ant

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A productive night, despite weather and clouds being uncooperative.

we could also finish the last engineering tests that needed to be done.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (The transient ASASSN-18fv)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-022 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-15

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi, Ant

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A productive night, during which we finished the engineering tests on one of the instrument, we could do some science, including an observation of a target that was 10 magnitude brighter than a few days ago, which is an increase by a factor of 10000.
then the weather forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (The transient ASASSN-18fv)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-SCI-045 P3 SCAM (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-13

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi, Janus, Stephen, Paul

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More commissionning tests tonight.
We have been able to observe one scientific block tonight, before the weather forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, April 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-12

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Rudi, Janus, Stephen

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Commissionning night in preparation for the reopening of SALT to science


No science data taken.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-04-11

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Janus, Stephen H, Rudi

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Commissioning tests

No science data taken.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-28

SA: Techops
SO: techops
Others:

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Ground Engineering Tests

No science data taken.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-27

SA: Techops
SO: techops
Others: Ockert, Janus, Petri

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RSS Functional Ground Testing started tonight

No science data taken.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-06

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations, telescope is offline

No science data taken.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-05

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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This is the first day of the shutdown for maintenant/upgrade at SALT.
We won't be doing any science for the next 6 weeks, and we will be back with an improved telescope with improved capabilities, so expect better science!


No science data taken.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-04

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with good conditions at the beginning, that worsened towards the end of the night and forced us to close 3h before the sunset.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-001 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-2-SCI-044 P4 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-03

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with good weather conditions that allowed us to observe many high priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-02

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Encarni remotely for the last ET5 tests

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the night started well with good conditions that allowed us to to a high priority observation.
then we started to run some tests before the shutdown that will occur on monday.


Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-03-01

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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the night started well with good conditions that allowed us to to a high priority observation.
then we started to run some tests before the shutdown that will occur on monday.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-28

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with very little technical problems.
We observed a lot of programs that are well suited for the bright moon.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-27

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Eric and Thea for handover

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=> Mainly nice and stable bright time weather with very good seeing. Many science blocks were done.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-26

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Very nice and stable night with low humidity and very good seeing.

=> Additionally, some tests were done

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-034 P1 RSS (Lya halos around QSOs)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-038 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-25

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

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=> Unstable night with variable seeing. Clouds from the evening, but started to be clear at the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-017 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-24

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for cappuchino

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=> Very cold night with bad seeing, passing clouds and rising humidity. Some observations were done before we were closed by humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-014 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Confirmation of the high redshift QSO candidate J1312-2026)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-23

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Tamara for cappuchino

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=> Very strong wind and rising humidity from the evening. We were able to observe only four high priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-033 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-014 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)

Friday, February 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-22

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

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=> Stable night with very good seeing, but with some clouds from time to time. Many high priority blocks were observed.

Science 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)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2017-2-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers.)
2017-2-SCI-055 P1 RSS (Foggy Atmosphere of a Galaxy)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-21

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Humidity rising from the sunset and close us fast enough. Some observations were done at the beginning of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-20

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Alexei for handover

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Continuing this week's tradition, we closed early for cloud and high humidity. We observed a few blocks, including two P0s beforehand.
Thanks for a smooth week everyone! All the best for the shutdown & its prep.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-19

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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Much of the night was lost to ridge cloud. We did a mix of priorities given the variable seeing before closing, and some closed-dome engineering tests.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-18

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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We had a fairly productive start to the night, though mostly lower priority blocks due to bad seeing. The second half was lost to clouds and high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2017-2-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-001 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-010 P4 RSS (x2) (Characterising Pulsating Stars @dlhwp)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-17

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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The first half of the night was beautiful, with stable sub-arcsecond seeing, allowing us to do high priority blocks. Unfortunately the clouds rolled in, closing us early.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-048 P1 RSS (Tracing the kinematics of warm gas in CHILES galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-033 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2017-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Obtaining ionized gas kinematics for HI-rich galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-034 P1 RSS (Lya halos around QSOs)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-16

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A night of variable seeing, improving for a while before we had to close due to high humidity. We accepted 6 blocks. We were not able to match the external seeing on the guider tonight.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
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 (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Petri, Russian Consul General and family

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A productive night with some great seeing, lots of high priority blocks and no downtime!

Science 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)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (x2) (Obtaining ionized gas kinematics for HI-rich galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers.)
2017-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-14

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Petri

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A mixed night with high humidity causing some stops and cutting the night short. We managed to fit in 6 blocks, including a few P1s.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Study of late-time supernovae spectra)
2017-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (x2) (Obtaining ionized gas kinematics for HI-rich galaxies)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2017-2-SCI-012 P3 HRS (The Origin and Fate of Very Fast Rotators among Evolved Massive Stars)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-13

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Ros (for handover), Naomi (UCT PhD student in training), Enrico

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Rain during afternoon and early evening we were surrounded by thunderstorms.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-055 P1 RSS (Foggy Atmosphere of a Galaxy)
2017-2-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Study of late-time supernovae spectra)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-12

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Rained this afternoon. Whole night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-11

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Naomi (UCT PhD student) in training. Enrico

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Most of the night lost to bad weather. Opened 02:30 and made good use of the gap in the clouds.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-055 P1 RSS (Foggy Atmosphere of a Galaxy)
2017-2-SCI-038 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Naomi (UCT PhD student) in training. Surita. Hannah & Dan. 26 NASSP Hons students and the SummerSchool organizers.

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Mostly clear the first half of the night and then cut short by ridge cloud just after midnight.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers.)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2017-2-SCI-034 P2 RSS (Lya halos around QSOs)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-09

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Naomi (UCT PhD student). Enrico. Surita.

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Clear night with good seeing was cut short at 2 a.m. by humidity and ridge cloud.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers.)
2017-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Obtaining ionized gas kinematics for HI-rich galaxies)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-08

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Naomi (UCT PhD student). Enrico.

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Partly cloudy night with sub-arcsecond seeing.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (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)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (x2) (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-2-SCI-038 P1 RSS (x2) (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Obtaining ionized gas kinematics for HI-rich galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-07

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Naomi (UCT PhD student), Enrico. Japanese film crew.

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Night started with battling thick clouds, but they thinned out enough to allow for good science the majority of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-2-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Study of late-time supernovae spectra)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-06

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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A really good night with stable seeing conditions at around 1.0". Lots of high priority targets observed and no technical downtime.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Study of late-time supernovae spectra)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-05

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Etienne, Jonathan and Janus (on the phone)

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The first half of the night was troubled with a technical fault, but we managed to recover it eventually and continued with science for the second half.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-04

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Summary
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Another good night for science with a few high priority targets observed.

Science 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)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-044 P3 HRS (Study of the jet producing symbiotic star PN Sa 3-22)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-03

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Summary
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A really good stable night, albeit with a very bright moon. No technical faults tonight.

Science 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)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-025 P2 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR.)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-02

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Summary
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A good start to the night, but the weather forced us to close just after midnight.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-02-01

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Summary
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A relatively good night with a number of high priority targets observed. We had a small tech error right at the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (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)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-041 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-31

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Summary
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The super blue blood moon night was cut short by high humidity and clouds.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi, Fred

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No observations possible tonight. High humidity and thick clouds.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Jonathan, Waanie, Liam

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Summary
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Various technical issues tonight but otherwise several high priority blocks completed.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-002 P2 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-041 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-28

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Waanie

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Summary
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A very good night with some poor seeing at the start that settled once the wind shifted to the NE.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-SCI-019 P1 RSS (Studying newly-identified Irregular Variable Stars)
2017-2-SCI-056 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x3) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Searching for heavy-metal subdwarfs and extreme-helium stars. )
2017-2-SCI-001 P3 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-27

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Summary
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Managed to get a short observation after mirror alignment before closing due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-26

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Paul R. and visitor from NI, Waanie

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Summary
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No science data taken tonight. High humidity and heavy clouds.

No science data taken.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-25

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Summary
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Less humid than last night and with worse seeing. Still managed to get quite a bit done, including taking calibration data for SCAM.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-1-MLT-007 P1 RSS (x2) (The goal of this project is to understand how Type Ia Supernovae explode)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-24

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Waanie

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Summary
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Night cut short by high humidity but we managed to get 4 blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Brent for handover

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Summary
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Most of the night lost to bad weather (humidity was very high).
We could observe one high priority target before closing, and we have been doing some engineering tests also.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Night Log 2018-01-22

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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No observations tonight, the telescope was offline.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-21

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Steve C, Sarah

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Summary
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The whole night was lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-20

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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Almost the whole night lost to weather.
And when we could open again, some techincal issues with one CCD prevented us from observing very efficiently.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Night Log 2018-01-19

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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The whole night was lost to weather.
We could perform some tests while we were closed.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-18

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A mixed night. We stayed closed during the first half because of the weather. then, the weather conditions were not very good.
And we did a long engineering test that lasted almost two hours.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-17

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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The night started well, with good conditions, but then, clouds and bad seeing prevented us from observing during the last part of the night.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-025 P2 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-030 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Night Log 2018-01-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Eric (for handover), Thabelo, Jonathan (on the phone)

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Summary
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The night started with a few technical issues and ended with some pretty poor seeing conditions. We did mange to get some good data in the middle though.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A rather unstable night with very poor seeing conditions. We were forced to close an hour early due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Night Log 2018-01-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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Another good night with lots of time for science and not a lot of technical issues.

Science 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-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-001 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)

Night Log 2018-01-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A full night of relatively good seeing and stable conditions. We had one small technical error.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-031 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Night Log 2018-01-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A rather good night with a larger number of high priority targets at the start of the night. The seeing deteriorated towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A good night with relatively stable conditions and no technical downtime.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2017-2-SCI-035 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x3) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-041 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Night Log 2018-01-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A night with highly variable seeing, making observations difficult to schedule.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Night Log 2018-01-09

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi for handover.

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Summary
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The night started clear but with annoyingly variable seeing, but it stabilized after around 11pm and left us with really nice conditions! :)

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-045 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-2-SCI-006 P1 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-2-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Searching for heavy-metal subdwarfs and extreme-helium stars. )
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-039 P3 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-021 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-2-SCI-005 P4 RSS (x2) (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)

Night Log 2018-01-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A rather unstable night with very poor seeing conditions. We were forced to close an hour early due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Night Log 2018-01-24

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Waanie

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Summary
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Night cut short by high humidity but we managed to get 4 blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Brent for handover

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Summary
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Most of the night lost to bad weather (humidity was very high).
We could observe one high priority target before closing, and we have been doing some engineering tests also.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Night Log 2018-01-22

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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No observations tonight, the telescope was offline.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-21

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Steve C, Sarah

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Summary
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The whole night was lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-20

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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Almost the whole night lost to weather.
And when we could open again, some techincal issues with one CCD prevented us from observing very efficiently.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Night Log 2018-01-19

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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The whole night was lost to weather.
We could perform some tests while we were closed.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-18

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A mixed night. We stayed closed during the first half because of the weather. then, the weather conditions were not very good.
And we did a long engineering test that lasted almost two hours.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-17

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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The night started well, with good conditions, but then, clouds and bad seeing prevented us from observing during the last part of the night.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-025 P2 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-030 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Night Log 2018-01-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Eric (for handover), Thabelo, Jonathan (on the phone)

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Summary
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The night started with a few technical issues and ended with some pretty poor seeing conditions. We did mange to get some good data in the middle though.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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Another good night with lots of time for science and not a lot of technical issues.

Science 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-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-001 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)

Night Log 2018-01-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A full night of relatively good seeing and stable conditions. We had one small technical error.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-031 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Night Log 2018-01-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A rather good night with a larger number of high priority targets at the start of the night. The seeing deteriorated towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A good night with relatively stable conditions and no technical downtime.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2017-2-SCI-035 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x3) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-041 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Night Log 2018-01-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A night with highly variable seeing, making observations difficult to schedule.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Night Log 2018-01-09

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi for handover.

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Summary
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The night started clear but with annoyingly variable seeing, but it stabilized after around 11pm and left us with really nice conditions! :)

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-045 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-2-SCI-006 P1 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-2-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Searching for heavy-metal subdwarfs and extreme-helium stars. )
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-039 P3 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-021 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-2-SCI-005 P4 RSS (x2) (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)

Night Log 2018-01-22

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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No observations tonight, the telescope was offline.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-24

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Waanie

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Summary
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Night cut short by high humidity but we managed to get 4 blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-002 P0 HRS (Observations of supernovae, near and far.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A rather unstable night with very poor seeing conditions. We were forced to close an hour early due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Night Log 2018-01-20

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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Almost the whole night lost to weather.
And when we could open again, some techincal issues with one CCD prevented us from observing very efficiently.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Night Log 2018-01-19

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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The whole night was lost to weather.
We could perform some tests while we were closed.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-18

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A mixed night. We stayed closed during the first half because of the weather. then, the weather conditions were not very good.
And we did a long engineering test that lasted almost two hours.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Another good night with lots of time for science and not a lot of technical issues.

Science 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-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-001 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-029 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)

Night Log 2018-01-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A good night with relatively stable conditions and no technical downtime.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2017-2-SCI-035 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x3) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-041 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Night Log 2018-01-17

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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The night started well, with good conditions, but then, clouds and bad seeing prevented us from observing during the last part of the night.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-025 P2 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-030 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Night Log 2018-01-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Brent for handover

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Most of the night lost to bad weather (humidity was very high).
We could observe one high priority target before closing, and we have been doing some engineering tests also.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Night Log 2018-01-22

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight, the telescope was offline.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-21

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Steve C, Sarah

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The whole night was lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2018-01-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Eric (for handover), Thabelo, Jonathan (on the phone)

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The night started with a few technical issues and ended with some pretty poor seeing conditions. We did mange to get some good data in the middle though.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Summary
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A night with highly variable seeing, making observations difficult to schedule.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)

Night Log 2018-01-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A rather good night with a larger number of high priority targets at the start of the night. The seeing deteriorated towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Night Log 2018-01-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A full night of relatively good seeing and stable conditions. We had one small technical error.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P1 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-031 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Night Log 2018-01-09

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi for handover.

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The night started clear but with annoyingly variable seeing, but it stabilized after around 11pm and left us with really nice conditions! :)

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-049 P0 RSS (SALT spectroscopic follow-up of supernova candidates for further investigations of dark energy)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-045 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2017-2-SCI-006 P1 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-2-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Searching for heavy-metal subdwarfs and extreme-helium stars. )
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-039 P3 RSS (Probing the structure of relativistic jets of AGN with SALT, Gaia and VLBI.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-021 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-2-SCI-005 P4 RSS (x2) (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)

Night Log 2018-01-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Brent for handover

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Most of the night lost to bad weather (humidity was very high).
We could observe one high priority target before closing, and we have been doing some engineering tests also.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-08

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Very thin cloud most of the night, and the seeing jumping up and down like a frantic flea!


Science data taken for:
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)
2017-2-SCI-005 P4 RSS (Extraplanar gas and dust in edge-on disc galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-07

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ant. Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter

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Very cloudy and humid night. Managed to observe only a few blocks in a small gap before we were forced to close again. Better luck tomorrow I hope!

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-SCI-021 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic investigation of selected southern lambda Boo - type stars)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-06

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter.

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What a gorgeous night, with clear stable skies and good seeing! :)



Science data taken for:
2017-2-DDT-001 P1 RSS (Studying the chemistry of galaxies over 4 billion light years away)
2017-2-SCI-051 P1 RSS (spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-006 P2 RSS (Gas dynamics in NGC300 and NGC4945)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to open clusters and associations)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x2) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-05

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter. Thabelo and Johan for the payload.

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Another cirrussy night start followed by clear skies, all splashed with good seeing. Unfortunately, a technical problem stopped us at around 1:40 am. Our tech team worked for hours and managed to fix it during twilight, when the sky was already too bright for more science observations.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-056 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Velocity Function)
2017-2-SCI-025 P2 HRS (x2) (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-04

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ana, Liam, Stephen, Mrs. Potter.

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A cloudy start to the night, which got progressively worse until around 11pm and then cleared up after midnight.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary stars with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-MLT-006 P2 HRS (x2) (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-027 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-012 P3 HRS (The Origin and Fate of Very Fast Rotators among Evolved Massive Stars)
2017-2-SCI-022 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-03

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others: Ant, Nick, Stephen, Ana, Liam and Mrs. Potter.

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A beautiful and productive night with a pretty Moon and zero problems. :)



Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-001 P2 RSS (Line profile variations in RX J0622.6-2318)
2017-2-SCI-017 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-SCI-027 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-2-SCI-013 P2 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2017-2-SCI-014 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-051 P3 RSS (spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-01-02

SA: Encarni
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Happy New Year 2018! :)

A beautiful and productive night with a rather bright Moon in clear skies.


Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-038 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-013 P1 HRS (On the orbital period of a roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-MLT-005 P1 HRS (Investigating the chemical composition of bright star beta Pic and its nearby circumstellar material)
2017-2-SCI-027 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Studying newly-identified Irregular Variable Stars)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-022 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)