Thursday, October 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-17

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with good conditions that allowed us to observe a lot of different targets.


Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-SCI-043 P3 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-16

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (in control), Enrico, Eric, Thea, Josh

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The night began with thick fast moving clouds which restricted but we were able to observe many low priority targets with short track times.
Conditions improved as the night went on, we were able to observe targets with better conditions until the humidity rose sharply towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical paremeter determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-1-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x5) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-15

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (training - in control), Enrico

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The started off well with some weekly HRS calibrations. We got some variable seeing and thin to thick cloud cover and managed to do science observations until the humidity got too high and stayed that way for the rest of the evening, and clouds moved in as well. We therefore had to close for the rest of the night and do some further weekly HRS calibrations.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-14

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (observing), Enrico

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Weather fluctuated from thin to thick cloud and high humidity causing the telescope to be closed for short while. Managed to get some successful science observations, with only a few observations that were rejected due to unsuitable weather conditions.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-13

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (in training), Enrico

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Night lost to scattered showers. Thankful for the rain though.

No science data taken.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-12

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (in training), Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)

Friday, October 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-11

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (in training), Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Moses (in training). Enrico.

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Hazy night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-09

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Fred, Marissa, Moses for handover and Enrico, David Buckley, Kevin and OAD visitors

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A very productive night with good constant seeing, allowing us to do a number of blocks with tight constraints. We had no technical downtime tonight.
Thanks for a great week everyone! See you next time.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-043 P3 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-08

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Daniel and Steve Potter, Encarni via phone, Jean for QCPC (and two visitors whose car broke down)

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Most of the night was lost due to some unexpected clouds that threatened rain without much arriving. It cleared up and we managed to get ~3.5 hours of science in. We did a mix of priorities, still affected by some cloud.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-SCI-032 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2018-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Binary and abundance studies of roAp star @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with mostly good seeing. We did a number of high priority blocks. We missed one ToO at the start of the night, though.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-030 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Daniel from the 1.9m

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A mostly smooth night with average seeing. We completed a number of high priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-036 P1 RSS (A dynamical study of a nearby merging )
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-05

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Skelton family

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A productive night with reasonably good, stable seeing. We had a few minor technical niggles but mostly a smooth night with some high priority blocks completed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2016-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-SCI-036 P1 RSS (A dynamical study of a nearby merging )
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-032 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)

Friday, October 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-04

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A good dark night with a mix of targets, including quite a few high priority blocks. The seeing was not good to start but improved over the second half of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-014 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2018-1-DDT-008 P0 RSS (Simultanous SALT-XMM obervations of the changing-look AGN NGC 1566)
2018-1-SCI-036 P1 RSS (A dynamical study of a nearby merging )
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-SCI-019 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers)
2016-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-012 P2 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-043 P3 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2018-1-SCI-043 P4 HRS (Shells around SMC noavae)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-03

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Mayuko

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A productive night with little downtime, but mostly lower priority blocks due to the bad seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-026 P2 HRS (Binary and abundance studies of roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-042 P3 RSS (Investigating star formation histories of galaxies on the 3D main sequence)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-032 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-02

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Ros for the handover. Fred to test cappuchino

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=> The whole night was lost with bad weather.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-01

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Stable first half of the night with some clouds. Humidity starts to rise during second half. Thin and thick clouds over the second half of the night as well.
We observed many good blocks anyway.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-009 P3 RSS (Variability of broad absorption lines)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Monday, October 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-30

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Good stable night with modern seeing and little bit of clouds. Many high priority blocks were observed. Two tracker problems prevented us from being extremely happy and efficient.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-005 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-29

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Amanda, Hamish and students in the evening

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=> Very stable night with low wind and low humidity. Unfortunately, seeing was moderate and sometimes started to be bad. Anyway, we observed many high priority blocks.


Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-005 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-009 P2 RSS (Variability of broad absorption lines)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-27

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Night started with clear sky and good seeing changed to the strong wind and high humidity. We were need to close telescope earlier for that reason.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-017 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-26

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> The night with bright moon and mainly thin clouds. Were able to observe many high priority blocks. Unfortunately, some technical problems decreased our efficiency.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-026 P1 HRS (Binary and abundance studies of roAp star @dlhwp)
2016-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-024 P1 RSS (Time-resolved spectropolarimetry of Nova Scorpii 1437)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-25

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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No observation, all night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-24

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Petri and Minna for a visit

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Alomst all night lost to weather. We managed to squeeze two blocks between two heavy patches of clouds.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Keith for focus

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a productive night, but we lost 3.5h due to clouds.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x4) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (x2) (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-22

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Patrick Woudt and guests

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A fairly productive night, with good weather conditions.
Some technical issues prevented us from observing during the last hour of the night

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-015 P2 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-017 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x3) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-21

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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A productive night, with good weather conditions and no technical issue

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Friday, September 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-20

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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A productive night, with good weather and little technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-012 P2 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-19

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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All night lost to weather.


No science data taken.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-18

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Fred and ��ric for handover

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Entire night lost to rain and high humidity.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-17

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Entire night lost to humid, windy and cloudy conditions.

No science data taken.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-16

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Fairly productive night of observing under thin clouds until high humidity put us out of action.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (x2) (Shells around SMC noavae)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-15

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Patrick Woudt and second-year UCT astrophysics class

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Fairly productive night with very little technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC noavae)
2018-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-14

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Timmy, Paul, Jonathan, Richard working on etalon at start of the night

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An evening frustrated by clouds and a few technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-13

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Pran and first-year UCT students for a short while

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Fairly productive evening with a number of high priority targets observed and little technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x2) (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-12

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Lisa and Wanga (third year UCT astronomy student) visiting.

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Whole night lost to high humidity.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Itu (for handover)

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A full night of observing with many high priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical paremeter determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-SCI-036 P1 RSS (A dynamical study of a nearby merging )
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-SCI-019 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Etienne (for slitmask)

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A full night, with a few technical issues in between. Many high priority blocks completed tonight.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical paremeter determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2018-1-MLT-011 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-015 P1 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (x2) (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-030 P2 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-09

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A few technical issues, but mostly good overall. Managed to get some high priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-032 P1 RSS (x2) (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-2-SCI-037 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-MLT-011 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-042 P3 RSS (Investigating star formation histories of galaxies on the 3D main sequence)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-08

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Managed to get one block observed before the humidity forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-07

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to bad weather and snow.

No science data taken.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-06

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-05

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-04

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith, Etienne, Thabelo, Rudi, Johan, Thea

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Tech problems with payload at start of night and only RSS observations possible. A few blocks observed before high humidity hit us around 23:30.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-03

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Lots of tech problems but managed to get quite a bit of data. Seeing worsened towards end of night as another cold front is on its way.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-SCI-015 P1 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (x2) (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-005 P2 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-02

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations tonight due to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-09-01

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations tonight due to heavy clouds.

No science data taken.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-31

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Taka and colleagues

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A good night with thin cloud, but also more guider tech problems.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical paremeter determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-015 P2 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-045 P3 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x2) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Friday, August 31, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Lisa

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A tricky night with clouds and a few tech issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical paremeter determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (x2) (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Taka and colleagues

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A very good night with a mix of RSS and HRS observations.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (x3) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-28

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Brent (SA for the first hour), Veronica. Ramotholo & DST visitors

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A clear night with decent seeing was perfect to welcome HRS back on sky.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical paremeter determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x3) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-015 P1 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others:

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Icy today and some occasional snowflakes. Another sub-zero night with a thick layer of ice everywhere.

No science data taken.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-26

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Lisa, Enrico

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Sub-zero temperatures all day and snow during the morning and afternoon.

No science data taken.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-25

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-24

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Lisa, Willie, Enrico

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HRS on-sky tests during the second half of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-006 P3 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (x2) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x4) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-23

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Lisa, Eben, Richard, Mark, Alrin, Willie, Enrico, Timmy

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A bright clear night with variable seeing and some technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x5) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (x6) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-22

SA: Marissa
SO: Fred
Others: Lisa, Eben, Thabelo, Enrico

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Productivity for this bright clear night, with mostly good seeing, was somewhat hampered by technical difficulties and the fact that HRS is not ready for use yet. However we did observe a ToO that was added during the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-006 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (x4) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x3) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-21

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others: Lisa, Enrico, Etienne, Marissa (For handover)

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Another productive night with lots of data observed. Unfortunately rising humidity forced us to closed with one and a half hour left to morning twilight.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-SCI-019 P1 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers)
2018-1-SCI-006 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2018-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Variability of broad absorption lines)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-2-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (x2) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x4) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-20

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others: Lisa

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No science taken tonight due to cloudy and humid weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-19

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others:

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No science data taken tonight due to very cloudy conditions.

No science data taken.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-18

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others:

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Another productive night where managed to get quite some interesting data taken.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-011 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-SCI-005 P2 RSS (x2) (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (x2) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-17

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others:

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Rather productive night with some interesting data taken even though we lost time due to the weather and due to some issue with the waveplates of the polarimetry mode on RSS.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-037 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-SCI-009 P1 RSS (Variability of broad absorption lines)
2018-1-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2018-1-MLT-011 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Friday, August 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-16

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others:

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We managed to observed 2 blocks of data tonight before bad weather forced us to closed.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-15

SA: Rajin
SO: Thea
Others:

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Productive night with some high priority targets observed. Seeing oscillated quite a bit around 2''. We encountered a major fault on the RSS guider in the last hour prior to twilight.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2018-1-MLT-011 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-005 P2 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (x2) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Rajin

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A full night of observing with many high priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-005 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-DDT-007 P1 HRS (Verifying cluster membership of a PN)
2017-2-SCI-037 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-1-SCI-006 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Paul, Etienne, Stephen (got the guide probes online at the start of the night).

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No data taken tonight. We had some engineering downtime for the RSS guide probes at the start of the night before the humidity didn't allow us to open at all for the rest of the night.

No science data taken.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A relatively good night. Started late due to clouds, but managed to observe a number of high priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Star-formation history and chemical evolution of low surface brightness dwarf galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Searching for small-scale pairs of quasars and galaxies.)
2018-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephanie, Jonothan

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Managed to get some blocks observed. We were interrupted by clouds for a few hours in the middle of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2018-1-MLT-011 P1 RSS (The nature of the most extreme starburst galaxies )
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-042 P3 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephanie, Lisa, Etienne, Johnathan, Mark

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Managed to get one block observed before we were forced to close by high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 RSS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, August 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-09

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Janus, Deneys, Anthony, Stephen (on Skype), Stephanie, Lisa, Quentin Parker, Vasiliki Fragkou

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Managed to get one block observed before a very nice DDT proposal, but then the humidity forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-005 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2018-1-DDT-007 P1 HRS (Verifying cluster membership of a PN)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-08

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Janus, Deneys, Ant, StephenH over Skype, Timmy (start of the night), Etienne (start of the night), Paul (watched the first observation being done)

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Managed to get some blocks observed tonight before the humidity forced us to close. Conditions were not that great with variable seeing for most of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-1-SCI-032 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-06

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Deneys, Janus, Ant

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The first part of the night was used for engineering tests, and then the weather prevented us from opening.


No science data taken.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-05

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Weather prevented us from opening at all.

No science data taken.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-04

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Patrick Woudt and guests

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All night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-03

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with overall good weather conditions.

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)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-1-SCI-006 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-052 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (x2) (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-SCI-018 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Friday, August 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-02

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, despite some moderate weather conditions most of the time.


Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (x2) (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers)
2017-2-SCI-042 P2 RSS (x3) (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-08-01

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A reasonably productive night. Weather only permitted us to observe moslty low priority targets, ut we managed to observe a very high priority one.


Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-042 P1 RSS (The central molecular zones of southern galaxies)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (x4) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-31

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso and Eric (Handover)

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No observations taken tonight due to bad weather

No science data taken.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-30

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso, Ros (on skype)

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Another productive night with lots of data taken. We attempted a MOS block with the new RSS guider as well.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2018-1-DDT-005 P1 RSS (Confirming the presence of relics of jet activity in a cataclysmic variable)
2018-1-MLT-013 P1 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-006 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (x2) (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (x2) (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-29

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso, Waanie

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Long productive night although the seeing was not that good. Got a good variety of observations done.

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)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (x2) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-2-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-28

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso, Bushan, Pieter

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Productive night with the weather being stable almost all night only for high humidity to stop observations 1hr before twilight. A good spread of priorities was observed 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)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-DDT-006 P1 RSS (Monitoring the LBV LHA 115-S18; @astro_Liz)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-018 P4 HRS (x2) (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-27

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso, Lucia, Mattia, Nic, Tommaso

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Night with high humidity which eventually led us to closing around midnight.


Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-1-SCI-018 P4 HRS (x2) (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-26

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso, Waanie, Fred

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Good first part of the night with some data taken with RSS which was stable tonight. The second part was cloudy, which meant we did some closed dome calibrations and testing.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Linear spectropolarimetry across H_alpha and H_beta lines of Herbig Ae/Be stars)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-015 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-25

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Sifiso

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Good productive night with very stable conditions throughout. Was only able to do low priority science due to RSS guide probe issue though.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-037 P3 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (x2) (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-038 P3 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x3) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-24

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Keith, Rajin, Janus and co via skype, Veronica

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Long night with bright moon and thin cirrus. Mostly HRS as RSS guider issues yet to fully be fixed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-008 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x10) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-23

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Keith, Janus and Stephen H via skype

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A little engineering time for RSS guide probes and then HRS observations the rest of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x12) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Monday, July 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-22

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others:

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Clear and good seeing for most of night. Mostly HRS observations.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x9) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-21

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others:

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Mostly clear night with some technical problems.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-008 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x13) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-015 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-20

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Sinclair the spider

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Another very good long night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-015 P3 HRS (x2) (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x9) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (x3) (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (x2) (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-19

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others:

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Long mostly clear night with lots of observations and very good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-DDT-004 P0 RSS (Testing the changing-look character of the AGN NGC 1566)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-18

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Jonathan working on vacuum chamber

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A tricky night with quite a few heavy clouds and also some technical problems with the RSS guider.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-015 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-001 P4 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-17

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Brent for handover, Kelebogile

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Managed to observe 5 blocks before humidity kept us out of action for a large portion of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-16

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations performed tonight due to cloudy and humid conditions.

No science data taken.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-15

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Taygan

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Another frustrating evening of thick clouds and high humidity. We managed to squeeze in 4 blocks.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-14

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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We were only able to observe three blocks at start of evening before high humidity kept us out of action for the rest of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-008 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-2-SCI-052 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-13

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations done tonight due to cloudy and humid conditions.

No science data taken.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-12

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations done tonight due to cloudy and humid conditions.

No science data taken.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-11

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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We managed to observe 5 blocks before strong winds kept us out of action for a large majority of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-DDT-005 P1 RSS (Confirming the presence of relics of jet activity in a cataclysmic variable)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-10

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Itu for handover, Thabelo, Keith and Deneys by phone, Craig for a while

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Quite a frustrating night, with both RSS and HRS giving us trouble, and high humidity closing the telescope around midnight. We completed 4 blocks and rejected 4 blocks. We did manage to do a high priority slotmode observation, and very nearly completed a high priority polarimetry block, which will still hopefully be useful.
RSS is now offline with a mechanical problem with the filters.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-09

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Craig

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Our run of good clear nights came to an end, with high humidity much of the night keeping us closed. We observed for about 3 hours at the start of the night, completing 3 blocks, before closing for humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-08

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Craig and Rod (friend of Ros), Thabelo on the phone

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A clear night that went fairly smoothly, with moderate seeing, allowing us to complete 12 blocks, including two P0s. We completed the high priority throughput test and took gains calibrations.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-008 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-015 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: The Buckland family (Ros' sister), Thabelo and Johan

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A clear night, with data taken for 13 blocks. We had a series of technical troubles over the second half of the night, including both guiders, both instruments and a TCS crash. Johan and Thabelo came up for a glycol leak - thank you!

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-030 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2017-2-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-042 P3 RSS (Investigating star formation histories of galaxies on the 3D main sequence)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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The clear weather and stable seeing enabled us to do 14 blocks, including two P0s. We struggled with the PFGS, and payload crashes, resulting in a high fraction of down time.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-030 P1 SCAM (x2) (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2018-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring Galaxy Kinematics For Construction of the Galaxy Velocity Function)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-022 P2 HRS (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-007 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-05

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Thabelo by phone

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A productive clear night, with 16 blocks of data taken, covering a range of priorities. Seeing was stable most of the night. We had some small technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-008 P0 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-013 P2 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 HRS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-SCI-026 P3 HRS (Binary and abundance studies of roAp star @dlhwp)
2018-1-SCI-038 P3 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-04

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A beautiful clear evening with good stable seeing. We completed 15 blocks with a mix of priority from P1-P3. We had multiple issues with the RSS guider this evening, having to reject 2 blocks after guidance was lost.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-005 P1 RSS (Lyman alpha halo around high-z quasars)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-SCI-011 P1 RSS (Magnetic Field Mapping and Dust Grain Study in Musca Molecular cloud around the YSO.)
2018-1-SCI-043 P1 SCAM (x2) (Shells around SMC noavae)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2017-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-1-SCI-027 P2 RSS (Linear spectropolarimetry across H_alpha and H_beta lines of Herbig Ae/Be stars)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-045 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-03

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others: Rosalind, Shilpa

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Very productive night with clear skies and low humidity for the most part. Seeing was decent. We were able to observe 18 blocks of data spanning from DDT to P3.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-DDT-003 P0 RSS (Spectroscopic classification of AT2018cux)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2017-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-1-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2018-1-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-010 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-038 P3 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (x2) (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-02

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No science data taken tonight due to bad weather

No science data taken.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-07-01

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No Science data taken tonight due to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-06-30

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A decent night with no technical issue where we observed some good data. Unfortunately the weather did not allow us to observe for the entire night. The beginning of the night high humidity prevented us from opening while at the end strong winds forced us to close the telescope.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-038 P3 RSS (x2) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-06-29

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No data taken tonight due to bad weather

No science data taken.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-06-28

SA: Rajin
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A night with ups and downs. At the beginning of the night the Blue Chip of HRS was found to be above the temperature limit which lead to us not being able to use HRS the entire night. RSS had a few issues as well through PDET. Clouds also joined the party to make observation more difficult. In the end we managed to observed a 8 lower priority blocks with RSS.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-038 P3 RSS (x3) (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)