Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-11

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Encarni, Dani��l for handover, Petri and Minna

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A smooth night with a number of high priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Obtain low resolution spectra of two well recent novae, now in quiescence)
2018-2-SCI-027 P2 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-1-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-2-SCI-006 P2 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-10

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with many high priority blocks completed in good conditions.


Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-031 P1 RSS (Kinematics of stars & gas in early type galaxies with obscured nuclei and dusty outflows.)
2018-2-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-035 P1 RSS (Obtain low resolution spectra of two well recent novae, now in quiescence)
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)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)

Monday, December 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-09

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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We observed a few high priority blocks before having to close due to high humidity and cloud.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-012 P0 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2018-2-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-08

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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We managed to observe 5 blocks, mostly of high priority, before closing due to high humidity. There were a few technical niggles with the guiders.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-2-SCI-025 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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Entire night lost to bad weather - no data taken.

No science data taken.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Polish visitors from 1.9m and Solaris, Thembela and visitors from UNISA

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The whole night was lost to rainy weather.

No science data taken.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-05

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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Most of the night was lost to cloudy weather. We only accepted a P0 and P3 at the start of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-04

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Ros for handover

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A productive night with good weather conditions. We observed a wide variety of targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-2-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-2-SCI-006 P2 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-03

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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All night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-02

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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A productive night, with good weather conditions and no technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-006 P2 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-12-01

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
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:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x4) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-014 P1 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-006 P2 HRS (x3) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-30

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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A productive night, with good weather conditions and no technical issues.
We have observed a set of high priority targets throughout the night

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-027 P1 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x3) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-29

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others: Pranesthan, Wanda and friend

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A productive night, despite difficult weather and technical conditions.
We have managed to observe a large variety of targets

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-004 P2 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x7) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-28

SA: ��ric
SO: Fred
Others:

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Weather prevented us from observing medium to high priority targets. Seeing was very poor all night, forcing us to observe only low priority targets

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-003 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x4) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-2-SCI-015 P4 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs and identifying symbiotic binaries.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-27

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: ��ric and Fred for change over; Petri

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Managed to only observe a few blocks in the first half of the night before clouds kept us out of action.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-26

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A challenging night of observing through some clouds.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-012 P1 HRS (x2) (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-2-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (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)

Monday, November 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-25

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A cloudy night that allowed only 3 blocks to be observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-24

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another full, clear night of observing with a mixture of priorities observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-23

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another productive night with a mixture of priority blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (x3) (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)

Friday, November 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-22

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Productive night with little technical problems!

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-004 P1 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-027 P1 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-21

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Richard for assistance with technical issues

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A fairly productive night with variable seeing and clear skies.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-029 P0 HRS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-027 P2 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-20

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> The whole night was lost due to high humidity. Weekly standard calibrations were done.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-19

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Very nice night at the beginning, where humidity rised very fast after midnight and we were need to close. Many high priority blocks were observed anyway.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-029 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-SCI-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 HRS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-18

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Very unstable night with moderate to bad seeing. Some technical issues. Anyway many high priority blocks were observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-029 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-SCI-004 P1 HRS (x2) (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 HRS (x3) ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-17

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> The whole night was lost due to clouds. We were able to observe only one traget tonight.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-16

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Night with good seeing but variable clouds from thin to thick in the morning. Observed the whole night anyway.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-029 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-15

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Stable night with good seeing but thin clouds. Many high priority block were observed. No any technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 HRS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-14

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Clear night with moderate and variable seeing. Many high priority blocks were observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-006 P1 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Alexei for handover

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Did not open tonight due to clouds.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Did not open tonight due to clouds.

No science data taken.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A mix high and low priority targets observed due to the changing weather conditions during the night. We also battled through a few technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2015-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Johan (on the phone), Thabelo for tracker problems.

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Seeing conditions were not so good tonight but we managed to get some high priority targets observed. We also had some technical downtime tonight that affected the second half of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-09

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Meerkat Visitors

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A productive night with many high priority targets observed and minimal downtime.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (x2) (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x3) (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-08

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A very good night observing wise with very stable conditions. Managed to get some high priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-026 P0 RSS (Spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2018-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-07

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Patrick and Dutch tour group.

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A number of high priority targets observed tonight. Seeing conditions at the start of the night was not too good, but it became better and more stable towards the end.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-06

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Rudi, Fred, Lisa

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The night was cut short by high humidity, we did manage to observe a very high priority P0 target.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-05

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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After some early cloud cover it cleared up a little and we manged to observe a quite few high and mid priority targets. Later on during the night high humidity caused us to close.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-04

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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There was a lot of thick cloud present, high wind speeds and the humidity increased as the night went on so we were only able to perform a few low priority observations.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (x6) (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-03

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Taku

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Lost the night due to overcast weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-02

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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Clear observing night with good seeing at the start, poorer in the middle and very good towards the end of the night. Managed to observe some high priority targets in the beginning and end and low priority targets in the middle of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-026 P0 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-038 P1 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-2-SCI-017 P2 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Night Log 2018-11-01

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Richard

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Sky was clear (albeit a little hazy at times), but the seeing varied a lot and was worse than 2" for most of the night and was consistently above 3" for the last part of it. We managed to observe a wide range of P0-P3 targets despite the restricted seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-026 P0 RSS (Spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2015-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Characterising Strong Gravitational Lensing systems)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x4) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (x3) (SALT Spectroscopic Survey of IR 12MGS Seyfert Galaxies )

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-31

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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Decent observing night, with unfortunately variable and poor seeing for most of the night, and transparency was mostly thin cloud. We managed to utilize the time well for P2 and P3 targets and one P0. Closed a little early due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-014 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of a low-z AGN)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-SCI-042 P3 RSS (Investigating star formation histories of galaxies on the 3D main sequence)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-30

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa, Enrico

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Tonight started off well, despite the threat of some clouds the transparency remained thin cloud or better for most of the evening. The seeing varied a lot most of the night but we tried to perform as many high priority targets as possible even when the seeing constraints were tight. We managed to observe many high priority targets throughout the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-014 P0 RSS (Classification of possible supernovae)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-1-SCI-022 P1 HRS (x2) (The extent of the circumgalactic medium at z ~ 3.7)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-29

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Minister Ebrahim Patel and staff, Anthony Mietas, Chris Coetzee

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Very high windspeed kept us closed.

No science data taken.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-28

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Cloudy night used for calibrations.

No science data taken.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Clear, bright night.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
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-SCI-042 P3 RSS (Investigating star formation histories of galaxies on the 3D main sequence)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-018 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x4) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
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)
2018-1-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (x3) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-26

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Clear night with mediocre seeing.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-038 P4 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-SCI-008 P4 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-008 P4 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-SCI-017 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x4) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
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)
2018-1-SCI-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)

Friday, October 26, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-25

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Clear bright night with decent seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (x3) (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-SCI-017 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-24

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Working around some clouds in the first half of the night but it cleared up in the second half. Good seeing throughout.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-001 P2 HRS (Study of long-period eclipsing binaries)
2018-1-SCI-038 P2 RSS (Exploring the chemistry of faint blue stars)
2018-1-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Linear spectropolarimetry across H_alpha and H_beta lines of Herbig Ae/Be stars)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (x3) (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, with good conditions. We observed a lot of different targets throughout the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 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)
2017-1-MLT-010 P3 HRS (x2) (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-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2016-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-1-SCI-017 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-22

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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We lost the first half of the night due to clouds.
we then could open and were able to obtain data for a few programs, despite some technical issues towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
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 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)

Monday, October 22, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-21

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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Despite poor weather conditions at the beginning, and some techincal issue duriong the first part of the night, we managed to observe a lot of targets last night,

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (Monitoring the X-ray bright sgB[e] stars in Magellanic Clouds cc. @astro_Liz)
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 (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-SCI-020 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-1-SCI-015 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-2-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x5) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-20

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others:

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A difficult night, with not too astro-friendly weather conditions.
We have observed only low priority programs tonight except the first of the night.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Studying the composition of Binary stars to estimate their ages)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-SCI-018 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (x2) (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-1-MLT-006 P4 RSS (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)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-19

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Vanessa

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Weather prevented us from opening most of the night, but we have managed to observe two program.

Have a safe travel, BepiColumbo, in 6years, you' ll reach Mercury!

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Searching for galaxies associated with strong Mg II absorbers)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Night Log 2018-10-18

SA: ��ric
SO: Thea
Others: Vanessa

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A productive night, despite an uncooperative weather for a fraction of the night.


Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-012 P2 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-1-SCI-018 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-013 P3 HRS (x2) (Asteroseismology of close binary systems with mass transfer.)
2018-1-SCI-016 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2017-2-SCI-029 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

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)