Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-15

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Dani��l (in driver seat for the night, Marissa keeping an eye), Lisa

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The night started of with good weather, we observed a target of opportunity and a few low priority targets. Ridge cloud and humidity forced us to close early.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
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)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x2) (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-13

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Clear night with good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Tracing star formation in El Gordo)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-12

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-11

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Hazy night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-036 P1 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-012 P2 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
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)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-09

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Cloudy night with some science taken before we had to close for high humidity. Down-time used for weekly calibrations.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Tracing star formation in El Gordo)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-08

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa, Enrico, Iniyan, Narges, Damon, Paul and his 2 students, Thea, Keith

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We started off the night with some Fabry-Perot observations and a couple of other high priority targets. There were large variations in the seeing as the night progressed and high humidity caused us to close early.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-007 P1 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-2-SCI-032 P1 RSS (Tracing star formation in El Gordo)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-2-SCI-025 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-07

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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The night started of with some thick cloud , but a hole opened up and we managed to get some low priority observations. The cloud cover decreased as the night went on and we were able to observe some high priority targets towards the end of the night. We had some technical problems towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-024 P1 RSS (Ionized gas distribution across low-z galaxy merger)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-025 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-003 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)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-06

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith, Iniyan

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Mostly thin cloud throughout the night with some thick cloud moving across the sky in the morning. Managed to observe a good mix of high and low priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-SCI-046 P1 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-05

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Productive night with decent weather conditions. There was thin cloud throughout the night and the seeing was good. Managed to observe quite a few high and medium priority blocks. Also observed some RSS specphot standards.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-008 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (x3) (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-014 P2 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-04

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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The night started off with some thick cloud moving across the sky. Unfortunately this continued for most the night which limited the kinds of observations that could be done, even though the seeing was very good (~1"). The clouds got thinner towards the end of the night which allowed us to observe a few higher priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
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 (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-026 P3 RSS (Spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2018-2-SCI-005 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-017 P4 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Friday, January 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-03

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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The weather and seeing were good throughout the night, though there was some thin cloud near the horizon. We were able to complete some high priority targets including a P0 and DDT.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-DDT-002 P0 RSS (Characterising the possible white dwarf companion to the WASP-98 transiting planetary system)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-014 P2 SCAM (x2) (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-02

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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High humidity and weather conditions did not allow us to complete observations.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-01

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie, Moses (for handover), Stephen (on the phone), Jonathan

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A few technical issues at the start of the night and bad weather at the end prevented us from observing many programs.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic identification of ultra compact binary candidates)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Night Log 2018-12-31

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Stephanie, Anthony

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A good night with many high priority targets (including a DDT) observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-DDT-002 P0 RSS (Characterising the possible white dwarf companion to the WASP-98 transiting planetary system)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
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-016 P1 HRS (roAp binaries @dlhwp)
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 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)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)