Monday, July 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-14

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Very stable night with bright Moon and good to moderate seeing.
Many blocks of different priorities were observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (x4) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-024 P3 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-13

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Clear bright Moon night with moderate seeing. Many blocks were observed, but only part of them were high priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-12

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

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=> Very stable night with grey Moon and good seeing. Many different blocks were observed.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-11

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

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=> Nice clear photometric grey night with variable seeing from good to moderate. Many different science blocks were observed.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-009 P0 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2019-1-SCI-004 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-10

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

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=> Clear and photometric night, but with moderate seeing. Many different block were done anyway.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-009 P0 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (x2) (Obtaining spectra for transient AGNs after the ignition of radio activity in 2012.)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-SCI-004 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-09

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Veronica (for handover), Danny

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Clear night with relatively stable seeing. We completed several blocks with mixed priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-08

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to weather, no science data taken.

No science data taken.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-07

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Mark, Anthony

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Whole night lost to weather, no science data taken.

No science data taken.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-06

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to weather, no science data taken.

No science data taken.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-05

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Keith, Mark, Timmy

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We managed to complete a few blocks of mixed priorities. Technical issues and high winds closed us early.



Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)

Friday, July 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-04

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Keith (for pointing model)

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We managed to complete a few blocks before clouds and humidity closed us early.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-002 P3 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-03

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Petri, Timmy (via phone)

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Clear night with relatively good seeing. We completed several blocks with mixed priorities.


Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-SCI-003 P1 RSS (Nuclei of two dwarf galaxies in different environments)
2019-1-SCI-019 P1 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-SCI-009 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-SCI-029 P2 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2019-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-02

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Dani��l and Thea for handover, Petri, Waanie, Craig

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Unfortunately the whole night was lost to high humidity and clouds at times. We only managed a standard and one HRS-HS mode commissioning block before having to close.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-01

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Craig

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Entire night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-30

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-29

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Thabelo and Junior, Jonathan via phone, Craig, Keith

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A productive clear, dark night with some minor technical glitches. We completed 16 blocks of mostly high priority.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (x2) (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-038 P2 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-002 P3 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-28

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather. Gains calibration data was taken.

No science data taken.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-26

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Waanie

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A productive night with no technical or weather downtime, and fairly good conditions. We completed a good mixture of observations, including a number of blocks with high priority.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-009 P0 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-027 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-25

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Fred, Ros, Keith (pointing model tests)

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Managed to get a few blocks before the humidity forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-24

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Struggling with the clouds for most of the night until we were forced to close due to high humidity. We opened a few hours later to run into some technical problems before we managed to finish with one last block.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-012 P3 RSS (Star formation histories in dusty, green-valley galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-23

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A relatively good night. Many blocks observed with various priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x4) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-033 P3 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of Tidal Disruption Events)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-002 P3 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-22

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to weather once again.

No science data taken.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-21

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-20

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Theresa (and friends)

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A rather good night in the end. We did have some bad seeing patches, but overall it was good. Many block of various priorities observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (x2) (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2019-1-SCI-002 P3 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x11) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-MLT-008 P4 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-19

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Eben, Jonno, Johan, Mark, Etienne

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Some cloudy conditions at the start of the night and some technical problems throughout. We did manage to observe a number of blocks though.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-18

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Stephen and Rudi for handover. Richard over the phone for payload.

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High clouds and full Moon tonight - one of the worst combinations for astronomy! So we spent most of the night observing objects that can be done in very marginal conditions - luckily the seeing was good!



Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x4) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-17

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Stephen

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A productive night, which started rather cloudy but cleared nicely from around 11pm.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x5) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-15

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others:

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We had nearly full Moon tonight with some thin clouds passing by especially at the end of the night, but the seeing remained more or less stable. More progress made with the new RSS guidance system tests, and we got some HRS commissioning data and plenty of science observations too. Winter nights are long!


Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-14

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Stephen, Melanie, Rohan

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A good, productive night with average seeing and a very bright Moon. Spent the time between science and engineering, with a few technical issues.



Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-SCI-033 P2 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of Tidal Disruption Events)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-13

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others:

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A very productive night, clear skies with good seeing, with a mixture of science and engineering tests.



Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x4) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-002 P3 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-12

SA: Encarni
SO: Fred
Others: Stephen H, Melanie, Rohan

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Entire night lost to high relative humidity.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-11

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Encarni and Fred for handover. Stephen H, Rohan

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Bad weather (high wind speeds, high humidity, clouds) prevented us from opening.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-10

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Thabelo for structure fix

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A productive night despite being hampered by humidity and some technical problems.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-09

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A frustrating evening with the weather keeping us closed for most of the night. We only managed to observe one block before the wind and high humidity forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-08

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another full, productive night with a mixture of priorities done.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-027 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2019-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-07

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Productive night with a mix of priorities observed.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-GWE-004 P0 RSS ( MASTER OT detection of potential GW event)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (We propose to obtain phase-resolved spectropolarimetry of magnetic CVs with SALT. )
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Friday, June 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-06

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others: Thabelo

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Full, productive night with a mix of priorities despite some technical downtime.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-005 P4 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-05

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Veronica
Others:

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No observations tonight due to humid and cloudy conditions.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-04

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

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=> We were able to observe only one hour from the evening and were closed after that by clouds, rain and strong wind.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-03

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Very unstable night with sometime no clouds, but mostly with thin and sometime thick clouds. Many high priority block were done during this night.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-DDT-002 P0 HRS (Seeking to confirm cluster membership of planetary nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-SCI-009 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, June 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-02

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Night started with thin clouds, which were transformed into thick and heavy. We were closed by clouds in two hours before twilight.
Anyway, many high priority blocks were observed during this night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2019-1-SCI-028 P2 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-01

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

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=> Mostly cloudy night with clouds changed from thin to heavy, closed us for some hours and started to be thin again later.
Many high priority blocks were observed during this fight.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-31

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Practically the whole night was lost due to high humidity. Only last two hours we were able to open the telescope.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Friday, May 31, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-30

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others: Tamara for cappuchino

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=> No any observations for the weather conditions.

=> HRS weekly calibrations were done.

No science data taken.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-29

SA: Alexei
SO: Thea
Others:

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=> Night with first thick and later thin clouds, low humidity and good and moderate seeing. Many high priority blocks were observed anyway.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-28

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others: Lonwabo, Alexei (for handover), Thea

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No science data taken, whole night lost due to high humidity.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-27

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others: Lonwabo

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No science data taken, closed due to clouds and high humidity.

No science data taken.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-26

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others:

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No data taken tonight due to an overcast night.

No science data taken.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-25

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others:

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Stable night with relatively good seeing. Thick clouds closed us early for a few hours, we opened up again an hour before twilight. We completed several blocks of various priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-24

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others: Lonwabo

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A productive bright night with relatively good conditions and seeing most of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-014 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (x2) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-007 P2 RSS (Origin of supersonic motions and chemical abundance in HII regions of the galaxy Sextans B)
2019-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-033 P3 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of Tidal Disruption Events)
2019-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (We propose to obtain phase-resolved spectropolarimetry of magnetic CVs with SALT. )
2019-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-23

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others: Lonwabo, Mark (via phone)

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A productive bright night with relatively good conditions and seeing most of the night. We completed numerous blocks of mixed priority. We also observed a candidate gravitational wave event.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-GWE-003 P0 RSS (x2) (New transient in the area of the latest gravitational wave event)
2019-1-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-014 P1 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-22

SA: Dani��l
SO: Fred
Others: Keith

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A productive clear night with a bright moon and stable seeing.
We completed 14 blocks with a mix of priorities.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (x2) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-COM-001 P1 SCAM (Burst-mirror throughput test )
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-012 P2 RSS (Star formation histories in dusty, green-valley galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (x2) (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-21

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Dani��l for handover, Lonwabo, Cornelius

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A productive clear night with a bright moon. We completed 15 blocks with a mix of priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x5) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-20

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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No data taken tonight due to the high humidity after the storm.

No science data taken.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-19

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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We had a smooth night, with no technical issues, though the weather was less cooperative with wind, clouds and bad seeing at times. We completed 16 blocks of low priority.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x11) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-18

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Richard by phone

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We completed a large number of blocks with HRS but had a lot of technical issues tonight. Conditions were good most of the night.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-036 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x11) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-17

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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We had quite a few technical troubles tonight and some variable seeing. We completed 19 blocks, mostly of lower priority due to the bright moon.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2019-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (x3) (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Friday, May 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-16

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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A smooth, productive bright night with relatively good conditions and seeing most of the night. We completed 20 blocks of mixed priority.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (x3) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x4) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Keith for pointing tests, Simon via phone

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Much of the night was affected by clouds, so we mostly observed lower priority targets. We completed a pointing test and did a number of HRS Iodine cell commissioning targets. The seeing was very good throughout the night.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P0 HRS (x4) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-SCI-036 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-14

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Fred, Ros, Thabelo

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Heavy clouds at times tonight, but otherwise mostly useful for mostly bright targets given the persistent thin clouds.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P0 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (x3) (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-13

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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First half of night lost to thick clouds, but good use was made of second half that had thin clouds.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Monday, May 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-12

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Thabelo

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Another full night. Lots of data taken with mostly good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x5) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2018-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-SCI-012 P2 RSS (Star formation histories in dusty, green-valley galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (x2) (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-11

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Quite a productive night with mostly good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x4) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-027 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2019-1-SCI-012 P2 RSS (Star formation histories in dusty, green-valley galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-10

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Very good seeing allowing for several high priority observations to be completed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2018-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (x2) (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (x3) (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)

Friday, May 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-09

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A mostly smooth night with lots of data taken.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x5) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2019-1-SCI-019 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (We propose to obtain phase-resolved spectropolarimetry of magnetic CVs with SALT. )
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2019-1-SCI-024 P3 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-08

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-07

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Rain tonight.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-06

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Dave & Veronica. Francois & David.

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Most of the night lost to weather. Could start observing just before 4 a.m.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-05

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Night lost to weather

No science data taken.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-04

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-03

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night hampered by high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-027 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-029 P1 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-02

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night cut short around 4 a.m. by the arrival of very thick clouds.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-022 P1 RSS (x2) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-025 P1 RSS (Studing nova shells and jets)
2019-1-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-SCI-027 P1 SCAM (Search for ancient asteroid disruption trails)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-05-01

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Partly cloudy night with decent seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x4) (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-SCI-002 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-SCI-033 P2 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of Tidal Disruption Events)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-024 P3 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-30

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others: Venorica, Marissa & Enrico [for changeover], Lisa, Matt Bershady & students

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Night started off slowly but we were able to observe a wide range of high priority and low priority blocks despite the variable seeing and clouds tonight.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (Understanding the nature of Irregular II galaxies.)
2019-1-SCI-033 P1 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of Tidal Disruption Events)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
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)
2019-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-29

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others: Keith

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The seeing wsa good tonight but due to the thick, fast moving clouds present throughout tonight we were only able to observe low priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2018-2-SCI-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-28

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others:

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Seeing was decent tonight and night was clear so we were able to complete many high priority targets. We also observed some radial velocity standards.


Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x3) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (Understanding the nature of Irregular II galaxies.)
2018-2-SCI-004 P2 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (x2) (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-27

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others:

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The conditions were good tonight and we managed to observe some high priority blocks despite some techincal problems in the second half of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-GWE-002 P0 RSS (x2) (Gravitation Wave followup)
2019-1-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-001 P1 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-26

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others:

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Great seeing tonight, got lots of high priority science done and some Iodine Cell Commissioning.
Also did the Weekly HRS Calibrations.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-012 P1 RSS (x3) (Star formation histories in dusty, green-valley galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (3D mapping of the IGM)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-SCI-002 P2 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (x3) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-25

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others: Lee and Jeremy

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Great seeing tonight, completed lots of high priority programs including observations of a candidate Gravitational Wave Event Source that turned out to be a different transient and commissioning for the I2 Iodine Cell.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-GWE-002 P0 RSS (Gravitation Wave followup)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2018-1-SCI-046 P2 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2018-2-SCI-002 P2 RSS (x2) (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-2-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-24

SA: Moses
SO: Fred
Others:

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We had high and variable humidity tonight which affected our ability to observe, but still managed to observe a few high priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-1-SCI-046 P1 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (x2) (Magnetic Field Mapping and Dust Grain Study in Musca Molecular cloud around the YSO.)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-23

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Moses (handover)

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No data taken due to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-22

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephanie

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No data taken due to bad weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-21

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephanie

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Managed to get one block observed before we were forced to close due to bad weather.

Science data taken for:
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-20

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephanie, Pieter Swanevelder and family

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We had some clouds from the start of the night. Managed to observe a few blocks before we were forced to close.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-003 P2 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-024 P2 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)
2019-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-19

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stephanie

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The night started out with cloudy weather. We managed to get some blocks obseved in the middle and but we were closed by high humidity at the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Mark, Timmy, Jonno (at the start of the night), Stephanie

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Another really good night with good seeing and stable conditions. Many high priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (x3) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (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-006 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-17

SA: Rudi
SO: Veronica
Others: Stepahnie, Timmy for dome opening

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A good stable night. Many blocks observed with a mix of priorities.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-DDT-003 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-004 P1 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-16

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Rudi standing in for Ros, Fred, Stephanie, KZN NASSP students, Chantal, Theresa

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Whole night lost to clouds.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-15

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Rudi, Etienne via phone

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We had high humidity again this evening, which cut short observations. We completed 6 science blocks and lost one due to a technical issue. As expected towards the end of semester, especially with bright time and bad weather, most blocks were P3.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x3) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-14

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Etienne (twice) for tracker problem

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No data taken tonight. The weather was uncooperative, and when we did open we had a technical problem with the tracker that prevented us from completing any blocks.

No science data taken.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-13

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Etienne by phone

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Conditions were good initially, but it was a short night - we completed only 2 blocks before high humidity closed the telescope for the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-006 P2 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-12

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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We had a smooth night with great seeing, allowing us to complete 12 blocks with a mix of priorities, including a P0.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2018-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-038 P3 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-2-SCI-022 P3 RSS (x2) (Extended Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)

Friday, April 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-11

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Stephen and Rowan

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We had a productive night, with good stable seeing, though there were some technical issues and our internal seeing did not match external. There was some very useful collaboration between the software team and Thea on the guider.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-DDT-003 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)
2018-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Magnetic Field Mapping and Dust Grain Study in Musca Molecular cloud around the YSO.)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 HRS ( 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)
2018-2-SCI-018 P3 RSS (3D mapping of the IGM)
2018-2-SCI-022 P3 RSS (Extended Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
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)

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Stephen, Janus, Richard, Keith, Ockert, Etienne, Eben, Elrin

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Clear night with reasonable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Extended Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-002 P1 RSS (Population study of stellar rotation rates in open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-SCI-041 P2 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-SCI-018 P2 RSS (3D mapping of the IGM)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-09

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others:

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SALT is offline tonight for planned engineering activities.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-08

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others:

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SALT is offline tonight for planned engineering activities.

No science data taken.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-07

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Thunderstorms today and cloudy night. Some time to do science.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-024 P2 RSS (Ionized gas distribution across low-z galaxy merger)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-06

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico

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Cloudy night, but we could do science.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-DDT-003 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Extended Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
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-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-05

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Keith, Enrico

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Night cut short by high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-015 P4 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs and identifying symbiotic binaries.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Friday, April 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-04

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Thabelo, Eben, Etienne, Richard, Mark, Timmy, Elrin, Enrico

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Some rain. Night used for calibrations.

No science data taken.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-03

SA: Marissa
SO: Thea
Others: Enrico, Keith

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Cloudy night with reasonable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 HRS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-003 P3 RSS (x4) (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-02

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Lots of people at start of night, Richard and Keith for valuable tech support

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A bumpy ride at the start of the night with seeing mostly in 4-6 arcsec range and a few technical issues, but smoothed out later in the evening with stable 2 arcsec or better seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (Understanding the nature of Irregular II galaxies.)
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-SCI-025 P4 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-04-01

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Richard, Johan via phone

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Poor and highly variable seeing for most of the night, but was put to good scientific use. Tracker difficulties in the early morning.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x7) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Monday, April 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-31

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Clouds and poor seeing early in the evening, but it cleared up in the second half of the night with 2 arcsec seeing. Closed a little early due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-027 P2 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-046 P2 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-30

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A fairly good night cut short by thick clouds after 2 am.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-008 P2 RSS (x3) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-033 P3 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-29

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith

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A productive night with quite a few blocks observed. Consistent very good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 HRS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-2-SCI-013 P3 HRS (To study the properties of Galactic Classical Nova systems)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, March 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-28

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Richard, Keith, Lucian remotely

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Difficult night with tech issues and clouds, but also good stretches of very good seeing that allowed for some high priority science to be done.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-SCI-008 P2 RSS (x2) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (x3) (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-003 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-27

SA: Brent
SO: Veronica
Others: Lots of visitors from NRF board and SAAO

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Very good seeing for most of the night. Clouds became prominent in the second half of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-046 P1 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-SCI-031 P2 RSS (Kinematics of stars & gas in early type galaxies with obscured nuclei and dusty outflows.)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-SCI-035 P2 RSS (Obtain low resolution spectra of two well recent novae, now in quiescence)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
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-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-26

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Brent (for handover), Mark (via phone)

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Cloudy night where only low priority targets were observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-003 P4 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x3) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (x9) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P4 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-25

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Good night with variable seeing, humidity forced us to close early on.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, March 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-24

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Anthony, Jean

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Clear night with stable seeing. High humidity closed us early.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (x3) (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-23

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Anthony, Richard, Johan, (Keith, Stephen, Deneys, via phone)

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Technical problems and clouds gave us a late start to the night. We managed to observe a few low priority targets despite this.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
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)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (x2) (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-22

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Anthony

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Managed to observe a few low priority block despite the clouds. Clouds forced us to close early but we opened up again to observe one last target before twilight.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2017-1-MLT-012 P3 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x2) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x3) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)