Monday, March 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-17

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Mark, Etienne, Paul

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The night was cut short by high humidity. We did manage to get a few blocks done before we were forced to close.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Another productive night with some technical problems at the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-035 P2 RSS (Obtain low resolution spectra of two well recent novae, now in quiescence)
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-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-2-SCI-033 P3 HRS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Keith (engineering test at the start of the night)

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A fairly good night, started with some clouds but ended up to be a good one.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-SCI-031 P1 RSS (Kinematics of stars & gas in early type galaxies with obscured nuclei and dusty outflows.)
2018-2-SCI-023 P2 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
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)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-12

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi and Thea (for handover), Enrico

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Clear night with excellent seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-DDT-003 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Extended Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-010 P1 RSS (Understanding the nature of Irregular II galaxies.)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-11

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Cloudy night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-031 P1 RSS (Kinematics of stars & gas in early type galaxies with obscured nuclei and dusty outflows.)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-008 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x4) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Monday, March 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to weather

No science data taken.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-09

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-08

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Night lost to weather

No science data taken.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-07

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Most of the night lost to weather.

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)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-06

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Janus, Stephen Hulme, Paul, Chris, Enrico

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Clear first half with good seeing, followed by cloudy second half.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-05

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Janus, Keith and Steven for a while to make some tests for RSS guider

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=> Stable dark night with moderate and good seeing. Some time from the evening was used for engineering tests and many high priority blocks were observed after that.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2017-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x3) (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-04

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others: Students from Goettingen University, team from CNN, Stephen and Chris for a while

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=> Very short night, when we were closed by humidity in two hours after start. Only commissioning observations were done and one regular block.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-03

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Another night with mostly sub-arcsecond seeing, but it was jumped up from time to time. because himidity rised all the night. Only high priority blocks were observed.

=> Spectrophotometric standndards and velocity standards were observed during twilights.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x3) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-02

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Night with rising humidity. Good conditions at the beginning, but jumps in seeing and we were closed by humidity during second half of the night.
Anyway many high priority blocks were observed.

=> HRS weekly calibrations were done


Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Observation of potential high energy emitting active galaxies)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-01

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> One more stable night with sub-arcsecond seeing. Most of the observed blocks have high priorities.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-022 P1 RSS (Extended Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)

Friday, March 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-28

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Another very stable night with sub-arcsecond seeing. Most of the blocks were high-priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-036 P1 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2017-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-27

SA: Alexei
SO: Fred
Others:

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=> Night started with many cirrus which gone away later. Very good seeing and stable conditions during the whole night. Many high priority blocks requested good seeing were finished. Unfortunately, some time was lost due to payload crashes.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2017-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-008 P2 RSS (x5) (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2017-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-26

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Alexei and Fred for handover, Waanie

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We battled with clouds and high humidity tonight, but managed to complete 11 blocks, including some more HRS-HS mode commissioning.

Science data taken for:
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.)
2018-1-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 (x4) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-25

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: John and the Dartmouth student group

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We managed to fill most of the night with science and on-sky engineering, despite the clouds. We did many low priority blocks in addition to the commissioning observations and completed the outstanding offset test in good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x9) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Ionized gas distribution across low-z galaxy merger)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Monday, February 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-24

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: David Anderson

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We had another productive night with good clear conditions. We too more commissioning data for HRS-HS mode, a P0 and a good mix of other data.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x3) (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 (x2) (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)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-23

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night with good conditions and little down time. We observed a number of stars for commissioning of the high stability mode and iodine cell.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x6) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-039 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetric Monitoring of Gamma-Ray Blazars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (x3) (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)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-22

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Lisa, John, Hitesh via phone

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We lost a lot of time in the first part of the night due to a mirror issue. The rest of the night was very productive, with good clear conditions. We did some less common RSS modes, completing a good mix of priorities.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-046 P1 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (x3) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-035 P2 RSS (Obtain low resolution spectra of two well recent novae, now in quiescence)
2018-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Magnetic Field Mapping and Dust Grain Study in Musca Molecular cloud around the YSO.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-024 P2 RSS (Ionized gas distribution across low-z galaxy merger)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-21

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Lisa, John, Waanie

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A very cloudy night with only a few gaps for science and tests with the HRS+iodine cell. We got some data for two P0s, though the conditions were not good (one was rejected), and did one other science block.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-010 P4 HRS (Confirmation of exoplanet candidates)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-20

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Lisa, John, Ant

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After the iodine cell was installed this afternoon, the initial tests look good. We managed to complete quite a surprising number of blocks despite the thick clouds tonight but closed early due to high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x6) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (x2) (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-19

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others: Ros for handover, Waanie

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Thick cloud only allowed for one short block to be performed tonight.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-18

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others: Eben

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A clear, productive night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-001 P1 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-1-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x5) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x3) (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-17

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others: Eben and Richard

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Clear night with a lot of low priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-004 P2 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-025 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-16

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others:

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Clear night with quite a lot of low priority targets done. Humidity cut the night short.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x5) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-15

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others: Paul Booysen

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Night started with some rain, but cleared up eventually. Pretty productive night after the rain and clouds cleared.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-SCI-052 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic confirmation of high-redshift radio galaxy candidates)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Magnetic Field Mapping and Dust Grain Study in Musca Molecular cloud around the YSO.)
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-14

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others: Stephen Hulme on the phone for the PFGS test

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Night started off very cloudy - used that time to perform weekly HRS calibrations. It cleared up later and we got a few blocks in.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-SCI-036 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2017-2-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-13

SA: Itumeleng
SO: Thea
Others: Kate and Chris

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Managed to do a few blocks in the first part of the night but humidity made us close early.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-014 P3 SCAM (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-12

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Itu (handover), Enrico.

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Rained this afternoon and it lead to a cloudy and high humidity night.

Science data taken for:
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-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-11

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-09

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Lots of weather downtime tonight. Tried to do science in between but had to reject those visits.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)

Night Log 2019-02-08

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Night lost to bad weather, but we put it to good use for closed-dome tests and calibrations.

No science data taken.

Night Log 2019-02-10

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Closed early for high humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-017 P4 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-006 P4 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-07

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Clear first half and partly cloudy second half of the night. Got some high priority observations tonight.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2018-2-DDT-001 P2 RSS (Studying galactic neighbourhood through pilot observations of the HE0435-5304 field)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-06

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico

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Clear night with highly variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-004 P1 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-MLT-012 P2 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-1-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Physical parameters determination for a Cepheid in an eclipsing binary system.)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (x2) (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-SCI-025 P3 HRS (x3) (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (x6) (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-033 P3 HRS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-05

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others: Marissa and Veronica for handover, Enrico

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A perfect stable night, clear, dark, great seeing, not a single
technical issue. Took a string of loooong high priority observations.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2018-2-SCI-036 P1 RSS (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-1-MLT-001 P1 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-2-SCI-024 P1 RSS (Ionized gas distribution across low-z galaxy merger)
2017-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-04

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others:

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A very productive clear night with good to excellent seeing throughout.
A whole load of high priority observations were taken, though there were a couple minor
technical issues as well. More MOS observations too.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-036 P1 RSS (x2) (Measuring the H-beta line profiles of compact massive starbursts )
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2017-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2018-2-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Measuring the rotation curves of super spirals.)
2018-2-DDT-001 P2 RSS (Studying galactic neighbourhood through pilot observations of the HE0435-5304 field)
2017-2-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-03

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others:

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Whole night lost to weather, first clouds, then humidity.

No science data taken.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-02

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others: vaisanen family

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Excellent conditions until midnight, then had to close for about 3h,
after which opened again to finish a very good night of high priority
science.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-1-SCI-046 P1 RSS (We are studying the environments of radio galaxies.)
2018-2-SCI-021 P2 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-005 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-02-01

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others: vaisanen family

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The whole night lost to humidity, ridge cloud, eventually some rain

No science data taken.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-31

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others:

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Thick clouds and bit later high humidity cut this night very
short, only two observations done in poor seeing conditions in
the evening. Used the night for calibrations etc.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-30

SA: Petri
SO: Fred
Others:

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A good productive dark night with variable seeing until 2am when
humidity rose too high and we had to close.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (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-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-29

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others: Petri for handover

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Another excellent night, with excellent conditions. We have observed a lot of programs, including two high priority ones.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-006 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-003 P3 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2017-1-MLT-012 P4 HRS (Detailled study of CEMP stars identified in the RAVE survey)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-28

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others: Petri

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Summary
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Excellent weather conditions throughout the night allowed us to observe a wide variety of targets.


Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-024 P1 RSS (Ionized gas distribution across low-z galaxy merger)
2018-1-SCI-011 P2 RSS (Magnetic Field Mapping and Dust Grain Study in Musca Molecular cloud around the YSO.)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-021 P3 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-SCI-008 P3 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)

Monday, January 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-27

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Summary
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A productive night, despite some difficult conditions with bad to very bad seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
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)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-26

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Summary
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A Productive night, which was, as yesterday, cut short by humidity.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2017-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Intermediate mass black holes in star-forming galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-013 P3 HRS (To study the properties of Galactic Classical Nova systems)
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-025 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-25

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Summary
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A productive night, which was cut short due to inclement weather

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Friday, January 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-24

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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A fairly productive night despite some difficult weather conditions. We had to close before the end of the night due to bad weather.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
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)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-23

SA: ��ric
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Summary
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A productive night, but as the moon is almost full, we only had lower priority targets to observe (except one).

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-012 P2 HRS (Spectral monitoring of supposed Be+WD binaries)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-1-MLT-001 P3 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-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)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-22

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Eric (for handover), Veronica, Fred, Ockert (and SARAO visitors)

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Good night with reasonably good seeing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
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)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (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-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-21

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Ockert, Eugene and visitors

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Had a good night of observation, observed a P1 and few low priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-SCI-021 P1 HRS (HRS spectroscopy of yellow symbiotic systems)
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)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (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)
2018-2-SCI-025 P3 HRS (A homogeneous sample of RR Lyrae)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-20

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Had a good evening of observations, mainly low priority targets.


Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-005 P3 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-SCI-007 P3 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)
2018-1-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (x2) (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-19

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Good night with variable seeing.


Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (Reverberation mapping of active galactic nuclei.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-18

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Paul Booysen (via phone), Encarni (via vnc), Etienne (via phone), Noel (visiting from 1.9m)

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A good night with variable seeing, humidity forced us to close early.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic investigations of Cepheids and stars belonging to Galactic open clusters)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-17

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Etienne (via phone)

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Clear night with good seeing, observed a few P1 and lower priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-001 P1 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
2018-2-SCI-028 P1 RSS (x2) (Exploring ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2018-2-SCI-033 P2 RSS ( Exploring helium stars - relics of stellar evolution and pointers to a turbulent history.)
2018-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Measuring the interstellar abundance of lithium in the Large Magellanic Cloud)
2018-2-SCI-004 P3 HRS (Characterising the host star and protoplanetary disk environment in nearby young star systems)
2018-2-SCI-017 P3 RSS (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (Central stars of mid-infrared nebulae discovered with Spitzer and WISE)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-01-16

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Encarni (via vnc), Lisa

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Night started off good, although we had some instrumental problems. We observed a few low priority targets until humidity forced us to close early.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-SCI-027 P3 RSS (x2) (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-SCI-014 P3 SCAM (x2) (The search for shells around novae in the Large Magellanic Cloud)

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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Summary
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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)