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)

Friday, March 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-21

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

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Good night with stable seeing. Manage to observe quite a few low priority blocks. Humidity forced us to close a little bit early.

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)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x4) (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)
2018-2-SCI-007 P4 HRS (Metal-Poor Subdwarfs for Stellar Modeling Calibration)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-20

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Clear night with variable seeing. Observed a few low priority blocks plus a P0.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-DDT-003 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)
2018-2-COM-001 P1 HRS (x2) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2017-1-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
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-017 P4 RSS (x2) (Characterising pulsating stars @dlhwp)
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)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-19

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Daniel (for Handover)

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Whole night lost to clouds.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-03-18

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Johan

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Another night cur short by high humidity. We did managed to get a few blocks observed before we closed.

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-001 P3 HRS (High resolution spectroscopic observations of gamma-ray binaries.)
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)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

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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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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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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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)