Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-22

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Jessymol (in training). Enrico, Jaco Brink, Fred, Stephen H, Thabang, Mark, Eben, Timmy, Thabelo, Ettiene

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Most of the night lost to weather but the second half was put to good use for high priority observations.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-GWE-005 P0 RSS (S190923y candidate)
2019-1-SCI-025 P1 RSS (Studing nova shells and jets)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Monday, October 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-20

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Jessymol (in training), Enrico

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Most of the night lost to weather.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-026 P3 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-18

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Jessymol (in training), Enrico

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Clear night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (x2) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-038 P2 SCAM (x3) (Shells around SMC novae)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-17

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Jessymol (in training), Enrico, Waanie

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Night lost to weather, but used the time for closed-dome calibrations.

No science data taken.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-16

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Jessymol (in training), Enrico, Waanie, Keith, Lisa, Hannah

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Night cut short by thick clouds in the early morning.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-15

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Jessymol, Marissa, Enrico

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A fairly productive night with moderate to good conditions and a variety of priority blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-14

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others: Keith

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A productive night with some bad seeing and clouds for some parts of it. Mostly low priority blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x5) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Monday, October 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-13

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A full night observing only low priority targets with the bright moon.

Science data taken for:
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x8) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-12

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Another productive night with mostly low priority blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x5) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x3) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-11

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A productive night, although mostly low priority targets observed. No downtime at all tonight.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x6) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-10

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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A relatively good night with various priority blocks observed in moderate seeing conditions.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 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.)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-09

SA: Rudi
SO: Thea
Others:

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Managed to get only two blocks observed before the weather forced us to close.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-08

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others: Rudi

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One P0 done and the rest mainly P2's and P4's.
The night became humid around 3:30 am and couldn't observe after that.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-009 P2 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2019-1-SCI-038 P2 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-07

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Good night..2 P0 targets done.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, October 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-06

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Got several high priority targets but no P0's.
The average seeing was ~ 2, not as good as the previous days.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2019-1-SCI-018 P2 RSS (x2) (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-05

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Was overall a good night.. had some technical problems at start but was solved and observations were resumed. We had a couple of high priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-SCI-039 P2 RSS (The Formation of Compact Stellar Systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-04

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Another great observing night with 4 P0 targets done, including one Gravitational Wave event. One P0 had to be cut short due to technical issues. But the rest were well received.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-GWE-005 P0 RSS (S190923y candidate)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-025 P1 RSS (Studing nova shells and jets)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (x2) (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-008 P4 RSS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Friday, October 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-03

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Was my first independent observing night at SALT and enjoyed it very much..It was a dream-come-true moment for me :D

It was overall a good night. 3 P0 targets attempted successfully and 3 P1's.
The rest P2's, P3's and P4's.



Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-010 P1 RSS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-SCI-010 P1 HRS (x3) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (x2) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-02

SA: Rajeev
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Weather was cloudy whole night and couldn't observe.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-10-01

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev (for changeover), Petr Fatka

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Night was affected by thick clouds in the middle and towards the end of the night. Seeing was reasonable for most of the evening and we managed to observe a mix of high and low priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (x2) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-026 P3 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-30

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Richard

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Only managed to complete one observation before humidity closed us for the night.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-DDT-004 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)

Monday, September 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-29

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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Entire night lost to the weather.

No science data taken.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-28

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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Entire night lost to the cloudy weather.

No science data taken.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-27

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Helge (journalist)

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Good observing conditions - very productive night where we managed to observe almost only high priority targets (P0s and P1s). This includes a Gravitational Wave Event candidate and a DDT observation.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-GWE-005 P0 RSS (S190923y candidate)
2019-1-DDT-004 P0 HRS (Studies of new heart-beating star)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x6) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-SCI-010 P1 RSS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-26

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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A good, clear and smooth evening. We managed to observe many high priority targets (6 P0s) like a few supernovae, exoplanet host systems, milli-second pulsars and Brightest Cluster Galaxy; and a few low priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 RSS (x3) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-004 P2 RSS (x3) (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P4 RSS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-25

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Etienne (to check out the RSS filter magazine)

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Bumpy evening with RSS and HRS problems, but the seeing was good and we had clear skies throughout the evening so we managed a good mix of high priority targets (including 3 P0s) and low priority ones.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 RSS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-SCI-010 P1 HRS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-24

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Short night. Managed to observe two P0s ( a microlensing block and a changing look AGN in an X-ray outburst) before having to close due to bad weather conditions : wind, humidity and clouds. Humidity stayed high for the rest of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2019-1-DDT-003 P0 RSS (Observing a changing-look AGN that has just gone into outburst)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-23

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Minna, Ben

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A perfect stable, clear, dark night with absolutely great seeing
resulted in a bumper crop of high priority observations of the
challenging kind. No problems costing time whatsoever.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-003 P1 RSS (Nuclei of two dwarf galaxies in different environments)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (x2) (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x3) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-COM-001 P1 SCAM (Burst-mirror throughput test )
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-22

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others:

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After two high-priority observation at the start of the night, humidity went too high.
It annoyingly stayed just the bad side of the limit for the rest of the otherwise
clear night ..

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

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-21

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Lisa

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Nearly all night lost to high humidity and clouds. Just a couple of short observations
taken in the beginning. Closed dome calibrations done.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-20

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Lisa in the beginning, Etienne on phone later

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Good night with great seeing, started off with cirrus but cleared soon. In addition
to a large selection of science, did some high priority on-sky engineering tests.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-COM-003 P1 RSS (x4) (Tests of scattered light in RSS)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (x2) (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (Polarimetry test proposal)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-032 P3 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and investigation of radio loud X-AGNs)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Friday, September 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-19

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Timmy, Mark, Keith for SPS nearly all night

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Thin cloud, and got a couple of observations in, but then unfortunately were
hampered by a technical issue on the primary mirror

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-18

SA: Petri
SO: Veronica
Others: Lisa, Felicity, Duncan

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Thin and thick clouds all night. Observed through most of it, although
mostly using lower priority targets. Used some engineering testing time
as well.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-038 P2 SCAM (x2) (Shells around SMC novae)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (x3) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2019-1-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-17

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith (for auto-collimator), Mark, Petri (for handover)

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Clouds created a bit of a challenge for observing tonight but we managed to observe numerous block with mixed priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x3) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-16

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith, Encarni, (via phone), Mark, Timmy

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The night was clear with a few high priority targets observed. The seeing was quite stable through the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-15

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Mark (for HRS)

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The night was clear with a few high priority targets observed. The seeing was quite stable through the night.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-039 P1 RSS (The Formation of Compact Stellar Systems)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x4) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-14

SA: Dani��l
SO: Veronica
Others: Mark & Timothy

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Closed early due to thick clouds, however we managed to observe a few blocks of mixed priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
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)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-13

SA: Rosalind
SO: Veronica
Others: Mark via phone

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We mostly did lower priority blocks due to poor seeing, clouds and a bright moon, and we closed early due to the clouds. We had trouble with RSS tonight so were limited to HRS.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-10

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery at the controls, Alexei for handover

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Night started partly cloudy. We closed before midnight due to weather. We observed few P4 and one P0 (DDT).

Science data taken for:
2019-1-DDT-003 P0 RSS (Observing a changing-look AGN that has just gone into outburst)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-09

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery at the controls

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Night started with clear sky followed by some cloud from 02h:00 towards morning. We observed 13 blocks of mixed priority including P0.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x4) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-08

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery at the controls

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Clear and smooth night with average seeing. We have done 17 blocks of mixed P2-P4. Noticed few mirror segments out.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (x3) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x5) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-07

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery at the controls

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Clear night with moderate seeing. We struggled with mirror leading to bad image quality and had a few minor technical issues. We finished 12 blocks with various priority.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-1-MLT-005 P2 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x3) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-06

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery in training

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A productive clear night with moderate seeing. We completed 16 blocks of mixed priority.

Science data taken for:
2017-2-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-SCI-024 P1 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-SCI-038 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x5) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-05

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery in training

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We did a few blocks in bad seeing at the start of the night, but most of the night was lost to ridge cloud.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-04

SA: Rosalind
SO: Thea
Others: Solohery

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Most of the night was lost to thick clouds and high humidity. We managed two short blocks before closing.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-03

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev on training + Ros and Solohery at start of night till around 10 pm.

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The night was clear with a few high priority targets observed. The seeing was quite stable through the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P0 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-014 P1 RSS (Probing the optical counterparts of high energy sources)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x5) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2017-2-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2018-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-02

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev on training

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We had a clear night and several targets were observed. The seeing was good (1.5 - 2") and fairly stable throughout.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x5) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 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-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x5) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, September 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-09-01

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev on training

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We observed 12 targets most of which were high priority ones. We had overall stable and good seeing through the night (1.5"-2").

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Spectral survey of candidate unusual nearby void dwarfs)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x4) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-31

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev on training

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Overall good night. Attempted many high priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-006 P1 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
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)
2019-1-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x4) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-MLT-006 P3 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-30

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev on training + students brief visit

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Closed early due to bad weather.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-29

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev on Training, Khine + students. Jonathan for a short visit.

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We had overall very good seeing over the whole night (mostly ~ 1" - 1.5"). Lots of high priority blocks done.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (x2) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (x5) (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2018-1-SCI-041 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-28

SA: Brent
SO: Thea
Others: Rajeev (SA in training)

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Night started out with bad seeing (~ 2-3") but got better (~ 1.5") later in the night. Lots of high priority blocks done.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x3) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 RSS (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2019-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (x3) (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-27

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Brent, Rajeev (for changeover and training), Mokhine and 3rd Year UCT students

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Very short night, humidity rose quickly after we had only observed a few blocks.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2017-2-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-26

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Mokhine and UCT 3rd years.

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Clear night and good seeing conditions. We observed a few high priority blocks. Unfortunately the night was cut short by high humidity.


Science data taken for:
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x3) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Monday, August 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-25

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Thabelo, Mark, Mokhine and UCT 3rd year students

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Mostly clear night, we managed to observe a mix of low and high priority targets.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2017-2-MLT-004 P3 RSS (Galaxy pairs in the Hubble Frontier Fields)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-24

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Lisa, Nhlanhla, Narges, 2nd & 3rd year UCT Astro student groups

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Clear night with some good but variable seeing. We managed to observe a mix of high and low priority blocks.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-038 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-MLT-010 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2019-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-1-MLT-009 P3 HRS (Follow-up of interesting binaries and high-order multiple systems uncovered with the Gaia-ESO Survey)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-23

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Narges and 5 UCT 3rd year students

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Great conditions tonight: seeing was good most of the night and it was clear. We observed almost only very high priority blocks throughout the night, including a candidate GW event counterpart.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-GWE-004 P0 RSS ( MASTER OT detection of potential GW event)
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-004 P1 SCAM (Dark energy and the expansion rate of the Universe from quasar monitoring.)
2019-1-SCI-026 P1 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2019-1-COM-003 P1 RSS (Tests of scattered light in RSS)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-MLT-010 P1 RSS (Measuring redshifts for galaxies in the MeerKAT LADUMA survey)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, August 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-22

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others: Keith

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Good seing conditions and clear skies for the latter part of the night allowed us to observe many high priority blocks throughout the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-032 P1 RSS (x2) (Confirmation and investigation of radio loud X-AGNs)
2018-1-SCI-041 P1 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-SCI-028 P1 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-21

SA: Moses
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Clear skies, managed a to observe quite a few low priority targets and a GWE candidate.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-GWE-004 P0 RSS ( MASTER OT detection of potential GW event)
2019-1-SCI-038 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-SCI-031 P3 RSS (Tracing the dynamics of galaxy groups.)
2019-1-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-20

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Moses (for handover)

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Clear night with many observations of mixed priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-SCI-008 P1 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)
2019-1-SCI-037 P2 RSS (The role of nitrogen in pre-white dwarf pulsations)
2019-1-SCI-029 P2 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-1-SCI-041 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (x2) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-006 P3 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-19

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

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Clear night with many observations of mixed priorities.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-009 P0 HRS (x2) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-SCI-018 P1 RSS (x2) (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-029 P3 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of extremely luminous CCSNe)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)

Monday, August 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-18

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Keith

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Clear night with many observations of mixed priorities. We also observed a GW-candidate.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-GWE-004 P0 RSS ( MASTER OT detection of potential GW event)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2019-1-MLT-008 P4 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-17

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Keith

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Clear night with many observations of mixed priorites.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P1 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-16

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Clear night with targets of various priority levels observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-009 P4 HRS (x4) (Spectroscopic observations of four candidate post-binary interaction products)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-15

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

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Clear night with targets of various priority levels observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x2) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x9) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2019-1-SCI-002 P4 RSS (Measuring the properites of giant stars in close binaries that may eventually merge and explode.)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-14

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others: Keith

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Clear night with targets of various priority levels observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
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)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x7) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x4) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-13

SA: undefined
SO: Veronica
Others:

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Clear night with targets of all priority levels observed.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-001 P2 RSS (Interaction history of the LMC and SMC)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
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)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-12

SA: Enrico
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa

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Lost first part of the night (~4hrs) due to high humidity. Second part of the night was clear and a number of high priority targets could be observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (x3) (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-11

SA: Enrico
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa

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Whole night lost due to low cloud, high humidity and strong wind.

No science data taken.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-10

SA: Enrico
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa

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Clear night with many high priority observations and some lower priority filler observations.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (x3) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-033 P1 RSS (Study of the hosts' properties of Tidal Disruption Events)
2019-1-SCI-038 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2019-1-SCI-018 P2 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
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)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-09

SA: Enrico
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa

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Clear night with a number of high priority observations, but also some technical issues.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-004 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (x3) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-SCI-023 P1 RSS (Obtaining spectra for transient AGNs after the ignition of radio activity in 2012.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P2 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-08

SA: Enrico
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa

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Whole night lost due to wet and icy conditions.

No science data taken.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-07

SA: Enrico
SO: Veronica
Others: Marissa

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Whole night lost to wet and icy conditions.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-06

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Dante

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A rather good night with a mix of high and low priority targets observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2018-2-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2019-1-SCI-030 P2 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (x2) (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-05

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Bad weather for the entire night prevented any observations.

No science data taken.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-04

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Chantal, Willie and guest

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A full night of observing although the conditions were not so great we managed to get some high priority blocks observed.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-SCI-003 P1 RSS (Nuclei of two dwarf galaxies in different environments)
2019-1-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Measuring galaxy kinematics for construction of the galaxy velocity function)
2019-1-SCI-020 P2 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-019 P2 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)
2019-1-SCI-008 P3 HRS (Monitoring metals in white dwarfs)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (x3) (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-03

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Lisa, Willie

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A productive night with a few small tech troubles towards the end of the night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-LSP-001 P2 RSS (x2) (Tracing the evolution of the most massive galaxies in the universe)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-SCI-024 P3 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-018 P3 RSS (Looking for extened Lyman alpha halos around quasars)
2019-1-SCI-019 P3 RSS (Probing the outflows from quasars)

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-02

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: Willie and astrophotography group, Lisa, Jono on the phone.

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A good night cut short by high humidity. Managed to observe some high priority blocks before we were forced to close.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2019-1-SCI-026 P2 RSS (Characterising the UV emission in hyperluminous, dust-obscured quasars)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-08-01

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others: All of the day crew at the start of the night. Lisa and the MaxE team later as well as Feya, Ockert and Jonothan for various problems.

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A frustrating night with lots of techincal issues, but we managed to get some decent observations toward the second half of the night as well as a DDT.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-DDT-002 P1 HRS (Seeking to confirm cluster membership of planetary nebulae)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-009 P2 HRS (x3) (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-31

SA: Rudi
SO: Fred
Others:

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Technical issues at the start of the night and bad weather for the rest of it.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-30

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico in training

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Cold front kept us off sky tonight.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-29

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico (in training)

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Arrival of the cold front cut our evening short.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x3) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Monday, July 29, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-28

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico (in training)

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Hazy night with mediocre seeing.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
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)
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
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.)
2019-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (We propose to obtain phase-resolved spectropolarimetry of magnetic CVs with SALT. )
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)
2019-1-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-27

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico (in training)

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Cloudy night. First thin, then thick, then thin.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-003 P1 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-038 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2018-1-MLT-003 P2 RSS (Spectral study of starforming rings in S0 galaxies)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-041 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2019-1-SCI-030 P3 RSS (Searching for AGN undetected in X-ray surveys. )
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (x3) (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-26

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico (in training)

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Clear night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P0 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 HRS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-2-SCI-020 P1 RSS (Spectroscopic follow-up of strong gravitational lenses)
2019-1-SCI-038 P1 SCAM (Shells around SMC novae)
2018-1-SCI-041 P2 RSS (Confirmation and redshift determination of galaxy clusters.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-SCI-034 P3 RSS (x2) (We propose to obtain phase-resolved spectropolarimetry of magnetic CVs with SALT. )
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-MLT-006 P4 HRS (Searching for new chemically peculiar stars in the southern hemisphere.)

Friday, July 26, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-25

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico (in training)

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Clear night with variable seeing.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-SCI-010 P0 HRS (x2) (Exoplanets from TESS with @EllieInSpace)
2019-1-COM-002 P0 HRS (x4) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2019-1-MLT-009 P0 HRS (Monitoring the spectral variation of white dwarf with massive Be type companions)
2019-1-SCI-024 P1 HRS (Observations of new roAp stars @dlhwp)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-MLT-001 P1 RSS (Understanding the galaxy-halo connection in brightest group galaxies)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-028 P3 RSS (Measure the rotation curves of infrared-selected super spiral galaxies.)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-24

SA: Marissa
SO: Veronica
Others: Enrico (in training)

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Lots of snow around and freezing temperatures.

No science data taken.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-23

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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Lost the whole night due to snowy and overcast weather.

No science data taken.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-22

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Keith

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Did not have good weather tonight. High wind speeds throughout evening, only managed one science block and some RV standards.

Science data taken for:
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)

Monday, July 22, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-21

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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We had a productive first part of the evening due to the clear conditions, managing to do a wide variety of blocks (including a P0). However, the night got cut short by strong winds.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 SCAM (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Long term monitoring of gamma-ray binaries)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x2) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-SCI-004 P4 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of candidate massive stars around the blue supergiant MN18)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-20

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Josie Enenstein, Patrick Woudt, Patrick, Keith

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Very busy evening, managed to observe many blocks of varying priority, including two P0s. Had a little bit of weather downtime

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P0 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-1-SCI-012 P0 RSS (Studying the spectral evolution of a blended grav. microlensing event @CosmicRambler @_sublunar_)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-LSP-001 P3 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x4) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-007 P3 RSS (Probing the nature of TeV and neutrino candidate blazars)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-19

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations tonight due to overcast conditions and high humidity.

No science data taken.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-18

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others:

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No observations made tonight due to the cold front's overcast, windy and humid weather.

No science data taken.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-17

SA: Moses
SO: Thea
Others: Thabelo, Keith

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We had to contend with some thick cloud tonight, but

Science data taken for:
2019-1-COM-002 P1 HRS (x3) (Getting the HRS tuned up for exoplanet science)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (x3) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)
2018-2-MLT-007 P4 HRS (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-16

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others: Denny, Moses for handover

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=> Mostly clear night with bright Moon and moderate seeing. Moon eclipse helps to observe one grey block. Many block of different priorities were observed during this night.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (x2) (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-1-SCI-013 P3 HRS (Metallicity of RR Lyrae)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-002 P3 HRS (x3) (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2018-2-MLT-003 P4 RSS (Looking at chromospheric emission in stars which host exoplanets)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 HRS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-036 P4 HRS (x2) (Spectroscopy of TESS targets)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-15

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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=> Stable clear night with bright Moon and good seeing. Some technical problems at the end of the night. Anyway, many science blocks were observed and some calibration were also observed.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 HRS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2018-2-MLT-005 P2 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-1-MLT-003 P3 HRS (x2) (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-020 P3 RSS (Following fast-moving stars found by Gaia. @_sublunar_ @kenjshen)
2018-2-MLT-007 P3 HRS (x6) (Searching for evolved binary stars with long orbital periods)
2019-1-MLT-003 P4 RSS (A SALT survey of chemically-peculiar hot subdwarfs.)
2019-1-SCI-021 P4 RSS (Monitoring LBVs; @astro_Liz)

Monday, July 15, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-14

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-13

SA: Alexei
SO: Veronica
Others:

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

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-12

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

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

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-11

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

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

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-10

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-09

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-08

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to weather, no science data taken.

No science data taken.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-07

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

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Whole night lost to weather, no science data taken.

No science data taken.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-06

SA: Dani��l
SO: Thea
Others:

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Whole night lost to weather, no science data taken.

No science data taken.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-05

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

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



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

Friday, July 5, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-04

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

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

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

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-03

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

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


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

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-02

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Night Log 2019-07-01

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others: Craig

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Entire night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-30

SA: Rosalind
SO: Fred
Others:

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Entire night lost to weather.

No science data taken.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Night Log 2019-06-29

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

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

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