Monday, March 8, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-07

SA: Lee
SO: Veronica
Others: Xola, Moses, Etienne

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Night cut short by slow moving, thick cloud. Some engineering tests at the start of the night meant only a few blocks were observed tonight.

Science data taken for:
2020-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (Confirming the rigidly rotating magnetosphere in Trumpler 16-26)
2020-2-SCI-021 P2 RSS (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)
2020-2-SCI-018 P4 HRS (Understanding the nucloesynthesis of heavy elements)

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-06

SA: Lee
SO: Veronica
Others: Xola

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A full night of very good seeing, put to good use with several high priority blocks completed, including a SNe ToO and a DDT observation. We couldn't appreciate the seeing to it's fullest, because of problems with stray mirror segments and focus.

Science data taken for:
2020-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2020-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)
2020-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (Confirming the rigidly rotating magnetosphere in Trumpler 16-26)
2018-2-MLT-006 P2 RSS (Study of unclassified extragalactic NuSTAR serendipitous sources)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2020-2-SCI-036 P2 RSS (Spectropolarimetry of Be/X-ray binaries)
2020-2-SCI-014 P2 RSS (Probing the quasar outflows.)
2020-2-SCI-011 P2 HRS (Measuring the orbits of double white dwarfs. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2019-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-05

SA: Lee
SO: Veronica
Others: Xola, Richard

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Tonight was dominated by mirror problems, which took several hours from our night. The seeing was again very good, and we observed a few high priority blocks between the issues.

Science data taken for:
2020-2-DDT-004 P1 HRS (Confirming the rigidly rotating magnetosphere in Trumpler 16-26)
2020-2-SCI-021 P1 RSS (Study of the properties of green valley galaxies with high star formation rates)
2018-2-LSP-001 P2 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-1-MLT-002 P3 RSS (Longterm observations of a Be XRB)
2020-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts for G4Jy sources - the brightest radio galaxies in the southern sky)

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-04

SA: Lee
SO: Veronica
Others: Nico, Xola, Moses, Danièl, Alexei, Deneys

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Night cut short by high humidity after the wind swung SE. Some high priority blocks were completed before this, along with several twilight tests.

Science data taken for:
2018-2-LSP-001 P1 RSS (Observing optical counterparts of transient objects)
2016-2-COM-001 P1 RSS (x2) (Polarimetry test proposal)
2020-2-SCI-017 P1 RSS (Monitoring the spectropolarimetric behavior of blazars)
2020-2-SCI-031 P2 RSS (Spectroscopy of ultra-diffuse galaxies)
2020-2-SCI-035 P3 RSS (A MeerKAT radio and SALT optical spectro-polarimetry survey of mCVs)
2020-2-MLT-003 P3 HRS (x2) (Follow-up of rare SB4 discovered in Gaia-ESO, GALAH and APOGEE)
2019-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-03

SA: Lee
SO: Veronica
Others: Nico, Thea, Xola

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A reasonable night weather wise, with 9 blocks completed of mixed priority. First night on the job for Xola, the new SO - welcome!!

Science data taken for:
2020-2-DDT-003 P1 RSS (A unique candidate for RCrb type star )
2018-1-MLT-002 P2 RSS (Longterm observations of a Be XRB)
2020-2-SCI-024 P3 RSS (Star Formation Histories of stellar bridges, tidal tails and a bar in NGC 4410 group.)
2020-2-SCI-035 P3 RSS (A MeerKAT radio and SALT optical spectro-polarimetry survey of mCVs)
2020-2-SCI-006 P3 HRS (Investigation of variability of absorption lines due to ISM towards vela SNR. )
2019-1-MLT-008 P3 HRS (x2) (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2018-2-MLT-005 P3 RSS (x2) (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-02

SA: Lee
SO: Thea
Others: Danièl

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Mostly excellent seeing tonight, allowing us to do a few high priority targets despite the bright moon. Twelve blocks done in total.

Science data taken for:
2020-1-MLT-007 P0 RSS (Observations of supernovae, near and far. @_sublunar_)
2018-2-MLT-005 P1 RSS (Probing the winds from massive binary star supernova progenitors)
2018-1-MLT-005 P1 HRS (HRS observations of symbiotic stars)
2020-2-MLT-008 P2 RSS (Tracking Accretion Flows via BLR Emission in Changing-Look Active Galactic Nuclei)
2019-1-MLT-008 P2 HRS (HRS monitoring of yellow symbiotic systems)
2019-2-MLT-004 P2 RSS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2019-2-MLT-004 P3 HRS (Monitoring the line emission in Southern Galactic Be/X-ray binaries)
2020-1-MLT-003 P3 HRS (Spectroscopic observations of central stars of mid-infrared nebulae)
2020-1-MLT-008 P3 RSS (Obtaining redshifts for G4Jy sources - the brightest radio galaxies in the southern sky)
2020-2-SCI-040 P3 RSS (Redshift measurements of BL Lacs for the CTA project)
2020-2-MLT-003 P3 HRS (x2) (Follow-up of rare SB4 discovered in Gaia-ESO, GALAH and APOGEE)

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Night Log 2021-03-01

SA: Lee
SO: Thea
Others: Danièl, Encarni

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Entire night lost to weather. Some closed dome tests carried out.

No science data taken.

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