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September 27, 2015 Observing Log 0

Posted on September 27, 2015 by Erin Aadland

So for once everything went according to plan.  Stefan Nelson, Ricquel Ramsbottle, and  Erin Aadland went observing during the lunar eclipse.  The night was full of eclipse watching and TrES-3b observing.


Temp: 76F

Observing Log 9/25/2015 0

Posted on September 26, 2015 by Matt

Laura Maixner and I observed several globular clusters tonight as part of a project she is working on. There was a nearly full moon but the primary objective was to look at several clusters and decide which one would be best to follow up with on other nights. Around 1AM there were some light clouds so observing wrapped up at 1:30AM.

The temperature was 73F, focus 2870 and FWHM was 5-6.5 pixels.

Observing log 2015-09-20 0

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Matt

I observed tonight after one of the AST 102 field trips. The main target was WASP-10b, a transiting exoplanet. The evening was uneventful, with everything working without any problems. I also grabbed a few images of the standard star field SA113, one each of Neptune and Pluto, and one of NGS6946, a spiral galaxy.

Temperature was 67F, focus 2870, FWHM 5-6 pixels.

September 12, 2015 Observing Log 0

Posted on September 13, 2015 by Erin Aadland

Andy Block, Erin Aadland, Stefan Nelson, and Jane Glanzer arrived at the telescope and got off to an optimistic start by taking the calibration images first.  However, disaster struck when the science images were about to commence.  First, the dome would not align with the telescope.  In fact, the dome faced the exact opposite direction as the dome.  The problem was resolved by manually moving the dome.  Second, as the first image was about to be taken Maxlm DL quit unexpectedly.  Third, an error occurred as we tried to reconnect the telescope.  We replugged the telescope and the problem was solved.  Fourth, the subframe images used to get a clear focus would not center on the star as needed.  A call from Matt Craig helped get around the issue by looking at the focus in the TCS window and looking at the FWHM of the star using the information window.  Finally, the science could commence (around 12:30am).  We ended up taking a few images of globular clusters for Laura Maixner and called it a night.

Temp: 69.1

Focus: 2889

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