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Observing Log 11/01/15 0

Posted on November 01, 2015 by Erin Aadland

Observed some pretty pictures of M15 tonight with Erin Aadland and Andy Block. When going through the procedure while setting up the filter wheel we kept getting “Error 1.”  Turned out the internet cable to the filter wheel was unplugged.  Once we fixed that, things went smoothly until the end.  Maxim DL shut down and when we tried to reconnect the telescope, we got an error reading “unable to connect.”  We couldn’t get it to work and since we only had two images left, we manually moved the telescope and called it a night.

Focus: 2840

Temperature: 50F

Log written by: Meghan Young but had to use Erin’s account :)

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.

Focus:2879

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

August 30, 2015 Observing Log 0

Posted on August 30, 2015 by Erin Aadland

Erin Aadland, Andy Block, Jane Glanzer, and Dr. Craig went out to the Observatory to observe the effects of the smoke from South Texas on the TrES-3b star field.

Focus: 2889

Outside Temperature: 78 F

Observing Log 11/22/2014 0

Posted on November 23, 2014 by Matt

Elias Holte, Erin Aadland, Brandon Crowe, Brian Ternes, and Lauren Ugelstad arrived at the observatory with intentions of getting data on M15 for a project of Brian’s. However, the telescope was not aligned correctly and thought that its zenith was somewhere at a 45 degree declination. By the time this problem was fixed M15 had passed through the low airmass window we were hoping to gather data from. After this the group scrambled to salvage the night (in terms of data) and tried to get some data on an exoplanet transit, but missed the start of the transit. Unfortunately, no usable data came out of the night.
Focus: 2809
Outside temperature: 32F

November 21, 2014 Observing Log 0

Posted on November 22, 2014 by Juan

Elias Holte, Erin Aadland, Brandon Crowe, Brian Ternes, and Lauren Ugelstad arrived at the observatory with intentions of getting data on M15 for a project of Brian’s. However, the telescope was not aligned correctly and thought that its zenith was somewhere at a 45 degree declination. By the time this problem was fixed M15 had passed through the low airmass window we were hoping to gather data from. After this the group scrambled to salvage the night (in terms of data) and tried to get some data on an exoplanet transit, but missed the start of the transit. Unfortunately, no usable data came out of the night.

Focus: 2809

Outside temperature: 0˚ C

Regards,
The Students of Observational Astronomy 366.

October 26, 2014 Observing Log 0

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Juan

Lauren U. and Erin A. went out to the telescope to observe the exoplanet transit of TrES-3b.  The evening started off well with Dr. Craig having the telescope already connected so we didn’t have to deal with any errors!  The transit started at 9:40 and ended at 10:56. The images look beautiful with a focus of 2853 and a temperature of 59 degrees.  However, when returning the telescope to home the computer froze once again and had to be restarted.

Observing Log 10/26/2014 0

Posted on October 26, 2014 by Matt

Lauren U. and Erin A. went out to the telescope to observe the exoplanet transit of TrES-3b.  The evening started off well with Dr. Craig having the telescope already connected so we didn’t have to deal with any errors!  The transit started at 9:40 and ended at 10:56. The images look beautiful with a focus of 2853 and a temperature of 59 degrees.  However, when returning the telescope to home the computer froze once again and had to be restarted.



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