Date
Name
Affiliation
Other Observers
Instrument
Hours Observed
Hours Lost
Reason
Observing Program
11/27/2021
Stephen Gillam
ERAU
None
ARC Camera
9
0
No problems to report
rOAp stars. The weather was excellent, the sky very stable, and the equipment worked almost flawlessly. The RA tracking wobbles a little at hour angles greater than +3 hours and 45 mins. The CCD camera was operating at the unusually low temperature of -120C to -130C.
11/26/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
None
ARC CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Observed starburst galaxies.
11/23/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
None
ARC CCD & Spectrograph
0
7
Clouds
Took a set of spectrograph bias images. Couldn't observe due to clouds.
11/13/2021
Kurtis Williams
TAMU-C
none
Andor
0
12
Equipment Failure
Observatory closed for focus mechanism repair
11/12/2021
Kurtis Williams
TAMU-C
none
Andor
0
12
Equipment Failure
Entire top of telescope, including secondary mirror, missing, so little light was reaching the CCD. Focusing mechanism was also inoperative.
11/06/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Kyle Kent, Sam Panzika, Val Carey
ARC camera
10.3
1
Other
Student projects in Obs. Techn., asteroid light curve continued. Filter wheel 1 stuck twice in I filter; able to return to normal by small changes, initializing. The usual -1000C readings for CCD Temp; returned to normal when Obser. window refreshed. Ghost streak on dark after bright star on previous frame. Have appts to keep this morning, so stopping early.
11/05/2021
Priya Gokuldass
Florida Tech
Kamp
CCD/Spectrograph
1.5
8
Clouds
Cyg X1 and Be spectroscopic observations planned but canceled due to high altitude clouds.
11/02/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Observational Techniques class
ARC camera
12
0.3
Software/Control PC Issues
Filter Wheel 2 seemed stuck in the filter changes; tried restarting Ace, later Peter helped with the problem. I kept expecting the filter message to read "At filter X" but it read "Moving to filter X". Main clue is that all filters visible and the one needed has a dot. Otherwise, no problems. One "jerk" in morning, but it steadied shortly after. Looked at many objects including Comet 67P. Too many students to give all a chance.
11/01/2021
Ken Rumstay
VSU (Emeritus)
None
CCD camera
9
0
No problems to report
AGN monitoring program. A fairly productive night, despite the variable cloud cover. Note: 300-second dark frames show two vertical streaks; I'll post an example.
10/29/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
Samalka Anandagoda
ARC CCD & Spectrograph
9
0
No problems to report
Continued monitoring of M31N 2008-12a field. Additional images of nebulas and NGC 6946. First night getting spectra.
10/28/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
9
0
No problems to report
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars Find track rate of 15.064, +0.011 works very well for long exposures.
10/26/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
none
ARC CCD & Spectrograph
5.5
0
No problems to report
Observed NGC 6946, M31N 2008-12a field, and dumbbell nebula.
10/24/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
10
0
No problems to report
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars, Training for Clemson Observer Note Good Track Rate of 15.064, +0.011
10/23/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
Dr. Dieter Hartmann
ARC CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Observed planetary nebulae and NGC 6946
10/21/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
Astro 203 class
ARC CCD
3.5
0
No problems to report
Planetary nebulae for class. Focus 502500 was pretty good; approaching focus from much lower values seemed pretty well behaved.
10/20/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
spectrograph
6
0
No problems to report
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars
10/20/2021
Emmett Dalton
ASC
CCD
1
3
Other
Asteroid rotation period. Low altitude warning. Moved back with paddle. Humid at beginning of night.
10/18/2021
Keefe Kamp
FIT
Gokuldass
CCD/Spec
0
10
Wind
Be Photometric and Spectroscopic Observations planned but could not open due to sporadic high winds
10/17/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
5
5
Clouds
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars Lost first half of night to clouds, no issues after that.
10/14/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
AY203 class, 2 cats
ARC CCD
6
3
Equipment Failure
Dust in galaxies, nebulae. Happened upon magic focus at 138100 for 1st four hours (thanks to Brian Brondel for going to the dome and restoring operation after storm and power outage), after which a 20-degree move made the focus slip and not only lost 1-hr exposure but 1.25 hours getting it back. Then it continued to slip during exposures, so I knew when I was beaten. But that first exposure stack is great.
10/13/2021
Emmett Dalton
Agnes Scott College
CCD
0
5
Connection Issues
I was unable to connect to computers.
10/08/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Logan Spooner
ARC camera
10.0
0.25
Student projects and asteroid light curves and parallax test this Oct. 8. Slightly late start on this telescope, as I was observing at CTIO too. KP weather started cloudy and humid but improved then worsened at morning twilight; so I missed flats (will use those from 10/5). Slow slews were restarted. Successful night, despite confusion
10/06/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
Marcos Santander, Password-change Kitty
ARC CCD
8
3
Dead quasar survey, observer training. 138100 was an unusually good focus; guider focus ranged from -300 to +100.
10/05/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Eight students in Obs. Techniques
ARC camera
9
1
Student projects and asteroid photometry after they finished. Noted interesting small streak in lower left corner of a 180s dark, but no streak in the biases after that. Humidity was high earlier than I expected, but then fell from 12 midnight on. Spent one hour waiting for humidity to improve. Focus was great until I reached about HA of 2.5h.
10/04/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
Samalka, Dr. Hartmann, Madeline, Kouser
ARC CCD
1
5
Had to stop observing due to clouds.
10/02/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Sera Shaughnessy
CCD
9
0
eclipsing binary, asteroid
10/02/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Alicia Heger
ARC camera
0
12
Student projects and asteroid light curves. I was unable to connect to KPNO. Gary said that he could get it and that the problem may be local. Using RADMIN, I was not able to connect with any of the three KPNO computers, although I could connect to CTIO and ORM. I will be checking with our IT folks soon. Skies were partly cloudy. Xianming was able to use the night.
10/01/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Josh Wanninger
CCD
10
0
eclipsing binary and asteroid. ACE helped fixing the camera (which was reported not functioning in the previous day).
09/30/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Josh Wanninger
CCD
0
10
Lost first half of the night due to clouds. Lost 2nd half due to camera issues: The CCD camera on SARA KP is not functioning. It does take images. But all images look like bias. I tried different exposure times, different filters, checked X-stage guider positions and made sure the spectrograph is not checked, turning on and off the dome red lights, telescope mirror cover open and close. But none of these seem to make any difference. Have emailed ACE. And tried to call ACE but did not succeed yet.
09/29/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
2 cats
ARC CCD
0
12
Dead quasar survey, wiped out by clouds thicker and lasting longer than in the forecast.
09/27/2021
Keefe Kamp
Florida Tech
Norton, Gokuldass, Tobolski, Baranowski
CCD and Spec
0
10
Be Star and TESS follow-up observations planned. Right at twilight threatening clouds came in and did not look like they were going anywhere.
09/24/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
Samalka Anandagoda, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
0
5
Couldn't observe due to clouds and chance of rain during the night.
09/23/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
Samalka Anandagoda, Dr. Dieter Hartmann
ARC CCD
4
0
Observed starburst galaxies.
09/21/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Sera Shaughnessey
CCD
5.5
4.5
CCD camera froze. Tried to access Switch 1 to recycle power to ACE control Cabinet. But switch 1 is not accessible (only switch 2 is accessible). Will email ACE about this problem. After restarting ACE software, a camera does begin to take images, but this camera appears to be a different camera (same stars do not show up). So please take a look.
09/20/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
9.5
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars, Spectrograph appears to be working nominally after summer shutdown. FLI ccd cooled to -37C running TEC at about 97% power. With external air temp ~17C, focus settings were Fiber plate (-515), Spectrum (-3650), Telescope (151000). Found track rates of 15.065, +0.011 to be reasonably good before autoguiding, but autoguiding was excellent and system stable although I observed and tracked a single target all night.
09/18/2021
Keefe Kamp
FIT
Caballero, Gokuldass
CCD, Spec
0
12
Planed Be photometric and Spectroscopic observations however with a 50% chance of rain tonight. decided not to open.
09/16/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Brian Herbster
CCD
0
10
Since dome control UPS appears to have failed, Gary suggested us not to open the dome if precipitation threat within 24 hours. Precipitation threat tonight and tomorrow, so we could not open the dome.
09/16/2021
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
None
ARC CCD
8.5
1
Eclipsing binary stars. Imaging sequence froze with ccd computer stuck at 100% exposure and tele computer unable to take exposure; after finding the instructions for resetting things on the camera computer I lost about half an hour. Another half hour was lost at the end of the night as tracking failed at about HA 3:30 and I missed the last half of eclipse egress.
09/15/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Andy Baran, Brian Herbster, Johnathan Hodge
CCD
10
0
Wide binary stars observation forgyrochronology, and subdwarf B star observation for pulsation search. The focus was okay if we do not touch it (we used B filter to set the focus). The good focus position changes when we move focus even a little bit, and it requires long time to set the focus again.
09/13/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Andy Baran, Carina Shanahan
CCD
10
0
Searching star rotation period for gyrochronology, subdwarf B star observation. It was difficult to find the right focus. We obtain a good focus at 110000, but I am not sure this value still gives up good focus tomorrow night.
09/12/2021
Ken Rumstay
VSU
None
CCD camera
0
9
Personal stupidity. I failed to realize that light wasn't getting to the camera because the spectrograph was in the way.
09/11/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Johnathan Hodge,
CCD
0
9
We could not connect to the computer PC. Peter is currently helping us to check this issue.
07/04/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
none
none
0
8
observatory was shut down for the season ahead of schedule.
06/30/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
7
Rain early then overcast skies. Monsoon weather set in.
06/28/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
0
7
Didn't open the dome due to clouds
06/26/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
none
ARC camera
7.3
0
Asteroid photometry for light curve and M27. Finished transfer before KPNO IT work today (27th, Sunday)
06/25/2021
Ron Kaitchuck
Ball State Univ.
None
CCD imager
8
0
KIC object follow up.
06/20/2021
Andy Baran
ERAU
n/a
CCD
8
1
No technical issues, cirrus and altocumulus clouds passed by. After observation darks show residual charge from saturated stars and the readout columns. The silicon requires to be flashed after each star image.
06/20/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
spectrograph and ccd
7.5
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars and GRB afterglow Note: Maxim Connection to QHY guide camera kept freezing requiring software restarts. Lost one long exposure do to this. Also a very poor seeing night.
06/19/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
6
2
GRB afterglow observations. It was difficult to maintain the telescope focus. Other than that there are no issues to report.
06/18/2021
Ken Rumstay
VSU
None
CCD camera
9
0
No problems, aside from the usual one of maintaining a usable focus. A better night than last night.
06/17/2021
Ken Rumstay
VSU
None
CCD camera
7
0
AGN monitoring program. Not a great night: scattered clouds. Very difficult to maintain a usable focus.
06/12/2021
James Webb
Florida International University
none
CCD
4
0
Blazar microvariability
06/11/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
6
0
GRB210610B afterglow observation
06/06/2021
Ken Watanabe
FGCU
Nick Rimbert
CCD
6
0
Blazars
06/06/2021
Sima Vaidya
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Brian Herbster, Carina Shanahan
Research Camera
5
0
Student Observation. When taking flats, the filter wheel would move by itself and exposures were taken without manually taking exposures. To fix this, the system was restarted. Throughout the observation, the telescope would not slew to a location when using the SoftPad and would only slew to the inputted RA and Dec. Focusing took an hour, and the telescope continuously lost focus many times.
06/01/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
6
2
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars All worked fine. Lost hours at beginning of night to clouds.
05/21/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Sera Shaughnessey
CCD
8
0
eclipsing binary
05/20/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Sera Shaughnessey
CCD
0
8
none
05/19/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Sera Shaughnessey
CCD
8
0
eclipsing binary
05/28/2021
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
Olivia Krugman, Sean Egan, Peyton Grimm, Will Bakke
ARC camera
8
1
Closed last hour due to dust/smoke in the air. No other problems.
05/27/2021
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
Will Bakke, Sean Egan, Olivia Krugman, Peyton Grimm
ARC camera
8
0
PN central stars.
05/26/2021
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
Peyton Grimm, Will Bakke, Sean Egan, Olivia Krugman
ARC camera
4
4
Clouds during first half of the night. PN central stars.
05/25/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
3
5
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars No problems other than clouds at sunset, clearing then thick clouds arriving after midnight KP time with full moon to obscure targets. Small wildfire still burning a few miles south of KP but west wind kept smoke away.
05/23/2021
Lorena Sanabria
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Brian Herbster, Sima Vaidya
Research Camera
<1
~4
Wildfires reported 12 miles from the telescope location, domes were closed. No observation was conducted due to the weather.
05/23/2021
Todd Vaccaro
BSU
N/A
ARC CCD
4
3
Eclipsing binary and variable stars program. Lost 30 minutes to focus issues and the last 2.5 hours due to tracking failing at +3 HA at Dec +50. Telescope was found zenith parked, I stowed it at the end of the night. No other problems.
05/19/2021
Sima Vaidya
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Brian Herbster, Lorena Sanabria
Research Camera
3
0
Student Observation. No problems to report.
05/17/2021
Sima Vaidya
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Lorena Sanabria, Brian Herbster
Research Camera
5
0
Student observation. Towards the end of the observation, it was seen that the declination is off by 5 degrees.
05/15/2021
Lilyanne Pepe
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Aakash Thiyagarajan, Stephen Gillam
Leach Camera
12
0
No problems to report. roAp program
05/14/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
7
0
No problems to report. M51, M66, ngc3593 observation.
05/13/2021
Ken Rumstay
VSU
Max the Cat
CCD camera
10
0
AGN monitoring program No problems to report, save the usual one of trying to establish an optimum focus.
05/12/2021
Lilyanne Pepe
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Stephen Gillam
Leach Camera
12
0
No problems to report. roAp program
05/11/2021
Lilyanne Pepe
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Stephen Gillam, Aakash Thiyagarajan
Leach Camera
11
1
Ace Node Service for the camera stopped working. Fixed by stopping the program, waiting two minutes, and restarting it. This problem occurred a total of 5 time while observing. roAp program
05/10/2021
Lilyanne Pepe
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Stephen Gillam, Aakash Thiyagarajan
Leach Camera
11
1
Presumptive ACE Node Restart and Control Cabinet Recycle
05/09/2021
James Webb
FIU
Viviana Arroyave, Luna Webb, Sparkle Webb
CCD
9
0
Blazar microvariability. Couldn't get the telescope to go to the park HA-Dec, keot telling me oout of bounds, so I left it zenith parked.
05/07/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
5.2
0
Dead quasar survey. Focus 363000, guider focus 12000. QSI guide camera disconnected once, but disconnect/reconnect from MaximDL worked.
05/05/2021
Amy Lovell
Agnes Scott
CCD
8
0
Asteroid lightcurve observations. Much better with the moth-free filter wheel, no problems to report.
05/04/2021
Amy Lovell
Agnes Scott
Ed Albin
CCD
.5
10
A training run, which was successful in demonstrating everything including a stuck filterwheel. The filter wheel is on Bessel R, and if you select another filter, it perpetually indicates "Moving to BESSEL V" but doesn't appear to move.  INIT doesn't have any effect, it goes grey normally and then just returns to indicating BESSEL R, with the message "Finding HOME for Wheel 1." Tried taking images anyway, and it seems to truly be the R filter - indicates so in the FITS headers and M51 looked like it does in R. Rebooted telescope computer, then rebooted both computers, with no effect on the problem.
05/04/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Brian, Lorena, Sima
CCD
4
0
The first half was assigned to ERAU. My students took astrophotography for public outreach event. There was no problem to report.
05/03/2021
Todd Vaccaro
BSU
Terracciano
Andor CCD
4.5
3
Eclipsing binary. Lost early eve flats and 2 hrs to high winds. Then lost another hour as tracking issues near end of the night at HA +3. CCD maintained -110C temp all night. 2 min darks were about 10 counts higher than bias. At the beginning of the night we had to restart both ccd/tele computers as tele control of taking images was not sending them to the right directory on the CCD machine.
05/01/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
N/A
Spectrograph
0
9
B star spectroscopy. Night started off very cloudy.
04/27/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Kamp
Spectrograph
0
10
Weather was not looking good at the beginning of the night. Peter used the time to install the new cooling system for the CCD.
04/25/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
4
5
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars -- No equipment problems but bright Moon with significant cirrus clouds for most of the night hampered observations.
04/24/2021
Todd Vaccaro
BSU
Nicolette Terracciano
ARC
5
2.5
Eclipsing binary program. 2 min dark showed bright bottom right corner and top right corner, but 30 second darks used didn't have issues. CCD maintained -99C. Focus wasted about 1.5 hrs from finding optimum focus at the beginning of night and again 2/3 of the way through as it seemed to have lost focus. Last hour lost as tele pointed 311 Az/46 Alt in NW showing trailing stars and wouldn't stop, so I closed up.
04/20/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
9
0
eclipsing binary The filter wheel froze frequently. In the end, I decided to use just one filter instead.
04/18/2021
James Webb
Florida International University
none
ccd
8
1
Blazar microvariability Focus took off again. Took over an hour to get it back.
04/18/2021
James Webb
Florida International University
none
ccd
8
1
Blazar microvariability, Focus took off and it took a while to get the focus back, Weird! Telescope was stuck on west limit when I logged in. I had to back it off the limit using t soft hand paddle.
04/13/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
no one
none used
0
all
The night originally belonged to TAMUC colleagues but was made available after the camera cooler worked. We had thought it could be useful for our purposes but found that the excessive dark current (and to some degree other problems such as focus jumps), made the telescope + imager unusable for our purposes.
04/05/2021
James Raymond Webb
Florida International University
none
CCD
0
10
local network down
04/14/2021
VanHamme
FIU
samec
Research Camera
0
11
Observations of eclipsing Binarirs
04/12/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Klare, Fowler, Zamora
Spectrograph
8
0
Spectroscopy of Be stars
04/10/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Sarah Kokinakkis
imaging
5
5
Observing program: identifying H alpha excess objects Problems: the high dark current on the CCD was a bigger problem than expected both operationally and for our project. Operationally, the previous observer had left the guider pick-off in the beam center and the telescope was out of focus. Add that to the unreliability of focus position and the fact that using the auxiliary instruments window repeatedly crashed ACE (necessary to first see if the pick-off mirror was in the beam and then necessary to move the pick-off), and we spent some hours before we could find targets and obtain focus. From a project perspective, it isn't clear that these data will dark-subtract well enough to see faint H alpha emission, but we'll see ...
04/07/2021
Keefe Kamp
Florida Tech
Fowler, Klare, Le, Malagon
Spectrograph
7
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars. Everything went well with the spectrograph however partway through the night the Guide Camera could not be focused. Would not initialize and would only "focus" up (Positive)
04/06/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
N/A
Spectrograph
0
10
CCD still not in use. Planned on spectroscopy observations, but too many clouds at the start of the night.
04/04/2021
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
none
ARC camera
0
10
The CCD was warm and the temperature was rising. Yesterday was unseasonably warm for the mountain, but it appears during the power outage that something more significant happened (a problem with the cooler or with the dewar vacuum). ACE has been notified.
04/03/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Brian Herbster
CCD
0
8
Student observation. The power was out at the beginning of the night. Although it was fixed around 12 AM EST, we already assumed that we could not observe the night before. So, I could not reach students' observers except one. So I called off for the night.
04/02/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Sarah Kokkinakis
imaging
0
6
We had first 1/2 of night, but could never connect due to power out at dome ....
04/01/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
8
Power out to Dome all night. Couldn't connect to any computers.
03/30/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
10
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars All worked fine tonight.
03/27/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Kamp, Le, Miorelli, O'Brien, Fowler
CCD, spec
10
0
Standard star fields and B star spectroscopy. Had to initialize the spectrograph because even when aligned w/ fiber, no light was getting to the detector. It helped but not sure if it's initialized to the best spot.
03/26/2021
Otani
ERAU
Brian Herbster, Dory Mauretour
CCD
0
9
Checking star rotation periods for Gyrochronology. We could not use the telescope due to the high wind speed.
03/24/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Brian Herbster, Lorena Sanabria, Dory Mauretour, Sima Vaidya, Carina Shanahan
CCD
6
1.5
Dome azimuth is off by 15 degrees below the azimuth of the telescope (i.e. telescope azimuth=47 had to move dome azimuth to 32) Had to move dome manually with azimuth control. Seems like the auto dome was causing the azimuth of the dome to sync with the altitude of the telescope.
03/17/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Clara Chedzoy
imaging
3
0
Clara had the first 1/2 of the night for her class project, which is to determine if image quality was sufficient to detect gravitational lensing distortion. The object wasn't available for the first 3 hours, so we used that time just to leisurely set up. The 2nd 1/2 of the night belonged to an IAC observer.
03/16/2021
James Webb
Florida International University
Aviana Arroyaev
CCD
9
0
Blazar microvariability
03/16/2021
James Webb
Florida International University
Viviana Arroyaev
CCD
9
0
blazar microvariability
03/16/2021
James Webb
Florida International University
Vivaia Arroyave
CCD
8
0
Blazar microvariability
03/21/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
none
ARC camera
4.5
4.5
Observing asteroid to establish light curve. Weather turned from poor to promising to poor, with high clouds to 100% of sky, with mid level clouds expected. No problems with equipment; parked the telescope in the stow position. Focus not bad but seeing poor all night; left at midnight MST.
03/18/2021
Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio
IAC
none
ARC CCD
4.5
0
Student research projects on NEOs follow-up and exoplanet transit, 2nd half night. Focus 364000, did not have to change it. ACE connection system on CAMERA PC crashed at the end of the night (~11:50 UT), but images continued to be taken.
03/15/2021
Dana
ERAU
Taylor
SARA KP
10
10
Filter wheel 1 gets stuck frequently
03/14/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
5
-
GRB afterglows, M33, M79
03/12/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
0
11
Dead quasar survey planned. Reality encountered was, as the 4m operator entered, threatening clouds, humidity, and ice on the dome.
03/11/2021
Ken Watanabe
FGCU
Nick Rimbert
NA
0
8
Winds above 30 mph and humidity between 80 to 90 %.
03/10/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
2 cats
ARC CCD
10.5
0
Dead quasar survey. Focus 375000; jumped near midnight to 344000 with hysteresis. Guider focus=0.
03/09/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
no
CCD
11
0
eclipsing binary
03/07/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
0
11
never opened due to clouds
03/06/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
10
1
eclipsing binary Camera froze once
03/05/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
10.5
.25
eclipsing binary camera froze once
03/02/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Clara Chedzoy
imaging
3
3
This 1/2 night program was student training and an imaging project. ACE crashed a few hours into the night and due to the student's lack of experience and our miscommunication, we did not effectively continue observing.
03/04/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Caballero, Zamora, Fowler
CCD
10
0
Standard star fields. Filter wheel got stuck during a sequence. Restarted ACE and it started working again. Guider was not responding at first, but disconnected and reconnected the cameras and it also started responding.
03/03/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
8
High winds followed by fog/humidity closed mountain all night.
03/02/2021
Todd Vaccaro
BSU
Nicolette Terracciano
ARC Camera
7
4
I noticed during the last hour or so that the dome AZ was off from tele pointing (30 dome, 330 tele), but field looked ok; it was at high Dec (+50); upon stowing scope dome read 159.7 and tele read 179. About 3 hrs shut for high winds, but lost an hr trying to find focus as well. The Aux Instruments window always says "Moving to..." Does it ever say it arrives? Headers in images registered that the filter was in place and the Instrument display on the far bottom left indicated the change was made.
02/28/2021
Amy Lovell
Agnes Scott
CCD
8
0.2
Lightcurves and imaging for lab students. Tracking in West streaked even some 30s images. As reported by others, focus wandered around over the course of the night - final value 370000.
02/27/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
8
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars
02/25/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
None
Spectrograph
10.5
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars All worked well.
02/25/2021
Tomomi Otani
ERAU
Andy Baran
CCD
8
0
Photometry time series (sub dwarf B) As other people already reported, the focus was unstable. Once we obtain the “good” focus, even the small focus change (change the number by 5000) caused the big focus shift, and we could not obtain the previous good focus when we changed the focus back to the original value. After having this mistake three times, we learned that we should not even change the focus once we obtain a “good” focus (the star shape is round but elongated). It took ~2 hours for us to obtain the perfect focus. But everything else was working well.
02/23/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Kamp
CCD
10
0
Binary massive stars. Did not attempt to use the spectrograph because it hadn't been functioning the previous night. Otherwise, did not run into any problems.
02/22/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Kamp, Klare, Le, Zamora
CCD & Spectrograph
2
8
Was not able to access the spectrograph arm on the telescope computer so did not observe with spectrograph. Had trouble focusing CCD and clouds were forecast to move in so closed for the night.
02/20/2021
Walter Van Hamme
FIU
Samec
FLI camera
6
6
Observations and analysis of Eclipsing Binary Systems, AH Gem and NSVS506667. Software stalled.
02/19/2021
Walter Van Hamme
FIU
Samec
FLI Camera
11 hours
1
Observations of Eclipsing Binaries AH Gem and NSVS506667.
02/21/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
10
0.7
Galaxies in H-alpha, dead quasar survey. Focus 411000; major shift around midnight needing 45 minutes to get a new good value. Best guider focus -1000, in some directions the guider images always have substructure which compromised the quality of EW guiding.
02/17/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler Univ
Andrew Gebken
CCD
11
0
Eclipsing binary
02/16/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
10
0.5
Dead quasar survey. Focus 409000 - huge shift from a week ago, took over 30 minutes to find an adequate focus.Guider focus 0. RAdmin to telescope computer froze frequently (but not for CCD computer). Filter wheel 1 needed initialization multiple times early in the night.
02/15/2021
James webb
Florida International University
Viviana Arroyave, Luna Webb, Sparkle Webb
CCD
0
10
blazar microvariability Cloudy all evening, and super cloudy in the morning. Didn't open.
02/15/2021
Nayra Rodriguez Eugenio
IAC
none
ARC CCD
2.5
1.5
Student research projects on stellar variability. Observations with the students cancelled because of reported connection problems during the first half of the night, but I was able to connect around 9:00 UT and observe one of the program objects. Approx. one hour was needed to restart the system from scratch and get focus.
02/14/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Kayla Taylor, Jack McDonald, Sarah K
imaging
0
6
Had training planned with three students but could not connect to SARA-KP. Gary informs me that LTO reports indicate there was a power failure at the end of the previous night, so presumably some computers in the SARA dome need to be restarted. Our team had the first 1/2 night. I've informed Nayra Eugenio (IAC) who had the 2nd 1/2 night.
02/13/2021
Martha A. Leake
Valdosta. State University
none
Andor
0
10.75
Asteroid photometry planned, but bad weather prevented any observing. Started with high winds and threatening clouds, some clear skies, but winds still high, clouds moved in and humidity increased for rest of the night. The all sky camera view looks iced over. I never opened up and did not log in to SARA, just monitored the weather.
02/13/2021
Dana
ERAU
Matt Haffner
SARA KP
8
3
Filter wheel 1 seems to have some trouble switching between the H-Alpha filter and others. It gets stuck and sometimes will go to the wrong filter.
02/11/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Meenakshi Rajagopal, Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
9
0
BL lacs, GRB afterglows, galaxies. No problems to report :)
02/10/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
12
0
Dead quasar survey. Focus 512000; guider focus 0. Telescope computer had 15-minute period around 0200 local time where I could not connect via RAdmin from my PC, although I could connect with VNC and the CCD computer could connect both to my machine and the telescope computer via RAdmin. This might have been a local weirdness. My data suffered for much of the night from having a 3rd-magnitude star streak through the field during sky flats at the start of the night - extra charge showed up in those columns for most of the night. Note to self...
02/09/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
4
7
Eclipsing binary Clouds in the early evening and after midnight (Kitt Peak time).
02/08/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
11.5
0
Eclipsing binary
02/07/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
11.5
0
Eclipsing binary
02/06/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
0
11
None. Dome status display was (and still is) blank, and the dome does not appear to be responding to commands. Tried to recycle power to the ACE control cabinet, which did not fix the problem. The dome was functioning normally at the end of the previous night. But apparently, the telescope computer rebooted sometimes during the day, and the telescope computer was at the Windows log in screen at the beginning of the night.
02/06/2021
Xianming Han
Butler University
Andrew Gebken
CCD
11
.5
Eclipsing binary CCD camera froze
02/02/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
8
Mostly cloudy all night so never opened.
02/01/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
Kamp
CCD
0
12
Massive Binary stars. Too cloudy.
01/26/2021
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
none
imaging
0
0
I had the first 1/2 of the night, but due to lack of organization on my part, I forgot.
01/31/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson university
Kyle Pellegrin, Dr. Hartmann
ARC CCD
0
9
GRB afterglows, M33. Didn’t open due to the cloudy weather.
01/28/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
9
Power out to Dome due to earlier winter storm. Power back up by late afternoon, but light to heavy cirrus clouds progressively getting worse so never opened.
01/23/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
N/A
CCD
0
10
Massive stars. Did not open due to poor weather.
01/25/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
no cats
ARC CCD
0
11
Grad training. Or that was the plan. I assume there was snow because both webcams are iced over.
01/24/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
No cats
ARC CCD
0
11
Grad training. Or that was the plan. I assume there was snow because both webcams are iced over.
01/22/2021
Veronique Petit
UD
None
Spectrograph
0
8
Spectroscopy of massive stars. 100% humidity, seems unlikely to clear out before the end of the night.
01/21/2021
Saida Caballero
FIT
N/A
CCD
0
10
Massive binary stars
01/20/2021
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
None
CCD
0
12
None.
01/19/2021
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
None
Andor CCD
0
12
None.
01/18/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
4.5
7
BL Lac, Galaxy Zoo nebula followup. Focus 512000 (worked well enough I was afraid to touch it any more). Guider focus=0; reset guider x,y speeds for ARC camera to -1, -1.
01/17/2021
james Webb
Florida International University
Viviana Arroyave, Luna Webb, Sparkle Webb
CCD
8
0
Blazar microvariability
01/16/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Dr. Hartmann, Kyle Pellegrin
ARC CCD
8
-
GRB afterglows, M33, M66, M79
01/15/2021
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Cassidy Swenson from Tools class
ARC camera
12.5 hours
0 hours
Images of clusters and galaxy for Tools, and asteroid photometry later. Needed to cancel slew and restart early in evening; restart successful; focusing not the best, but no large slips noted. Asteroids (using ASTFINDER from Lowell) typically slightly south and west of center of frame. No large problems and great weather and sky.
01/14/2021
Veronique Petit
UD
Matt Shultz
Spectrograph
10 hours
0
Spectroscopy of massive stars. All good, apart for the ASCOM camera freezing a few times, which then crashes Maxim. Autoguiding on the fiber was OK, even with the wind. The focus of the telescope was still a bit finicky. The Orion nebula looks good on the ASCOM, with only a 0.1s exposure. I recorded ~15 short videos on the operation of the spectrograph, if anybody is interested.
01/12/2021
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin
ARC CCD
6
-
GRB afterglows, M31. Focus was stable at 520000.
01/12/2021
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Robert Berrington
ARC CCD
10
1
Eclipsing binaries. Some time (~1hr) lost to auto guider tracking off field and focusing needing adjusting (from 490000 to 520000) when going from target in west to target in east. Seeing never better than about 4"
01/10/2021
Steve Gillam
ERAU
None
ARC camera
13
0
RoAp stars, variables in open clusters, Gyrochronology.
01/09/2021
Stephen Gillam
ERAU
None
ARC Camera
12
1
RoAp stars, young clusters, and Gyrochronology.
01/08/2021
Alec Neal
Ball State University
Robert Berrington, Todd Vaccaro, Daniel Brossard
ARC
7
1
Slightly hazy, focus was mediocre for the first half of the night.
01/07/2021
Walter Van Hamme
FIU
Samec, Faulkner, Hill
ARC camera 2KX2K
10
1
One light curve of UU Cam completed. 3 hours observations on NSVS00389401 done. Focus was acceptable.
01/06/2021
Walter Van Hamme
FIU
Samec, Hill, Faulkner
ARC Camera 2KX2K
11
0
Observations of NSVS00839401 and UU Cam. Focus was acceptable at 505000.
01/03/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
11
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars, very productive night! Clear, calm, dry weather, focus pretty stable once achieved, guiding/tracking very good.
12/30/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
6
4
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars, wide band of thick cirrus clouds moved through with bright moon so even bright stars faded with too little flux for observations.
12/27/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
none
0
10
Night not scheduled but filling in Bad Weather report for usage statistics as mountain was closed most of night due to threatening weather.
12/28/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
none
0
10
Night not scheduled but noted mountain closed due to poor weather so just filling in usage table for weather statistics.
12/29/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
spectrograph
0
10
Lost all night due to clouds, fog, high humidity.
12/23/2020
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
none
CCD
12
0.5
eclipsing binary, GRB
12/23/2020
Alec Neal
Ball State University
Robert Berrington
ARC
8
0
Stella3D crashed whenever clicked on. Difficult to get spectroscope to work (possibly from user inexperience).
12/21/2020
William Keel
University of Alabama
Cats
ARC CCD
8.5
0.75
Dead quasar survey; took over after Peter Mack conjunction imaging. Spent first 45 minutes focusing CCD and guider. (Autoguider is back!) Focus 515000-520000; guider focus 6500. Guider settings for ARC camera: X speed=-1, Y speed = -1.
12/18/2020
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Dr. Hartmann, Kyle Pellegrin
ARC CCD
7
0
Observed the field of GRB 20201216C , M33. The focus was good all night at 519 000.
12/16/2020
Steve Gillam
ERAU
Leila Alamos
ARC camera
13
0
Short-period variables.
12/15/2020
Steve Gillam
ERAU
Leila Alamos
ARC CCD
10
2
RoAp stars. The focus continued to be problem. The smallest repeatable unit of secondary mirror motion appeared to 15,000 - 25,000 encoder units. This made it impossible to focus precisely. Consistent changes in FWHM of star images resulted when jogging the focus un the "+" direction. There was not consistent focusing behavior when jogging in "-" direction. At the star of the night on 12/14 stars were focused at 300,000 units. (1.0- 1.5" seeing in a 15 sec exposure.) on 12/15, the best focus (again 1.0' - 2.0" FWHM) was obtained at 520,200 units. At one point, we moved the mirror back to the zero and re-fucsed. This did not improve the focusing performance. Further, the focus radically changed when we moved to a new target.
12/14/2020
Steve Gillam
ERAU
Leila Alamos
ARC camera
10
0
Rapidly-oscillating Ap stars. The sky was clear and the transparency very high all night. We had difficulty focusing. It seemed that changes in focus from a few hundred to 6000 units made no difference to FWHMs. FWHMs would change minutes after the focus had been changed. We could not make small changes to the FWHM. It appeared that the stars were either in focus (at around 300000 units) or they were donuts.
12/12/2020
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin
ARC CCD
4
6
GRB afterglows, Ring Nebula. Hours were lost due to cloud cover and increasing humidity.
12/12/2020
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin
ARC CCD
4
6
GRB afterglows, ring nebula... Some hours were lost due to t
12/10/2020
William Keel
University of Alabama
Fluffiest Cat
ARC camera
0
12
Dead-quasar survey. Or that was the plan. Gave up watching humidity at 0100 MST.
12/09/2020
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
-
ARC CCD
0
12
GRB afterglows. Could not observe due to clouds and rain.
12/07/2020
Keefe Kamp
Florida Tech
Me, Myself and I
Spectrograph
0
14
Spectrograph darks were taken without a problem, but then clouds came.
12/06/2020
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Melanie Isenbarger
Leach Camera
9
2
Lost 2 hrs messing with focus
12/04/2020
Keefe Kamp
Florida Tech
Sydney, Tobolski, Minh Le, Saida Caballero
ARC CCD, Spectrograph
7
0
Cyg X-1 and Be Star Spectroscopy. Only minor problems occurred. During Use of the ARC CCD, a few of the exposure there are issues tracking causing the stars to line; however it stopped without intervention. One of our spectra did not readout. MaximDL froze, saying "reading" for several minutes.
12/03/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
CCD & Spectrograph
8
2
Excellent track Rate of 15.055, +0.011 Spectroscopy of Massive Stars and M31 H-alpha Monitoring
12/03/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
CCD & Spectrograph
8
2
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars and Colliding Wind Binaries, Monitoring M31 in H-alpha ----- Tracking Rates 15.055, +0.011 excellent for 5 min exposure on M31
12/02/2020
Nayra Rodriguez
IAC
none
ARC CCD
8
3
Student research projects on exoplanet transits. The focus was good practically all night at 335000. Had to close around 01:30 MST due to wind speeds ~ 40 mph.
11/30/2020
William Keel
University of Alabama
Fluffiest Cat
ARC CCD
10
0
Galaxies in H-alpha. Tweaked track rates in absence of guider, starting with Gary Henson's custom rates. Focus 335000-327000.
11/29/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
Rutherford
Spectrograph and CCD
11
0
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars and H-Alpha monitoring of M31 Found Track Rate of 15.055 RA and +0.0102 Dec to be solid for M31 Tracking Good in all parts of sky, but needed several minutes for E/W oscillations to settle when pointing to low west targets.
11/28/2020
Xianming Han
Butler University
none
CCD
11
0
eclipsing binary. The focus was good enough at the beginning of the night, so I did not want to touch it.
11/27/2020
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
None
ARC CCD
12
0
Planetary nebula central star monitoring. Stars were oval, elongated, doubled, or streaked in at least 2/3 of the images, at five minutes. Most stable in the northwest.
11/27/2020
Samalka Anandagoda
Clemson University
Kyle Pellegrin
CCD
10
2
M3N 2008-12a, GRB afterglows. The telescope focus was good in the beginning of the night (399 000). But then it went out of focus during the latter part of the night and was extremely difficult to get it back to focus. Other than that everything worked fine.
11/25/2020
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
7
2
Spectroscopy of Massive Stars Todd Hillwig could not connect through VNC (servers not yet installed and running). ACE will fix, but took over night at last minute from Todd since weather excellent.
11/24/2020
Saida Caballero
FIT
Kamp, Le, Abraham, o'Brien
CCD
11
0
There were pointing issues where the telescope seemed to oscillate back in forth from its position, making the stars appear elongated. Also, had the recurring issue where the telescope went out of focus and took a while to get back to a focus that worked. There were a few times the humidity spiked but cam back to normal levels. This may be an issue with the WYIN's humidity instrument specifically.
11/23/2020
Nayra Rodriguez
Nayra Rodriguez
Nayra Rodriguez
Nayra Rodriguez
Nayra Rodriguez
Nayra Rodriguez
Test for student research projects on exoplanet transits. It was difficult to get focus the first time, and need to refocus every one-two hours. ~45 min trying to use autoguiding with no luck. The connection with ACE Tel was down on three occasions. Had to close due to high humidity at the end of the night.
11/22/2020
Xianming Han
Butler University
none
CCD
11
0.5
eclipsing binary. It was extremely hard to focus. Moving by 5000 produces random effect on the focus. So getting focused is a matter of luck.
11/21/2020
Veronique Petit
UD/MCAO
None
Spectro
9
0
Used the spectrograph all night. Maxim DL crashed a few times when switching from the ASCOM to the FLI. Not that when this happens, the setpoint of the FLI cooler goes back to 10 degrees. When this happens, one needs to remember to start the coolers back AND put the setpoint down. Tracking and guiding worked perfectly all night, even in the East.