Date
Name
Affiliation
Other Observers
Instrument
Hours Observed
Hours Lost
Reason
Observing Program
09/16/2022
Ken Rumstay
VSU (Emeritus)
NOne
CCD canera
0
10
Other
Observatory still closed after the Contreras fire in June.
07/08/2022
Martha A. Leake
Valdosta. State University
none
Andor
0
9
Equipment Failure
Damage from Contreras fire; not connecting.
07/02/2022
Priya Gokuldass
Florida Tech
None
CCD
0
10
Other
Still closed due to Contreras fire
06/29/2022
Kurtis Williams
TAMUC
None
None
0
8
Other
Ongoing closure due to Contreras fire
06/25/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
N/A
0
7
Other
Observatory closed due to Contreras fire and power loss.
06/20/2022
Robert Berrington
Ball State University
none
arc
0
10
Other
lost due to closure for mountain fire and power loss.
06/19/2022
Roebrt Berrington
Ball State University
none
arc
0
10
Other
lost due to closure for mountain fire and power loss.
06/22/2022
Kurtis Williams
TAMU-C
none
ARC
0
9
Other
Closure due to Contreras fire (night originally assigned to ERAU in exchange for my 6/23 night)
06/21/2022
Kurtis Williams
TAMU-C
none
ARC Camera
0
9
Other
Closure due to Contreras Fire
06/13/2022
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
5
0
No problems to report
Asteroid.
06/12/2022
Xianming Han
Butler Univ
Josh Wanninger
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binary
06/09/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
ARC CCD
0
5
Clouds
Clouds
06/08/2022
Robert Berrington
Ball State University
none
arc
0
8
Clouds
Short period variable star program. Clouds did not open.
06/07/2022
Kurtis Williams
TAMU-C
REU Students
ACE CCD
7.5
0
No problems to report
White dwarf time series photometry. IR Blocking filter. Filter/Dewar had a hair or fiber that moved across field of view in three "jumps" in first hour of night - didn't affect our data - hurrah for point sources. Focus changed significantly over hour starting about 11pm MST - no sudden change in mountain weather at the time. Seeing was moderate, around 2.5" most of the night.
06/04/2022
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
Scheel, Pavasars, Burbridge, Bakke
ARC CCD
10
0
No problems to report
PN Central Stars. Based on evening flats it appears that the dewar window has a LOT of dust. The images are pretty well saturated with donuts due to dust.
06/04/2022
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
Will Bakke, Brook Burbridge, Emily Pavasars, Lane Scheel
ARC CCD
5
4
Other
Dust closure for first four hours. Rest of the night was clear, no problems. Observed PN central stars for variability.
06/02/2022
Xianming Han
Butler Univ
Josh Wanninger
CCD
8
0
Other
A line of shadow showed up since 2 nights ago (since night of June 1). It appears a wire (or something like that) fell onto the camera.
06/01/2022
Xianming Han
Butler Univ
Josh Wanninger
CCD
7.5
0.5
Equipment Failure
eclipsing binary filter wheel stuck once
05/31/2022
Xianming Han
Butler Univ
Josh Wanninger
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binary
05/30/2022
Ken Rumstay
VSU
None
CCD camera
9
0
No problems to report
AGN program One minor annoyance: I'm not sure why, but I was unable to change the sizes of any of the windows on the camera computer display.
05/29/2022
Robert Berrington
Ball State University
none
arc
7
0
Other
Short period variable stars I was unsuccessful in getting the guider to successfully follow a star. In fact it appears to drive the star off the field rather than follow it.
05/27/2022
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
none
ARC camera
8.5
0
No problems to report
Asteroids. Clouds at sunset continued then cleared somewhat.
05/24/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Nicolette Terracciano
ARC CCD
8.5
0
No problems to report
Eclipsing binaries. Thin clouds throughout the night and poor seeing with best focus around 2.5 arcsec. Forgot to turn autodome on for flats, but does that matter for zenith park? Dome was around 90 degrees and later when I closed I parked again at zenith and dome moved to 89ish, so I suppose no obstruction for earlier flats.
05/20/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
ARC CCD
0
5
Wind
Dome was not opened due to high winds and a report of dust/smoke in the air from the 4m telescope.
05/14/2022
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
Could not detect stars in images. Checked to see if the spectrograph was in the way-- it wasn't-- not sure at all what the issue was-- closed up after trying for a couple of hours.
05/11/2022
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
4
3
Clouds
Asteroids. Cirrus clouds at first but cleared after local midnight. No issues with the telescope or CCD.
05/09/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
ARC CCD & Spectrograph
6.5
0
No problems to report
Galaxy monitoring and spectroscopy practice.
05/08/2022
Roebrt Berrington
Ball State University
none
ARC
7
0
No problems to report
Short period variable stars
05/05/2022
Ken Rumstay
VSU (Emeritus)
Max the Cat
CCD camera
8
1
No problems to report
AGN Monitoring. First hour lost to stupidity. Observing went swimmingly once Todd reminded me to move the spectrograph out of the way.
05/02/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
9
0
No problems to report
Finished merger sample of Dead Quasar Survey. Oddity: TEL computer RAdmin connection froze often, and mostly when the CCD was reading out, requiring making a new connection. Focus 438200, guider focus -1600.
05/01/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
2 cats
ARC CCD
2.5
6
Other
Closed due to dust/smoke per 4m operator (Ken Rumstay pointed that out - at sunset a couple of domes including WIYN were open so I was lulled). Dead quasar survey. Focus=439500, guider focus 0.
04/30/2022
Stephen Gillam
ERAU
None
ARC Camera
10
0
No problems to report
rOAp stars. Note: The CCD isn't quite lined up with the cardinal directions. N is to the right and W is up on images. There is a slight rotation of the CCD wrt the cardinal directions.
04/24/2022
Martha A. Leake
Valdosta State University
none
ARC camera
9
1.5
Other
Asteroid observations, no problems to report. Another event causes the 1.5 h hours lost. Smoke was not an issue.
04/23/2022
Van Hamme
FIU
Samec
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
Observations of interacting binaries. GSC 30151656 and NSVS 10803881.
04/21/2022
Amy Lovell
Agnes Scott
Alex Yep, AST200L students
CCD + spectrograph demo
4
4
Wind
Training for AST 200L students with CCD, plus demo of spectrograph at the end Closed due to high and increasing winds, but we got most of what we needed ascom guide camera (for spectra) is not seeing the sky consistently, something odd is afoot, one time "move" made the star reappear, but it would disappear again with no explanation
04/18/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
ARC CCD
4
0
Clouds
Intermittent clouds, but was able to collect some good data.
04/11/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Leila Alamos, Yaneicy Jimenez
imaging
6
0
No problems to report
variable WD
04/13/2022
Stephen Gillam
ERAU
None
Andor Camera
10
0
No problems to report
rOAp stars.
04/10/2022
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
4
0
No problems to report
Asteroid. No issues.
04/09/2022
Walter VanHamme
FIU
Samec
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
Observations of interacting binaries.
04/08/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Lelia Alamos, Yaneicy Jimenez
imaging
7
0
No problems to report
Variable white dwarf photometry. The remainder of the night went to Kyle Pellegrin, a PhD student at Clemson for GRB work.
04/07/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
ARC CCD
3.25
0
Software/Control PC Issues
Had to restart ACE Node service to allow camera to download images to MaximDL. Other than that, everything went well.
04/06/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
N/A
ARC CCD
8
0
No problems to report
Monitoring galaxies for variability; exploring drizzle and lucky imaging.
04/05/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
9
0
No problems to report
Finished [O III] images for dead quasar survey merger phase. After moving to my third target and taking a test exposure, I watched as the focus readout shifted spontaneously by +35000 units. The actual focus did not change. Testing binning 2x2 during guiding worked well, speeding up the start of guiding. One long exposure wiped out by fast RA oscillations near 345W +41.
04/04/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
9
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey. Focus 395500, guider focus 0.
04/03/2022
Keefe Kamp
Florida Tech
Gokuldass, Tobolski
CCD/Spec
2
8
Clouds
Be Spectra and Tess Photometric follow-up planned however clouds appeared to come in because the CCD image began to look smeared and darker closed up after that
04/02/2022
Zorayda Martinez
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Kurtis Williams
Andor
7
0
No problems to report
white dwarf time series
04/01/2022
Zorayda Martinez
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Kurtis Williams
Andor
7
0.5
Other
white dwarf time series, time lost due to forgetting to click autosave
03/25/2022
XIANMING HAN
Butler University
none
CCD
80
1.5
Equipment Failure
filter wheel stuck
03/31/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARCC CD
9.5
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey, When connecting in afternoon, connector client would not start. Brian Brondel had a look and found something messed up in the Windows registry. CCD focus 394000, guide focus=0.
03/27/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARCCCD
8.5
1
Clouds
Dead quasar survey. Focus 394000. Guide focus -18000; had to change X rate in guide settings from 1 to -1, and reconnect QSI guide canera from MaxIm.
03/23/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Nicolette Terracciano
ARC CCD
7.5
.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Eclipsing binary. We had some problem getting our target at a low altitude, possibly too low for dropout, but after homing the dome and moving the scope to confirm it was looking through the slit and going back to the target things were fine except for the beginning of a Bessel R and I sequence that got stuck trying to move the filter wheel to I, so I INIT wheel 1 after pausing the sequence and then restarting; things went smoothly for the rest of the night.
03/21/2022
Nayra Rodríguez Eugenio
IAC
none
none
0
5
Clouds
Clouds and humidity > 80% for the entire second half of the night. I didn't even connect to the telescope
03/19/2022
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
4
6
Clouds
Asteroid. High cirrus clouds-- sky became washed out once the moon came up.
03/11/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Leila Alamos, Yaneicy Jimenez, Kathryn Closius
imaging
9
0
No problems to report
Student programs on variable white dwarf and reflection nebula.
03/12/2022
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
Logan Spooner
ARC camera
9
1
Other
No problems to report. Much time spent finding best focus (several times). No slips in focus noted. Needed to close up for 7:30 am commitment. Will transmit data shortly. Also, will stow telescope in 0 HA and -30 degree Dec position.
03/08/2022
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
None.
ARC camera
9.5
0.5
Other
PN central stars. A few times during the night the tracking could not keep up with the object, creating E-W elongation/trails. This happened mostly in the west, but at intermediate altitudes in the NW. But also happened in the NE with one target.
03/06/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Leila Alamos, Yaneicy Jimenez
imaging
6
0
No problems to report
One filter reinit required. Some pedagogically useful operator errors from the students. Needed to move the spectrograph out of the way.
03/07/2022
Nayra Rodriguez Eugenio
IAC
none
ARC CCD
4.5
0
No problems to report
Student research projects on exoplanet transits, 2nd half night.
03/04/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Nicolette Terracciano, Jonathon Smith
ARC CCD
2
9
Wind
EB time of minimum, missed b/c we had to close due to high winds (lost 5 hrs and no flats at the end of the night), lost 3 hours at the beginning of night due to threatening clouds (no early flats), lost 1 hr b/c we thought clouds an issue, but the dome was not aligned with the scope (had to home dome, park scope, restart auto dome). Would be nice to have web cams work, but they don't appear to be working. We also had to login to each machine to start and nothing was up and running, which was confusing and couldn't get the telescope machine to initiate ACE at first, so that machine was rebooted. The night will be a complete loss if we don't have someone offer some Bessel R and I flats for us to use.
02/28/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
11
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey. Spent an hour chasing focus, discovered it had changed by 110,000 units since my last KP night, then had a couple of hours of the worst seeing I've ever experienced at Kitt Peak. Focus eventually settled to 39250, slid to 385200 later in the night (kind of like airport gates in Airplane). Guide stage still seems stuck at edge of field; focus was -17600. With fixed guider position, trick of binning guide exposures 2x2 in Setup panel (I think I heard that from Kurtis Williams) really helped for faint guide tars.
02/23/2022
Ken Rumstay
VSU
None
CCD camera
0
11
Humidity
AGN's
02/22/2022
Gary Henson
ETSU
None
Spectrograph
0
9
Wind
High humidity off and on but winds at 4m up to 60 mph
02/20/2022
Gary Henson
ETSU
Rutherford
CCD and Spectrograph
0
9
Clouds
Threatening clouds early, clear for a couple hours but more clouds moving in soon after that. Not enough good weather to open.
02/19/2022
Dr. Alexandra Yep
Agnes Scott College
none
Spectrograph
4
0
Software/Control PC Issues
I was trying to do spectroscopy and could not figure out how to get a decent spectrum. I don't know what focus to use or what I'm doing wrong. Besides that though, I think I maybe needed the StellaCam3? Every time I clicked that tab, the whole Ace program crashed. That might be a problem?
02/17/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Elvis Santana
imaging
6.5
0
No problems to report
Observation (Seyfert type 2 galaxies and quasars) went well. SARA-KP was responsive, imaging went off without a kink, and weather conditions were good.
02/18/2022
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
none
Andor
11.2
0
No problems to report
Asteroid light curve work for three objects and images for a Stars and Galaxies class. All went well but needed to connect to camera computer near start up; used the Ace connector from the start button. Pointing slightly off center. Stowed the telescope.
02/16/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Josh Wanninger
CCD
0
10
Humidity
did not open
02/15/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Kaylee TenBarge
CCD
4
6
Wind
eclipsing binaries
02/14/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Kira Baasch
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binaries
02/13/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Josh Wanninger
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binaries
02/12/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Maya Leonard
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binaries
02/11/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Kaylee TenBarge
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binaries
02/10/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Kira Baasch
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binaries
02/09/2022
Xianming Han
Butler University
Josh Wanninger
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binaries
02/08/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
none
imaging
0
0
Other
Meant to be student observing program for our 1/2 night but student had last minute problems and couldn't show. I put out the offer to SARA-Board then SARA-Tech, but no takers.
02/09/2022
Nayra Rodriguez
IAC
none
ARC CCD
4
0
No problems to report
Student research projects on SNae, 2nd half night
02/05/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
None
ARC CCD & Spectrograph
8.5
0
No problems to report
Images of M31, M82, and spectra of Arcturus and Regulus.
02/04/2022
Gary Henson
ETSU
Rutherford
spectrograph and ccd
6
4
Wind
Monitoring Nova in M31 - Spectroscopy of Massive Stars SE Wind preventing observing target in that direction but targets to west Ok. Filter Wheel 1 requiring initialization, X-stage maybe stuck?
02/03/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
12
0
Equipment Failure
Dead quasar survey. Focus 497600, guider focus 2150. Guider X-stage is stuck, did not move even when commanded to initialize. Also, every move of filter wheel #1 required an INIT command to complete. Filter 2 wheel moves were OK.
02/01/2022
Todd Hillwig
Valparaiso University
None
ARC camera
0
10
Clouds
No observing, clouds.
01/31/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
6
6
Clouds
Dead quasar survey. Focus 501100, guider focus 1150. Good image quality tonight.
01/30/2022
Ken Rumstay
VSU
None
CCD camera
12
0
No problems to report
AGN monitoring program
01/29/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
None
ARC CCD
1
7
Clouds
Began observing M33 until the clouds rolled in for the night.
01/26/2022
Nayra Rodriguez Eugenio
IAC
Sandra Benitez
ARC CCD
5
0
No problems to report
Student research projects on NEO follow-up and exoplanet transit, 2nd half night
01/26/2022
Ted von Hippel
ERAU
Lauren Ashworth, Elvis Santana
imagining
2.5
0
Other
Student training. Some slight clouds but no real issues. We had the first 1/2 night, but used only the first 2.5 hours for student training.
01/25/2022
Jim Webb
Florida International University
Luna (cat)
CCD0
0
10
Other
COVID illness
01/25/2022
James Webb
florida International University
Luna (cat)
CCD
0
10
Other
Blazars, Didn't observe due to COVID illness
01/23/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
none
ARC CCD
0
7
Humidity
Humidity kept slowly rising towards limit, so I did not open the dome.
01/20/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
6.5
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey. merging galaxies. Focus 499000, guider focus 750. Focus slipped twice while tracking one object across meridian.
01/19/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Nicollette Terracciano, Patrick Noble
ARC
0
11
Humidity
Eclipsing binaries. Wheel one got caught moving and I had to INIT it to stop and go to Bessel R after it "home" stopped at Bessel I.
01/17/2022
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Andor CCD
4
4
Clouds
M31 H-alpha nova monitoring
01/11/2022
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
8
Clouds
High thin and thick clouds all night with bright moon, never opened.
01/10/2022
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CCD
12.5
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey, Focus 494500, guider focus 0. It took INIT to get filter wheel 1 to properly position filters most of the time.
01/08/2022
James Webb
Florida International University
none
CCD
0
10
Clouds
Blazar micro variability
01/07/2022
Walter Van Hamme
FIU
Samec
CCD
6
4
Equipment Failure
I had problems on this run. First the focus was far off. After I achieved focus, the pointing was moving to other positions so badly that I would lose the variable and/or check stars and I had to repoint. Next the sequencer started failing. I was given help on all of these but the sequencer was my downfall. I usually take several hundred BVRI observations and I need the sequencer to work. I would have observed for the entire 10 or more hours. But the system was apparently shut down by ACE for repairs.
01/06/2022
Martha Leake
Valdosta State University
none
ARC camera
13
0
No problems to report
Asteroid light curves, a comet, and gathering images for classes that begin Monday. No problems--just the SARA Observatory computer. Good night.
01/05/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Ball State University
Aaron Brown-O'dell
ARC CCD
11
0
Other
Eclipsing binaries. Using Wheel 2 for R and I at the beginning of night for one system I noticed that while focused for R it looked poorly focused (much larger FWHM) for I, might they not be parafocal? Wheel 1 was on empty all night. I switched to R and V for the second target, which seemed focused to begin with, but then stars became crescent-like and moving the focus down 3k or so made for a better focus where FWHM got as good as 2".
01/04/2022
Stephen Gillam
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Lilyanne Pepe, Chloe Nelson, Aakash Thiyagarajan
Leach Camera
14
0
No problems to report
At the beginning of the night, there was some slight star trailing once the telescope azimuth moved below about 35 degrees. roAp stars
01/03/2022
Stephan Gillam
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Lilyanne Pepe
Leach Camera
14
0
No problems to report
Slight star trailing appeared in images taken when the telescope azimuth was below roughly 40 degrees. roAp stars
01/02/2022
Stephen Gillam
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Lilyanne Pepe, Aakash Thiyagarajan
ARC Camera
14
0
No problems to report
Bright blotch with sharp edge that appeared to evaporate as we took flat fields. Humidity was around 1% all night. roAp stars & sparse clusters
12/30/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
9
Humidity
Clouds, Rain, High humidity with winter storm, never opened.
12/28/2021
Van Hamme/Samec
FIU
none
Andor CCD
0
10
Clouds
Winter Storm activity, never opened.
12/27/2021
Van Hamme/Samec
FIU
none
Andor CCD
0
10
Humidity
Early Clouds, High Humidity, High Winds, mountain remained closed all night with touch and go weather.
12/26/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
Spectrograph
0
8
Clouds
Partly Cloudy skies most of night, no ACE backup with poor weather forecast so didn't open.
12/25/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
none
0
0
Other
Observatory Holiday Closure
12/24/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
none
0
0
Other
Observatory Holiday Closure
12/23/2021
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
0
4
Equipment Failure
Shutter appears to still be an issue-- all images looked like biases.
12/22/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
1 cat part-time
ARC CCD
0
13
Equipment Failure
Tried test images at sunset; only got bias pattern. Checked filter wheels, spectrograph pickoff, dome position, all OK. Brian Brondel connected and did a bunch of wizard incantations, and concluded the CCD shutter has probably failed. ACE will take a spare to the mountain tomorrow.
12/19/2021
Kyle Pellegrin
Clemson University
none
ARC CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Monitoring starburst galaxies.
12/18/2021
Tom Rutherford
ETSU
None
CCD
5
0
No problems to report
M31. No real problems except that filter wheel #1 would hang on "moving,' during filter changes, although initializing it seemed make it work.
12/14/2021
Stephen Gillam
ERAU
None
Andor Camera
1
9
Wind
ROAp stars
12/14/2021
Stephen Gillam
ERAU
None
Andor Camera
1
9
Clouds
ROAp stars.
12/12/2021
Gary Henson
ETSU
none
spectrograph and ccd
8
0
No problems to report
Spectroscopy of Massive Magnetic Stars & M31 Nova Monitoring Track Rate: 15.060, +0.012
12/09/2021
Nayra Rodriguez Eugenio
IAC
none
ARC CCD
0
5.5
Humidity
Student research projects. Cancelled due to 90-100% relative humidity and cloud cover throughout the night
12/08/2021
William Keel
University of Alabama
3 cats
ARC CD
11
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Dead quasar survey. Focus 401000, guider focus 0. Lost 60-minute exposure to ACE closing (possibly pilot error while checking on the run with different VNC client). Really nice to have the focus mechanism repaired, responsive, and repeatable.
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.