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Date
Name
Other Observers
Instrument
Hours Observed
Hours Lost
Reason
Observing Program
05/16/2024
Martha A. Leake
none
none
0
9
Equipment Failure
Dome still not operable; did not open up. Observed long lived streak in sky in various skycams; laser use or just a satellite? Weather to become cloudier later tonight. 1:24 UT there at present.
05/13/2024
Kaylee Grace
Millie Dill, Easton Honaker
CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
RM still down.
05/12/2024
Kaylee Grace
Millie Dill, Easton Honaker
CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
RM still down.
05/11/2024
Kaylee Grace
Millie Dill, Easton Honaker
CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
RM still down.
05/11/2024
Martha Leake
none
ORM web sites only
0
9
Equipment Failure
Planned asteroid observations but devoted most of early evening to using ING and GC all sky cams on web to see if any aurora could be seen there. (They had at least one observation the previous night in Teide.) No luck during my checking. Cloud bank over north edge of all sky cams. Here, in Valdosta, I observed for1.5 hours as well; no obvious aurora, but looked like northeast horizon was greenish (above the trees.)
05/08/2024
Kaylee Grace
Millie Dill, Easton Honaker
CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
RM still down.
04/25/2024
Ken
None
CCD camera
0
10
Equipment Failure
Still awaiting dome repair.
04/12/2024
Martha A. Leake
none
Andor
0
12
Equipment Failure
Did not open, but looks like a good night. Same problems as those reported here previously.
03/23/2024
Martha Leake
none
JKT
0
11
Equipment Failure
The RM dome is still needing parts. I did not open.
03/17/2024
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Dome controls were not showing up (their windows were yellow) so could not open.
03/13/2024
Terry Oswalt
Ahnika Gee and Kyle Boyer
CCD
0
12
Equipment Failure
ACE confirmed that dome is still not operational. Awaiting parts for repairs to top end of shutter.
03/08/2024
Scott Joffre
Dieter Hartmann, Yong Sheng
CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
Have not had gear box fixed yet
02/07/2024
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
9
Humidity
02/03/2024
Martha Leake
possibly majors
CCD Cam
0
9
Equipment Failure
Was asteroid photometry. I will close my connection at present. Clouds are present as well as high aerosols (14.36 microgr/cubic meter). Just finished Open House at VSU, 8-12.
01/15/2024
Scott Joffre
Dieter Hartmann, Yong Sheng
ccd
0
8
Equipment Failure
Still waiting on gearbox part
01/11/2024
Isaiah Cox
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
0
11
Equipment Failure
RM still down.
01/30/2024
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor griz
0
11
Equipment Failure
The RM is still down
01/16/2024
Ken Rumstay
None
CCD
0
12
Equipment Failure
Observatory still closed due to dome failure.
12/15/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartamnn
Andor CCD griz
0
12
Equipment Failure
RM is still down due to the dome failure.
12/09/2023
Martha Leake
none
none
0
12
Equipment Failure
No notification about repair of dome, so I am filing this report (and not observing).
10/14/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
12
0
No problems to report
Clemson Blazar study. Restarted to make DS9 work properly. No other problems to report.
10/12/2023
Walter Van Hamme
Samec
ANDOR CCD
5
5
Clouds
Observations of solar type binaries. ATLASJ002.4330+54.8587.
10/11/2023
Walter Van Hamme
Samec
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
Observations of solar type eclipsing binaries. ATLASJ002.4330+54.8587.
10/16/2023
William Keel
AY203 class
Andor CCD
11
0
No problems to report
AGN-ionized clouds, class projects. Focus 99000, guide focus 40.
10/11/2023
Martha A. Leake
Jordan Hewins, Marissa Norlund
Andor Camera
1
9
Software/Control PC Issues
The above refers to missing information in the version of ACE that I selected for KPNO (no text in dropout, shutter, and azimuth boxes) and log in problems with VSU computers used). .Add to that a competing research project (DEB initiative) during the afternoon, dust persisting at ORM (24 -26.5) and clouds after one at ORM. At KPNO, I was confused by the azimuth reset procedure.
10/11/2023
Martha Leake
ASTR 4101 students (not all because of Fall Break)
Andor Camera
1
8.5
Other
Lost several hours (4) to competing astronomy project. When tonight's observations began, within about one hour, aerosol levels climbed above 20 mgm/m3 (to 24 to 26.5) and later the sky became partly cloudy. In addition, VSU computer problems occurred. .
10/11/2023
Martha Leake
Students in ASTR 4101
Leach Camera
1
9
Software/Control PC Issues
ACE program lacking information in Dropout, Shutter, and Azimuth boxes. No information about completion of action.
10/09/2023
Maddy Buisch
Hodari James
Andor
6
0
No problems to report
RM- Observed comets 2022 A2 and 158P.
10/08/2023
Ken Rumstay
None
Andor CCD camera
0
10
Clouds
Cloud cover all night. I caught a few glimpses of Jupiter, and of the rising Moon after midnight (Eastern time) before giving up, but did not open the dome. When setting up, I noted the following: The telescope appears to properly slew to objects when “J2000” is selected on the “Slew Telescope” window. However, when the setting is “HA/Dec” is used any attempt to slew the telescope results in the message “Commanded position exceeds HA/Az negative limit”*. I’ve tried going through the full power recycling procedure three times with the same result. I left the telescope stowed at HA = 0h00m and Dec. = -20 degrees, assuming the telescope position window is correct. I think it is; before it became too dark to see the telescope in the webcam image it appeared to be in the correct position.
10/05/2023
Hodari James
Nia Suitt & Oralyn Murchison
Andor
7
2
Equipment Failure
RM- Training and observations of stars in M13 and Sh2-284 nebula. Andor Camera was offline at the begining of the night and had to be restarted.
10/04/2023
Hodari James
Maddy Buisch, Amy Lovell
Andor
7
1
Software/Control PC Issues
RM- Training and monitoring of comets. Dome issues and tracking issues early in the night. Both resolved by soft reset.
10/06/2023
Zach Savery
Millie Dill, Jarrod Bieber, Kaylee Grace
Andor
9 hours
0
Other
Observed pulsating white dwarf G29-38. Potential issue with Dome finding home position, park works fine. Had trouble with ds9 showing current image while observing, fixed itself after restarting ds9 several times.
10/02/2023
Zach Savery
Kaylee Grace, Millie Dill, Paula Galvez Molina, Henry Sanford-Crane, Judi Provencal
Andor
7.5
2
Clouds
Observed pulsating DA white dwarf G29-38. Clouds rolled in around 2:30 am RM time.
10/01/2023
Zach Savery
Kaylee Grace, Millie Dill, Tali Natan, Henry Sanford-Crane, Jarrod Bieber
Andor
9
0
No problems to report
Observed pulsating DA white dwarf G29-38.
09/30/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
M31, NGC 1245. No problems.
09/26/2023
Eric Perlman
Methods & Instrumentation Class
Imager/Andor
6
2
Other
Various objects, connection problems at the beginning (resolved quickly), clouds began to move in during the last hour of the night
09/27/2023
Martha Leake
9+1 student in Obs. Techniques class
Andor Camera
10.5
2
Equipment Failure
First time at telescope for many students. Biggest issue was the telescope limit problem (also see 9/18 RM report) and being unable to recover. Telescope approached the pole (not zenith) with HA 7h; needed expert help. Many objects briefly observed and items discussed. My thanks to all who offered advice.. Weather was great. Thanks to Brian Blondel, and other observers.
09/23/2022
Terry Oswalt
K. Boyer, K. Confeiteiro, A. Gee, A. Lydick, A. Moreira, M. Newell
ARC CCD
9.5
1.5
Humidity
Gyrochronology program. Fairly good night, except for high humidity, mostly around 75-80%. Closed for 1.5 hours when it exceeded 85%
09/25/2023
Scott Joffre
Dieter, Yong
CCD
4.5
4
Wind
Wind speed at 40 km/hr for the first half of the night. Died down to 25-30km/hr for the rest of the night
09/07/2023
Xianming Han
none
ccd
9.3
0
No problems to report
M57, eclipsing binary
09/06/2023
Xianming Han
none
ccd
8.5
0
No problems to report
eclipsing binary
09/21/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
11
0
No problems to report
AGN-ionized clods. Focus 99900, guider focus -40 to 70 depending on filter and time of night. Guider working.
09/18/2023
Erin Abraham
Priya Gokul Dass
CCD
2
8
Software/Control PC Issues
Issue with dome tracking - getting error "Slew could not be completed due to telescope limits". We did a full reset several times but it would not fix. Eclipsing binary observation
09/15/2023
Robert Berrington
A486/586 Observing class
arc
0.5
7.5
Humidity
initial setup was troubled by a dome light left on from prior user. Not long after opening the humidity went above 80% and did not drop for the rest of the evening.
09/12/2023
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
2
9
Humidity
White dwarf time series photometry. Humidity kept spiking; after hitting closure for the third time gave up for night.
09/09/2023
Matt Wood
NA
CCD
10
1
Other
Time series of cataclysmic variables. 30s exposures. Dome was OPEN when I first connected! Dome stuck a couple times during normal tracking. Did the power cycle thing and it eventually worked. My final object of the night is +51 dec. I usually follow to airmas 2.0 for time series, but the system hit a soft limit before this, and I was not able to back the telescope out, so ACE will need to take care of that before the next observer.
09/08/2023
Isaiah Cox
Yong Sheng, Kouser Imam, Dieter Hartmann
CCD
6
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Had some trouble with dome tracking. Did the azimuth recycle but connecter client would crash whenever I tried to send the dome home. A quick restart fixed this. Tried azimuth recycle and home again and everything worked after that.
09/05/2023
Scott Joffre
Yong Sheng, Antonio, Dieter Hartmann
CCD
4
1.5
Software/Control PC Issues
{{filter}} command when saving file names with the Andor camera kept giving "unknown filter". Additionally, the headers for the fits files gave RA, DEC, and filter as "unknown" Had a glitch where clicking the home button would shut down the entire program. An entire restart fixed this. Additionally, some of the observations appeared as if we were just looking at a bias. We diagnosed this as not having calibrated the dome by having it go home first.
09/03/2023
William C Keel
DragonCon Love Astronomy
Andor CCD
5
0
No problems to report
Outreach. Focus 98370. Guider still not moving telescope and showing x,y offsets of order 10^(-306).
09/02/2023
William C Keel
DragonCon Space Track
Andor CCD
4
2
Clouds
Outreach events. Guider was weird - showed x,y offsets of order 10^-305 and was not obviously moving the telescope. Focus 99656, guider focus 40.
08/27/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
6
0
No problems to report
Exoplanet, M31. All went well.
08/26/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
Exoplanet, M31. No issues.
08/25/2023
Stephen Gillam
Kaelyn Weddle, Avery Reynolds, Jessica Nicholson
Andor Camera
8
8
Humidity
Microvariables ACE node service failed around 11:30 PM local time, we followed the full procedure to fix it and it is now working.
08/21/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
9
1
Other
AGN emission clouds. Telescope jumped by 30" near end of one 60m exposure (about 4h W +40), too fast for guider to follow. Focus 10900, guider focus +40.
08/19/2023
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
10
0.25
Software/Control PC Issues
Ionized clouds around AGN. Focus 100230, guider focus 40. During evening twilight flats, camera PC got into a mode where it would not register numbers from the keyboard, even after cycling NUM LOCK multiple times. In desperation I connected from a Mac with VNC and pasted numbers from another field into the filename sequence field. This magically cured the issue. I am puzzled.
08/18/2023
TODD R VACCARO
N/A
Andor
8
0
Other
Eclipsing binary; Dome needed to be linked, unlinked, homed, linked to get tele looking through slit, which stalled flats and had to get more in the morning. The tele pc kept popping up a notification that an anonymous user had connected and then would say left, periodically occurred all night. The vpn banner constantly said to update for improved security and the anti virus program popped up on both machines saying there were 4 potential issues and that it needed updating. Connecting to OneDrive from Chrome or Edge refused to let me upload things to my directory (there was no upload button to be found), so I used my Dropbox. Initial slewing to a target required several attempts before it would land. But once it got going it tracked all night with no issues.
08/16/2023
Robert Berrington
none
arc
7
1
Other
The telescope lost tracking at +2 and +3 HA, and I was unsuccessful in getting the autofocuser to function correctly. I have used the auto focuser successfully numerous times in the past but this time, no matter the star field, and the exp time only returned that the focus routine failed with a click to restart. Fortunately I was able to watch the images go through focus, and I was able to find focus manually.
08/15/2023
Xianming Han
none
ccd
6.5
1
Equipment Failure
eclipsing binary. Telescope stops moving and cannot slew after that.
08/14/2023
Kaylee Grace
Zach Savery, Henry Sanford-Crane, Jarrod Bieber, Millie Dill, Judi Provencal
Andor
0
8
Other
Dusty! In addition, at one point we accidentally took an exposure with QSI and the image wouldn’t process nor could we abort. It became stuck with the progress bar at 100% but it seemed the camera wasn’t actually connected.
08/12/2023
Matt Wood
None
CCD
0
8
Other
Dust 33 and cloudy so didn't open.
08/13/2023
Ken Rumstay
None
Andor CCD camera
0
10
Other
AGN photometry. Did not open because of high aerosol content (24-35 micrograms per cubic meter). There appears to be some confusion as to what concentration should be cause for ceasing observation. Since the sky was not photometric (scattered clouds throughout the night) I decided not to risk opening the dome.
08/03/2023
Walter Van Hamme
Samec
Andor ccd
9
0
No problems to report
Observations of short period algols.
07/31/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
6
Clouds
Clouds all night-- did not open.
07/30/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
6
0
No problems to report
Exoplanet, M31.
07/29/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
6
0
No problems to report
Exoplanet, M31.
07/28/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
6
0
No problems to report
Exoplanet, M31
07/25/2023
Terry Oswalt
Steve Gillam, Eden Kope, Melinda Walls, Ryan Reynolds, Krys Confeiteirto
Andor Camera
7
3
Equipment Failure
Gyrochronology and roAp. At the beginning of the observation, the dome would not move past the home position, but would move elsewhere, and we had to do the azimuth restart several times. Towards the end, as we were doing a time series for a roAp target, the telescope stopped working/moving (preload would not turn on, oil pump did turn on) as we reached 1.86 airmass - we tried the quick restart and it did not help. We then tried the full restart and could not complete it due to connection issues. Peter Mack then took over trying to fix the telescope.
07/21/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
8
0
No problems to report
Blazar study
07/21/2023
Scott Joffre
Dieter, Yong
CCD
4
1
Wind
Gusts at 40km/hr. Issue with Dome vignetting, corrected with reset.
07/19/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
8.7
0
No problems to report
Extended [O III] clouds around AGN hosts. Opened cautiously on local advice after wildfire. Focus 101500, guider focus 960. Had to do AZ recycle for dome once.
07/15/2023
Stephen Gillam
Stephen Barnier, Avery Reynolds and Aakash Thiyagarajan.
CCD Camera
0
12
Other
Micro variables. Did not open due to forest fire that started west of the observatory.
07/11/2023
Isaiah Cox
Kouser Imam, Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Blazars
07/09/2023
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
8
0.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Ionized AGN clouds. Focus 100400, guide focus 1000. Lost contact between camera PC and focus/filter wheel/QSI camera, so did restart with ACE cabinet power cycle. Later, had to do dome AZ reset once. Connector client on camera PC crashed about 10 times while working on guider and not finding guide stars; thereafter it worked well.
07/07/2023
Aakash Rathinam Thiyagarajan
Dr. Gillam
CCD
7
3
Equipment Failure
Telescope tracking failed frequently, the ACE connector Client had to be restarted to resume the observation run. The dome unlinked at azimuth=29, homing and relinking the dome to the telescope solved the problem.
07/03/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
8
Clouds
Camera seems to be repaired, but clouds all night so no data.
07/02/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
No CCD controls available when logged in-- I tried recycling everything, which had not effect. Next, I tried rebooting the computers but still nothing.
06/25/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
2
7
Software/Control PC Issues
Emission in AGN hosts (actually made it just far enough to check on M101 SN). Focus 100400. Guider QSI camera was not talking to Connector Client. Previous restart including cycling both camera and ACE cabinet power and dual PC reboots did not fix the problem, even after multiple times. In fact it's worse - the connector client doesn't even see the Andor CCD, with no camera options existing on the connector client. This exceeds my expertise.
06/21/2023
Isaiah Cox
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Blazars
06/19/2023
Scott Joffre
Dieter Hartmann
CCD
4
3
Humidity
Near 90% humidity for the first 3 hours. fell drastically and could observe later
06/17/2023
Ken Rumstay
None
Andor CCD Camera
10
0
No problems to report
AGN observations, Supernova in M101. The dome stopped tracking early in the night; cycling the dome azimuth remedied that. The telescope systematically points slightly (1-2 arcminutes) east of target after slewing.
06/12/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
8
1
Software/Control PC Issues
AGN host galaxies, M101 SN. Focus 99000, guider focus 0. Two issues: First, guider QSI CCD was not communicating with control software until after cycling camera power on PDU (and waiting for Andor CCD to cool back down) plus rebooting both computers. Also, images were strange in some parts of the sky and at some times, worst case making ENE-WSW lines 10 pixels long. A set of exposures stepping along the meridian every 15 degrees showed some poor location and some good ones, without a monotonic trend. The seeing was excellent (autofocus gave 0.8") so some of this mght not be obvious in more usual conditions.
06/10/2023
Roi Alonso
none
ccd
0
7
Humidity
Humidity high all night.
06/09/2023
Isaiah Cox
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Blazars
06/06/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann, Kouser Imam
Andor CCD griz
0
8
Wind
The wind gust was around 40km/h through the whole night, so I didn't have the chance to open the telescope.
06/04/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
7
Clouds
Clouds and humidity-- never opened.
06/04/2023
Kaylee Grace
Henry Sanford-Crane
Andor
0
9
Humidity
Humid all night.
06/03/2023
Kaylee Grace
Henry Sanford-Crane
Andor
0
9
Humidity
Humid all night
06/03/2023
Kaylee Grace
Tali Natan, Zach Savery, Millie Dill, Judi Provencal
Andor
8
0.3
Equipment Failure
Observed GD358. Lost a bit of time at the beginning and middle of the night when the dome would not track. FIxed the issue by cycling the azimuth control. .
06/02/2023
Kaylee Grace
Judi Provencal, Millie, Dill,
Andor
8
0.5
Equipment Failure
Observed pulsating white dwarf GD358. The dome would not track at the beginning of the night. This was fixed by parking the dome. The dome stopped tracking again near the end of the night. Recycled the azimuth control and parked the dome again.
05/31/2023
Judi Provencal
Kaylee Grace, Zach Savery, Henry Sanford-Crane
Andor
0
8
Humidity
Humidity was high the entire night.
05/29/2023
Isaiah Cox
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD
6
1
Humidity
Humidity was too high at the beginning and end of the night.
05/25/2023
William Keel
not even time for cats to arrive
Andor CCD
0
9
Humidity
Transient night. If it wasn't the humidity it was the clouds .I did a full software restart in the afternoon because images were not displaying to DS9.
05/24/2023
William C. Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
5
4
Humidity
AGN clouds, M101. Focus 97020, guide focus 0. Humidity high at start and end of night.
05/23/2023
Kaylee Grace
Judi Provencal, Zach Savery, Henry Sanford-Crane
Andor
7
0.5
Connection Issues
Imaged M101 supernova, observed pulsating star GD358. Had some issues with the dome losing alignment at the beginning of the night. The problem was resolved by parking the dome.
05/21/2023
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
0
12
Software/Control PC Issues
Had issues with saving the images. It kept saying exposing and got stuck. Had to reboot the telescope and camera computer and stope the node service to resolve the issue. Then the dome state became unknown. Rebooted the computer and recycled the power, nothing worked. Tried to home the dome but the ACE crashed.
05/18/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
9
0
No problems to report
[O III] clouds around AGN hosts. Dome stopped moving once - required 3 azimuth recycles plus setting first to park position before it responded normally. Focus 98620, guider focus 0-70 depending on filter. Pickup of stray line voltage during readout looks reduced, improving low-background performance.
05/17/2023
Stephen Gillam
Stephen Barnier, Jacob Romeo, Avery Reynolds, Kaelyn Weddle
Andor Camera
0
12
Humidity
Micro-variables.
05/16/2023
Stephen Gillam
Stephen Barnier, Jacob Romeo, Avery Reynolds, Kaelyn Weddle
Andor Camera
12
0
Equipment Failure
Micro-variables. Dome stopped tracking the scope. This was remedied by recycling the ACE Node service.
05/15/2023
Stephen Gillam
Jacob Romeo, Stephen Barnier, Avery Reynolds, Kaelyn Weddle,
Andor Camera
5
6
Clouds
Micro-variables. The dome would not home at the start of the night. It was tracking the telescope but offset from the corrected azimuth. This was remedied by stopping and starting the ACE Node service.
05/13/2023
Roi Alonso
None
CCD
9
0
No problems to report
No problems, entire night with autoguider. Dome did not go through the 313 az, and tracked ok all night.
05/13/2023
Ken Rumstay
Stefan Geier
Andor Camera
9.5
0.5
No problems to report
Stefan took the first four hours, as I had to attend a funereal event in the afternoon. He observed the asteroid 471 Papagena; I was delighted to learn that a second minor planet was named for a character from Die Zauberflöte (the first being 539 Pamina). He noted that when starting the dome was not properly aligned with the telescope, but that was quickly remedied thanks to advice from Bill Keel. I took over at about 1:30 UT, and observed AGNs until dawn with no difficulties.
05/10/2023
Scott Joffre
Dieter Hartmann
RM Camera
0
all
Wind
Wind speeds starting around 8:30 UTC at 40 km/hr and then rose to ~55 km/hr and were sustained for much of the night.
05/08/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
2
Wind
Asteroid. High winds prevented opening for the first couple of hours. Then, the dome would not track accurately but after three resets began to do so. Dome shutter also acted up a bit but a reset took care of that also. After that-- no problems.
05/06/2023
Xianming Han
none
ccd
6
2
Equipment Failure
Dome stopped tracking and could not move. After fixing this problem following the instruction in the text file, the shutter could not open. After some time, the shutter opened, but now the dome did not move, and could not fixed following the instructions. At the end of the night and stowed the telescope, the dome mysteriously started moving.
05/05/2023
Tom Rutherford
Gary Henson
CCD
8
1
Humidity
Exoplanets. Dome would not track at first but a reset took care of it. Everything else went well, although humidity started to climb toward morning so I closed up about an hour before twilight began.
05/03/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
1
No problems to report
Exoplanets. Some passing clouds at first but then clear the remainder of the night.
05/02/2023
William Keel
nobody
Andor CCD
8
1
Clouds
Galaxies in H-alpha. Focus 98842, guide focus +100.
04/27/2023
Matt A Wood
NA
Andor
10
0
No problems to report
Time series observations of white dwarf and cataclysmic variable. Excellent night.
04/27/2023
Matt A Wood
NA
Andor
9
1
Equipment Failure
REVISED for ORM: 1) Dome stuck beginning of night. Restarted system a couple times and eventually it worked rest of night. 2) Telescope got stuck in NW at just less than 2 airmasses. Tried to back out with handpaddle, but no joy. Brian Brondel (ACE) logged in and got it fixed (thanks, Brian!).
04/26/2023
Matt A Wood
NA
Andor
10
0
No problems to report
Time Series observations of cataclysmic variables. Focus 444000
04/23/2023
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
9
0
No problems to report
ulGRB host galaxies observation
04/21/2023
Roi Alonso
none
andor
8
0
No problems to report
WDs photometry. Some issues with the dome at the beginning, needing to home it a couple of times. Autoguider camera not responding.
04/20/2023
Amy Lovell
AST200L
CCD
0
8
Humidity
Student projects - started too humid and then as humidity decreased wind picked up...
04/18/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
8
1
Software/Control PC Issues
The dome suddenly stopped removing and blocked the view of the telescope. This happened three times and I have to restart the telescope and recycle the dome power multiple times to fix it. The trailing happened once but it was fixed when I pointed to another source.
04/17/2023
Matt Wood
NA
Andor
0
11
Humidity
High humidity. Didn't open.
04/14/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
0
11
Equipment Failure
The RM telescope is till out of service
04/08/2023
Martha Leake
Ryan B.
CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Equipment not ready for observations. The night is also predicted to be cloudy for 8-9 hours.
03/29/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
0
11
Equipment Failure
The RM is still not operational due to the primary mirror and focus issue
03/29/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
0
11
Equipment Failure
RM is still not operational (the mirror and focus issues)
03/21/2023
Alex McDaniel
None
Andor CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
Clemson blazar study. JKT still down
03/19/2023
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
telescope still not working?
03/18/2023
Martha Leake
none
ARC
0
9.5
Other
No announcement of repaired part has been made; it's there, but perhaps has not been delivered or installed yet.
03/12/2023
Roi Alonso
none
ccd
0
11
Equipment Failure
Previous reports indicate "Observatory offline until further notice", due to focusing issues.
03/09/2023
Gary Henson
none
ccd
0
8
Equipment Failure
Observatory offline until Focus problem fixed.
03/06/2023
Gary Henson
Rutherford
Andor CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
ACE was working on Focus problem during early evening. Did not see announcement of a fix. Observations not possible with current focus status.
03/04/2023
Isaiah Cox
Yong Sheng, Dieter Hartmann
CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Clemson blazar study. Could not focus. Stars appear asymmetrical. No observations could be done.
03/03/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
Triangular stars with FWHM at best focus of about 11 (my target could not be detected in the images). Many images had very significant trailing though that settled down after a while.
02/28/2023
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
0
10
Equipment Failure
We had focus issues. The target and stars in the field were a non uniform shape (as triangle shape).
02/26/2023
Walter Van Hamme
Samec
CCD
0
11
Connection Issues
Scope will not respond to contact. No observing possible.
02/24/2023
Stephen D. Gillam
Pepe, Romeo, Vansadia
ARC Camera
0
13
Connection Issues
Micro-variables. Unable to connect to the 0RM computers. This is probably due to the breaker issue reported earlier this week.
02/23/2023
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
11
Humidity
High humidity and likely icing, so did not open dome. Computers unreachable anyway. I suggest either a piece of tape on the circuit breaker saying "!No tocar!" or electrifying the circuit breaker to give someone a nasty shock if they try to turn it off.
02/22/2023
Todd Vaccaro
N/A
Andor CCD
0
10
Humidity
Although the weather was horrible, I was never able to connect to any of the computers nor was someone who was on the mountain at the time.
02/19/2023
Roi Alonso
none
ccd
0
11
Humidity
humidity and "weather procedures are in force"
02/15/2023
james Webb
Observational Class
CCD
0
8
Other
Smoke warnings
02/18/2023
Martha Leake
none
Andor
0
11.5
Other
Notification that "ING bad weather procedures are in force." Problems could occur because of reduced staff and ice on domes as Brian noted. Did not open. Weather is improving, but humidity exceeded 80% several times before midnight UT.
02/17/2023
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
11
Snow
Ice on domes, humidity, clouds, and rain. I decided it probably was not worthwhile to open.
02/16/2023
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
11
Snow
Observatory closed due to snow and ice on dome.
02/14/2023
K.Watanabe
Nick Rimbert
CCD
0
10
Connection Issues
Could not connect to any of the computers.
02/13/2023
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
11
Snow
Although most observatories are reporting safe conditions, Liverpool Telescope is reporting dome ice. Since I cannot see our dome exterior, staying closed for safety tonight.
02/12/2023
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
11
Snow
High humidity, cold temps, snow on ground, and other enclosures reporting ice make it unsafe to open.
02/10/2023
Martha Leake
Jordan Hewins
Arc
0
10.3
Humidity
Planned to view asteroids, but high humidity, some rain and ice continue all night. Did not open. (Site listed weather as "bad" and all facilities were closed. Amended my report slightly; date of run was 2/10/23
02/11/2023
Martha Leake
Jordan Hewins
Andor
0
10.3
Humidity
Humidity over 90% most of night; some rain or snow; labeled "bad weather conditions." Did not open. Conditions did not improve.
02/08/2023
Ken Rumstay
None
CCD camera
0
10
Other
In light of recent connection and dome problems, and the forecast for increasing clouds during the night and rain on Thursday, I decided not to risk opening the dome.
02/05/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
10
Connection Issues
Unable to connect to any of the computers
02/03/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
10
Connection Issues
Unable to connect to any of the computers
01/30/2023
Todd Hillwig
None
ARC camera
0
10
Humidity
Humidity and clouds.
01/31/2023
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
0
11
Humidity
The humidity is 96%, I can't observe at all. Clemson University blazar study.
01/27/2023
Xianming Han
Josh Wanninger
CCD
10
0
Other
The dome stopped rotating again near the end of the night.
01/29/2023
Roi Alonso
none
CCD
0
11
Humidity
Humidity and ice.
01/28/2023
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0
11
Humidity
humidity over 90% and temps around freezing. Never opened
01/25/2023
Xianming Han
none
CCD
10
0
Equipment Failure
Dome stopped tracking the telescope near sunrise, so not sure if data is effected or not.
01/25/2023
Xianming Han
none
CCD
0
10
Connection Issues
Connection to SARA RM was not possible from anywhere, and was not fixed by evening.
01/21/2023
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0
11
Wind
Was able to focus the telescope, then the wind increased and I had to close. Now 100% humidity. BE CAREFUL, THE ING WEATHER PAGE IS FROZEN.
01/20/2023
Kurtis Williams
Olive (feline)
Andor
11
1
Software/Control PC Issues
White dwarf time series. Lost hour to telescope computer thinking telescope HA was out of limits. ACE/Brian quickly responded and found problem was an incorrect setting on control card. Some additional time lost as various things needed homing (dome, guider stage). Autoguider worked well but guider focus was at about 250.
01/19/2023
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
0
13
Connection Issues
Telescope continues to not pick up my calls and is not returning my messages either.
01/18/2023
Steve Gillam
Divyeshwari Vansadia, Stephen Barnier
None
0
12
Connection Issues
Micro-variables.
01/16/2023
Todd Hillwig
None
Andor CCD
0
10
Connection Issues
Could not connect to computers.
01/15/2023
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0
11
Connection Issues
Unable to connect o any SARA RM computers
01/13/2023
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
0
10
Equipment Failure
Asteroid photometry. Problems with Az limites. I did the full restart five times and not fix it.
01/12/2023
Gary Henson
Rutherford
Andor CCD
0
6
Wind
Had connection issue in that both Radmin and VNC would connect, but no screen display under Radmin and frozen controls under VNC for all computers. Finally did remote computer restart through Radmin tools and connections back to normal. High winds for early evening with some very strong gusts so gave up early.
01/11/2023
Priya Gokuldass
none
CCD
0
08
Humidity
Ultra long GRB host galaxy observation. Rain and high humidity.
01/09/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
12
0
No problems to report
Galaxies in narrowband ([O III] before moonrise, H-alpha after). Focus 96327, guider focus -100. Reset dome azimuth once. Had to enable SAOimage display for QSI CD to focus guider and couldn't figure out how to turn that off (since new interface does not have radio buttons for Connector Client perspective options), so each new image while guiding vanished after 5 second. (No luck getting response to email queries on this during the night).
01/07/2023
Gary Henson
Rutherford
Andor CCD
8
0
No problems to report
Nova Monitoring in M31, Exoplanet Search in NGC1245
01/06/2023
Gary Henson
Rutherford
Andor CCD
8
0
No problems to report
Nova monitoring in M31, Exoplanet Search in NGC 1245
01/05/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
0.5
Equipment Failure
Dome failed to track on two occasions-- resetting it seemed to fix it each time. M31, NGC 1245.
01/04/2023
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
M 31, NGC 1245.
01/02/2023
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
0
13
Humidity
If it wasn't the humidity (which is always was), it was the clouds, or the rain, or even the particulate levels.
12/27/2022
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
0
12
Clouds
Partly cloudy in afternoon. During the night, clouds, humidity, wind, and dust level passed conspired at least two at a time.
12/24/2022
Dr. Todd Vaccaro
None
Andor CCD
10
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Eclipsing binaries. Had some tracking issues early on with a target at Az 229 and Alt 76 (deg) off and on; then an hour or so in the dome indicated vignetting, which got worse as the dome had stopped; resetting the dome Az fixed it. I noticed that the Tele PC time is set for UT+1 (Casablanca) while the CCD PC is on UT and time stamping headers. I was only able to control the camera from the CCD side. The focusing routine worked well. The tele was parked at the Z position when I started.
12/21/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
M31. Standard stars.
12/20/2022
Gary Henson
Rutherford
Andor CCD
7.5
0
No problems to report
H-alpha monitoring of M31 and Variable Search in Open Cluster NGC1245 One instance of dome azimuth motion failure during slew but Azimuth power recycle restored control for rest of the night.
12/14/2022
Ken Rumstay
None
Andor CCD camera
3
9
Equipment Failure
I observed for about three hours without problem. I then had to briefly leave to attend to some family business, so stowed the telescope and closed the dome. When I returned and tried to open the dome, the shutter would only open about 15-20% of the way. It looks as though something might be obstructing the shutters, though I don’t see anything obvious in the dome camera image. Right now the telescope is safely stowed with the dome closed. The wind speed is currently averaging 30-35 km/hr, with gusts up to 50 km/hr.
12/13/2022
Kurtis A. Williams
none
Andor
6
6
Humidity
White dwarf time series photometry. Humidity was borderline until about 1am and then spiked well over the limit, so I closed. Seeing was lousy but good enough. Could not run autoguider - QSI camera hung on readout and would only reset with Client Connector restart.
12/12/2022
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
12
Connection Issues
Unable to connect to any computers nor the webcam webpage. I can reach webpages of other mountain observatories. Brian Murphy was also unable to reach the computers. Please check connections. (Weather was borderline anyway)
12/09/2022
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
0
10
Humidity
ULGRB host galaxy observation. High humidity.
12/02/2022
Roi Alonso
none
Andor
0
11
Humidity
Rain
12/01/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
3
7
Humidity
Asteroid photometry
11/30/2022
Alex McDaniel
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD
11
0
No problems to report
Clemson Blazar Photo-z measurement program.
11/29/2022
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
9
0
Connection Issues
Ultra long GRB host galaxy observation. Connection got cut twice mid observation but was able to connect again within few seconds.
11/28/2022
Roi Alonso
None
Andor
11
0.1
Equipment Failure
WDs photometry. Autoguiding working the whole night (had to cycle camera power before the beginning of night). A few minutes lost due to loss of tracking at high airmass (close to 2) in the NW direction. Other than that, perfect night.
11/23/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
0
10
Other
Asteroid photometry. The lights of the dome were ON.
11/15/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
10
0
No problems to report
Asteroid Photometry
11/20/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
13
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey, Galaxy Zoo followup. Focus 98600. Had to restart everything to get dome rotation and guider connected; guider worked fine afterward. Telescope PC is stuck in caps lock, did not take time to reboot to fix that. Autofocus fails from camera computer. not from telescope PC.
11/19/2022
Tom Rutherford
Gary Henson
CCD
9
0
No problems to report
M31, NGC 1245
11/12/2022
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
0
11
Clouds
Nearer clouds than I had in mind.
11/11/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD griz
10
0
No problems to report
Clemson blazar study
11/08/2022
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
5
5
Equipment Failure
GRB host galaxy observation. Had to cycle power to computers at the beginning of the night. Then there was issue with the dome. If dome open or close was clicked, ACE kept crashing every time as well. Had to home it and recycle power to azimuth couple of times to fix the issue. Also had to do full restart once. Then again during the middle of the observation, the dome crashed and dome vignetting message was displayed. Tried the full restart but this time had no luck. Dome vignetting message was still displayed and there was issues with azimuth as well. Closed the telescope after couple of hours. Mirror covers are still non-functional.
11/06/2022
Ross Silver
Dieter, Yong
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
Photometric redshifts of blazars.
11/04/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
8
0
Software/Control PC Issues
Asteroid photometry. No big problems to report. The dome stopped rotating at az 313. Dome az reset and homing dome to solve it.
11/03/2022
Roi Alonso
none
Andor CCD
9
1
Other
WDs photometry. Had to re-start both computers at the beginning of night (dome ajar, and clocks frozen), and camera power to get the autoguider working. After that, the usual stuff: dome stopped rotating (tracking) at az 313. Dome az reset and homing dome to solve it.
11/01/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
9
0
No problems to report
M31, NGC 1245
10/31/2022
Matt A Wood
NA
Andor
12
0.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Time series photometry of cataclysmic variables. Thanks Kurtis for getting the night started. Kurtis reported he rebooted but still autoguider not working. Autofocus not working. Otherwise the night was beautiful - great data. Dropbox keeps crashing - one option is to remove and reinstall. Let me know if you'd like me to do that.
10/29/2022
Jim Webb
none
CCD
0
8
Other
Blazars
10/30/2022
Matt Wood
NA
Andor
12
0
Other
Time series photometry of cataclysmic variables. Thanks Kurtis for helping me get autoguider going. AG would not start on 3rd target for the night. It would take single images but 'start' button had no apparent effect. Free guiding was good enough for 30-s exposures. Camera computer warning that disk is nearly full.
10/27/2022
William Keel
Class, cats
Andor CCD
11.5
0
No problems to report
Class demo plus galaxy imaging. Had to restart including cycling camera power to get autoguider working, but after that it worked reliably. <1" seeing much of night. Focus 98630, guider focus 1000.
10/25/2022
Todd Hillwig
Introductory Astronomy students
Andor CCD
8
3
Humidity
Clouds cleared and humidity dropped around sunset. Humidity rose again in the second half of the night and had to close for the final 3 hours.
10/24/2022
Todd Hillwig
None
Andor CCD
0
10
Clouds
Clouds all night.
10/25/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
8
0
No problems to report
Astroid photometry
10/14/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
0
8
Humidity
Asteroid photometry.
10/23/2022
Ken Rumstay
None
Andor CCD camera
9
2
Humidity
AGN monitoring program. Also observed GRB 221009A for Kyle Pellegrin at Clemson University. I had to restart the system at the beginning of the night, but experienced no technical problems after that. The tracking was excellent; the telescope pointed slightly east of target after slewing. Clouds rolled in around midnight EDT (about two hours before morning twilight), and the humidity increased past 8-%; at that point I closed the dome and called it a night.
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