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Date
Name
Other Observers
Instrument
Hours Observed
Hours Lost
Reason
Observing Program
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.
10/21/2022
Roi Alonso
none
CCD
0
9
Humidity
Humidity.
10/21/2022
Kyle Pellegrin
Todd Vaccarro
CCD
0
10
Clouds
Dr. Vaccaro logged in and found the telescope parked off of position (at approx. 1hr and altitude of 60 degrees). Observations were unsuccessful due to clouds. Dr. Vaccaro then offered remaining time to Kyle and he was unable to observe due to clouds as well.
10/20/2022
Ken Watanabe
Nicolas Rimbert
CCD
6
0
No problems to report
Blazars.
10/18/2022
Matt Wood
NA
Andor CCD
12
0
Software/Control PC Issues
Time series photometry of intermediate polars. System crashed during skyflats, so had to do the full reset. Otherwise, excellent night. Thanks to Kurtis and Brian for availability to answer questions.
10/18/2022
Matt Wood
Kurtis Williams
Andor
12
0.5
Equipment Failure
Time series observations of a couple intermediate polars. Dome stopped tracking at some point. Restarted ACE and it appeared to close and park at home (237 deg?). "P" is straight North - is that what I should have parked? Tried to close mirror cover and got Mirror Cover: Fault. I hope I didn't break something with this. Are we still not closing the mirror cover? It would be very helpful to those of us that observe somewhat rarely to have a checklist of startup and shutdown sequence. It would be useful if we could have these mailed to sara-tech on submission. Looking at html source it appears this may be possible. Judi if you want to give me login privileges I can have a look. Brian can you (or someone) please check that I got everything shut down correctly. Tracking is off and parked at HA=0 and dec -25 with dome closed.
10/16/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann, Nikita, Dhruv, Madeline
Andor CCD griz
10
1
Humidity
The humidity was very high (96%) at the beginning. But it dropped down quiet quickly. Clemson blazar study and student experiencing observation with SARA RM telescope.
10/10/2022
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
6
0
No problems to report
Ultra long GRB host galaxy observation.
10/08/2022
Robert Berrington
none
Arc imager
10
0.5
Equipment Failure
Dome stopped rotating once through out the night. it took about 15-30 mins to 1) figure that out, and 2) to reset the dome. Otherwise, it was a smooth night with clear skies.
10/07/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
8.5
0
No problems to report
Supernovae, blazars, H II regions. Seeing highly variable. Focus 98620. At start of night, CCD computer showed message "closing 2 apps and restarting" then did so. Autoguider works great (after cycling camera power before sunset just to be sure).
10/05/2022
Martha A Leake
none although more were planned
Andor
0
10
Humidity
Humidity from 75 to 96% most of the night; aerosols were 50 microg/m3 to 38 or so all night; did not open. Cirrus clouds (and bright moon) present until early morning hours. No problems in connections or equipment.
10/04/2022
Todd Hillwig
None
Andor CCD
0
10
Clouds
Clouds all night
10/02/2022
Roi Alonso
none
ccd
10
1
Other
WD photometry. QSI camera not responding (T=1000C, dimensions 0x0px), so no autoguiding possible. Dome stucked at typical AZ=315º position, solved with az reset and rotating in the other sense.
09/29/2022
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
11
0
No problems to report
Galaxies, When first connecting, both computers showed black screens; at Brian Brondel's suggestion, rebooted both computers to fix this. Focus 98300.
09/26/2022
Todd Hillwig
None
Andor CCD
0
10
Humidity
Clouds and high humidity all night.
09/25/2022
2 cats
Andor CCD
0
9
Clouds
Galaxies. Weather wipeout.
09/23/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0
10
Clouds
outer bands of TS Hermine....
09/20/2022
Van Hamme
Samec
CCD
4
5
Humidity
Observing interacting eclipsing binaries. I was able to catch 0.2 d period eclipsing binary last night for nearly a full cycle.
09/18/2022
Ross Silver
Dieter Hartmann
CCD
1
9
Humidity
Calculating photometric redshift of blazars
09/17/2022
Martha Leake
none
Andor
0
9
Humidity
Asteroid photometry. Did not open because of clouds, high wind, high humidity, rain, high aerosols (which decreased). Will download darks, biases later today. Left near morning twilight.
09/15/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
0
8
Wind
Asteroid photometry
09/10/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Morgan Moore, Mel Isenbarger
Andor CCD
9
0
Software/Control PC Issues
EB program. Found the telescope and dome not parked correctly and were pointing NW (Dec +58). Zenith parking kept saying vignetting, reset tele ACE, then full reset, but never changed, though the Mirror cover stopped blinking that it was trying to open and simply said open. Camera not controllable from tele computer, so ran from Cam computer, but it wasn't filling in the headers with observer or object until the end of the night when I typed new information in. AIJ missing and C drive is full (D image drive not a problem) and had trouble getting MaximDL to open images till later on. The Focus routine on tele side would do its thing, but then plot nothing for bright star field or faint, so left as is for focus, but feel it could have been much better as mnt reporting 0.6" or less most the night; I was getting 1.4 down to 1.1". Cam computer also started up with an error saying that it failed to update Windows. I couldn't get the dome cam to work, which would've been nice since at one point I thought the dome/tele weren't lined up (Az were off by 70 degrees and I saw a lot of moonlight for an hour and a dark shadow of something bottom left on images).
09/08/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann, Isaiah Cox
Andor CCD
1
8
Other
I have to stop observing due to my health issue after finishing the calibration frames. But I did notice a tracking issue. The images show strips instead of point sources.
09/01/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
0
8
Clouds
Asteroid photometry
09/04/2022
William Keel
DragonCon Live Astronomy
Andor CCD
3
0
No problems to report
End of night outreach session. Focus 10400. Guider again very reliable.
09/02/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
6
1
Clouds
WD photometry, closed for about 1h due to clouds. Autoguiding and almost everything working nicely. Mirror covers stay in "closing" status forever.
09/04/2022
Clouds
End of night for outreach event - Crab, NGC 157, NGC 7469... Focus 100500. Guider is more trouble-free and routine than I've ever found it before.
08/26/2022
james Webb
Jonathon Barata
CCD
0
8
Connection Issues
My home computer failed to connect and couldn't log in. My issues, not RM issues.
08/25/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
9
1
Software/Control PC Issues
For the ssecond time in a row, both the camera and telescope computer were unresponsive when I logged in and the dome said 'Doors Ajar' Autofocus failed tried restart, but that did not change anything. Seeing was poor at the beginning of the night, but got better towards morning.
08/21/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
8
2
Clouds
Both the camera and telescope computer were unresponsive when I logged in and the dome said 'Doors Ajar' Plenty of intermittent clouds and poor seeing wtih wind at the threshold most of the night.
08/19/2022
Roi Alonso
none
ccd
0
9
Clouds
High dense clouds and dust increasing. Did not open.
08/18/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
8
0
No problems to report
Asteroid photometry
08/16/2022
Ron Kaitchuck
None
CCD
3
3
Equipment Failure
Exoplanet transits. The dome rotation failed. Peter Mack fixed that but the camera only produced “bias” frames after that. My guess is the dome was not properly synced to the telescope. My targets were then low in the west, so I alerted Peter, closed the dome and went to bed.
08/15/2022
Nuria Torres-Alba
Dieter Hartman
SARA RM
9
0
No problems to report
Clemson University observations of high-z blazars. No problems to report.
08/14/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
8
Clouds
M31
08/13/2022
Ron Kaitchuck
none
CCD
6
3
Equipment Failure
Dome stopped turning at 320 deg AZ I was not able to recover, but clouds came in antway.
08/12/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
7
0
Software/Control PC Issues
Asteroid, M31. Autofocuser did not finish routine.
08/11/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
7
0
Equipment Failure
Asteroid, M31. Autofocuser would not operate.
08/10/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
9
0
No problems to report
H II regions, radio galaxies. Focus in BVR 100300. Mirror cover remains open after close command.
08/09/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
Andor CCD
10
0
No problems to report
Clemson University Blazar study The observation is pretty smooth.
08/08/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
9
0.5
Software/Control PC Issues
H II regions, radio galaxies. Focus 102300; software lost control of focus early on, cycled power on ACE cabinet at Brian Brondel's suggestion. (This also seems to have fixed the mirror covers not reaching their open limit switches when first opening). Never did get QSI camera to finish a readout to try guiding even after the restart. Note: mirror covers did not close at end of night (no response at all to clicking the CLOSE button).
08/05/2022
Javier Licandro
Hissa Medeiros
Andor camera (JKT)
6
2
Other
Asteroid photometry. The dust was over the limit for couple of hours.
08/04/2022
Roi Alonso
none
Andor CCD
8.5
0.1
Equipment Failure
WDs photometry. Autoguider working, all good. Dome stuck at AZ=315 (coming from higher values). Solved with dome AZ reset, and manually turning the dome in the other direction (steps of 90 degs) until AZ 300, and then linking the dome again. Mirror petals not closing.
08/02/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
Had to restart several times, MaximDL crashed not sure what happened, maybe the CCD computer needs to be rebooted? Else No issues, good night.
08/01/2022
Stephen Gillam
Jacob Romeo
Andor Camera
8
2
Clouds
rOAp stars. One technical problem occurred. The dome rotation failed when the dome reached an azimuth of 313 degrees. We did an azimuth recycle and homed the dome. Note that the "home" did not work until we had moved the dome a small angle with the "GO" button.
08/01/2022
Stephen Gillam
None
Andor Camera
8
2
Clouds
ROAps. The dome stopped tracking late in the night. The dome azimuth was 314 degrees. An azimuth recycle got it going. Again, I had to move the dome manually before it would home, after the recycle. There is a bug in the RA, Dec offset GUI. When an RA offset is commanded of >60 arc seconds, or perhaps >59", the scope tracking is turned off. "IDLE" is indicated. No errors are reported. The scope can be slewed. But, it will not track when it reaches the target coordinates. This was fixed by closing down the telescope ACE node service, power-cycling the ACE control cabinet, and re-starting the ACE nodes service.
07/31/2022
Stephen Gillam
None
Andor Camera
10
0
Equipment Failure
ROAps. The dome stopped tracking late in the night. It was also not tracking when I started up at 4;15 EDT. In both cases, the dome azimuth was 314 degrees. An azimuth recycle got it going in both cases. Oddly, I had to move the dome manually before it would home, after the recycle.
07/30/2022
Stephen D. Gillam
Leila Alamos, Jacob Romeo
Andor
10
1
Equipment Failure
rOAp stars. Telescope tracked to just over 4 hours west and stopped tracking. Attempts to move the 'scope to the zenith failed with the following error. "Unable to complete slew due to equipment error."
07/29/2022
Stephen Gillam
Leila Alamos, Laina Talman-Bogusta, Jacob Romeo
Andor Camera
10
0
Software/Control PC Issues
Rapidly Oscillating Ap Stars. The Dropbox share service is not available.
07/23/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
6
2
Other
Dust was intermittent above the threshold value. Closed the dome a couple of times during the night.
07/22/2022
Martha Leake
none
Andor
4.5
3
Other
Dusty conditions (over 20 mcg/m3) to start, plus camera computer needed rebooting via APC rack, which was not easy to find; Brian helped. I was able early on to close the mirror covers, then waited for less dusty conditions. Opened dome 22:56 UT, closed it at 3:26 UT. Accidentally using another observer's camera control menu led to long darks that were not mine. Observed Comet and asteroid. Conditions clear, light wind, 0.6-1.5 " seeing; but dust at 23. Closed up; within 15 minutes dust reached 118.8. No problems with dome, mirror covers or pointing.
07/15/2022
Priya Gokuldass
None
CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Couldn't observe due to the Dome shutter failure
07/12/2022
Gary Henson
Rutherford
Andor CCD
4
0
No problems to report
Asteroid light curve Dome shutter still under repair but left open by ACE for night observing as weather clear and dry. Telescope and CCD working normally.
07/07/2022
Alex McDaniel
Dieter
Andor CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Dome still not functional
07/05/2022
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
8
Other
Dome still not functional
06/25/2022
Ro
Dieter Hartmann
CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Could not observe due to the dome shelter failure.
06/23/2022
Yong Sheng
No
RM-griz
0
9
Equipment Failure
A text file on the RM computer says that RM will not be operational until Jun. 01 due to dome shelter failure.
06/07/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
0
8
Equipment Failure
Message in the "telescope computer" from Peter: THE SWITCHED POWER DISTRIBUTION UNIT (PDU) NEED TO BE POWER CYCLED. UNFORTUNATELY, IT WAS NOT CYCLED LAST NIGHT AND SO THE SYSTEM IS NOT USEABLE.
06/05/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
Andor
8
0
No problems to report
WDs photometry, with autoguiding working smoothly. First night in a long time with 0 issues (not even restarts of the ace connector client!).
06/03/2022
William Keel
2 cats
Andor CCD
9
0
No problems to report
Radio galaxies, dust in galaxies. Focus 97100, guider focus -50. QSI guide camera twice got stuck refusing to take exposures, even after one full restart.
05/31/2022
Kent Montgomery
none
CCD
0
8
Wind
Wind over 70 kph for first two hours of night so we gave up and never opened.
06/01/2022
Ken Watanabe
Nicolas Rimbert
CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Blazars
05/30/2022
Kent Montgomery
none
CCD
0
8
Humidity
Asteroid Photometry, 100% humidity, mountain was in a cloud, never opened
05/29/2022
Martha Leake
none
Andor
2.4
6.1
Humidity
Other issues: Clouds, high winds, Ace-client-gui not working, dome rotation needed homing. Waited for humidity to drop (long wait, and some telescopes never reached less than 100%). JKT was best, but neighboring telescopes' RH spikes usually indicated another wave of high humidity. Waited for high winds to calm. Followed quick restart when ace-gui fault occurred; no reoccurrence. Dome rotation activated when needed. Interesting night and an interesting object (P = 0.132 h) to track.
05/27/2022
james webb
none
CCD
0
10
Connection Issues
Blazar microvariability. My home situation prevented me from observing:(.\
05/26/2022
Alex
Dieter
Andor CCD
8.5
1.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Clemson Blazar Photo-z measurement program. during the night I needed to do a full reset and azimuth recycle. Other than that no major issues.
05/25/2022
Tomomi Otani
Julia Clark, Adrian Moraga
CCD
9.5
0
No problems to report
Hot subdwarf photometry time series. Everything was good tonight.
05/25/2022
Tomomi Otani
Julia Clark, Adrian Moraga
CCD
9.5
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Hot subdwarf photometry time series. ACE client stopped working a few times. The regular procedure worked to fix them.
05/22/2022
Roi Alonso
none
CCD
7.5
0.5
Equipment Failure
WDs photometry. QSI camera not responding to commands. Dome stopped rotating, AZ reset did not work, but a full reset did.
05/22/2022
Ron Kaitchuck
none
CCD
5
0
Software/Control PC Issues
The auto-focus routine was unable to change the focus. Fortunately the telescope was already at an acceptable focus.
05/22/2022
Todd Vaccaro
N/A
Andor CCD
7
.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Eclipsing binaries. Lost time with the crashing of ACE on tele computer just about every hour during sequences. Dome stuck beginning of night that an Az reset, home fixed.
05/21/2022
Todd Vaccaro
N/A
Andor ccd
6
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Eclipsing binaries. ACE crashed on the telescope computer almost every hour, which was rectified by simply closing it and restarting it. The telescope got stuck in the west near airmass 2.3, resetting HA and moving with the hand paddle eventually worked to free it, but lost 20 minutes. Catching the failing ACE during sequences lost me blocks of 5 minutes or so each hour. I noticed on the dome cam that the dome slit has a strip of insulation or something about a foot or two long dangling from near the top, which may fall into the scope. I have an image of it I can share if needed.
05/18/2022
Tomomi Otani
Julia Clark, Adrian Moraga
CCD
8
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Photometry time series of Hot subdwarf stars. The focus stopped working, but it started working again after we did a full restart.
05/17/2022
Tomomi Otani
Adrian Moraga, Julia Clark
Andor
8
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Photometry time series. Dome stopped rotating one time. We followed the procedures on the note on the telescope PC and the issue was fixed.
05/13/2022
Núria Torres-Albà
Dieter Hartmann
SARA RM
7
0
No problems to report
Clemson University observations of high-z blazars No problems to report
05/12/2022
Robert Berrington
none
camera
3
5
Clouds
short period variable stars.
05/10/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
7
1
Wind
WDs photometry, around 1h closed due to wind. No success with the autoguider, the QSI camera seems unresponsive (reading takes forever, reported temperature at 1000C and reported size 0x0 pixels).
05/09/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
0
8
Wind
Wind gusts above 45km/h all night, we did not open the dome.
05/07/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
WDs photometry with autoguiding. Perfect night. ACE client at telescope PC crashed twice, only needing to close and open the program.
05/06/2022
Yong
Dieter Hartmann
RM griz
10
0
Software/Control PC Issues
On the telescope PC, a window popped up multiple times, saying that ace stopped working. Not a big ideal since reopen the ace client will fix it. Restart is not even needed.
05/04/2022
B Murphy
Day, Grabarz, Pease
Andor
9
0
No problems to report
Globular Cluster photometry
05/03/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
9
0
No problems to report
AGN with emission-line clouds. Focus 97300, guider focus 800. Do not use the "save last image" button while another exposure is in progress - took me a half hour, two connector-client restarts and 2 dome azimuth resets to recover from that bit of genius. (I never did quite recover the setup on the CCD computer) Brian Brondel connected and tweaked the guider to remove E-W oscillations.
05/02/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
9.5
0
No problems to report
Finishing merger sample in Dead Quasar Survey. Unsure whether dome fully opened at start of night after talking to Brian Brondel. Doughnuts of dust and defocussed stars looked OK, as did camera view of dome slit at dawn. Focus 97400. Guider continues much more reliable with auto ROI and 2x2 binning.
04/30/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
8
0
No problems to report
WDs photometry with autoguider (thanks for the new tips!). Everything running smoothly, except ACE connector client at telescope PC crashing twice.
04/30/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
8.5
0.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Had to do two full restarts during the night plus an azimuth dome recycle.
04/29/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
7
0
No problems to report
Telescope GUI crashed twice, else n issues.
04/27/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
8
1
Clouds
WDs photometry. Tried to autoguide, with no success: the QSI focus does not move and seems unfocussed, the X-stage is locked between position 1 and 2, can move to 0 and 1, but stays in the middle when trying to go to 2. Usual problems: ACE restarts needed at telescope, and dom AZ resets.
04/27/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
8.5
0.5
Software/Control PC Issues
The camera computer suddenly rebooted without prior warning. When I logged back in a window poppoed up saying the the AVG anti-virus software has been updated. If something needs updating usually one gets a prompt, not this time. Evrything else went smooth.
04/26/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
5
5
Other
Thanks to Saida for offering up the night. I got a late start, else the night was rather uneventful. Focus was unresponsive once and when I tried to restart the node service Windows was unhappy and couldn't stop it. Thanks to ACE the problem was solved quickly.
04/21/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
1
9
Humidity
WDs. Brian and ACE prepared the telescope for the night (thanks!). No issues, apart from the humidity suddenly (minutes) going from 20% to 90%. Fortunately we noticed it and we closed the dome in time. It remained high the whole night.
04/21/2022
Stephen Gillam
None
ARC Camera
0
12
Equipment Failure
rOAp stars. The dome got stuck at 182 degrees. I homed it and then the dome tracked the telescope azimuth without another hitch. The telescope got "stuck" on the west limit at +3 hours HA. This was odd as I had slewed to the same hour angle just a few mins earlier. I checked the DIO96 bord and found that it was not operating. (The board was not present in the Instacal GUI.) I shut down the Telescope computer from software. Then powered off the Telescope control computer and the ACE control cabinet from the remote APC. A test of the DIO board showed "FAIL" and red lights on all its channels. I repeated the DIO board recycle procedure three times, occasionally recycling the power to the computer and ACE controls, instead of powering off and then on again. All attempts left the DIO board in the failed state.
04/19/2022
Ted von Hippel
none
none
0
0
No problems to report
Offered the telescope to SARA-Board yesterday but no takers.
04/13/2022
Stephen Gillam
None
Andor Camera
10
10
Wind
ROAp stars.
04/10/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
8.5
0.5
Equipment Failure
WDs photometry. Clouds passing all night. Typical problems with typical solutions (dome not rotating, doors ajar, ace connector resets).
04/09/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
RM grizR HAlpha
11
0
Equipment Failure
Clemson Blazar study. The telescope reached the limit and couldn't slew. But it was fixed later.
04/08/2022
Martha Leake
none
Andor
9
0
No problems to report
All worked well. I did a quick restart near midnight UT and a dome azimuth restart; otherwise the dome worked and observing went smoothly. Not much dust; in the "green" all night.
04/08/2022
Brian
Students
Andor
8
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Globular cluster photometry. Problem encountered: Main Focus was not responding ... Solution: Reboot ACE cabinet. Problem encountered: Dome not moving ... Solution: Do an Azimuth reset per instructions on the desktop. (And waiting 2 minutes.) Dome opened and closed with no issue.
04/06/2022
William Keel
not even time for cats to arrive
Andor CCD
0
9
Equipment Failure
Tried opening dome per Brian Murphy's note ,and it stuck slightly open. With Peter and Brian at ACE, decided to wrangle it closed and leave it there for safety.
04/04/2022
Todd Hillwig
None.
Andor CCD
0
10
Clouds
None.
04/03/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0
9
Clouds
Never opened. Clouds, high humidity, temperature around freezing.
04/02/2022
Michael Fauerbach
NA
CCD
0.1
9
Clouds
Clouds and high humidity early on. Around 0100UT sky was clear and humidity had dropped to acceptable levels. I noticed other observatories had opened, so I opened up, too. Before I was able to focus the scope, humidity rose again and I had to close. Was open for about 5 minutes.
03/26/2022
Martha A. Leake
none
Andor
0
12
Equipment Failure
Dome problems shutdown. Also today, high humidity and rain. Will not open.
03/24/2022
Alex
Dieter
Andor CCD
0
12
Equipment Failure
JKT Shutdown due to dome issue
03/22/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
0
9
Humidity
High humidity and temperatures bellow 0 C, with risk of ice. We did not open.
03/15/2022
Ted von Hippel
none
imaging
0
12
Other
The dome was iced over so no one would have been able to observe anyway. That having been said, because of the dome shutter problem I tried to give the night away.
03/14/2022
Roi Alonso
none
CCD
0
9
Snow
Bad weather, ICE (whenever the weather improves, please confirm it is safe to open the dome!, e.g., checking if other telescopes at the observatory are opening their domes)
03/11/2022
Yong Sheng
Yong Sheng, Dieter Hartmann
RM griz
8
2
Software/Control PC Issues
When beginning: dome stuck at "Dome is opening". Fixed it by doing full restart and cycling the Shutter Door Then the doom started vignetting. Tried all my troubleshooting methods, nothing worked, so i have to stop.
03/10/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Robert Berrington
Andor
3
6.5
Software/Control PC Issues
Eclipsing binary program. Unable to get eve flats due to dome issues (AZ resets, ACE/CCD connection required pc reboots, and shutter was having problems opening all the way). Half way through the night, and unsure if shutter open all the way, I couldn't close following instructions on the Notepad, but Brian Murphy was able to after hitting the big red X button on Dome Control, which isn't mentioned in Notepad, so we closed for the rest of the night as I was able to get the eclipse I was looking for earlier than expected.
03/07/2022
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
0
Other
Addendum: Ace Connector Client GUI on telescope computer crashed twice during the night (Windows "gui stopped working" error). Did not affect observing - telescope stayed tracking and camera kept exposing. Simply re-opened gui and checked that dome was linked.
03/07/2022
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
9.0
0
No problems to report
White dwarf time series photometry. I followed Brian's safe dome handling instructions - dome opened fully despite saying "ajar" and closed fully. Dome camera not responding, so used target images to verify closure. Great weather, 0.9" seeing. Used guider; it worked well (focus 975). Toward end of run dome stopped rotating at an azimuth of ~255 degrees. Cycled azimuth power, homed dome, re-linked it, and all was well.
03/06/2022
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
10
Other
Did not open due to high stupidity (foggy brain, inability to focus on calendar)
03/03/2022
Keefe Kamp
Gokuldass
CCD
0
11
Humidity
TFOP and Be star observations were planned however to do a high chance of rain and humidity no observing took place
02/28/2022
Todd Hillwig
None
Andor CCD
0
10
Wind
High winds all night.
03/02/2022
Todd Hillwig
None
Andor CCD
0
10
Wind
High winds all night combined with last minute on-campus observation projects with students (we've had very few clear nights so far this semester).
02/24/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
9
Humidity
Unable to open due to high humidity.
02/23/2022
Ken Rumstay
None
CCD
0
11
Humidity
AGN's
02/22/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Nicolette Terracciano
Andor CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
Eclipsing binary star. Controls for both the telescope and camera computers did not display when using Radmin. A reset of both computers was performed but still didn't display the controls. Did another reset for ACE (we thought maybe is was a connection issue, not a computer issue) and that displayed the controls. Once the controls were up, we couldn't open the dome. We tried following the dome door reset directions many times but the dome wouldn't open. Brian later logged on to help us. After his attempt, he informed us that the dome was stuck and could not be opened tonight for observing.
02/20/2022
Ted von Hippel
none
imaging
0
6
No problems to report
Decided not to make this night available to my students because of dome slit issues. Put out a call to SARA-Board@lists.fit.edu to see if anyone else wanted the night and no takers.
02/18/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Nicolette Terracciano
Andor CCD
3
8
Humidity
Eclipsing binary; missed primary eclipse due to humidity/clouds. Lost an hour early and ability to get flats b/c dome was not behaving; followed directions for door and Az issues, but had to restart services and cycle things as well. Ace (Tele) crashed on us 2 or 3 times, like once per hour.
02/17/2022
Ted von Hippel
Elvis Santana
imaging
0
6
Equipment Failure
The dome door opened but kept reporting it was in an opening status. We tried to close it and could not. I believe we followed the procedures to deal with the recent dome problems, but they failed for a number of attempts. After 3 or 4 hours, the same process (shut down power at the PDU, restart PDU power, hit the red octagon, then click on dome close) finally worked as seen on the camera within the dome.
02/16/2022
Xianming Han
none
CCD
10
0.5
Equipment Failure
eclipsing binaries The telescope mysteriously crashed. Restarting the ACE services on both computers fixed the problem. The dome also stopped rotating while observing.
02/15/2022
Xianming Han
none
CCD
10
0
Equipment Failure
eclipsing binaries the dome stopped rotating at the beginning of the night, and ACE helped . To fix dome not rotating problem, using the PDU to cycle the power to the Azimuth (be sure that its normal state is "OFF").
02/14/2022
Xianming Han
none
CCD
5
5
Humidity
eclipsing binaries humidity and the dome stopped rotating.
02/13/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
M31, open clusters, asteroid. No problems.
02/10/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
RM griz
0
12
Equipment Failure
The dome can't be opened. Contacted Peter and he said that this issue hasn't been fixed yet
02/11/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
12
0
No problems to report
Dead quasar survey, H II regions in galaxies. Focus 96700, guider focus 900. Brian Brondel gave hints that made guiding much more reliable: use 2x2 binning and auto ROI instead of manually selecting a guide stars. I rewrote the guiding instructions and sent to the SARA mailing lists.
02/06/2022
Van Hamme
Samec
CCD
10
0
No problems to report
Observation of interacting binaries. AH Gem.
02/08/2022
Van Hamme
Samec
CCD
0
10
Other
Ice covering dome did not allow opening.
02/09/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Nicolette Terracciano and Aaron Brown-O'Dell
Andor
0
10
Clouds
Eclipsing binaries
02/06/2022
Roi Alonso
Lisa Altinier
CCD
9
2
Other
WD photometry, no autoguiding. Some problems to open the dome at the beginning: the "smart dome" switch at the Dome PDU had been set to "off". The focusser was not moving either, and required a full restart. After that, only the known issues (dome az reset was needed at some point). Last hour of the night the target had set.
02/05/2022
James webb
none
CCD
0
8
Other
senior care prevented me from observing. Offered it up but no one took it to my knowledge,
02/03/2022
Ken Watanabe
Nick Rimbert
N/A
0
10
Humidity
None.
01/30/2022
CCD
0
10
Equipment Failure
Dome would not open. Made numerous attempts, reset multiple times using the power outlet-- to no avail. Displayed "opening" and "closing," messages which never went away. Looking at it using the interior camera showed that the dome shutter was not responding to commands.
01/28/2022
Todd Vaccaro
Nicollette Terracciano
Andor
0
11
Humidity
eclipsing binaries. Never opened due to high humidity and threat of rain.
01/24/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
1.5
10
Humidity
Dead quasar survey. Had time to troubleshoot guiding a bit with Brian Brondel. BVR focus 95843, guider focus close to 0.
01/23/2022
Nuria Torres-Alba
Dieter Hartmann
SARA ORM
0
11
Humidity
No observations due to 100% humidity all night long
01/21/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
3
1
Software/Control PC Issues
Took several restarts before things started working properly-- with each restart, another function would come back online. Eventually, all was working and had no further issues.
01/18/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
4
Humidity
Unable to open due to high humidity the entire night
01/13/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
2
0
Other
M31. No real issues, except that the "dome closing" message still persists and never goes away. I did a couple of recycles of the shutter door power, but that did not seem to have any effect.
01/10/2022
Tom Rutherford
None
CCD
0
4
Humidity
Had to close just after getting flats due to high humidity and low temperatures. Dome never did give a "closed" message, but kept indicating "closing."
01/09/2022
William Keel
3 cats
Andor CCD
3
10
Clouds
Dead quasar survey. Focus 99150. Guider focus -600. Guider did new weird thing - offsets always showed 0 (more exactly listed number was something E-301), even when star disappeared behind a loud after guiding started..
01/07/2022
Yong Sheng
Dieter Hartmann
RM griz
0
13
Other
Observatory closed due to volcanic activity.
01/06/2022
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
5.5
6.5
Wind
Deep H-alpha imaging lost due to high winds at start of night. White dwarf time series photometry in second half of night. No major problems. Winds were high but below limits for 2nd half of night. Seeing was marginal (2 arcsec or so); other ORM observatory DIMMs reported bad seeing too. Suggestion: Have wind speed in same units on Clarity, within the ACE interface (which I really liked tonight), and on the Closing limits on the SARA website. It's tough to convert m/s and kph to mph at 2am. Nice to be observing with this instrument again.
12/22/2021
Yong Sheng
None
RM
0
12
Other
Observatory closed due to volcanic activity.
12/14/2021
Kurtis Williams
none
Andor
0
13
Other
Surtr is preparing for Ragnarok and the battle against Aesir. Allegedly.
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