UT Dec 25 2022 - DEC Night



Night Info

  • Sunset 17:19
  • Nautical Twilight Ends 18:17
  • Astro Twilight Ends 18:48
  • Moonset 18:57
  • Astro Twilight Starts 05:52
  • Nautical Twilight Starts 06:22
  • Sunrise 07:20
  • Moon Illumination <1%

Staff

  • OSA: J.Williams
  • ISp: Mtn
  • Mtn Manager: J.Prothro
  • ISA/SO: A.Becker
  • Special Guests: B.Rothberg, R.T.Gatto
  • AO: G. Taylor/D.Miller

Night Plan

ALTA (ouch this one looks like a roller-coaster of fun!)

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Issues of Note

  • LUCI-2 offline - AGW2 controller needs to be swapped (search underway)
    • no imaging
    • spectroscopy would require "by-eye" collimation - can do without tonight
    • Monocular versions of all targets and scripts for plans below
  • MODS1 Blue Grating - daytime repairs in-progress - M1 only as a backup for imaging tonight

Starting Config: SX LUCI-1 ; DX MODS-2

OSCO in Twilight

  • DONE Attempt OSCO in twilight - if successful and conditions good - move on to SuperESM - if seeing too poor or too variable - (and or too cloudy) move on to Backup

Super ESM Testing

  • Astro Twilight - ~19:30hr
  • LUCI-1 AO/LUCI-2 SL
  • Seeing 1.2" or better, thin clouds
  • OT: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/ESM/ESM_V51.xml
  • Files pre-generated for mixed mode: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/ESM/SuperESM_Test_Dec2022
  • Pick one from the list below to test (depending on conditions - on-axis might be best bet)
    • FF0139+0015 - off-axis R=11.6 Bin 2 1.2' away
      • Visible Twilight-23:15hr
      • Script: FF0139+0115_SuperESM_SL.xml (mono FF0139+0115_SuperESM_L1.xml)
      • too low when attempted - aborted and moved to another object
    • DONE NGC 34 - Bin3 On-Axis - Galaxy Core R~13.7
      • Visible Twilght-21hr
      • Script: NGC34_OnAxis_Bin3_SuperESM_SL.xml (mono NGC34_OnAxis_Bin3_SuperESM_L1.xml)
    • NGC 455 - Bin1 off-Axis - R=10.0
      • Visible Twilight -23:15hr
      • Script: NGC455_OffAxis_Bin1_SuperESM_SL.xml (mono NGC455_OffAxis_Bin1_SuperESM_L1.xml)
    • 0.75hr Ks imaging w/overheads per target

AZ D-time AO Targets PSF Stars

  • 19:30hr-21hr
  • Quick observation - 4dithers of bright on-axis star w/Br Gamma - goal is to check if it is a double star - no more than 0.5hr per target (mostly overheads)
  • OT: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/LUCIDDT_Yang_V5.xml
    • Cal: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/BrGamma_N30_Flat_L1.xml
  • Visible 19:15-23:30hr
  • Targets
    • DONE Obj6_J0314-1743_AO - #1 priority
      • Script: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/Obj6_J0314-1743_L1_AO.xml
    • DONE Obj7_J0312-1824_AO - #2 priority
      • Script: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/Obj7_J0312-1824_L1_AO.xml
    • DONE Obj8_J0312-1831_AO - #3 priority
      • Script: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/Obj8_J0312-1831_L1_AO.xml

Super ESM Testing

  • 23:30-01:30hr
  • N375 w/Full AO -2.5hr
    • Conditions: seeing 1.2" or better, thin clouds OK
      • DONE M67 - BrGamma and PaBeta
      • DONE M67 - tested different HO1 and HO2 values
      • DONE NGC 2418 (Bin 3) - Ksband
      • DONE Grav Lens - Bin3 Full AO, SL in parallel - visible 23hr-twilight
        • OT: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/ESM/ESM_V52.xml
        • Script (pre-generated): /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/ESM/SuperESM_Test_Dec2022/Grav_Lens_SuperESM_SL.xml (mono Grav_Lens_SuperESM_L1.xml)
      • DONE SDSSJ1148+2149 - Bin4 Full AO, SL in parallel - visible 02:30-twilight
        • OT: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/DwarfMerger/Dwarf_Mergers_V3.xml
        • Script (pre-generated) in SuperESM folder: SDSSJ1148+2149_AO_SL.xml
          • the folder also has _L1.xml versions if LUCI-2 is not available
          • flats (L1 and Bino) in SuperESM folder

AZ D-time AO Targets PSF Stars (ESM)

  • 01:30-02hr
  • Quick observation - 4dithers of bright on-axis star w/Br Gamma - goal is to check if it is a double star - no more than 0.5hr per target (mostly overheads) - 0.5hr
  • OT: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/LUCIDDT_Yang_V5.xml
  • ESM observation of 1 target (mono observation - no need to take LUCI-2)
  • Cal: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/BrGamma_N30_Flat_L1.xml
    • Kband_N375_Flat_L1.xml
  • DONE Obj3_J1007+2116_ESM
    • Script: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/Obj3_J1007+2116_ESM_L1.xml

LBTO D-time Mixed Mode Science - SX/LUCI-1 DX/MODS-2

  • Reconfigure DX to MODS-2 - 02hr-02:15hr - authorize LUCI-1 only
  • 02:15hr-03:45hr
  • DONE XMM Target SDSSJ1148+2149 - D-time target - binary dwarf merger - 90min
    • Observe Telluric star first w/LUCI-1
    • Visible 01:30-twlight
    • LUCI-1 HKspec G200 1"; MODS-2 Dual Grating 1"
    • 90min w/overheads
    • Conditions - up to 1.5" seeing, thin clouds
    • Priority is MODS-2 spectra if LUCI-1 observations can't be executed, if MODS-2 unavailable - LUCI spectroscopy is priority
    • OT file: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/DwarfMerger/Dwarf_Mergers_V5.xml
      • Scripts - generate the LUCI-1 scripts from OT, generate the MODS2 Dual Grating from the OT
        • Backups exist to run as LUCI-2 or MODS-1 imaging - probably won't need
      • FInder Charts: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/DwarfMerger/Spectra/
        • LUCI: SDSSJ1148+2149_2MASS_Finder.jpg
        • MODS: SDSSJ1148+2149_r-band_Finder.png
      • PA = 21.3 for both LUCI and MODS - measured from SDSS r-band image
      • Contingencies (OBs are prepared in the OT):
        • if LUCI-1 is unavailable - MODS-1 u and z-band imaging ; MODS-2 spectroscopy
        • if MODS-2 is unavailble - LUCI Fraternal spectroscopy (zJ LUCI-1 HK LUCI-2)
        • if MODS-2 is unavailable AND LUCI-1 is unavailable - LUCI-2 HKspec spectroscopy
        • if MODS-2 is unavailable AND LUCI-2 is unavailable - LUCI-1 HKspec spectroscopy
    • Authorize MODS-2 only - observe SpecStd - Feige 67

AZ D-time AO Targets PSF Stars (ESM)

  • Authorize LUCI-1 only
  • Quick observation - 4dithers of bright on-axis star w/Br Gamma - goal is to check if it is a double star - no more than 0.5hr per target (mostly overheads) - 0.5hr
  • OT: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/LUCIDDT_Yang_V5.xml
  • ESM observation of 1 target (mono observation - no need to take LUCI-2)
  • Cal: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/BrGamma_N30_Flat_L1.xml
    • Kband_N375_Flat_L1.xml
    • Obj5_J1339+0940_ESM - visible 04hr-twilight
      • Script: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/LUCI/AO/AZ_DDT/Obj5_J1339+0940_ESM_L1.xml


Poor Weather Backup

  • Local Mergers - bino LUCI or MODS
    • OT File: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/LocalMergers/COBandhead_Mergers_V57.xml
    • Finder Charts: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/LocalMergers/finder_charts
    • Any conditions - go longer if really bad seeing and/or thick clouds
    • Any conditions - go longer if really bad seeing and/or thick clouds
    • Mono version available if a LUCI goes down
    • Run these BEFORE moving to the ICRF3 backup program
    • Targets
      • DONE Arp 230 - MODS - RA 00hr Dec -13, guidestar R=12.2 0 - visible twilight-22:30
      • Arp 230 - LUCI - RA 00hr Dec -13, guidestar R=12.2 0 - visible twilight-22:30
        • use early Telluric - observe first
        • Telluric star has a close companion - the A0V star is the brighter to the left (finder chart available)
      • NGC 1210 - RA 03hr Dec -25, guidestart R=13.1 - visible 21:20-22:18
        • Guidestar has a companion 6" below it - should be OK, if not pick 2nd guidestar and regenerate script
      • NGC 2744 - RA 09hr Dec +18 , guidestar R=12.6 - visible 00:00-twilight
      • NGC 3597 - RA 11hr Dec -23, guidestar R=13.5 - visible 04hr-twlight - never gets above 35deg elevation
  • ICRF3 - bino LUCI
    • OT File: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/ICRF3/ICRF3_LUCI_V31_LBTO_AZ.xml
    • Finder Charts: /home/lbto/Service_Observing/2022B_D_E/Rothberg/ICRF3/finder_charts
    • Any conditions
    • Should be sufficient targets to cover entire part of the night
    • LUCI-1 zJspec G200 1" slit, LUCI-2 HKspec G200 1"slit (all but one)
    • if only one LUCI available scripts is zJspec
    • Pick Targets in OT based on visibility (anything RA>04hr) and best to avoid clouds, winds, etc. Target name has RA and Dec in it (e.g. IERS 0509+293 is RA 05hr Dec +29)


Night Log

-- BarryRothberg - 12 Dec 2022
Topic revision: r16 - 30 Dec 2022, BarryRothberg
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