INAF LBC+MODS queue observing, 2012 February 20-21

Observer: K. Boutsia, M. Fumana
Telescope Operator: D. Gonzales-Huerta
Support Astronomer: D. Thompson
Instrument: LBC+MODS

Summary

Mostly clear skies at sunset. Some clouds in the west. We do flats anyway, since we point to the east.

At the beginning of the night we tried the program with the Non-Sidereal tracking and even though we did manage to track, the offsets set in the OB were ignored, so we could not exactly accomplish what the PI wanted.
We tried to change the ephemeris, in order to account for the offsets, but we saw that this also did not work exactly as expected, so we aborted the program.
In total 6 images per band were obtained with NS tracking but centered on the JPL coordinates. Total time spent (wasted??) on this project 45min.

The rest of the night has been un-eventful, with good seeing (0.8-1.0").
We finished Bedin, Bellazzini and 1 field of the Gilli program.

Data Summary

Project Objects Filter ExpTime Notes
Valsecchi 1999AO10 g-sloan / r-sloan ~20min tried to do Non-siderea tracking but it ignores offsets. Try to hack ephemeris
Bedin M35_N2158 V-bess / i-sloan ~105min considered complete - average fwhm on blue=0.87" and red= 0.83" (from allseeing)
Bellazzini Sextans_A g-sloan / r-sloan ~25min check if it is complete - average fwhm on blue=0.89" and red= 0.82" (from allseeing)
Bellazzini Sextans_B g-sloan / r-sloan ~25min considered complete - average fwhm on blue=1.04" and red= 0.86" (from allseeing)
Gilli SDSS J1148+5251 r-sloan / i-sloan, z-sloan 3h considered complete - average fwhm on blue=1.0" and red: i-sloan= 0.97" / z-sloan= 0.86" (from allseeing)
PhotStd SA104 all filters    
PhotStd SA107 all filters    

Details

00:30 25Bias_Bino

00:33 Updated flat eve scripts
  • V-r = 1.-1.1
  • g-i = 1.-1.4

01:26 SkyFlatTest_Vr_pa0 with scale=0.3 saturated

01:29 Slewing for flats
  • SkyFlat_Vr_pa0 scale=0.5 blue 54630-28601, red 39931-21261

01:33 SkyFlat_Vr_pa180 scale=1.0 blue 32037-15545 red 23633-11907

01:39 SkyFlat_gi_pa180 scale=2.0 blue 35944-17657, red 23182-11721
  • increase red time scale?

01:42 SkyFlat_gi_pa0 scale=4.0 blue 21333-11577, red 13547-7283

01:48 Slew to focus field for NS target - 20120221F
  • dimm seeing 1.0''
  • dofpia,/First,/X2
 858     32     92  -1477    254    224     25   0.93   0.77     red
 5648   -153   -248  -1192   -720   -286    -22   1.36   2.32    blue

 -679     10    -54    205    -81    127     51   0.93   0.31     red
 -373   -292   -186    111    119    -62     47   1.41   0.21    blue

 -76    -15    -46   -153     36     54     29   1.01   0.12     red
-74   -220    -91   -103     27      1     32   1.47   0.12    blue
  • we reached limits while running lbcrangebal - observer error
  • run dofpia again
321     33     64    318    -39   -362    -39   0.81   0.31     red
 959   -108    -60    276   -106   -510    -56   1.19   0.52    blue

 -32    -23    -37   -201    142   -234      6   0.82   0.20     red
  -86    -97     -3   -236    116   -171      2   1.32   0.18    blue
  • lbcrangebal

02:10 set NSIGUI and send OB: 20120218E0
  • abort because we had kept guiding active and it lost the guide star
  • send again without guiding
  • dimm seeing 1.3"
  • it does not actually take the offsets set in the OB - only the position angle!!

02:18 set NSIGUI and send OB: 20120218E1

02:23 set NSIGUI and send OB: 20120218E2
  • kept on going until 20120218E4

02:49 set NSIGUI and send OB again with modified ephemeris!!: 20120218E0
  • it did not really change as much as we were hoping for
  • we need to tell the PIs, either that they have to make an ephemeris for each offset OR try again when BP15 will be operational

02:56 Slew to Bedin target to do the FOCUS
  • dimm seeing 0.7"
5774    189    -95   -239   -369   -342    -39   0.59   2.30     red
4438    101    127   -264    383   -385    -43   0.90   1.78    blue

396     36    -20     40    -93   -276     -2   0.54   0.25     red
120    114    154     98     76   -133     12   0.74   0.15    blue

-469     60    -23    -95     42    -45      9   0.51   0.21     red
-227     81     64     -4     31    -74     14   0.71   0.13    blue

-95      4     64     59    -85     -9      9   0.53   0.10     red
88     67     72      4    -33      3     19   0.77   0.09    blue

03:10 slew to WD_M35_N2158_LONG1
  • seeing on images 0.8red

03:19 OB aborted! seeing is good but blue images are elongated
  • dofpia again
-182     90    -52   -289    469   -196     18   0.68   0.30     red
901    -47   -146    172    105   -127     -3   0.86   0.39    blue

354    -25     43    -16     13   -126     17   0.64   0.18     red
563    -66   -113     32    -51    -90      3   0.87   0.25    blue

337    -87     64    292   -232   -168     -1   0.58   0.25     red
40     31    -82     72    -19   -109      0   0.76   0.11    blue

192    -13    -26   -226    212    -47      5   0.60   0.18     red
285    -77    -74     27     75    -96     -2   0.76   0.16    blue

03:27 slew to WD_M35_N2158_LONG1
  • images now seems correct
  • seeing on images 0.78" blue, 0.72" red
  • seeing on images ~0.88

03:53 dofpia
1126   -180     60    328   -404    -73     13   0.65   0.51     red
-944   -100    -42     23   -253     61     47   0.80   0.40    blue

221    -43     10     -7    116    -44      0   0.68   0.13     red
27    -25   -100    -74    -41    -31     18   0.95   0.09    blue

03:57 slewing to WD_M35_N2158_LONG2
  • images look a bit elongated, especially on the blue side
  • but the fwhm measured on the images is ~0.9" and we go on

04:22 dofpia,/X2
 79     40    -84    317    -64    -81      7   0.70   0.18     red
 280    -14    132     90    109   -137     21   1.08   0.18    blue

04:25 WD_M35_N2158_LONG3
  • seeing measured on the images ~0.8"

04:51 dofpia,/X2
-634     73    -24    -24     -1   -253    -15   0.62   0.31     red
-743     37    154     98   -126   -150     -3   1.08   0.33    blue

-241     52     16     13     27    -42     -7   0.65   0.13     red
247      4    102    -37     27    -66     -8   1.02   0.14    blue

04:54 WD_M35_N2158_LONG4
  • seeing measured on the images ~0.75"

05:19 dofpia,/X2
-466     63     -7    -34    100    -42    -19   0.63   0.21     red
 -414   -107    -20    -99   -134     18      0   1.13   0.20    blue

 704    -21    -26    -46    -91    -18    -18   0.62   0.29     red
 298    -84    -75      4    -57    -26     -1   1.11   0.15    blue

 -493     43     15     57     27    -34    -11   0.59   0.21     red
 -307      7     64      4      4      2     -3   1.11   0.15    blue

-365    -28     14    -81     18     39     -6   0.57   0.17     red
-36     75     37      4     62    -27     -5   1.06   0.09    blue

 493      7     31     14     31     16     -4   0.63   0.21     red
78    -97    -47      4    -31     10     -4   1.11   0.09    blue
  • it is not converging for the red - too many pupils - try dofpia (without X2)
 -64    -32     -6     44     29   -101     -5   0.60   0.11     red
 66    -65     60      7     61    -30     -7   1.11   0.09    blue
  • it worked!

05:31 WD_M35_N2158_LONG5
  • seeing measured on the image <0.7"

05:56 dofpia
294     66    -21    123    -66   -200     -8   0.67   0.20     red
 -400    -44   -184    -32   -115    -19    -10   1.14   0.19    blue

6:00 WD_M35_N2158_short

06:07 Slew to Bellazzini

06:09 dofpia,/X2
-101     -6    -39   -226   -272    -46    -21   0.62   0.18     red
-474    245   -210   -316     11    -98     -7   1.27   0.27    blue

-63    -70    -34    -52    -20    -31     -9   0.62   0.09     red

-231    190    -67     76     29    -47     -5   1.11   0.14    blue

06:17 Sextans_A
  • dimm seeing 1.3"
  • seeing on images ~0.9"
  • dimm seeing 0.9"
  • seeing on images ~0.8"
  • dimm seeing 0.9"

6:52 Script manually aborted after 12 exposures

6:53 dofpia,/X2
 -507   -109     66   -205    182   -129    -15   0.60   0.26     red
 -852    158   -125     86    110   -144    -36   1.06   0.37    blue

 224     51     79    212     44    -85    -14   0.55   0.16     red
  288    113   -122     30    -95    -61    -15   0.99   0.16    blue

06:56 Sextans_A_short

06:59 Sextans_B_focus

07:11 Sextans_B
  • maybe some thin cirrus
  • seeing on images ~0.9"

07:41 dofpia,/X2
  • dimm seeing 0.9"

07:46 Sextans_B_short

07:51 Slew to Gilli

07:53 dofpia,/X2

08:00 iraf and ds9 comunication problem during lbcrangebal. Restarted iraf

08:08 ri1-1
  • seeing on images <1"

08:45 dofpia,/X2

08:49 rz1-1
  • dimm seeing 0.9"
  • seeing on images <1"

09:27 dofpia,/X2
  • dimm seeing 1.2"
 1319    -22    -26    245     90   -273     -7   0.65   0.57     red
2124     96     22   -111    -95   -167    -26   0.87   0.85    blue

 -360    103     55     62     24    -11      1   0.57   0.17     red
 -567     41    -89    -16     80    182     28   1.10   0.27    blue

  8    -52    -22    -56     92    -22     -9   0.60   0.09     red
 387    210      4     66    -83     46      7   0.87   0.19    blue

 144    111    -72   -130   -176    -42      6   0.57   0.15     red
 -477    -83     60      0     66    117     18   1.57   0.22    blue

09:34 ri1-2

10:11 dofpia,/X2
-175     90     29     60     42   -114     -3   0.51   0.13     red
-177    -50    138   -173    187   -143    -10   0.86   0.18    blue

10:14 rz1-2
  • seeing on images <0.8"

10:53 dofpia,/X2
 91     75     63      4      0   -135     23   0.70   0.12     red
 195    131    -11    142     61    -57      5   0.95   0.14    blue

10:56 ri1-3
  • seeing on images <1"
  • dimm seeing 1.2"

11:33 dofpia,/X2
3    -32    117    -54    -35   -118     18   0.71   0.12     red
601   -153     78     82     34    -28     24   1.09   0.26    blue

-152    -56    169    135    -78    -59     18   0.72   0.14     red
387    -83     79    -31     45    -51     16   1.13   0.18    blue

532      4   -108    -18     67   -121      5   0.78   0.24     red
-78   -113     82    -29     91     41     23   1.13   0.11    blue

11:39 rz1-3
  • seeing on images <1"

12:20 Slew to standard stars
  • dofpia,/X2

12:27 SA104_AllFilter - airmass 1.55

12:43 SA107_AllFilt - airmass
  • at 12:50 sky starts to get bright...

13:02 slew for flats
  • SkyFlat_BV_pa0 - 1.0:1.5x20 - 20000-
  • SkyFlat_BV_pa180 - x10 - saturated ...
  • SkyFlat_rz_pa180 x2 - 29000-58000blue/25000-48000red
  • SkyFlat_rz_pa0 x0.7 - high counts... try to repeat tomorrow...

-- KonstantinaBoutsia - 21 Feb 2012
Topic revision: r4 - 22 Feb 2012, KonstantinaBoutsia
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