08 July 2014 UT Mini-queue night
Night delayed due to heavy, threatening clouds and rain in the early evening. Finally opened at around 07:45 UT with some cloud cover at horizon but obvious holes at zenith. Had some alarms on the chiller that slowed us down; tried LBC on an OSU assassin but found that temperature difference was too large to collimate successfully (in small part because we had to turn off mirror ventilation during chiller issue) . Switched to MODS and started with v2468cyg which was successful (!) in some fairly good conditions (light cirrus and ~1" seeing) and ASASSN14dc target (light cirrus ~1" seeing). Overall a few good hours of observing.
Start with LBC (OSURC monitor program; failed); continued with MODS (v2468cyg; SUCCESS!); MODS (ASASSN14dc; SUCCESS!); MODS (specphot: BD284211)
07:50 - Clouds are moving off; trying first to collimate at N6946d
07:52 - Running dofpia but need some initial coma
07:55 - Trying to add some coma with AO-by-eye
07:57 - Running dofpia again, much better fit for coma, but...
08:00 - Still struggling -- too much spherical; temperature is just too far off( because of closed dome and the chiller issues)
08:05 - Switching to MODS
08:25 - Finished switch and collimate
08:30 - Realized that fake guide star had been left in beam; calling JHill for assistance. Now we know how to reset this ourselves.
08:45 - Slewing to V2468Cyg
08:48 - Acquiring V2468Cyg
09:15 - Observing V2468Cyg
; FWHM = 1.0. Some cirrus but sky has improved dramatically!
09:28 - Obvious emission lines so we have the right target; 0.82" seeing. Starting second spectra
09:39 - Observing one more spectra for V2468Cyg
09:53 - Slewing to ASASSN14dc; pointing is off. Adjust pointing and collimation
10:05 - Slewing to ASASSN14dc again
10:20 - Observing ASASSN14dc; FWHM = 1.0 from GCS
First image done before twilight; second image done while twilight occurs (10:39 about 200s into exposure); third exposure done during
twilight but still quite bright continuum compared to BG
10:57 - Slewing to specphot standard BD284211
11:10 - Observing specphot standard BD284211
11:27 - Closing; Running morning cals