[Sara-Reports] SARA-CT Nightly Observing Report
rkaitchu at bsu.edu
Tue Dec 19 15:41:31 CST 2017
Given that the SARA web page is still down, consider this a report for last night (12/18/2017) on SARA-CT.
The entire night was lost because:
1. The telescope pointing is still terrible. The system clock was good to a second or two, but there was still issues.
2. There were no working sky cams other than the Blanco web cam
3. The SARA weather computer is down (cycling its power didn’t help). Also all the CTIO web pages were frozen to 4 days earlier. So I couldn’t really see the sky or check wind speed or humidity.
After a couple of hours of this, out of a sense of frustration and concern for telescope safety I closed up.
At one time SARA-CT had 3 local web cams (2 in dome, one outside), an all-sky camera and a working weather station. None now work. We need these to be repaired.
From: sara-reports-bounces at tamuc.edu [mailto:sara-reports-bounces at tamuc.edu] On Behalf Of Ken Rumstay
Sent: Friday, December 01, 2017 2:07 AM
To: sara-reports at tamuc.edu
Subject: [Sara-Reports] SARA-CT Nightly Observing Report
SARA-CT Nightly Observing Report
krumstay at valdosta.edu<mailto:krumstay at valdosta.edu>
AGN monitoring program
Nominal track rate, filter(s), ambient temp and focus:
Bessell B,V,R,I filters and H alph (6563/75 Angstroms)
Ambient temperature = 11 Celsius
Optimum focus = 131500
Problems encountered, if any:
Bright moon; poor seeing.
Suggestions for improvements:
The telescope tracking and pointing were very good!
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