First Night Observing!

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
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Trip End Oct 12, 2013


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What I did
CTIO

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

After sleeping in most of the morning, we enjoyed a nice lunch at CTIO.  Then Robert and I headed up to the observatory for the first time.  We are working with the 0.9-m telescope and it's so big, especially compared to IWU's 0.28-m telescope that I'm used to.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Mark Evans Observatory and we've made a lot of great improvements over the past 4 months, but I'm being spoiled by given the opportunity to work on such a great telescope at such a great place. Hernan, the telescope technician here, helped train us on general telescope things.  We took our first round of biases and dome flats, and things went pretty well for our first time in the dome.  Dr. French has been having some knee pain, but will came up to the dome after dinner with us.  

Our first night of observing was unfortunately cloudy for the first half of the night, but luckily it cleared up around midnight, so we were able to get half a night's worth of data.  We took images of the asteroid 18137 for the whole night.  We will be able to look at the images tomorrow and start analyzing the light curves.  

We also put up the IWU pennant on the wall for our SMARTS consortium membership in the 0.9-m dome.  The wall is now complete!
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