Research Report – January 12th

Astronomy Report

Name: Agnieszka Pokrywka

Crew: 238

Date: 01/12/2022

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center

Objects Viewed: 104P Kowal, C 2019 L3 ATLAS

Problems Encountered: The observations of the two comets listed above were performed most likely with a partially cloudy sky therefore the pictures are not very clear.

I attach the remaining four observations (in the following order: Ceres_220108, IC1805_220108, 104PKowal_220112, C2019L3ATLAS_220112). These were composed out of 4 exposure files (Red, Green, Blue, Lum) without calibration. I aim to work on these after returning from the mission.

These are all observations I was ought to conduct during Crew 238 shift. The Astronomy Laptop will be placed downstairs in the Hab.

MUSK OBSERVATORY

Not used.

Astronomy Report – January 11th

Astronomy Report
Name: Agnieszka Pokrywka
Crew: 238
Date: 01/11/2022

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY
Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center
Objects Viewed: 104P Kowal, C 2019 L3 ATLAS

Problems Encountered: The observations of the two above listed comets were unsuccessful, most likely due to the cloudy weather. Both observations are resubmitted for tonight.

I’m attaching the images of the first four observations (in this order: Horse Head, Messier51, Messier101, Soul Nebula). Each one is made of the four exposure files (Red, Green, Blue, Lum) and the three calibration files (mflat). That might be influencing the quality of the images which at the moment is quite low.

MUSK OBSERVATORY
Not used.

Astronomy Report – January 9th

Astronomy Report
Name: Agnieszka Pokrywka
Crew: 238
Date: 01/09/2022

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY
Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center
Objects Viewed: IC 1848, IC 1805, Ceres
Problems Encountered: I’m working now on the final images of all the observed objects using Astronomy Laptop. I encountered a problem with the calibration of the images though. Question: do I need to download calibration files for each observation separately or some observations will have the same files? I’m asking about that in order to save the bandwidth whenever possible.
I also wonder, is it possible to observe comets, like Leonard or Bernardinelli-Bornstein, with requested telescope? I can’t find them via the Skynet search.

MUSK OBSERVATORY
Not used.

Research Report – January 5th

Crew 238 Astronomy Report Jan 05 2022

Name: Agnieszka Pokrywka

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center

Objects Viewed: M 101

Problems Encountered: The night before, I stayed up late to download between 2 am and 6 am the FITS files using Hab internet. It turned out to be not a very good idea: I was neither well-rested the next day, neither I managed to download all the needed files. If an astronomy laptop is not available I can use my own computer. In such a case: should I use for the download of the files the observatory internet? If so I would like to request access to it.

MUSK OBSERVATORY
Not used.

Astronomy Report – January 4th

Astronomy Report

Name: Agnieszka Pokrywka
Crew: 238
Date: 01/04/2022

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY
Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center
Objects Viewed: M 51, IC 434
Problems Encountered: The first successful pictures of the Horsehead Nebula and Messier 51 are taken. There is a problem with the access to the astronomy laptop though. It wasn’t found downstairs in the hab. It might be in the observatory but I don’t have an access to it. The laptop is crucial to proceed with stacking of the images and color imaging.

MUSK OBSERVATORY
Not used.

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Research Report – December 29th

Astronomy Report

Name: Dylan Dilger
Crew: 236
Date: 12/29/2021

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested (choose one): Montana Learning Center

Objects Viewed: IC434 (Horsehead Nebula), M95, M96, NGC2244 (Rosette Nebula), M51, M42, M78, Almach
Problems Encountered: None

MUSK OBSERVATORY
Solar Features Observed: None
Problems Encountered: None

Astronomy Report – December 24th

Astronomy Report

Name: Dylan Dilger

Crew: 236
Date: 12/24/2021

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested (choose one) Montana Learning Center

Objects Viewed: M35, IC434 (Horsehead Nebula), M95, M96, NGC2244 (Rosette Nebula)

Problems Encountered: Observatory live view showed clear skies when observation requests were submitted and about 1/4 cloudy skies confined to the horizon 2 hours later. Looking at the sample JPG of all observations shows no stars and no detail, so clouds likely interfered with all observations. On Skynet, it said the weather was good, but I don’t think it’s very all-encompassing or sensitive.

MUSK OBSERVATORY

Solar Features Observed: None

Problems Encountered: None

Astronomy Report Dec 23rd

Crew 236 Astronomy Report 23 Dec 2021

Crew Astronomer:

Name: Dylan Dilger

Crew: 236

Date: 12/23/2021

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center

Objects Viewed: None, but processed M37 images taken 2 days ago

Problems Encountered: The same steady wind that affected the Crab nebula images taken the same night elongated the stars

MUSK OBSERVATORY

Solar Features Observed: None

Problems Encountered: Still troubleshooting observatory dome controls, communicating with Astronomy Team about this.

Research Report – December 22nd

Crew 236 Astronomy Report Dec 22 2021

Name: Dylan Dilger
Crew: 236
Date: 12/22/2021

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: Montana Learning Center

Objects Viewed: NGC 2244 (Rosette Nebula), also enhanced the M1 crab nebula picture from yesterday now that Lum and Halpha data files have been downloaded. This picture is attached.

Problems Encountered: Is there any update on the MDRS observatory?

MUSK OBSERVATORY

Solar Features Observed: None

Problems Encountered: Still troubleshooting observatory dome controls, communicating with Astronomy Team about this.

Astronomy Report – March 13th

Crew 223 Astronomy Report Mar 13 2020

Name: Florian Delpech

Crew: 223

Date: 3/13/2020

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested (choose one) MDRS-14

Objects to be Imaged this Evening: N/A because of the bad weather

Images submitted with this report: 1 picture of the California nebula to celebrate our come back on Earth! It was a pleasure working with you, thanks a lot for this opportunity!

Problems Encountered: N/A

MUSK OBSERVATORY

Solar Features Observed: N/A

Images submitted with this report: N/A

Problems Encountered: N/A

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