Report Astronomy- March 11th

Astronomy Report, Sol 15

Name: Aurélien Mure
Crew: 206
Date: 03/11/2019

MUSK OBSERVARORY

Features observed : None

Problem encountered : I did two sessions of solar observation this
morning, no feature visible, even with the solar storm hitting us today.

ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Object observed : M45, the pleiades

Problems encountered : MaxImDL has severe bugs so I try to do image
processing with the other softwares, I plan various observations for
tonight to finish the plan I had for my mission. I attach the
astrophotography I did of M45.

Astronomy Report – March 7th

Astronomy Report, Sol 11

Name: Aurélien Mure

Crew: 206
Date: 03/07/2019

MUSK OBSERVARORY

Features observed : Sun spot

Problem encountered : Little sun spot observed but only 15 minutes of sun, so not enough time to take pictures.

ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Object observed : None

Problems encountered : I have been waiting for two days for my images of M45 to be taken by the telescope. I’ll my objectives tomorrow. [end]

Astronomy Report – March 1st

Astronomy Report, Sol 5

Name: Aurélien Mure

Crew: 206
Date: 03/01/2019

MUSK OBSERVARORY

Features observed : None

Problem encountered : Can you tell me if it is normal that no feature
can be focused these days ?

ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Object observed : M106

I did not attach the image I did from the observation because I did not
succeed to stack the images the right way to give a good final image.
I’ll continue to work on it.

Problems encountered : None

Astronomy Report – February 27th

Astronomy Report, Sol 3
Name: Aurélien Mure
Crew: 206
Date: 02/25/2019
ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY
Object observed : Orion Nebula, M42. I attach the image I did from the observation. I’m a beginner in astrophotography, I hope my pictures will be improved during the mission.
Problems encountered : I think I exposed to much the telecope, the center of the nebula is to bright.

Astronomy Report – February 18th

Crew 205 Astronomy Report 18 Feb 2019

Crew Astronomer:Natalia Larrea

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-WF

Objects Viewed:

No observations for MDRS Target 1 were captured using MDRS-14 last night due to cloudy weather. We are still waiting for the sky to clear to obtain further measurements.

This morning we submitted an additional observation request for Orion Nebula using MDRS-WF telescope. Observations were set at 3 sec exposure using RGB and Lum filters. Right Ascension correction for this object was set at -10 arcmin.

Problems Encountered: Bad weather conditions.

Astronomy Report – February 17th

Crew Astronomer: Ghanim Alotaibi

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-14

Objects Viewed: Last night 10 images were captured out of the requested 18 images for MDRS Target 1. The quality of the images is bad and one of the images looks shaky. Crew astronomer suggested to resubmit the observation and Observatory Director recommended the same due to some problems encountered, thus the observation was resubmitted.

New photometry measurement was performed for SY MON target. Based on the previous experience gained, the new measurement was found to be 14.132 with an error of 0.0185. The data point was submitted to the AAVSO website with the star 122 as a check star.

Problems Encountered: Mount Problems which caused shaky images. The moon was also bright, so bad images were captured. Observatory Director solved the problem.

Astronomy Report – February 15th

Crew 205 Astronomy Report 15 Feb 2019

Crew Astronomer: Ghanim Alotaibi

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: No

Objects Viewed: No observational session was requested for tonight. I am waiting for a clear sky for the observations submitted in 13 Feb. We wanted to submit the SY MON photometry measurement to the AAVSO However, some errors were found. The CCD setting was not correct, and there are better options to select comparison stars.

As the new set up was inserted and new comparison stars were selected, the new measured value for the SY MON star was found to be 13.918. However, the magnitude value of the check star was unreasonable and was reported to observatory director.

The crew astronomer used another method to calculate the magnitude value for the target. He measured the instrumental magnitude directly from the software and performed the calculation manually. The magnitude value was found to be 14.118. The value was also reported to observatory director.

Problems Encountered: Nothing to mention

Astronomy Report – February 13th

Crew 205 Astronomy Report 13 Feb 2019

Crew Astronomer: Ghanim Alotaibi

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-14

Objects Viewed: Out of the 18 images requested last night, I found only 12 images were captured. However, all the captured images were found to be bad for photometry. The seeing condition was not good yesterday for astrophotography and it was decided to resubmit the observation session.

Problems Encountered: Bad weather conditions.

Astronomy Report – February 12th

Crew 205 Astronomy Report 12 Feb 2019

Crew Astronomer: Ghanim Alotaibi

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-14

Objects Viewed: ASASSN-V J081823.00-111138.9. I called it MDRS Target 1 in Skynet (RA: 08 18 23.00 , DEC: -11 11 38.9). The observations are planned to be 120 s exposure time with the B filter and 60 s with the V filter. 9 exposures were requested for a period of about 3 hours. A photometry value was calculated for the target SY MON (that was observed in 11 Feb 2019), and the photometry value was found to be 14.147. This value will be submitted to the AAVSO.

Problems Encountered: Nothing to mention