Weather Report for April 24, 2012

The computer at the Kuiper Telescope that handles the network had a major hardware failure about 1 hour before sunset. Because of this, guiding or viewing the SPOL aperture plate was impossible. About 2 hours were spent trying to get around this major network component, but to no avail. Thanks go to J.D. Berryman for trying to recover from this major problem.

SPOL was configured for V-band imaging polarimetry and the rest of the night was spent obtaining polarization measurements and differential photometry of more than a dozen blazars in seeing of around 2 arcsec. The superb pointing of the Kuiper Telescope put targets within the 50 arcsec square aperture used for imaging polarimetry. Hopefully, we'll be back to doing spectropolarimetry tomorrow night.