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VST ATLAS DR2 Release Description
DR3 was released in March 2017
The release consists of all stacked, reduced images, associated source lists and band merged catalogues in u,g,r,i,z taken from the start of observations by the VST in August 2011 through to the end of September 2014. It superceeds the DR2 release.
* ESO C grades are included, so there are repeat observations on some fields.
|No. of fields||2470||3212||3316||3936||4021|
|No. of observations*||3215||3709||3930||5656||6058|
|Approx. Area (deg2)||2308||3001||3099||3687||3757|
|Median 5σ Mag. limit (AB)||22.01||23.16||22.70||22.02||20.89|
|Median FWHM (")||1.05||0.95||0.90||0.81||0.84|
- Isophotal fluxes, Kron fluxes, Petrosian fluxes and fixed aperture fluxes are provided. There are also corrections to point source total magnitudes for each aperture.
- To convert magnitudes use -2.5*log(flux)+ MAGZPT - EXTINCT*(airmass-1) +2.5*log10(EXPTIME), where 'MAGZPT', 'EXTINCT', 'EXPTIME' are fits keywords in the headers and airmass is the mean of 'HIERARCH ESO TEL AIRM START' and 'HIERARCH ESO TEL AIRM END' (so note in particular that MAGZPT is not corrected for the airmass of the observations).
- Fluxes are corrected for the non-uniform illumination of the flat fields
- The pixels are NOT corrected.
- The Kron and Petrosian magnitudes are unreliable for the brighter stellar objects. If you are interested in stars, use the point-source corrected aperture fluxes.
- A full description of the catalogues is provided at CASU
- The s/g Classification parameter appears to give reasonably clean samples of stars (-1), but does seems to contaminate galaxy samples (1) with fainter stars.
- Note that the coverage is not (necessarily) spatially coincident between the five bands.
Rough colour transforms to SDSS are:
u_sdss=u_vst + 0.01(u-g) + 0.27
g_sdss=g_vst + 0.05(g-r) - 0.06
r_sdss=r_vst + 0.03(g-r) - 0.035
i_sdss=i_vst - 0.025
z_sdss=z_vst - 0.04(i-z) + 0.4
The constants terms are uncertain and depend on the accuracy of the ATLAS zero-points (see below). Here is a typical comparison between SDSS and VST ATLAS for stellar objects:
This release has three different calibrations.
We recommend NIGHTZPT as the preferred zeropoint, as APASSZPT can suffer from lack of common stars and also issues with individual APASS fields.
Future releases will include global calibration based on internal overlaps between fields.
- The ESO nightly calibration (MAGZPT). Observations may not be photometric. The field-by-field rms compared with external surveys is about +/-0.07 mag. However, it tends to be correlated over Concatenations, which are usually 17 tiles long in RA at the same Dec.
- Calibration relative to the APASS survey, using colour-based extrapolations to u and z (APASSZPT).
- Calibration relative to an average of the APASS calibration over a whole night (NIGHTZPT).