The completion and release of the AAO/UKST H alpha survey

QA Parker*, S Phillipps, the H alpha consort and assoc

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The AAO UK Schmidt Telescope (UKST) has just completed an Halpha survey of the Southern Galactic Plane and Magellanic Clouds. The resultant map represents the last, great photographic UKST survey product. A single-element interference filter of exceptional quality was used, the largest of its kind for astronomy. With fine-grained Tech-Pan film as the detector, an atlas with an unequalled combination of resolution, sensitivity and areal coverage has been created, superior to any equivalent optical line emission survey in our Galaxy. The Wide Field Astronomy Unit of the Institute for Astronomy Edinburgh hosts the survey data archive and is responsible for disseminating the data products to the community solely in digital form. As of July 2002, over 150 of the 233 survey fields are accessible on-line and the entire survey should be available early in 2003. A variety of scientific programmes for exploiting the survey are already underway and many more are anticipated now the digital survey data products are available.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPROCEEDINGS OF THE IAU 8TH ASIAN-PACIFIC REGIONAL MEETING, VOL I
EditorsS Ikeuchi, J Hearnshaw, T Hanawa
Place of PublicationSAN FRANCISCO
PublisherAstronomical Society of the Pacific
Pages165-172
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1-58381-134-6
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventIAU 8th Asian-Pacific Regional Meeting - TOKYO, Japan
Duration: 2 Jul 20025 Jul 2002

Publication series

NameAstronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series
PublisherASTRONOMICAL SOC PACIFIC
Volume289

Conference

ConferenceIAU 8th Asian-Pacific Regional Meeting
CountryJapan
Period2/07/025/07/02

Keywords

  • SUPERCOSMOS SKY SURVEY
  • MILKY-WAY

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