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PreCam, a Precursor Observational Campaign for Calibration of the Dark Energy Survey

Kuehn, K, Kuhlmann, S, Allam, S, Annis, JT, Bailey, T, Balbinot, E, Bernstein, JP, Biesiadzinski, T, Burke, DL, Butner, M, Camargo, JIB, Costa, LAND, DePoy, D, Diehl, HT, Dietrich, JP, Estrada, J, Fausti, A, Gerke, B, Guarino, V, Head, HH, Kessler, R, Lin, H, Lorenzon, W, Maia, MAG, Maki, L, Marshall, J, Nord, B, Neilsen, E, Ogando, RLC, Park, D, Peoples, J, Rastawicki, D, Rheault, J-P, Santiago, B, Schubnell, M, Seitzer, P, Smith, JA, Spinka, H, Sypniewski, A, Tarle, G, Tucker, DL, Walker, A and Wester, W (2012) PreCam, a Precursor Observational Campaign for Calibration of the Dark Energy Survey

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Abstract

PreCam, a precursor observational campaign supporting the Dark Energy Survey (DES), is designed to produce a photometric and astrometric catalog of nearly a hundred thousand standard stars within the DES footprint, while the PreCam instrument also serves as a prototype testbed for the Dark Energy Camera (DECam)'s hardware and software. This catalog represents a potential 100-fold increase in Southern Hemisphere photometric standard stars, and therefore will be an important component in the calibration of the Dark Energy Survey. We provide details on the PreCam instrument's design, construction and testing, as well as results from a subset of the 51 nights of PreCam survey observations on the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy's Curtis-Schmidt telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. We briefly describe the preliminary data processing pipeline that has been developed for PreCam data and the preliminary results of the instrument performance, as well as astrometry and photometry of a sample of stars previously included in other southern sky surveys.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Kuehn, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kuhlmann, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Allam, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Annis, JTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bailey, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Balbinot, Ee.balbinot@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Bernstein, JPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Biesiadzinski, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Burke, DLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Butner, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Camargo, JIBUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Costa, LANDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
DePoy, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Diehl, HTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dietrich, JPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Estrada, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Fausti, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gerke, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Guarino, VUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Head, HHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kessler, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lin, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lorenzon, WUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Maia, MAGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Maki, LUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Marshall, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nord, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Neilsen, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ogando, RLCUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Park, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Peoples, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rastawicki, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rheault, J-PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Santiago, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schubnell, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Seitzer, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Smith, JAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Spinka, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sypniewski, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tarle, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tucker, DLUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Walker, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wester, WUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 4 August 2012
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1086/670592
Uncontrolled Keywords : astro-ph.IM, astro-ph.IM, astro-ph.CO
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:22
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 15:10
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/838942

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