The Oxford-Dartmouth Thirty Degree Survey - I. Observations and calibration of a wide-field multiband survey

MacDonald, E. C., Allen, P., Dalton, G., Moustakas, L. A., Heymans, C., Edmondson, E., Blake, C., Clewley, L., Hammell, M. C., Olding, E., Miller, L., Rawlings, S., Wall, J., Wegner, G., Wolf, C. (August 2004) The Oxford-Dartmouth Thirty Degree Survey - I. Observations and calibration of a wide-field multiband survey. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 352 (4). pp. 1255-1272. ISSN 0035-8711

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2004.08014.x


The Oxford-Dartmouth Thirty Degree Survey (ODTS) is a deep, wide, multiband imaging survey designed to cover a total of 30 deg(2) in BV Ri'Z, with a subset of U- and K-band data, in four separate fields of 5-10 deg(2) centred at 00:18:24 + 34:52, 09:09:45 + 40:50, 13:40:00 +02:30 and 16:39:30 +45:24. Observations have been made using the Wide Field Camera on the 2.5-m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) in La Palma to average limiting depths (5sigma Vega, aperture magnitudes) of U = 24.8, B = 25.6, V = 25.0, R = 24.6 and i' = 23.5, with observations taken in ideal conditions reaching the target depths of U = 25.3, B = 26.2, V = 25.7, R = 25.4 and i' = 24.6. The INT Z-band data were found to be severely effected by fringing and, consequently, are now being obtained at the MDM observatory in Arizona. A complementary K-band survey has also been carried out at MDM, reaching an average depth of K 5 approximate to18.5. At present, approximately 23 deg(2) of the ODTS have been observed, with 3.5 deg(2) of the K- band survey completed. This paper details the survey goals, field selection, observation strategy and data reduction procedure, focusing on the photometric calibration and catalogue construction. Preliminary photometric redshifts have been obtained for a subsample of the objects with R less than or equal to 23. These results are presented alongside a brief description of the photometric redshift determination technique used. The median redshift of the survey is estimated to be z approximate to 0.7 from a combination of the ODTS photometric redshifts and comparison with the redshift distributions of other surveys. Finally, galaxy number counts for the ODTS are presented which are found to be in excellent agreement with previous studies.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: catalogues surveys galaxies : general cosmology : observations large-scale structure of Universe ANGULAR-CORRELATION FUNCTION GALAXY REDSHIFT SURVEY ESO IMAGING SURVEY DIGITAL SKY SURVEY HUBBLE DEEP FIELD K-BAND SURVEY FAINT GALAXIES NUMBER COUNTS PHOTOMETRIC REDSHIFTS COMBO-17 SURVEY Astronomy & Astrophysics
Subjects: physics
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Communities: CSHL labs > Hammell M. lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: August 2004
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 16:59
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 16:59

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