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Paper: SkyMapper and the Southern Sky Survey: A Valuable Resource for Stellar Astrophysics
Volume: 404, The Eighth Pacific Rim Conference on Stellar Astrophysics: A Tribute to Kam Ching Leung
Page: 356
Authors: Murphy, S.; Keller, S.; Schmidt, B.; Tisserand, P.; Bessell, M.; Francis, P.; Da Costa G.
Abstract: The Australian National University’s SkyMapper telescope is amongst the first of a new generation of dedicated wide-field survey telescopes. Featuring a 5.7 deg2 field-of-view Cassegrain imager and 268 Mega-pixel CCD array, its primary goal will be to undertake the Southern Sky Survey: a six colour (uvgriz), six-epoch digital record of the entire southern sky. The survey will provide photometry for objects between 8th and 23rd magnitude with a global photometric accuracy of 0.03 magnitudes and astrometry to 50 mas. In this contribution we introduce the SkyMapper facility, the survey data products and outline a variety of case-studies in stellar astrophysics for which SkyMapper will have high impact.
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