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Paper: Survey Definition Tool
Volume: 314, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XIII
Page: 716
Authors: Folger, M.; Casali, M.M.; Vick, A.
Abstract: A Survey Definition Tool (SDT) has been developed at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh. It automatically fills an area of sky with telescope positions selecting suitable guide stars in the process. The telescope positions are grouped together in tiles, i.e. user defined patterns of positions that depend on the detector layout of the instrument as well as on the observation and data reduction strategy used. The resulting list of positions is split into manageable chunks and formatted for use by the telescope's observation control system. The SDT was developed for the Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS) at the UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) in Hawaii. The survey instrument, WFCAM, is currently being built at the UK ATC. The SDT is implemented in Java and can easily interface to other Java packages used in astronomy.
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