Digitised Optical Sky Surveys

Proceedings of the Conference on ‘Digitised Optical Sky Surveys’, Held in Edinburgh, Scotland, 18–21 June 1991

  • H. T. MacGillivray
  • E. B. Thomson
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 174)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Welcoming Address: Two Thousand Years of Optical Sky Surveys

  3. Introduction

    1. V. C. Reddish
      Pages 3-8
  4. Sky Surveys and Calibration Programmes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. D. H. Morgan, S. B. Tritton, A. Savage, M. Hartley, R. D. Cannon
      Pages 11-22
    3. K. S. Russell, D. F. Malin, A. Savage, M. Hartley, Q. A. Parker
      Pages 23-33
    4. A. Blanchard, N. Epchtein
      Pages 41-42
    5. M. J. Irwin
      Pages 43-52
    6. S. J. Maddox, W. J. Sutherland
      Pages 53-60
    7. M. Postman, L. Siciliano, M. Shara, D. Rehner, N. Brosch, C. Sturch et al.
      Pages 61-63
  5. Digitisation Programmes — Current and Planned

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. D. J. Yentis, R. G. Cruddace, H. Gursky, B. V. Stuart, J. F. Wallin, H. T. MacGillivray et al.
      Pages 67-75
    3. R. L. Pennington, R. M. Humphreys, S. C. Odewahn, W. A. Zumach, E. B. Stockwell
      Pages 77-85
    4. V. G. Laidler, B. M. Lasker, M. Postman
      Pages 95-101
    5. Chr. de Vegt, L. Winter, N. Zacharias
      Pages 115-121
    6. L. Winter, Chr. de Vegt, M. Steinbach, N. Zacharias
      Pages 123-131

About these proceedings


Astronomical photographs contain an enormous amount of information. This presents extremely interesting problems when one wishes to produce digitised sky atlases, to archive the digitised material, to develop sophisticated devices to do the digitising, and to create software to procecc the vast amounts of data. All these activities are necessary to be able to do astronomy.
One such activity is the important, large-scale optical identification of objects which also emit radiation at other wavelengths. Other activities of the past decade include a multiplicity of surveys that have been made on galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
This book treats, in five sections, the existing and future surveys, their digitisation and their impact on astronomy. It is a reference for people in the field and for those who wish to engage in using or producing sky surveys.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H. T. MacGillivray
    • 1
  • E. B. Thomson
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal ObservatoryEdinburghScotland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-2472-0
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5091-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2472-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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