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Update on Issues with GIRAFFE Medusa2 reference calibration frames after earthquake 27 Nov 2015

Published: 18 Jan 2016

The issue with the GIRAFFE Medusa2(*) calibration data reported on January 11, 2016, is fixed for most of the science data taken after 2015-11-27. All master calibrations delivered through the calSelector raw2master mode can be used for science processing.

Issues with GIRAFFE Medusa2 reference calibration frames after earthquake, November 27th 2015

Published: 11 Jan 2016

Currently, the FLAMES/GIRAFFE Medusa2(*) data are affected by a change of the slit geometry due to a major earthquake on 27-Nov-2015(**). The currently available reference dispersion solutions are only valid before that date. The 'calSelector' service currently delivers these reference calibrations also for Medusa2 data taken after that date. Using them for pipeline processing will in most cases yield dispersion solutions of poor quality. We will replace these reference calibrations with better ones as soon as possible. The Medusa1 data are not affected by this.

First release of multi-band source catalogue data resulting from the VST Public Survey ATLAS published

Published: 17 Nov 2015

The ESO/VST Public Survey ATLAS is targeting 4500 square degrees of the Southern sky in five filters u,g,r,i,z to depths comparable to those of the SDSS. This survey is also complemented by near-infrared data from the VISTA Hemisphere and VIKING surveys.

Access to reduced science data from the Run Progress Report web pages

Published: 16 Nov 2015

The Run Progress Report web pages allow PIs and delegates to follow the progress of their Service Mode observations. Now they also indicate when pipeline-processed reduced data are available for download. These reduced data are automatically generated using certified master calibrations and appear within two months of the data acquisition. Please see the Run Progress Legend for more details on how to take advantage of this new service.

SkyCat access to 2MASS_PSC and UCAC4

Published: 21 Oct 2015

Please be aware that the two catalogues:

New release of stacked reduced images and source lists for the VST Public Survey ATLAS

Published: 16 Sep 2015

New data products resulting from the ESO/VST Public Survey ATLAS are now available via the dedicated Phase 3 query interface at the ESO Science Archive Facility.

This second data release of ATLAS covers all the data collected from the start of observations in August 2011, through to end September 2013.

New release of the archive data download shell script

Published: 16 Sep 2015

In order to improve security, we have implemented a small change in the use of the download shell script (e.g. attached to any complete archive data requests. The shell script is accessible once logged in at the following link:

New Data Release of VVV Photometric Catalogues via the ESO Science Archive Facility

Published: 21 Aug 2015

New Data Release of VVV Photometric Catalogues via the ESO Science Archive Facility

VVV belongs to the suite of six public surveys being conducted at ESO's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). The VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea Survey (VVV) is a wide area (562 sq.degrees), near-infrared, multi-epoch imaging survey of the Milky Way bulge and disk. The initial survey in the five broadband filters Z, Y, J, H, Ks is followed by extensive multi-epoch observations in the Ks band.

New Release of PESSTO public survey data

Published: 06 Aug 2015

New reduced data (spectra and images) resulting from the PESSTO Public Spectroscopic Survey are now available via the dedicated Phase 3 query interface at the ESO Science Archive Facility.

This release number 3 includes the EFOSC2 and SOFI spectra (1728 spectra in total) and the reduced SOFI images (392 images) obtained during the first two years (April 2012-April 2014) of PESSTO operations, for a total of 681 distinct transient objects. Also included in this release is the PESSTO Transient Catalogue, a catalogue of all PESSTO sources for which a meaningful spectral classification has been obtained so far (556 sources).

Furthermore, for the first time PESSTO photometric light curves are made available; this initial release of the PESSTO multi-epoch photometric catalogue provides light curves for 18 objects.

The PESSTO public survey data release (#3) is accompanied by a comprehensive description of spectra, images, and of the transient catalogue. A dedicated description of the lightcurve catalogue is also available. Instructions on how to read or display data in the ESO/SDP tabular data format can be found in the 1D spectrum data format help page.

First release of the band merged catalogue for the VST Photometric H-alpha Survey of the Southern Galactic Plane (VPHAS+)

Published: 30 Jul 2015

The first band- and field-merged science catalogue created from the imaging data obtained by the VST Photometric Ha Survey of the Southern Galactic Plane and Bulge (VPHAS+) has been released and it is available from the for download via the ESO Catalogue Facility. The catalogue is derived from the calibrated images that have been released as part of the VPHASplus/DR2 collection. It covers the first 21 months of data-taking (28/12/2011 through 30/09/2013), in which 24% of the survey footprint (629 sqaure degree) has been observed to sufficient quality. These observations were taken under ESO programme 177.D-3023(B,C,D,E).

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