Monitoring the photometric behavior of OmegaCAM with Astro-WISE

G. A. Verdoes Kleijn, K. H. Kuijken, E. A. Valentijn, D. R. Boxhoorn, K. G. Begeman, E. R. Deul, E. M. Helmich, R. Rengelink

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The OmegaCAM wide-field optical imager is the sole instrument on the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory. The instrument, as well as the telescope, have been designed for surveys with very good, natural seeing-limited image quality over a 1 square degree field. OmegaCAM was commissioned in 2011 and has been observing three ESO Public Surveys in parallel since October 15, 2011. We use the Astro-WISE information system to monitor the calibration of the observatory and to produce the Kilo Degree Survey (KiDS). Here we describe the photometric monitoring procedures in Astro-WISE and give a first impression of OmegaCAM's photometric behavior as a function of time. The long-term monitoring of the observatory goes hand in hand with the KiDS survey production in Astro-WISE. KiDS is observed under partially non-photometric conditions. Based on the first year of OmegaCAM operations it is expected that a similar to 1-2 % photometric homogeneity will be achieved for KiDS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-130
Number of pages28
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2013


  • Imager
  • Wide-field system
  • Survey system
  • Astro-WISE
  • Information system
  • OmegaCAM

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