The Fornax Deep Survey data release 1

Reynier Peletier, Enrichetta Iodice, Aku Venhola, Massimo Capaccioli, Michele Cantiello, Raffaele D'Abrusco, Jesús Falcón-Barroso, Aniello Grado, Michael Hilker, Luca Limatola, Steffen Mieske, Nicola Napolitano, Maurizio Paolillo, Marilena Spavone, Edwin Valentijn, Glenn van de Ven, Gijs Verdoes Kleijn

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We present the first data release of the Fornax Deep Survey (FDS), animaging survey using using the wide-field imager OmegaCAM mounted on theVST in the SDSS u', g', r', and i'-bands covering the Fornax GalaxyCluster and the infalling Fornax A Group. FDS is a joint project betweenNOVA (previously called FOCUS - PI: R. F. Peletier) and INAF (as part ofVEGAS - PIs: M. Capaccioli and E. Iodice). With exposure times of about9 hours over an area of ~28 square degrees, this survey is a legacydataset for studies of members of the Fornax Galaxy Cluster and theinfalling Fornax A Group down to a surface brightness limit of ~28mag/arcsec^2 (1-sigma surface brightness over a 1 arcsecond^2 area) andopens a new parameter regime to investigate the role of the clusterenvironment in shaping the properties of its galaxy population. Afterthe Virgo cluster,Fornax is the second nearest galaxy cluster to us, andwith its different mass and evolutionary state, it provides a valuablecomparison that makes it possible to understand the various evolutionaryeffects on galaxies and galaxy clusters. Details about the survey can befound in A. Venhola, R. F. Peletier, E. Laurikainen et al., 2018,A&A 620, 165. In this release, 181 Gb of (compressed) fits filesreduced using the system are present. Catalogues with the completesample of sources including dwarf galaxies part of the cluster, globularclusters, and background galaxies will be provided in forthcomingreleases. The data products are available via the ESO Science Portal at
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 1-Aug-2020


  • Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
  • Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics

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