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Astrometry with the HST Planetary Camera

  • T. M. Girard (a1), Y. Li (a1), W. F. Van Altena (a1), J. M. Nunez (a2), G. F. Benedict (a3), R. L. Duncombe (a3), P. D. Hemenway (a3), W. H. Jefferys (a3), B. McArthur (a3), J. McCartney (a3), E. Nelan (a3), P. Shelus (a3), D. Story (a3), A. L. Whipple (a3), O. G. Franz (a4), L. W. Wasserman (a4) and L. W. Fredrick (a5)...

Abstract

The astrometric capability of the Hubble Space Telescope Planetary Camera (WF/PC1) is investigated, motivated by a study of the internal velocity distribution of globular clusters. The astrometric accuracy of the HST PC will be determined ultimately by 1) the accuracy to which the aberrated images can be ‘centered’, and 2) the accuracy to which the distortions across the PC field can be modeled. A series of overlapping exposures of two clusters, NGC 6752 and M15, are utilized to examine these issues.

We have made use of maximum-likelihood image reconstruction to address the first issue, with good success. Reconstruction improves both the detectability and precision of the image centers. A preliminary exploration of the second issue, that of modeling the distortion across the PC field, is also presented, using positions derived from the multiple overlapping exposures.

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Benedict, G. F., McArthur, B., Nelan, E., Story, D., Whipple, A. L., Wang, Q., Jefferys, W. H., Duncombe, R. L., Hemenway, P. D., Shelus, P. J., van Altena, W. F., Franz, O. G., and Fredrick, L. W. (1994) ‘HST, a generator of sub-millisecond of arc parallaxes’ (This volume)
Girard, T. M. and van Altena, W. F., (1990) BAAS 22, 1277.
Nunez, J. M. and Llacer, J. (1990) Astrophys. and Space Sci. 171, 341.

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