Between 1962 and 1972 the southern hemisphere has been covered by a 4-fold overlap pattern on 5820 plates, taken with a scale of 100 arcsec/mm and using a visual bandpass. More than 2 million pairs of x,y coordinates of the 2 exposures from 276259 stars have been measured at RGO with the GALAXY machine. The conventional plate adjustment, carried out at Hamburg Observatory, is now complete. About 150 000 primary stars will achieve a catalogue accuracy of about 0.06 arcsec at epoch of observation.
The rigorous FK4 and FK5 versions, using the SRS catalogue (C. Smith 1988), will be supplemented by preliminary new proper motions for those stars common with the SAOC. Finally, a rigorous block adjustment will be performed within the next year.