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New Astrometric Reduction of the USNO Photographic Plates of Planetary Satellites

de Cuyper, J.-P. ; Winter, L. ; de Decker, G. ; Zacharias, N. ; Pascu, D. ; Arlot, J.-E. ; Robert, V. ; Lainey, V.

published in Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XVIII, 411, pp. 275 (2009)

Abstract: An international collaboration has been set up between the US Naval Observatory (USNO) in Washington DC, the IMCCE of Paris Observatory (OBSPM) and the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) to make a new astrometric reduction of the USNO archival photographic plates of planetary satellites. In order to obtain a better knowledge of their orbital motions these photographic plates are digitized with the new generation DAMIAN digitizer at the ROB, providing a geometric stability of better than 0.1 µm on the plates. We focus here on a subset of a few hundred photographic plates of the Galilean satellites, taken with the McCormick and the USNO 26-inch refractors between 1967 and 1998. Specific procedures and algorithms are used to obtain highly accurate positions using the Tycho2, UCAC2 (20 - 30 mas) and later the UCAC3 (10 - 20 mas) catalogues. A comparison with the MAMA digitizer of the Paris Observatory is made through the results obtained from digital mosaic images of the plates.

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