Catalina Sky Survey:
The Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), based at the University of Arizona, is
a very successful discovery program, an achievement that is due, in large
part, to their comprehensive sky coverage, human attention to potential
discovery images and on site follow-up observation capabilities. In
2012 alone, CSS discovered more than 625 NEOs. Some 20% of CSS observing
time is devoted to the post-discovery, follow-up observations that allow
the object's orbit to become secure.
CSS discovery telescope assets (Aperture, f number, MPC Observatory Code,
field of view, pixel size):
Schmidt: 0.68-m, f/1.8, Obs. code = 703, 8.2 sq. deg., 2.5 arcsec/px
Mt. Lemmon: 1.50-m, f/2.0, Obs. code = G96, 1.2 sq. deg., 1.0 arcsec/px
Uppsala Schmidt, Australia: 0.50-m, f/3.5, Obs. code = E12, 4.2 sq. deg.,
1.8 arcsec/px (This southern hemisphere program ended in 2013)
CSS follow-up telescope
Mt. Lemmon: 1.00-m, f/2.6, Obs. code = I52, 0.25 sq. deg., 1.0 arcsec/px
Through a continuous improvement program, CSS began use of the 1-m follow-up
telescope in 2013 and in 2014, the Catalina Schmidt will be upgraded to a larger
CCD array that will increase its field of view from 8.2 to 19.4 square degrees
and the Mt. Lemmon 1.5-m will be upgraded to a larger CCD array that will
increase its field of view from 1.2 to 5 square degrees.
The principal Investigator (PI) for the Catalina Sky Survey is Eric Christensen.
For more information see: http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/css/