PreCam: A Precursor Observational Campaign for Calibration of the Dark Energy Survey Academic Article uri icon


  • PreCam, a precursor observational campaign supporting the Dark Energy Survey (DES), is designed to produce a photometric and astrometric catalog of nearly a hundred thousand standard stars within the DES footprint, while the PreCam instrument also serves as a prototype testbed for the Dark Energy Camera's hardware and software. This catalog represents a potential 100-fold increase in Southern Hemisphere photometric standard stars, and therefore will be an important component in the calibration of the Dark Energy Survey. We provide details on the PreCam instrument's design, construction, and testing, as well as results from a subset of the 51 nights of PreCam survey observations on the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy's Curtis-Schmidt telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). We briefly describe the preliminary data processing pipeline that has been developed for PreCam data and the preliminary results of the instrument performance, as well as astrometry and photometry of a sample of stars previously included in other southern sky surveys. 2013. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kuehn, K., Kuhlmann, S., Allam, S., Annis, J. T., Bailey, T., Balbinot, E., ... Wester, W.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Kuehn, K||Kuhlmann, S||Allam, S||Annis, JT||Bailey, T||Balbinot, E||Bernstein, JP||Biesiadzinski, T||Burke, DL||Butner, M||Camargo, JIB||da Costa, LAN||DePoy, D||Diehl, HT||Dietrich, JP||Estrada, J||Fausti, A||Gerke, B||Guarino, V||Head, HH||Kessler, R||Lin, H||Lorenzon, W||Maia, MAG||Maki, L||Marshall, J||Nord, B||Neilsen, E||Ogando, RLC||Park, D||Peoples, J||Rastawicki, D||Rheault, J-P||Santiago, B||Schubnell, M||Seitzer, P||Smith, JA||Spinka, H||Sypniewski, A||Tarle, G||Tucker, DL||Walker, AR||Wester, W

publication date

  • April 2013