contains 526,280,881 sources, and is based on a
re-reduction of the Precision Measuring Machine (PMM) scans
from POSS-I O and E plates (>=-18°) and SRC-J and
ESO-R plates (<=-20°).
USNO-A2.0 was created by Dave Monet (Flagstaff Station, U.S. Naval Observatory.
The major difference between USNO-A2.0 and its previous version
USNO-A1.0 is that A1.0 used the
Guide Star Catalog as its reference frame whereas
A2.0 uses the ICRF as realized by the
USNO ACT catalog (Urban et al. 1997).
The VizieR search engine uses an
on-line compressed version
(3.6Gbytes) which was generated at CDS.
Note: The Guide Star Catalog has been constructed to support the
operational need of the Hubble Space Telescope.
It contains over 25 million positions for about 19 million
objects, of which more than 15 million are classified as stars.
The version 1.2 is a new astrometric reduction which results in
absolute position errors about 0.3-0.4 arcsec.
(see GSC pages at URL http://www-gsss.stsci.edu/gsc/gsc.html)
Note: The construction of the
is still in progress: this
version has no proper motions, and the magnitude limits are 18.5 in F (red)
and 19.5 in J (blue). The data are copyrighted, check
the data use Policy.