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Digitization and Scientific Exploitation of the Italian and Vatican Astronomical Plate Archives

Barbieri, C. and Blanco, C. and Bucciarelli, B. and Coluzzi, R. and Di Paola, A. and Lanteri, L. and Li Causi, G.L. and Marilli, E. and Massimino, P. and Mezzalira, V. and Mottola, S. and Nesci, R. and Omizzolo, A. and Pedichini, F. and Rampazzi, F. and Rossi, C. and Stagni, R. and Tsvetkov, M. and Viotti, R. (2003) Digitization and Scientific Exploitation of the Italian and Vatican Astronomical Plate Archives. Experimental Astronomy, 15, pp. 29-43.

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There is a widespread interest to digitize the precious information contained in the astronomical plate archives, both for the preservation of their content and for fast distribution to all interested researchers in order to achieve their better scientific exploitation. This paper presents the first results of our large-scale project to digitize the archives of plates of the Italian Astronomical Observatories and of the Specola Vaticana. Similar systems, composed by commercial flat-bed retro-illuminated scanners plus dedicated personal computers and acquisition and analysis software, have been established in all participating Institutes. Ad-hoc codes have been developed to acquire the data, to test the suitablility of the machines to our scientific needs, and to reduce the digital data in order to extract the astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic content. Two more elements complete the overal project: the provision of high quality BVRI CCD sequences in selected fields with the Campo Imperatore telescopes, and the distribution of the digitized information to all interested researchers via the Web. The methods we have derived in the course of the project have been already applied successfully to plates taken by other Observatories, for instance at Byurakan and at Hamburg.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/11061/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004,
Title:Digitization and Scientific Exploitation of the Italian and Vatican Astronomical Plate Archives
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Barbieri, C.Department of Astronomy, Padua, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Blanco, C.Department of Astronomy, Catania, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Bucciarelli, B.INAF, Torino, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Coluzzi, R.INAF, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Di Paola, A.INAF, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Lanteri, L.INAF, Torino, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Li Causi, G.L.INAF, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Marilli, E.INAF, Catania, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Massimino, P.INAF, Catania, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Mezzalira, V.Department of Astronomy, Padua, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Nesci, R.Department of Physics, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Omizzolo, A.Specola Vaticana, Castengandolfo, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Pedichini, F.INAF, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Rampazzi, F.Department of Astronomy, Padua, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Rossi, C.Department of Physics, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Stagni, R.Department of Astronomy, Padua, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Tsvetkov, M.SSADC, Sofia, BulgariaUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Experimental Astronomy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 29-43
Keywords:digitization of astronomival plates, objective prism plates, photographic archives, photometric calibration
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Pieth, Susanne
Deposited On:08 Dec 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 16:46

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