Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 510, A10-10 (2010/2-1)
Optical counterpart positions of extragalactic radio sources and connecting optical and radio reference frames.
ASLAN Z., GUMEROV R., JIN W., KHAMITOV I., MAIGUROVA N., PINIGIN G., TANG Z. and WANG S.
Abstract (from CDS):
We discuss the results of an investigation of astrometric positions of extragalactic radio sources from a list for the International Celestial Reference Frame. About 300 fields around extragalactic radio sources were observed during the years 2000-2003. The observations were performed mainly using two telescopes equipped with CCD cameras at TUG, Turkey (Russian-Turkish Telescope - RTT150) and at YAO (1m telescope), (Kunming, China). The mean accuracies of the measured positions are 38mas in right ascension and 35mas in declination. A comparison between the measured optical positions determined using the UCAC2 catalog and the radio positions from the current ICRF shows that the overall optical-minus- radio offsets are -4 and +15mas for right ascension and declination, respectively. The formal internal errors of these mean offsets are 4mas. The results of optical positions with respect to the reference catalogue 2MASS are also given. A search for a relation between optical and radio reference frames indicates that the orientation angles are near zero within their accuracy of about 5mas. The link accuracy becomes 3mas when our observations are combined with other studies.
astrometry - reference systems
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