VLBA Calibrator Survey 1 (VCS1)
A catalog containing milliarcsecond-accurate positions of 1332 extragalactic
radio sources distributed over the northern sky is presented-the Very Long
Baseline Array Calibrator Survey (VCS1). The positions have been derived from
astrometric analysis of dual-frequency 2.3 and 8.4 GHz
observations; in a majority of cases, images of the sources are also available.
These radio sources are suitable for use in geodetic and astrometric
experiments, and as phase-reference calibrators in high-sensitivity
astronomical imaging. The VCS1 is the largest high-resolution radio survey
ever undertaken and triples the number of sources available to the radio
astronomy community for VLBI applications. In addition to the astrometric role,
this survey can be used in active galactic nuclei, Galactic, gravitational
lens, and cosmological studies.
Beasley, A.J., D. Gordron, A.B. Peck, L. Petrov, D.S.McMillan,
E.B. Fomalont, C. Ma, "The VLBA Calibrator Survey-VCS1",
Asrophys. J., Supp., vol. 141, p.13-21, 2002.
Full text (PS + gzip, 736Kb )
The catalogue of source positions is available here.
The original images and calibrated visibilities at 8.4GHz and 2.2GHz made
in the framework of this project were lost in 1990s. The experiments were
re-analyzed in 2006 by Yu. Y. Kovalev. Images can be
accessed from the
vlbi_images.tar.bz2 catalogue or individually,
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