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Volume 436, Number 2, June III 2005
Page(s) 757 - 762
Section On-line catalogs and data
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20052649

A&A 436, 757-762 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20052649

Research Note

The precision of large radio continuum source catalogues

An application of the SPECFIND tool
B. Vollmer1, 2, E. Davoust3, P. Dubois1, F. Genova1, F. Ochsenbein1 and W. van Driel4

1  CDS, Observatoire astronomique de Strasbourg, UMR 7550, 11 rue de l'université, 67000 Strasbourg, France
    e-mail: bvollmer@astro.u-strasbg.fr
2  Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, 53121 Bonn, Germany
3  UMR 5572, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, 14 avenue E. Belin, 31400 Toulouse, France
4  Observatoire de Paris, Section de Meudon, GEPI, CNRS UMR 8111 and Université Paris 7, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cedex, France

(Received 6 January 2005 / Accepted 11 March 2005)

The accuracy in position and flux density of 19 large radio continuum source catalogues has been determined using SPECFIND, a new tool recently made available through the CDS. The $\sim $$67\,000$ radio continuum spectra with three or more frequencies produced by SPECFIND were used to cross-correlate sources from different catalogues and to calculate offsets in right ascension and declination in the various catalogues with respect to the positions given in the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS) catalogue, which was adopted as a reference. The flux densities reported in the catalogues were compared to those predicted by the composite spectra, enabling us to assess the quality of the flux density calibration of the different catalogues.

Key words: astronomical data base: miscellaneous -- radio continuum: general

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