TESELA: a new virtual observatory tool to determine blank fields for astronomical observations

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Jiménez Esteban, F. M.
Alacid, J. M.
Solano, E.
Aberasturi, M.
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The observation of blank fields, regions of the sky devoid of stars down to a given threshold magnitude, constitutes one of the typical important calibration procedures required for the proper reduction of astronomical data obtained in imaging mode. This work describes a method, based on the use of the Delaunay triangulation on the surface of a sphere, that allows for easy generation of blank-field catalogues. In addition to that, a new tool named TESELA, accessible through the Internet, has been created to facilitate the user to retrieve, and visualize using the Virtual Observatory tool aladin, the blank fields available near a given position in the sky.
© 2011 The Authors. © 2011 RAS. We would like to thank the anonymous referee for the careful reading of the manuscript and for her/his comments, which have helped to clarify this paper. This work was partially funded by the Spanish MICINN under the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 Program grant CSD2006-00070: First Science with the GTC.4 This work was also supported by the Spanish Programa Nacional de Astronomía y Astrofísica under grants AYA2008-02156 and AYA2009-10368, and by AstroMadrid under project CAM S2009/ESP-1496. This work has made use of ALADIN developed at the Centre de Données Astronomiques de Strasbourg, France.
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