The Third Reference Catalogue of Bright Galaxies (RC3) is a reasonably complete listing of 23,010 large, bright galaxies. Using the latest Sloan Digital Sky Survey's Data Release 10 (SDSS DR10) data, we provide color composite images and scientifically-calibrated FITS mosaics in all SDSS imaging bands, for all the RC3 galaxies that lie within the survey's footprint. To get a larger sky coverage, we then conduct the procedures on photographic plates taken by the Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II) for the B, R, IR bands. Due to the positional inaccuracy inherent in the RC3 catalog, the mosaicking program uses a recursive algorithm for positional update first, then conduct the mosaicking procedure using IPAC's Montage.The program is generalized into a pipeline, which can be easily extended to future survey data or other source catalogs.
- arxiv Paper Link
- Source code for RC3 mosaicking pipeline is available on our GitHub repository.
- Image Gallery of all the RC3 galaxies in the SDSS DR10 and DPOSS-II footprint.
- Searchable web database containing the updated astrometry and all the FITS multi-band images for SDSS and POSS-II avaliable for download.
- Blogpost on the Google Open Source Blog about my summer of code experience.
- NASA ADS Entry record